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Dynamic Signage Gets Romantic

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"Promposals" from Watchfire Signs.

Teens turned to Watchfire Signs (www.watchfiresigns.com) this spring for help with a high schooler’s ultimate romantic moment: asking a girl to the prom. This “promposal” was broadcast on the company’s 19mm digital billboard using Ignite OA software – how could she refuse?

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It's Alive

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3D printing advances modern medicine with bioprinted tissue, personalized surgeries, and more. Just don’t look for a heart replacement tomorrow.

Need a jaw replacement in 2015? You’re in trouble. Today’s replacements are designed only to restore mobility, not to alleviate pain. Unlike a knee replacement, a new jaw may or may not actually feel better. And it certainly won’t have a normal range of motion. So far, the complex, two-part movement of the jaw has proven difficult to replicate.

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Dollars and Sense

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How analyzing financial statements – and watching daily cash flow – can prevent financial fixes.

Companies that go out of business today rarely  do so for a lack of sales. More often, they don’t survive because they don’t manage their cash.

With so many different methods to examine a business, we spend too little time on the most obvious information at our disposal – our financial statements. So, how can you use information from your balance sheet to help identify strengths and weaknesses of your business?

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Pictora High-Speed Board Printer from Novus Imaging

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Featuring orange and gray inks, and more.

Novus Imaging’s Pictora is a 24-in. UV printer that processes media up to 2 in. thick at a rate of up to 220 boards/hr. Designed for directional and P-O-P signage, packaging, photography, interior décor, and fine art applications, Pictora features CMYK, orange, and gray inks – as well as optional white and clear – and grayscale inkjet technology with 10, 20, or 30 pL droplet sizes. Also includes a board rejection system to prevent printhead strikes and a barcode reader that automatically coordinates double-side printing.

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New Texart RT-640 Dye-Sublimation Printer from Roland

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Textile imaging at up to 351 sq ft/hr.

Roland DGA has launched the 64-in. Texart RT-640 dye-sublimation printer for creating sportswear, décor, P-O-P displays, tradeshow graphics, promotional products, and more. The 4- or 8-color printer features a feed adjuster and 110-lb take-up system for increased stability, as well as the ErgoSoft Roland Edition Textile RIP and an ink switching system for unattended printing (4-color configuration only). The Roland Printer Assist iPad app for remote management is also available.

ROLAND DGA
www.rolanddga.com
 

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Esko Announces New Range of Kongsberg Tools

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Paper-cutting knife, perforation wheel, and braille tool.

Esko has added a range of tools for its Kongsberg XN, Kongsberg V, and Kongsberg XL series of digital finishing systems. New tools include a psaligraphy knife for detailing paper and folding carton; a 60-mm perforation wheel that creates tear and crease-assist perforations in corrugated boards up to 4 mm thick; and a braille tool, compatible with most rigid materials.

ESKO
www.esko.com
 

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Design Collisions, Take Two

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Steering clear of small issues that can lead to big mistakes.

In March of 2011, I wrote an article about vehicle wrap designs that cause issues in alignment, making the install nearly impossible to get right. Since then, I have experienced a few more pitfalls that aren’t necessarily common sense, but small details that can cause a vehicle wrap project to lose margin, add frustration, and cause delays. Here’s how to steer clear of these situations.

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EFI Releases Digital StoreFront Version 8

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Upgrade aims to streamline job submission.

EFI has upgraded its Digital StoreFront web-to-print and e-commerce platform. Version 8 features expanded variable data, as well as real-time, bi-directional integration and data sharing with EFI MIS/ERP and EFI Fiery digital print workflows. The added Enterprise Model is designed as a “one-stop” process, where clients use one interface to access multiple subsidiaries of the same organization; incorporate content partners such as copywriters, photographers, and graphic designers; estimate shipping costs; and more.

EFI
www.efi.com
 

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Z is for Zamboni

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TKO Graphix wraps it all.

There’s no template for wrapping a Zamboni, but the TKO Graphix (www.tkographix.com) crew didn’t blink (or shiver) when asked to wrap the ice resurfacer for use at Indy Fuel minor league hockey games. The wrap was printed on 3M IJ180Cv3-10 with an EFI Vutek 3360 printer and 3M 8518 laminate.

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Agfa Graphics Adds Varnish to Jeti Titan Series

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For protection and special effects.

Agfa Graphics has added varnish to its Jeti Titan S and HS UV flatbeds. The addition allows users to create dramatic effects for P-O-P displays, packaging, decorative prints, tradeshow graphics, and more; or to apply the varnish as a protective coating. Compatible with most standard UV-printing media, according to the company.

AGFA GRAPHICS
www.agfagraphics.com
 

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