When white ink emerged as an option on a new generation of wide-format digital presses, early adopters embraced the technology as a way of differentiating themselves from competitors. As they’ve explored its applications, new opportunities have emerged, creatively and commercially, putting bright and colorful graphics and effects where doing so just wasn’t feasible or cost-effective before.
While hiking with a youth group in the high plains of Wyoming this past summer, we ran into a group of ranchers who were moving a large herd of sheep into another range for grazing. The several hundred sheep, all running about in a rather chaotic manner, were being pushed forward by five sheepherders on horses and four dogs.
As we watched, several in our group commented about the number of sheep that seemed to be heading in no particular direction at all. The sheepherders and the dogs had to work continuously to keep the herd moving more or less in the correct direction.
Düsseldorf, Germany isn’t a location I would typically refer to as my ideal vacation spot in November. After all, I’m used to temperatures in the mid-50s and sunny skies at that time of the year here in Vegas.
Yet this is just what I’m considering. Why? Because the Printed Interior Decoration (PID) conference (www.printedinteriordecoration.org) takes place there, November 26-27 this year.
After Southmoore High School in Moore, Oklahoma, had its band trailer destroyed when severe tornadoes hit the area last spring, a local dealer came forward to donate a 53-foot replacement.
In early February, Canon Solutions America – the Canon USA subsidiary that combines the components of Canon Business Solutions and Océ North America – celebrated its first anniversary in conjunction with a press briefing in Delray Beach, Florida.
The Clients: Toyota, Nickelodeon
Tools & Supplies: Roland VersaCamm VS-640, Roland inks, 3M 1080 Series wrap film, 3M finishing kit, Seal laminator
Hytex has re-engineered its Bright White Digital wallcovering for use in digital printing and wide-format digital mural output. A recycled nonwoven, the acoustrical fabric is made from 100% recycled polyester and high-strength waterproof fibers. Flammability rating: NFPA 265 and UBC 8-2. Available in 54- to 140-in. widths.
HP has added several new canvas and backlit media for its HP latex printers.
HP Premium Satin Canvas features a bright-white base and large color gamut. The canvas is scratch- and crack-resistant, and designed for fine-art and photographic reproductions, including stretching for gallery wraps and mounted applications. In 30-, 36-, 54-, and 60-in. widths.
HP Everyday Satin Canvas is a semi-matte, slightly textured canvas designed for production-oriented décor and display work. Available in 30-, 36-, 54-, and 60-in. widths.
The GF 4834 Luxury Banner for dye-sublimation and UV-curable printing is the newest fabric from Fisher Textiles. The 5.9-oz, bright-white satin warp-knit fabric features a medium-level sheen and passes NFPA 701 flame requirements. Applications include soft signage, high-end displays, and retail advertising applications. Available in 62- and 125-in. widths.
Avery Dennison has added five satin-finish colors – black, white, white pearlescent, carmine red, and bubblegum pink – to its Supreme Wrapping Film line, which now comprises 78 opaque cast films in gloss, matte and brushed metallic, matte, pearlescent, carbon fiber, conform chrome, and satin colors. All of the films feature Easy Apply RS technology and no overlaminate is required before installation, reports Avery. The Supreme Wrapping Films are geared toward interior and exterior accents for vehicles, P-O-P signage, and architectural installations. In 60-in. widths.