SGIA is offering an all-access pass that grants admission to more than 40 educational sessions at this year’s expo in Las Vegas, September 14-16. Programming is organized into four tracks – graphics and sign, garment decoration, business management, and color management and workflow – but attendees can mix and match as they choose. The pass, which is free for SGIA members before August 24, does not include the symposiums, PDAA workshops, Wide Format 101, or OSHA training.
On a Monday, The Meeks Group (Tulsa, Oklahoma) received artwork for a wall wrap for a barrier that would separate the main gaming room of the River Spirit Casino from a new construction zone. The 830 square feet of graphics would serve as a preview of the $365 million expansion and transformation of the resort into the Margaritaville Casino and Resort – and they had to be installed by Friday. By Tuesday, the job was printed on Meeks’ HP Latex 370 onto 3M Scotchcal IJ40 and laminated with 3M Scotchcal 8510.
GSG has announced an acquisition in the works for Cincinnati Sign Supplies. The sign and digital printing supplier will assume the name GSG-Cincinnati after the deal closes on the expected date of June 1. The two companies also share a common history: John Lamb, who founded Texas Sign Supply, Texas Screen Process Supply, and Neo Sign and Screen Supply, all individual companies before they merged to become GSG, also established Cincinnati Sign Supplies.
HP has revealed the Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution, a multicomponent platform featuring the SmartStream 3D Build Manager and Command Centre, the Jet Fusion 3D Processing Station, and Jet Fusion 3D 3200 and 4200 printers. The system processes and prints at the voxel level (voxels are the 3D version of pixels), which, according to HP, increases users’ ability to control and customize the finished product. Other possibilities include the ability to print with embedded intelligence and information, i.e. part sensors and tracking codes.
Self-adhesives manufacturer Ritrama has redesigned its corporate website. The site is now accessible from any mobile or desktop device. A reorganized products menu offers access to each of the company’s five divisions: Roll Label, Graphics, Offset Sheets, Industrial, and Polifibra. Users can also search for products by material name or intended application. Site visitors can also find the company’s code of ethics; news and events; certifications; and more.
Perception has launched PhotoFab Eco-HD with Repreve, a printable fabric manufactured from recycled water bottles. The woven material is coated on both sides and is suitable for indoor and outdoor applications such as promotional signs, flags, display graphics, and banner stands. The company reports a wide color gamut that will not yellow. It is available in widths ranging from 24 to 60 in.; custom sizes also offered.
GPA has revealed Opaque Polypropylene Blockout Film, an 8-mil banner material engineered to minimize glare and transparency. Possible applications include double-sided banners, pennants, retail graphics, tradeshow signage, and short-term outdoor signage. It offers adhesive grommet tabs and can also be digitally or screen printed, sewn, die cut, and taped. Available in 54-in. widths.
The newest version of GMG’s OpenColor color management software offers the ability to create separation profiles that can be exported to other applications, including GMG ColorProof, packaging editors, and Adobe Photoshop.
The 2.0.4 update also features GMG ColorPlugin, which allows these profiles to be imported directly into Photoshop via the user’s desktop rather than in a server-based environment. The plug-in is offered in Standard and Pro options; ColorPlugin Pro enables custom profiling.
Fisher Textiles has added GF 6088 MoJo to its line of dye-sublimation fabrics. The material is engineered for improved light dispersion for backlit applications. It is wrinkle resistant, slightly stretchable, and flame retardant. Offered in 125-in. widths.
Kala has announced the Starter HR line of heat-ready laminators, featuring a heat-assisted top roller. Positioned as an entry-level option for small sign and print shops, the Starter HR models offer three pressure levels. The series handles simultaneous mounting and laminating of a single side; colored backgrounds; and mounting on boards up to 2 in. thick. Available in 43-, 55-, and 63-in. widths.