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Ultima Displays Chooses Durst Technology for New Centres of Excellence

Durst, manufacturer of digital production technologies, has formed a partnership with Ultima Displays, which is creating Centres of Excellences across Europe.

Ultima Displays is a one-stop solutions and hardware provider serving more than 6,000 dealers across 28 countries in Europe. It employs 285 people across the continent and has a £37 million (€44 million) turnover.

SGIA Members Donate Nearly $40K in Prizes to SkillsUSA Championships

SGIA supplier members have donated nearly $40,000 in prizes for screen printing and graphic imaging–sublimation secondary and post-secondary students and their schools at the 2017 SkillsUSA Championship, held as part of the 53rd annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (Louisville, Kentucky, June 19–23).

Dye Sublimation: New Printers to Consider

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Five new printers your shop should take note of.

Using heat to transfer dye onto paper: the most commonly used description of dye sublimation printing. But this technology’s unique chemistry is capable of much more than that, producing vibrant images on yes, paper, but also plastic, fabric, aluminum, ceramic, wood, glass, metal, brass, acrylic, and more.

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The Xaar 502 Inkjet Printhead Makes Its Mark at Interpack 2017

This year’s premier packaging show, Interpack 2017 (4-10 May, Dusseldorf, Germany), featured a number of new Coding & Marking printer launches incorporating Xaar technology. Macsa ID, RN Mark and Squid Ink all launched coders using the Xaar 502 printheads featuring Xaar’s PrecisionPlus and TF Technology®. This high resolution printhead ensures Coding and Marking OEMs can offer a premium, fast, reliable, high contrast coder fit for the challenges of the printing environment.

FESPA Announces 2018 Print Expo

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May 15-18 in Berlin, Germany.

FESPA has announced the 2018 global print expo is scheduled for May 15-18, 2018, in Berlin. Highlighting screen, digital, and textile printing technologies, the show is expected to occupy nine halls at Messe Berlin. The event was last held in Berlin in 2007.

FESPA 2018 will be co-located with the 2018 European Sign Expo for non-printed visual communication solutions.
 

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Esko’s Take Up Unit for Kongsberg

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Separates and winds finished material and waste.

The Kongsberg Take Up unit from Esko is designed to separate finished material from waste during the postpress process. It is compatible with any Kongsberg table equipped with a conveyor feed system and can be moved away when it’s not needed. Available in two models: Unit 2 (66 in.) and Unit 6 (126 in.). Both models can handle rolls weighing up to 660 lbs.

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Gandy Digital Reveals Superwide Hybrid Model

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The Kre8tor UV printer offers inline white ink.

Gandy Digital has launched a 126-in. version of its Kre8tor Hybrid UV printer. The machine offers 6 colors + white, with the option to print only 4 colors, as well. Print speeds reach up to 1300 sq ft/hr with up to 1800-dpi resolution. Features include automatic material thickness sensing – the Kre8tor prints on materials up to 4.7 in. thick; UV lamps with a range of power levels; edge-to-edge printing; and multilayer printing. The company’s high-density UV ink is designed to use less ink per square foot.

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Environmental Graphics: A ‘Super Sweet’ Floor

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Cape May Sweet House gets a candy-inspired vinyl makeover.

“We don’t do floor graphics; we do graphic floors,” says Tim Wirtz. The president of Graphic Image Flooring started his custom flooring business four years ago after a few decades working in signage and big-box retail. What sounds like a small niche has proved to be a slice of opportunity to help retailers, museums, corporations, exhibitors, and even residential clients “stand out in the noise.”

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‘Sharkskin’ Floor Graphic Film from Kernow

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Designed for use without a laminate.

Kernow Coatings has revealed KernowJet FloorShark floor graphic film. Available in 54- and 60-in. rolls, FloorShark is designed for P-O-P displays on hard floors and short-pile carpet tiles. Kernow reports the new film uses “sharkskin” coating technology to provide a slip-resistant, removable floor graphic film.

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Backlit Display Material from R Tape

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A matte, water-resistant polyester film.

R Tape has released the LumaPrint series of translucent, backlit polyester films. The water-resistant matte material is PVC-free and available in three grades. LumaPrint Eco-Solvent, designed for eco-solvent and solvent printers, is available in rolls up to 60 in. wide. LumaPrint Latex, for printing with latex inks, is available in up to 87-in. widths. LumaPrint UV is engineered for UV inkjet printing and is available in widths up to 60 in.

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