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Heart Heroes

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Cincinnati supports heart disease victims with digital billboards.

To celebrate Heart Awareness Month, friends and family with loved ones affected by cardiovascular issues posted pictures of their “Heart Heroes” to local American Heart Association and Lamar Advertising (www.lamar.com) Facebook pages. The photos were displayed on Lamar’s digital billboards across the city throughout the month of February.

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Don't Snow on My Parade

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Fastsigns Waltham prints 40 banners for Super Bowl victory celebration.

Not even three feet of snow could stop the team at Fastsigns Waltham (www.fastsigns.com/401) from preparing for the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl victory parade. More than 40 banners, ranging from five to 40 feet wide, were printed on their HP Latex 360 and cut with a Zünd digital cutter.

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New Blood

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Look to your customers to keep your company fresh and ahead of the curve.

If you spend time at the gym, you may have heard the term “active recovery.” Athletes who practice this workout mode exercise lightly on off days, rather than taking complete rest. The theory is that keeping muscles moving and blood flowing flushes toxins from tissues and promotes more rapid repair. It’s not a bad idea for small business, either. After years of firings and tightening belts, it’s easy to freeze into a contracted position. But it’s 2015. Time to get the blood flowing again (and not because you’re decapitating competitors).

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Old School

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Color management dates back more than 300 years.

Pantone published their first color guide in 1963, but literature on color dates back as early as 1692. The Bibliothèque Méjanes in Aix-en-Provence houses the 800-page Traité des couleurs servant à la peinture à l’eau by A. Boogert [call number Ms. 1389 (1228)], a hand-drawn detailing of colors whose title translates to A Theory of Colors Used for Water Painting.

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STS Inks Adds HP831 Latex-Compatible Inks

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For HP Latex 310, 330, and 360 printers.

STS Inks has added a line of latex inks, delivered in original OEM cartridges, that are compatible with HP Latex 310, 330, and 360 printers. The HP831 inks feature STS’ Plug & Print compatibility, which, according to the company, allows the user to switch from OEM to STS inks without the need to flush lines or change color profiles. The water-based line is also designed to be odorless and eco-friendly.

STS INKS
www.stsinks.com
 

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On Fire for Cancer Research

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Vehicle Wraps Inc. transforms a fire truck for breast cancer awareness.

The Sacramento Metro Firefighters turned to Vehicle Wraps Inc. (www.vehiclewrapsinc.com) to transform one of their trucks into a pink expression of support for breast cancer awareness last October. Printed on 3M’s IJ180Cv3 vinyl and high-gloss 8518 laminate vinyl with an HP Designjet L26500, the wrap is expected to become an annual tradition.

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SID Signs Releases Apollo UV Flatbed

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An entry-level UV option.

SID Signs has released the Apollo UV flatbed printer, intended for PSPs looking to enter the UV market. Capable of printing on PVC, glass, aluminum, and more, the Apollo prints up to 215 sq ft/hr with a max. media height of 1.6 in. and a max. resolution of 2880 dpi. Other features include nine individual vacuum zones for improved accuracy, Photoprint RIP software, white ink (optional), and a UV lamp lifespan of 20,000 hours, according to the company. Available in 51- or 98-in. widths.

SID SIGNS
www.sidsigns.com
 

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Kodak Releases Prinergy Workflow 7

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Including Preflight+ technology.

Kodak has upgraded its Prinergy Workflow automation software. Developments for the new version aim to increase control and automation across the printing process, including job creation, collaboration, file processing, trapping, proofing, imposition, and color management. Enhancements include:
• Preflight+, which automatically checks and corrects files before they enter production;
• Layered PDF versioning with an error detecting option;
• Centralized control over digital and conventional presses and equipment;

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Tile Takeover

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Ceramic manufacturers look to inkjet for smaller runs and fewer breakages.

Improved technology for ceramic decoration has PSPs eyeing this sector as digital’s non-contact process allows for printing on thinner, lighter substrates, and the demand for customized décor grows. Since Kerajet introduced the first inkjet printer dedicated to tile decoration in 1999, developments in printhead technology have had ceramics manufacturers turning quickly from screen printing to inkjet, drawn by digital’s ease of use, flexibility of design, reduced waste, and quick ROI.

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Azonprinter Adds Razor UV Tabletop Printer

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Prints on a variety of substrates up to 8 in. thick.

Azonprinter has added Razor, a 13-in. UV printer for printing on a multitude of surfaces and objects, including wood, leather, and plastic, up to nearly 8 in. thick. Razor features seven automatic modes, including self-adjusting distance mode designed for printing on curved objects; the 6-color printer also includes varnishing and embossing effects for patterns and textures with either gloss or matte finishes. In addition, the company reports improved energy efficiency, ventilation, and RIP software, as well as a user-oriented display.

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