In our constantly changing world, what worked last year, last month, or even last week may not work today. In our 22 years in business, we have seen customers, markets, print technologies, and products come and go – many of these changes being difficult to anticipate or control. (Yes, some of you have been very successful doing essentially the same thing for over a decade, and my hat is off to you.)
Avery Dennison has introduced the Supreme Wrapping Film ColorFlow Series, a line of iridescent films for vehicle wraps. Colors include Rising Sun (red/gold), Urban Jungle (silver/green), Roaring Thunder (blue/red), Fresh Spring (gold/silver), and Rushing Riptide (cyan/purple). The series is composed of multilayer films engineered with color, texture, and clear protective layers; they are also designed with Easy Apply RS technology for conformability and repositioning. Available in 60-in. widths.
Presto Tape has reached a distribution agreement with Cypress, California-based CalComp Graphic Solutions. CalComp will market Presto’s removable and repositionable media, CanvasTac, WallFab, and PrestoTex.
MagX has announced the newest generation of its MagX line of printable magnetic sheeting. The company reports the new media offers up to 10% greater holding power, a brighter white point, and higher flexibility. In addition, the sheeting’s treated laminate has been engineered to accept nearly all digital inks, and its back coating reportedly prevents scuffing and blocking. Available in up to 48-in. widths.
Magic’s new Hilite8.0 backlit film is designed with a satin finish for graphics in restaurants, fitness centers, shopping malls, transit venues, and more. The material is recyclable and is printable with latex and UV inks, with a bright white, anti-glare surface. Available in up to 60-in. widths.
Caldera and Swiss manufacturer Lüscher-Tschudi have partnered to develop a printer-specific version of Caldera’s GrandRIP+ for the T-Rex 320 textile printer. The 126-inch industrial machine, which features a fabric loading and transportation system and an inline fixation unit and dryer, outputs soft signage and other textile applications at up to nearly 2500 square feet per hour. The GrandRIP+ platform offers color management features designed specifically for fabric printing; media and ink optimization; and the optional TextilePro suite for RGB workflow and pattern options.
To spruce up a rundown storefront in downtown Akron, the Summit County Convention and Visitors Bureau commissioned a 174-inch wall mural from Central Graphics Group. Printed with an Epson SureColor S30670 onto Mactac Rebel Multi-Print Media and laminated with Mactac Permacolor ColorGard LUV, the mural depicts the locally based ’70s rock band, Devo.
The every-four-year, not-to-be-missed world event is here, and I’m not talking about drupa. Viewers around the globe will be glued to their TVs for most of August as they watch the best athletes alive compete in the 31st Olympic Games. These competitors have trained for years, perhaps their whole lives, just for a spot at Rio 2016. And in order to get there, preparation and readiness are key.
STS Inks has launched Eco-Xtreme inks, a series developed for Roland’s Ai2, Ai3, and Ai4 inks for use on the AdvancedJet AJ and AJ-i printer series. Eco-Xtreme is available in 1-L cartridges and in 6 colors: CMYKcm. The series is compatible with coated and uncoated media.
3M has released Envision Print Film 48C, a PVC-free alternative to the company’s Controltac Print Film 40C. The intermediate film is designed for applications such as windows, walls, floors, signage, and partial vehicle graphics. It features 3M Comply Adhesive for air release and is engineered to resist tears and bubbles during installation and removal. Envision 48C is also printable with solvent, UV, and latex printing, durable up to 5 years indoor and outdoor (3 months for floors), and available in 54-in. widths.