Technology and nature are often pitted against one another, but for Seattle-based artist Karin Schminke (www.schminke.com), these two inspirations are equally vital. Schminke has been using digital printing in her work for 30 years, and her Epson and HP wide-format printers are a key part of her multi-modal process.
Xeikon announces today the launch of a new dry toner-based digital color press, the Xeikon 9800. The brand-new press will be demonstrated for the first time at the Hunkeler Innovationdays which takes place from February 23 to 26, at the Messe Lucerne exhibition facility in Switzerland. Its reputation for showcasing creative solutions that are fit for the future, makes this bi-yearly industry gathering the ideal venue for the product launch. The Xeikon 9800 will replace the Xeikon 8800 press in its family of digital color production presses, complementing the 8500 and 8600 presses.
Dalim Software (www.dalim.com) has announced that its newly released workflow and proofing products, ES 4.5, Twist 7.5, and Dialogue Engine 5, were created using only hydroelectricity, which helps to conserve natural resources and avoids harmful emissions.
In an alliance with ECi Software Solutions, Canon has announced that it will now offer Dealer Gateway, a cloud-based software for users of ECi’s e-automate system. The software will allow Canon dealers to update their management systems as soon as new product information becomes available.
E-automate users can also place orders to Canon directly using ECi’s PO Processor software.
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We asked digital signage guru Randy Dearborn, MGM Resort’s VP of multimedia and guest technology, who oversees 52,000 digital signs at his company’s properties, to share best practices for working with this medium:
1. No white backgrounds: It looks great in print, but LEDs won’t stay at the same color temperature required for that “perfect white” for long.
Going to the movies is a treat for everyone, no matter the age, with big-screen entertainment, snacks, soft drinks, and previews to entice us to come back for more. But the time you spend standing in the ticketing line to purchase the weekend box office hit, waiting for your popcorn to be lathered in butter, and walking the hallway to find your theater is a selling point for the cinema complex.
Inca Digital has announced the launch of the Inca Onset R40LT wide-format, flatbed, UV printer, which is designed for companies considering a mid-range digital flatbed machine.
The 63-in. Onset R40LT offers a choice of 4 to 8 colors, is capable of print speeds up to 265 sq m/hr, and can print on substrates up to 2 in. thick – equivalent to 40 full-bed sheets/hr – in manual mode (0.7 in. thick using automation).
Staffing firm Semper International (www.semperllc.com) has released its fourth quarterly survey on the state of the graphic arts and printing industry for 2014. Responses from more than 300 printing companies – clients and prospects of Semper – indicate a general feeling of optimism across the industry, including a report of sales growth from nearly 60 percent of companies.
Gear up for 2015’s ISA International Sign Expo, where you can discover a world beyond printed signage as educational sessions highlight customer-experience design and the digitization of everyday life.
To keep up with trends and technologies that will irrevocably alter the sign business, attend ISA International Sign Expo 2015 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. The expo runs Thursday through Saturday, April 9-11. Educational programs begin Wednesday, April 8, with Dynamic Digital Signage Day and continue Thursday and Friday, April 9 and 10.
Mactac has added ColorGard adhesive to its line of PermaColor LUV intermediate laminates, designed for cold roll lamination without requiring the use of heat, drying, or coating. The blended laminate is intended to protect indoor and outdoor prints from abrasion, moisture, UV light, and other wear and tear. Available in 38-, 51-, 54-, and 60-in. widths.