I began working for Big Picture magazine in 2012 as assistant editor. As an aspiring journalist fresh out of college, I pounced on the opportunity to work for an award-winning, international publication based in Cincinnati, only an hour from my hometown of Dayton, Ohio. Did I know what “wide format” meant? Nope. Did I know what digital printing was? Not a clue. Had I seen a vehicle wrap? Yes, but I had no idea the amount of material, equipment, and skill that went into printing and installing one.
Mimaki has announced a new distribution partnership with N. Glantz & Son, a 110-year-old sign and graphics distributor with presence across the continental US. N. Glantz will market the following products and corresponding ink and consumables:
• CG-FXII and CG SRIII Series cutting plotters;
• CJV150 and CJV300 Series print-and-cut devices;
• JV150 and JV300 Series eco-solvent/dye-sublimation printers;
• JFX200 and JFX500 UV flatbed printers;
• And UJV Series UV roll-based printers.
Mimaki has announced LUS-350 UV-LED ink, designed for thermoforming applications such as automotive components, molded signs, and prototypes. The ink is scratch- and dimple-resistant after printing and, when heated, transforms into a pliable state with the potential for up to 350% elongation, according to the company. When cooled, it returns to a hard, crack-resistant surface; Mimaki says it will also retain multiple printed layers. Compatible materials include PETG, acrylic, polycarbonate, polystyrene, and PVC.
SpotOn! Press has announced updates for its SpotOn! Analyze print management software. The platform presents detailed color data with the aim of improving consistency and accurate color calibration. New features include:
• Client/server functionality for multiple users;
• A measurement-centered user interface;
• Support for current G7 metrics, tolerances, and formulas, plus substrate-relative reference conversions (SCCA);
• A report generator, and more.
EFI has announced plans for a 250,000-square-foot facility in Londonderry, New Hampshire, to house its US Inkjet business. The building is scheduled to be completed in early 2018.
The face of out-of-home (OOH) advertising is constantly changing. When the OBIE Awards – named after the ancient Egyptian Obelisk, a tall stone structure that was used to publicize laws and treaties, and possibly the first form of advertising – began 74 years ago, it’s safe to say full bus wraps and digital billboards were not among the winners.
Novus Imaging has announced PrintFlow, a customizable, web-to-print user interface. PrintFlow is free for Novus equipment operators, but can be configured to work with other printing equipment, as well.
PrintFlow is being released in two phases for a variety of applications: Phase I will focus on yard signs and similar offerings, while Phase II will include banners and soft signage.
The potential for print service providers in the realm of out-of-home advertising goes far beyond the billboard – although for the judges of the OBIE Awards, creativity of content is valued just as much as the creativity of the medium. The winners across the Business & Technology category boast floor and stair graphics, bus wraps, and more.
Best of Show: Made this with Adobe Creative Cloud
Creative agencies: MRY, Colossal Media
Durst and Global Imaging have signed a distribution deal. Global Imaging will offer the Rho 312R, Rho 512R, Rho P10 250, Rho P10 250HS, Rhotex 322, and Rhotex 500 inkjet printers.
The British Sign and Graphics Association (BSGA) has raised a new issue that could affect providers of building and scaffolding wraps: After installing a standard PVC banner wrap on a building, a BSGA member company was informed that the building’s insurers would no longer insure the structure, citing that the material used did not have the proper LPCB (Loss Prevention Certification Board) certificate.