Historians have a knack for coining phrases that neatly define significant periods of time: the Renaissance, the Industrial Revolution, the Space Age. It’s amazing how one rather singular descriptor can tie together decades, or even centuries. Perhaps, in a hundred years, they’ll call the 2000s the Age of the Smartphone; it seems accurate. One handheld device infiltrates most of our daily existence; we work, play, pay bills, and store memories. Many 2-year-olds are adept enough with a smartphone to play games and call Grandma.
Tekra has released JetView Latex White Translucent Matte/Gloss Backlit Polycarbonate inkjet film in a 15-mil option for applications requiring more rigidity such as P-O-P displays and other signage. The film features a gloss finish on one side and a matte finish on the other; both are printable. Tekra says the material’s 32.5% light transmission helps reduce hot spots when backlit. Available in 53-in. widths.
CET Color’s new 5 x 10-ft Andes flatbed cutter features a multifunctional head for quick tool changing. Available functions include oscillating, creasing, cutting, drawing, kiss cutting, routing, V-cutting, rotary cutting for fabric, and foam oscillating. The machine is compatible with materials such as Dibond, corrugated, foam, vinyl, fabrics, styrene, decals, honeycomb board, and more, beyond 2 in. thick. The Andes also features an automated conveyor system.
A well-known business from our area experienced significant growth and a high level of prosperity for many years. The founder had a number of children involved. Then came time for his retirement. He left the business to be divided up between his kids, and a short time later, passed away. Since then, the business has been a disaster. Due to the lack of a specific succession plan, the children have fought over control, leadership, daily management, etc. Today, they’re on the verge of collapse and are no longer experiencing the success their father built over so many years.
Avery Dennison has announced the eight regional winners of its “Wrap Like a King” vehicle wrapping challenge. The finalists, who will go on to compete at the 2016 SEMA Show, November 1-4 in Las Vegas, are as follows:
Mimaki USA has celebrated the opening of its new Toronto branch. The company’s first Canadian extension features 11,000 square feet of space dedicated to customer support, product demonstrations, training, and more.
The grand opening centered around a traditional Kagami Biraki ceremony in which the lid of a sake barrel is broken open with a wooden mallet and the sake is served, representing an opening to harmony and good fortune, according to Mimaki.
Canada Area Sales Manager Lucas Crossley will head the Toronto team.
Epson has announced its annual sponsorship of the Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards Exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. Attendees of the exhibition can browse large-format prints of winning submissions chosen from more than 25,000 entries beginning October 19.
Photos range in size from 2 x 3 feet to nearly 4 x 6 feet imaged on the SureColor P9000 onto Signature Worthy and Legacy Papers materials.
In a joint effort to promote Denver’s Paramount Café and Breckenridge Brewery, while also beautifying one of 16th Street Mall’s alleyways, local print shop Ink Monstr went to work on a 900-square-foot wall mural. To convey a sense of hope for the future, designer Josh Kitt took inspiration from the movie “Tomorrowland.” He also designed around a number of drain pipes and vents, planning strategically so the wall’s elements wouldn’t interrupt the artwork.
ISA has released a white paper prepared in conjunction with InfoTrends: “Wide-Format Print Trends, Opportunities & Challenges: Identifying Areas of Untapped Potential in the Wide-Format Market.” With almost 73 percent of ISA Expo survey respondents saying their wide-format volumes had increased in the past year, InfoTrends projects a CAGR of 13 percent for print volumes of wide-format production graphics in North America.
Mimaki has doubled the bed size of its JFX200-2513 UV-LED printer to create the new JFX200-2531 model. With dual origin points and a user-controllable, twin independent vacuum pump system, the design allows operators to position multiple pieces as large as two 4 x 8-ft boards on the bed, and unload and load on one side while production is continued on the other. Users can also print oversized materials up to 98.4 x 122 x 2 in.