ISA’s Sign Industry Quarterly Economic Report for the first quarter of 2016 has found the majority of industry patterns to be on par with previous forecasts . “In general,” states a release, “it shows a relatively strong US economy and a sluggish global outlook.”
The history of ink began in China about 43 centuries ago, while the story of inkjet can be traced to an obscure patent issued in the UK in 1867. The wide-format inkjet systems that interest Big Picture readers began to emerge in the late ‘80s; since then, both the printheads and the inks that flow through them have evolved, expanded in capability, and permitted inkjet to address a multitude of new applications.
Epson has launched EpsonMasters.com, a training program for the company’s authorized partners. Available resources include more than 30 sales and technical training courses; how-to videos; webinars; sales “snapshots”; and more.
3M has acquired Knifeless Tech Systems, the manufacturer of Knifeless Tape. The adhesive reportedly allows graphics and vehicle wrap installers to eliminate knife-cutting installation, thus reducing risk of damage to the surface being wrapped.
3M also offers Knifeless Accredited Installer Training and Testing at its headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota.
DaVinci Technologies’ new Type II Wallcover is a digitally printable wall vinyl designed for high-traffic areas such as classrooms, waiting rooms, hallways, hospitals, retail stores, restaurants, and more. It is available in three textures – Sandstorm, Stubble, and Glazed – and is designed to comply with building and fire codes. Offered in 54-in. widths.
GPA’s new Concept Series 255 3-Mil Optically Clear Gloss Vinyl is engineered for indoor and outdoor window graphics, P-O-P applications, temporary signage, and more. The see-through film is accompanied by a traction-backed polyester liner and a low-peel adhesive offering clean removal for up to one year.
GPA reports unprinted edges are nearly invisible, mimicking the look of contour-cut graphics. It is available in 54-in. widths.
Nazdar has launched the 705 Series of UV inks for use in HP’s FB500/700 printers using 250 Series inks. Nazdar reports that users can switch one color at a time without flushing, purging, or reprofiling.
EFI has released a new edition of its Midmarket Print Suite, based around the company’s Pace MIS platform and integrated with its Fiery DFE systems. New features include:
Mutoh has announced the ValueJet 1938TX direct-to-fabric printer for high-speed production of applications such as custom apparel, home furnishings, tradeshow graphics, soft signage, flags, upholstery, and more. The 75-in. machine is engineered with dual staggered printheads, a heavy duty media feed and take-up system, and a built-in ink trough for printing open fabrics. It is also compatible with closed, face-in, and face-out roll media.
Arlon Graphics has developed DPF 6100XLP, a new cast wrap film for vehicle wraps and graphics. The film features a smooth finish, low-profile air egress liner, and improved bond in channels and compound curves. It is printable with latex, solvent, eco-solvent, and UV inks, and available in up to 60-in. widths.