Registration has opened for Dscoop, HP’s annual user conference. This year’s conference, built on the theme “Imagine,” will be held March 1-4, 2017, in Phoenix. The event will feature keynote speakers Billy Beane, executive VP of baseball operations for the Oakland A’s and subject of the hit film “Moneyball,” and John Foley, former lead solo pilot of the US Navy Blue Angels.
When we look at equipment purchases for our wide-format print businesses, we typically think of printing, finishing, and installation equipment. Thrown into the mix are computers and related electronics, systems for phones, electrical and compressed air, and so on. Many shops also have a decent or professional-grade digital camera to record images of jobs they are proud of. These images populate company brochures, PowerPoint presentations, thumb drives, websites, and offices.
Anyone who’s produced graphics for a live event will tell you that logistics can be a nightmare: You’re dealing with sponsors who send last-minute artwork, working around other event vendors during installation, and printing at all hours of the night because being late is simply not an option. But the team at Cookie Printers (Warsaw, Poland) faced a challenge that was exceedingly more frustrating: a heavy downpour, just a few days before the outdoor movie festival Dwa Brzegi.
Onyx Graphics has released the Onyx 12.1 software product line, including Thrive workflow software, ProductionHouse, PosterShop, and RIPCenter. New features include:
• Increased speeds reportedly three times faster than Onyx 12 for halftone processing and data transfer
• Integrated G7 correction, verification, and iterations
• Automation tools, such as enhanced tiling
• Expanded device support, including QR codes in Zünd Cut Center and color devices from Konica Minolta and X-Rite
A sold-out crowd of 130 manufacturers, end users, and researchers gathered for the first “Digital Textile Printing: The Future Is Now” educational conference hosted by the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) and SGIA in Durham, North Carolina, December 6-7.
Big Picture’s Editor-in-Chief Adrienne Palmer was there; here are some of her top takeaways from the event:
Mutoh has announced the 2017 schedule for its wrap training program, put on in partnership with Avery Dennison. Classes will be hosted by Justin Pate (The Wrap Institute) and John Duever (Vinyl Images). Courses include:
Big Picture and its sister publication, Screen Printing, have welcomed Kelsey Johnson as the new assistant editor. Johnson, a graduate of Purdue University’s human relations and interpersonal communications departments, will join the Cincinnati-based team of editors this week.
Arlon and Yorston & Associates have announced a partnership in which the latter will represent Arlon’s flexible substrate product line. Yorston, a manufacturing representative and consultant firm for the electrical identity market, will support Arlon’s distributor partners and sales team.
SwissQprint has made available “4 x 4” versions of its Nyala 2 and Impala 2 flatbed printers. The 4 x 4 models feature four CMYK printheads with optional white or varnish.
The Nyala 2 4 x 4 printer prints at 1076 sq ft/hr in quality mode; 613 sq ft/hr in fine art mode. The flatbed measures 126 x 78.5 in. The Impala 2 flatbed spans 98.5 x 78.5 in.
Both models can be equipped with a roll-to-roll attachment or a board capable of handling media up to 157.5 in. long.
Azonprinter’s Azon Matrix UV-LED series offers the capability to print objects up to 7.87 in. tall. Offered in three bed sizes (27.5 x 75 in., 27.5 x 98.5 in., and 47 x 130 in.), the line images onto materials including PET, ABS, polycarbonate, TPU, wood, stone, glass, canvas, ceramic, aluminum, and leather. The company reports a max. resolution of 2880 dpi. Ink is configured with CMYK + dual white + dual clear.