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Important information about choosing synthetic papers

Many names are used to describe these materials. Synthetic Papers are also known as waterproof papers, permanent papers; Mylar ® , Revlar, Synaps are just a few of the brands available. Designed to be used on todays modern digital laser copiers and printers. Synthetic papers are used for applications that call for a robust and durable media with truly exceptional print quality. Synthetic papers are fade and scuff resistant, waterproof, resist blood, sweat, solvents and chemicals, wipeable, foldable, punchable, die cuttable, tear resistant and non-electrical conductive. However which type? There are several choices. Of course you want a 100% waterproof material with fade resistance, good archival quality, tear resistance and outstanding toner adhesion to withstand scratching. We have a variety of synthetic materials that will meet your needs. The choice comes down to rigidity, opacity, thickness, and, of course, price. Each material has a different feel and that alone, lends itself to different application requirements. We offer 6 different materials in our synthetics range. All are available in a range of thicknesses and sizes to meet your most demanding applications. Each material is described in more detail on the following pages, but for now, lets look at the rigidity of each and their relative cost. From the picture to the right you can see, PVC is the most rigid while Teslin is the least. Polyester and our PolyBlend are close but polyesters are more rigid and crisp, while PolyBlend has a softer feel. We know it is impossible to perceive what something feels like from reading this. To help, we have produced our Digital Synthetic Papers Swatch. The entire booklet has been imaged on our synthetics on Ricoh, Canon, Xerox and Konica digital printers. So what about price? Synthetic papers are expensive, especially when compared to ordinary paper. But thats not really fair, given the properties of synthetics and the cost savings over lamination, for example. Even so, there is a big variance between the cost of these materials that cannot be ignored. As you can see from the bar graph at the right, it shows the cost comparison between each of the materials. The comparison is based on a 10mil 12” x 18” sheet. Polyesters are the most expensive synthetic. They are also superior in many ways. That’s why you will see them used on many of the materials throughout this catalog. It is worth considering your options as your application may not need the superior quality and cost of a polyester. You will get a better idea of what we are describing from the prices on the next pages. PVC Polyesters Teslin PolyBlend


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