Novus Imaging’s Pictora is a 24-in. UV printer that processes media up to 2 in. thick at a rate of up to 220 boards/hr. Designed for directional and P-O-P signage, packaging, photography, interior décor, and fine art applications, Pictora features CMYK, orange, and gray inks – as well as optional white and clear – and grayscale inkjet technology with 10, 20, or 30 pL droplet sizes. Also includes a board rejection system to prevent printhead strikes and a barcode reader that automatically coordinates double-side printing.
Roland DGA has launched the 64-in. Texart RT-640 dye-sublimation printer for creating sportswear, décor, P-O-P displays, tradeshow graphics, promotional products, and more. The 4- or 8-color printer features a feed adjuster and 110-lb take-up system for increased stability, as well as the ErgoSoft Roland Edition Textile RIP and an ink switching system for unattended printing (4-color configuration only). The Roland Printer Assist iPad app for remote management is also available.
Esko has added a range of tools for its Kongsberg XN, Kongsberg V, and Kongsberg XL series of digital finishing systems. New tools include a psaligraphy knife for detailing paper and folding carton; a 60-mm perforation wheel that creates tear and crease-assist perforations in corrugated boards up to 4 mm thick; and a braille tool, compatible with most rigid materials.
In March of 2011, I wrote an article about vehicle wrap designs that cause issues in alignment, making the install nearly impossible to get right. Since then, I have experienced a few more pitfalls that aren’t necessarily common sense, but small details that can cause a vehicle wrap project to lose margin, add frustration, and cause delays. Here’s how to steer clear of these situations.
EFI has upgraded its Digital StoreFront web-to-print and e-commerce platform. Version 8 features expanded variable data, as well as real-time, bi-directional integration and data sharing with EFI MIS/ERP and EFI Fiery digital print workflows. The added Enterprise Model is designed as a “one-stop” process, where clients use one interface to access multiple subsidiaries of the same organization; incorporate content partners such as copywriters, photographers, and graphic designers; estimate shipping costs; and more.
There’s no template for wrapping a Zamboni, but the TKO Graphix (www.tkographix.com) crew didn’t blink (or shiver) when asked to wrap the ice resurfacer for use at Indy Fuel minor league hockey games. The wrap was printed on 3M IJ180Cv3-10 with an EFI Vutek 3360 printer and 3M 8518 laminate.
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Agfa Graphics has added varnish to its Jeti Titan S and HS UV flatbeds. The addition allows users to create dramatic effects for P-O-P displays, packaging, decorative prints, tradeshow graphics, and more; or to apply the varnish as a protective coating. Compatible with most standard UV-printing media, according to the company.
Roland DGA has announced the winners of its month-long “With Roland” video contest, which invited Roland users to share success stories with five- to 60-second videos. Luis Soto of T & S Ltda. in Punta Arenas, Chile, was named the grand prizewinner and awarded a Roland product of his choosing: he selected a VersaUV LEF-12 UV flatbed, hoping to double the shop’s promotional product output.
Ink2image has introduced a line of inks compatible with most HP Designjet models, including older models such as the 5500 and z6100. Offerings include dye, pigment, solvent, and latex formulations, designed so that new color profiles are not necessary. Typical cost savings run at 50% compared to OEM cartridges, according to the company.
Epson has launched the SureColor S-Series line of 64-in. solvent inkjet printers: the S30675, S50675, and S70675. Designed for creating signage, vehicle graphics, fine art, and packaging, the series features Epson’s PrecisionCore TFP printheads, with variable-sized droplets as small as 4.2 pL and a max. resolution of 1440 dpi.
An entry-level sign printer, the 4-color S30675 is equipped with UltraChrome GS2 ink with a newly formulated cyan, and prints up to 140 sq ft/hr.