HP will separate into two entities on November 1: Hewlett Packard Enterprise, which will comprise software, servers, storage, converged systems, and services; as well as HP Inc., which will include the company’s printing products and services.
If you want to grow your sales for your wide- and grand-format digital printing business, you have two options. You must carve out a bigger piece of your existing market(s), or you must find or create new markets. In other words, you either scrap for a bigger piece of cake, or you bake a new one.
British racing team Lotus F1 launched a post-apocalyptic racing machine in collaboration with Warner Bros. Pictures film "Mad Max: Fury Road." Wrapped in graphics printed on 3M Wrap Film 1090-M230 Matte Grey Aluminum with a Roland SolJet Pro 4 XR-640, the Lotus Hybrid was revealed in Barcelona in May.
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One differentiator between high- and low-end RIPs is color management, Chris Morrison says.
“I go to my supplier and I’m ordering a couple rolls of Roland photo glossy paper. My supplier says, ‘You know what? XYZ company has photo glossy paper, they’ve discontinued the line, and I have six rolls I’ll sell you for the price of two.’ The problem is, if I buy those and use the profile for the Roland, I’m not going to get really good color.
OKI Data Infotech has expanded its ColorPainter line of inkjet printers with the 104-in. H3-104s. The largest ColorPainter model offered, the H3-104s is designed for high productivity, and prints at speeds up to 609 sq ft/hr. The machine’s low-odor, eco-solvent ink set is reportedly durable up to 3 years outdoors, and features 8 colors, including gray and light gray, for improved monochrome printing and color gradations.
Bantex 10-oz Blackback Curl Free banner media from Herculite Graphic Products comes with a 5-year guarantee against edge curl and is flame retardant. The one-sided product features a black back for reduced glare. Available in 36-, 54-, and 72-in. widths and compatible with solvent, eco-solvent, UV-curable, and latex inks.
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The 2014 graduating class of Liberty High School ensured a lasting legacy with this 876-square-foot seamless wall wrap, which covers door frames, crash bars, mortar joints, and rough cinder block. Graphics provider Azpro printed the wrap on 3M Scotchcal IJ8624 graphic film with 3M 8524 laminate via an HP Latex 3000 printer.
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Ultraflex Systems has introduced the lightweight XMR Magnetic Receptive Media for frequently changed applications such as retail and restaurant graphics. XMR features a neutral white point and high durability; it does not require lamination, according to the company. Available in 74-in. widths.
HP has announced several new and modified printers for its Scitex line:
The HP Scitex 11000 Industrial Press is designed for cost-effective short runs on a variety of media, from fiber-based textiles to rigid plastics. The 63-in. press features Smart Coat ink layer technology, intended for surface flexibility and durability without an additional overcoat. Prints up to 6997 sq ft/hr in 6 colors.
Have you seen a runner selecting shoes? It’s a mystical process, guided by a salesperson/guru, who carefully examines the foot, the stride, wear on previous soles, etc. And it ends with a glowing athlete holding a new pair of treads.
Today’s software developers are trying to make buying a RIP something like that. They know that RIPs are “fit it and forget it” shoes, and so they’re spiffing them up with new features for a perfect fit.