Tek Tips & White Papers

We've tapped into the knowledge base of our seasoned staff of engineers, R&D and product managers to come up with a series of technical tips which we've dubbed "Tek Tips."  Some Tek Tips examples include:

  • Film and adhesive selection advice
  • Step by step processing techniques
  • Valuable "tips of the trade" from other customers
  • Defining complicated technical terms or tests in easy to read and understandable ways

Tekra's vendor partners, at times in conjunction with Tekra staff, have written industry white papers which can also be requested in this section.

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Tek Tip - Inkjet Inks at a Glance

Understanding the differences between the types of inkjet inks is important knowledge that can save time and money by avoiding failed projects or troubleshooting processes. We have developed a quick guide to help educate you on the ‘how, when and why’ of Inkjet Inks.

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Tek Tip - Light Management Films Selector Guide

Tekra and our supply partners offer 3 different types of light management products: Light Transmission, Light Diffusing, and Light Reflecting. This Tek Tip takes a deep dive into each type and the materials within these categories to help you determine which material is best for your application.

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Tek Tip - Static Cling versus Low Tack Adhesive for Window Applications

Often times customers are unsure if they are in need of a static cling or a low tack adhesive film for their application. This Tek Tip dives into the pros and cons of each material and helps you determine which will be most fitting for your application.

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Tek Tip - Selecting the Best Wide Format Inkjet Backlit Media

There are many options in today's digital world when selecting the right media for your wide format inkjet backlit application. Understanding your application needs, and the differences between substrates, is key to selecting a backlit media that will make your signage radiant.

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Tek Tip - Benefits of Xenon Arc Testing

It is crucial to be able to predict life expectancy of a plastic film in an outdoor application. Exposure to heat, UV light, and moisture can damage plastic films. This technical tip explains the benefits of accelerated weather testing to a printer and why the Xenon Arc has become a preferred method.

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Tek Tip - How to Determine the Presence of a Primer

Polyester film is a chemically inert thermoplastic material, in large part due to the biaxial orientation process (stretched in the machine and transverse directions), during manufacture. This property, while a desired benefit for many high performance differentiated, specialty, and industrial applications, can make polyester film challenging to print.

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Tek Tip - When to Use a Hardcoated Film vs. Uncoated Film

Determining when to use a hardcoated film over an uncoated film can often be a hard and complicated decision. There are 4 main considerations, that when answered, will quickly and easily help you determine when it is the best choice to use a hardcoated film.

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Tek Tip - Typical Polyester Film Service Temperature Ranges

One of the most unique attributes that separates polyester (PET) film from other thermo-plastic substrates is its ability to retain good physical properties over a wide temperature range.

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Tek Tip - Synthetics for P.O.P Applications

With multiple synthetic materials and various printing methods to choose from, it's hard to know which synthetic to choose for your P.O.P signage. Understanding the full scope of your application, and a quick reference chart, can help you make the right choice.

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Tek Tip - Rigid Vinyl vs. High Impact Polystyrene

Rigid Vinyl (PVC) and High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) are two comparable films used for very similar applications that can make it difficult to make the best choice on which film to use. This Tek Tip defines the subtle differences in the films allowing you to make the proper choice for your application.

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