Drytac’s DES-1 Automated Edge Finisher for Photo Blocks

Drytac’s DES-1 Automated Edge Finisher for Photo Blocks

Drytac DES-1

Richmond, VA—The DES-1 automated edge finishing system from Drytac is an easy-to-use, continuous feed system. It performs shaping as well as foil application in a single pass.

The DES-1 is marketed for mid to high-volume plaquing operations. Additionally, it allows operators of different skill levels to produce high-quality plaques. The machine can be set up in 30 seconds for substrates of varying thicknesses, such as medium density fiberboard (MDF) and hardboard (Masonite).

“The DES-1 is a true workhorse,” said Nate Goodman, Drytac’s product manager. “The operator has to do very little work—simply position the mounted and laminated images in one end of the machine and the DES-1 does the rest.”

Drytac DES-1 plaque mounts

The DES-1 trims and bevels mounted substrates and applies a thermal set decorative edge foil to complete the finished piece. Any spent foil rewinds for easy disposal. Key features of the machine include a combination cutting assembly, heated foil applicator wheel, an adjustable support rail, in-feed and out-feed support for oversized pieces, infrared thermocouple to monitor for consistent heat, and fine-tune adjustment to compensate for saw chatter marks on substrates. An optional dust collection system is available.


Drytac is an international manufacturer of adhesive-coated products, including graphic films, window films, double-sided tapes, self-adhesive print media, label stock, industrial adhesives, and heat-activated and pressure-sensitive laminates and mounting adhesives. It can also create unique customized adhesive products to customer specifications.

Since its inception in 1976, Drytac has evolved into a highly regarded manufacturer of adhesive-coated products. With offices around the globe, Drytac serves an international marketplace. Its core product line consists of a range of self-adhesive print media, pressure-sensitive and heat-activated overlaminating films, double-sided mounting adhesives, roller laminators and portable displays.

Drytac trademarks include SpotOn, ReTac, ViziPrint, Polar, WipeOut, ChalkMate, Facemount, Emerytex and also JetMounter. Other brands, such as BannerBug, are exclusively available through Drytac. drytac.com