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Southern Style Printing with Same-Day Turnarounds

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GCI Graphics tackles 200+ graphics for Atlanta Food and Wine Festival.

“Eat. Drink. Southern.” was the tagline for this year’s Atlanta Food and Wine Festival, an annual event in the city’s midtown neighborhood celebrating Southern cuisine. But for GCI Graphics, the festival’s motto was more like “Print. Deliver. Repeat.”

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Mactac Adds Adhesive Cast Vinyl

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Imagin B-free Gruv Cast digital media.

Mactac’s new Imagin B-free Gruv Cast media, designed to replace the company’s Imagin B-free Gruv, is suitable for full and partial vehicle wraps; fleet graphics; marine wraps; floor, wall, and window graphics; and more. The film features an omnidirectional air-egress invisible adhesive pattern, designed to eliminate visible texture in the face stock for easier installation. The 2-mil, high-gloss, soft white face stock is coated with an opaque gray acrylic permanent, but repositionable, adhesive.

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EFI and Agfa Integrate Software Systems

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Fiery digital front ends connect with Apogee 10.

EFI and Agfa Graphics are offering JDF integration between EFI’s Fiery digital front ends and Agfa’s Apogee 10 system. The connection is designed specifically for print shops with a blended workflow of offset and digital machines; it will enable Apogee users to further automate the distribution of print jobs for the best possible workflow.

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New UV-LED Tabletop Printers from Mimaki

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For imaging on materials up to 6 inches thick.

Mimaki has launched the UJF Mark II Series of UV-LED tabletop printers with 11.8-in. UJF-3042 and 24-in. UJF-6042 models. The 6042 machine leverages CMYKcm + white, clear, and jettable primer to image on materials measuring up to 6 in. in height. Available inks currently include LH-100 ink, designed for high scratch and chemical resistance, and LUS-120 ink for flexibility and scratch resistance. The company reports its LUS-150 ink will be made available for this series at a later date. The series also offers a 1-L bulk-ink system.

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Top 5 Qualities to Look for in a Vendor

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Cultivating productive business relationships can be a huge part of your print shop's success.

Kim Howell, CEO of Tiny Mammoth Graphics (Des Moines, Iowa) has seen it all when it comes to vendor relationships, from small hiccups to major frustrations to incredible successes. Here, she outlines the makings of her ideal supplier.

1. Knowledge of Market Trends It's important to know exactly what the trends are and what my shop’s competitors are offering. I want to know where they’re seeing successes. And, new printing techniques and installation tips are always highly valuable.

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Who Says Billboards Are Dead?

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The OBIE Award winners show all it takes a little cleverness.

Advertising forms like interactive signage and full bus wraps are sure to turn heads, and we're certainly beginning to see more of them appear. But sometimes there's just nothing like a good old-fashioned billboard – if the content itself is head-turning. The winners in the Consumer Goods, Services & Retail category of the 2016 OBIE Awards show that in this regard, a little cleverness can go a long way.

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Mohawk Expands Wide-Format Offerings

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Six additions include economy and magnetic options.

Mohawk has added six products to its portfolio for wide-format inkjet printing:

Wide Format Inkjet Textured Lightblock Economy Film, an economy material printable with eco-solvent, latex, and UV inks. Features include a vinyl face, polyester backing, stay-flat quality, heat resistance, and anti-slip coating. Available in 9, 12.2, and 19.5 mil; up to 60-in. widths.

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X-Rite Reveals New Version of ColorCert Suite

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Packaging printers gain access to new quality control features.

X-Rite Pantone has released version 2.7 of its ColorCert Suite, a collection of software products designed to aid package printers with color and print quality control and reporting. New features include:

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Cyrious Updates Dataset for Control Software

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With advanced pricing features and more.

Cyrious Software has released the v3 Dataset for its Control job management software. New features include pricing screens for wide-format printing, vinyl signs, vehicle graphics, and more. Users have the option for advanced configuration of the pricing screens, and the company reports setup and pricing is faster with the new version.

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3 New HP Latex Editions

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Production speeds reach 334 square feet per hour.

HP has added to its 300 series of latex printers with the 54-in. 315 and the 64-in. 335 and 365. Production speeds for the series reach up to 334 sq ft/hr with proprietary features such as the HP Latex Optimizer and HP Optical Media Advance Sensor. Additional features include continuous printing; the HP Quick Solutions app for troubleshooting and quality control (365 model); new online training tools; and an automatic x-axis cutter.

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