Flexible Materials & Films

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Visual Marking Systems has over 60 years of experience converting almost every type of common durable material for equipment decals, labels, nameplates, overlays, and fleet graphics with experience printing on synthetics, durables, and plastics. Commonly referred to as polymers or specialty printing, VMS can help select the right materials for your project.
 
Durable materials, and plastics need to be selected based on the output device and printing/ink technology to be used, with consideration to the final application, life expectancy and environmental conditions the product will face.
 
Below are the most often-used flexible materials for UV Screen, UV Digital, and Latex print/ink technologies. Unlike paper, synthetics often need to be pre-treated and coated with so that the sheet will print and cure properly.
 
VMS is a industry leading converter and introduces new production techniques that will save you money. Often companies will turn to VMS for their expertise in material and engineering capabilities because of the amount of different converting capabilities we offer at a single supplier.
 
Inventory, Kanban, Quality ISO:9001 systems are all in place to help deliver the highest quality material, product and service to meet your specific needs.

Polycarbonate Material

Polycarbonate material is a strong, rigid plastic film with high impact strength. Thermoplastic polycarbonate materials possess good electrical/optical properties and offer excellent chemical/abrasion resistance. These films may be heated to conform to irregular surfaces, are available in smooth or textured finishes, and are typically used as facestock.

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Polyester Material

Polyester material (PET or PE- Polyethylene Terephthalate) is a very strong, plastic film which does not conform or mold to surfaces. Polyester is commonly used as facestock for such applications as ATMs and kitchen appliance. Polyester comes in a variety of finishes including: clear, translucent, white, opaque, metalized, matte, embossable, with or without adhesive in various gloss levels.

PVC Material (Vinyl)

Vinyl or flexible PVC material (polyvinyl chloride) is a semi-ridged facestock that conforms to curved surfaces and forms well over minor surface irregularities. Vinyl comes in three grades flexible (soft), semi-rigid (hard) and rigid. The difference between the three types of PVC material is the amount of softening agent called a “plasticizer” that is mixed into the vinyl during production.

Adhesives

An adhesive is a substance that bonds materials to the surface of a product. Adhesive performance is directly related to the surface the adhesive is applied to as well as the application procedure used to apply the adhesive. Here at Visual Marking Systems we offer several different types of adhesives required for your specific application.

Overlaminate

Overlaminate, also known as overlam, provides protection to the vinyl and the ink on the vinyl, helping ensure that any digitally printed graphics remain high quality and look like new for many years. Overlaminate is less flexible than clear coat and is applied as a layer over the printed vinyl. Since it is more rigid than a clear coat would, overlaminate typically offers more protection than a clear coat.

Fluted Polypropylene Sheet

Fluted polypropylene is a high-quality, corrugated, rigid, plastic sheet that is used in a variety of applications. These sheets, if twin-fluted, are ideal for high-quality graphics and suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. The material is also water and stain-resistant.

Perforated Window Vinyl

Perforated window vinyl is a film commonly used for vehicle wraps that require the rear windows of the vehicles to be covered. The perforated window vinyl, also known as window perf, is great for passenger vehicles so you don’t block out light from entering the vehicle while also allowing each passenger to see through the graphic to the outside of the vehicle.

Polypropylene Material

Flexible polypropylene material is a synthetic, polymer-based substrate that is an economical alternative to higher-priced polyester and vinyl materials. Great for indoor applications or outdoor applications with less than a 12-month shelf life. Polypropylene is a UL recognized substrate.

Wrap Vinyl for Vehicles

Vehicle wraps and graphics are printed using premium vinyl from VMS partners 3M, Avery Dennison, Arlon Graphics and other trusted manufacturers. Our vehicle graphics typically include a UV flexible protective coating to the top surface of the vinyl or clear coat used to protect your fleet graphics from sun damage, UV exposure, and other weather conditions.

Vinyl for vehicle wraps and graphics are designed specifically to be applied to vehicles and will stretch and mold to the various shapes and curves on a vehicle while hiding minor blemishes and imperfections on the vehicle’s surface.

Flexible vinyl is the most widely used material for car and vehicle wraps because of the material’s conformability, longevity, appearance, and flexibility. The vinyl used in fleet graphics is either digitally printed for customized wraps or colored for non-printable applications. Reflective vinyl is also available for safety and emergency vehicle applications. VMS caries all vinyl material options with varying levels of warranty and sizes in different manufacturers. VMS even offers non-PVC vinyl, cut graphic vinyl, and marine-grade vinyl for boats, including cast and calendared.

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