Digital Printing on uncoated Tyvek® Graphics Media
The Printing Applications Laboratory at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) has certified DuPont™ Tyvek® Graphics styles for use with the Indigo Omnius® WebStream™, a web-fed digital color press. Indigo presses represent a fast and cost-effective way to produce short-run work and incorporate variable information. As on-demand printing grows and printers continue to incorporate new digital technologies into their operations, DuPont™ Tyvek® provides the Indigo printer with a solution to a wide range of strength and durability issues.
This certification applies to the following Tyvek® styles: 1056D, 8740D, 1073D, 1079, 1085D and 4173D. Other "D" styles of Tyvek® within the thickness range of 6 to 10 mils also are compatible with the Omnius® WebStream™. In addition, these styles are corona and anti-static treated, so no coating is required.
• Tyvek® styles with a “D” suffix (e.g., 1073D) and Tyvek® 1079 are treated with an antistatic agent to reduce static during sheet handling operations. Antistatic agents function best at a relative humidity of 50% or more. Below 20% relative humidity, antistatic agents lose their effectiveness and sheet feeding will become noticeably difficult. The above-mentioned styles have also been treated by corona discharge to improve adhesion of inks, coatings and adhesives.
The lightweight, high strength, and water-resistant qualities of Tyvek® Graphics media are important to digital printing. The brilliant white color of Tyvek® helps create high-impact pieces with vivid graphics. Tyvek® is also recyclable.
Note: Tyvek® should NOT be used in laser / toner printers and copiers OR high heat toner digital presses. Tyvek® will melt at high temperatures and can cause damage to equipment.