Three weeks. Eight high-profile football games. More than 200,000 square feet of graphics.
If there is an epicenter for digital signage, it’s Las Vegas. Walking down the Strip is an experience for the senses, with some of the largest, most intense signage in the world. It’s a city that never sleeps, and will try most anything to keep visitors engaged and spending money.
3M has introduced The Core, a free online resource for signage and graphics shops offering product information, business ideas, best practices, education, industry news, and event coverage. Members can also access tools and information as well as showcase their own work.
As its 2016 digital event closes in Amsterdam, FESPA has announced that its 2017 show will take place May 8-12 at the Hamburg Messe in Hamburg, Germany. The association describes the city – the eighth largest in Europe – as a “booming business location.” The expo will again encompass sub-shows FESPA Textile, European Sign Expo, and Printeriors.
The Bloodhound racing machine – designed to someday break the sound barrier and world land speed record – needed a sleek vinyl finish for its debut. Print provider PressOn used their HP Latex 3500 printer and Kongsberg iXP24 cutting table to produce the wrap and branding for the 44-foot-long, $20.5-million car.
Kornit Digital has added two new models to its Storm line of industrial direct-to-garment printers for medium-sized apparel decorators. Storm Hexa and Storm 1000 both feature a new recirculating ink system, developed to reduce ink consumption and improve reliability. The pair also exhibits twice the number of nozzles as previous Storm machines; the company says productivity may increase as much as 40%. Print speeds can reach 170 garments/hr in high productivity mode, including inline pretreatment. Max. print area is 20 x 28 in.
Mactac has announced a redesigned version of its digitally printable Imagin RoughRap film for specialty wall graphics on rough and textured surfaces. Possible applications for the 2-mil, soft white gloss vinyl include locker rooms, gymnasiums, arenas, retail spaces, airports, restaurants, and more. The company reports that the new construction offers improved conformability and adhesion to surfaces such as concrete or brick.
Roland has released the TrueVis VG series of wide-format eco-solvent printer/cutters for producing vehicle graphics, banners, posters, displays, decals, packaging prototypes, apparel heat transfers, and more. The series, which includes 54- and 64-in. models, leverages four FlexFire printheads, which the company says are designed to flexibly control the metallic plate attached to the ink chamber for a higher firing frequency.
False balance means giving fair play to an idea that’s unsubstantiated; something that a few people believe, but that lacks credibility in neutral circles. Think Holocaust deniers or The Flat Earth Society, whose members flout overwhelming scientific evidence that the Earth is spherical.
Ritrama has opened a 150,700-square-foot facility in Basiano, Italy, for the production of self-adhesive materials. The site features a quality control center and two integrated production lines for visual communications self-adhesives and automotive self-adhesives, respectively. Ritrama says the plant meets ISO standards for management and automotive production.