Kernow FloorSharK achieves anti-slip R10 rating for floor graphics on Xeikon 3000

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Xeikon has announced that Kernow Coatings’ FloorSharK Dry Toner has successfully passed the R10 slip test after being tried and tested on a Xeikon 3500 digital press. The two companies have been involved in a rigorous testing programme to achieve the R10 anti-slip rating for floor graphics.

Hendrik De Backer, sales manager EMEA at Kernow Coatings, commented: ‘Our new FloorSharK Dry Toner has performed outstandingly on the 3500. We are delighted with the results. The excellent cooperation with Xeikon has led us to this significant point, and we now plan to test the product on the top performing CX500 dry toner press where we anticipate similar results. In these challenging times, diversification and adaptation are key. We are excited to be able to introduce a unique market leading product that’s been tried and tested and will open doors for more applications on Xeikon’s digital presses.’

FloorSharK Dry Toner is a textured white R10 slip-resistant PET film that is receptive to dry toner print, with an optimised pressure sensitive adhesive for floor graphic applications. It is available in a 500 or 330 mm width. With its sharkskin coating, excellent toner bonding and scratch resistant properties, it offers a very durable and safe surface even on short pile carpet tiles. Moreover, it is easy to apply and easy to remove, which is a big time saver compared to other synthetic materials.

Xeikon’s segment director for Graphic Arts, Dimitri Van Gaever, said: ‘This successful cooperation with Kernow Coatings opens up greater opportunities for our customers and meets the recent unprecedented and necessary demand for socially distanced floor signage. Now, with the new FloorSharK with R10 rating, our customers can confidently print non slip, resilient and creative floor decals to meet demand. And thanks to the unique properties of this material, no post press lamination is required, saving a significant amount of time and cost in the process. This basically means that – thanks to the single pass print process and 1200 dpi resolution of a Xeikon press – our customers can offer an unbeatable quality/productivity/price ratio for this application, putting them well ahead of the typical wide format production environments.’

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