ISA has teamed with InfoTrends and MCT Technologies to release a white paper on finishing technologies: “Wide-Format Cutting Devices: An Overview for Sign & Graphics Companies.” The report stresses the importance of PSPs devoting the same resources to their postpress capabilities as they do to the rest of their workflow, saying “Finishing is not an option, but a must for digital printing to march forward.”
British artist David Anthony Hall often designs his large-format photographic prints to bring positive energy to buildings like hospitals and hospices, but his work was also well-suited for a collaboration with sculptor Paul Vanstone for the Royal Horticultural Society’s exclusive Chelsea Flower Show in London.
Printed by Landor UK, Phototex’ European distributor, and laminated with Marabu ClearShield liquid laminate, the backdrop spans nearly 650 square feet.
The title of World Wrap Master has been awarded to Jim Miller, owner of Miller Decals, at the FESPA Digital expo in Amsterdam. Miller advanced to the final stage of the global competition after winning the European leg over 27 other competitors.
Mimaki has launched the TS500P-3200, a 129-in. dye-sublimation printer designed for superwide textile markets such as home furnishings, hospitality fabrics, and retail signage. Possible applications include curtains, upholstery, bed linens (a king-size bedspread measures 120 x 120 in.), soft signage, and backlit P-O-P displays.
Interactive design agency Monster Media developed this animated storefront display to promote the launch of Puma’s PwrCool thermo-regulating athletic gear. The interactive video wall consisted of nine 46-inch digital displays linked together to provide a life-size story of the technology’s development.
Magic has released two new UV-printable dry erase films: Ritetac Hi, featuring a permanent adhesive, and Ritetac Lo, featuring a removable adhesive. Possible applications for the 7.5-mil films include calendars, schedules, brainstorms, sports analysis, and menus for walls or tabletops. The line offers a low-gloss finish and is available in up to 54-in. widths.
Attendees of the Dscoop conference in San Antonio April 14-16 will have the opportunity to explore finishing technologies from nearly 20 exhibitors as part of the Dscoop Solutions Showcase.
The relevance of energy efficiency is not new in any industry that exists on the planet, but practices and associated principles certainly vary from country to country, with some rating excessive power usage far higher on their agendas for manufacturing across all sectors. Without a doubt, there are areas involving print where the cost of electricity – and its associated waste – tends to lack importance and rate fairly low on the list of criteria for businesses involved in heavy duty processes and production methodologies.
FESPA announced its 2016 award winners last week at the annual Gala Dinner in Amsterdam. The FESPA Awards program “celebrates print excellence and aims to inspire and motivate the global print community to push the boundaries of print,” according to a release.
Roland is launching a YouTube series called “Pro Tips” with brief visual demonstrations outlining various digital printing applications. The first offers tips for “Applying Transfer Masks to HTM3 Media.”