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Drytac’s Reverse Printable Window Film

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For day- and nighttime applications.

Drytac has released ViziPrint Illuminate, a 4-mil translucent window film that utilizes a mechanical bond to adhere to glass and other smooth, flat surfaces without the use of adhesive – eliminating the need for residue cleanup upon removal. ViziPrint Illuminate is bright white and is designed to diffuse light for brighter colors; it’s also reverse printable for applications displayed in direct sunlight or at night with artificial lighting. Available in up to 60-in. widths and printable with UV and latex technologies.

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3M Expands Specialty Overlaminates

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The 8900 series offers carbon fiber and brushed finishes.

3M’s new Wrap Overlaminate Series 8900 offers carbon fiber and brushed finishes for vehicle and wall wraps. Available in 60-in. widths, the overlaminates are compatible with other 3M graphics products and are accompanied by the company’s MCS Warranty.

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Drupa: Good Management Is Key

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Global Insights Reports offers statistics and best practices.

Drupa has announced that its forthcoming Global Insights Report will focus on good management practices, suggesting that diversification into new print applications means little without proper planning, integration, and marketing.

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Magnetic Media: Easy Come, Easy Go

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Decal Impressions simplifies signage for Kona Ice mobile vendors.

The combination of PVC and Velcro was not working for shaved ice company Kona Ice as their Florence, Kentucky-based business expanded across the continent. With dozens of rotating flavors, the network of mobile vendors needed a new system of daily signage – one that could stand up to an army of sticky-fingered and sugar-laden customers.

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Rolandprintstudio Now Compatible with Mac OS X

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Roland targets designers with latest RIP version.

Roland DGA has added a version of its Rolandprintstudio RIP software designed for Mac OS X. The program offers 64-bit processing capabilities and renders artwork via the Adobe PDF Print Engine for a more straightforward workflow. Users can also RIP, print, and cut on two devices simultaneously.

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Ford Bowers to Head SGIA

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New president and CEO to assume role in February.

SGIA has announced its new president and CEO, Ford Bowers of Miller Zell. Bowers will replace Michael Robertson, who announced his intent to retire after 33 years with the association this past June. As VP of operations at Miller Zell and general manager of the Miller Zell Graphic Center, Bowers helped the company transition to primarily digital print production, as well as to obtain several certifications from the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership and G7.

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Mimaki Introduces UJF-7151 Printer

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UV-LED flatbed for signage and specialty graphics.

Mimaki USA has expanded its UJF Series line with the UJF-7151 UV-LED flatbed, designed to help screen printers and pad printers make the switch to digital applications, including short runs for awards and recognition or promotional items, as well as industrial applications. To this end, the printer accommodates media up to 28 x 20 in. and up to 6 in. thick.

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Digital Signage: A Day at the Airport

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The best, the worst, and the missed opportunities at a perfect-storm location.

If America is a melting pot, then its airports are where the simmer starts. Walk through any concourse and you’ll find a medley of travelers; a mixture of races, classes, nationalities, genders, and ages. In other words, it’s a textbook environment to gauge the responses of a variety of consumers. Because there’s such a broad audience and a naturally busy atmosphere, it’s easy to see why digital signage is so prominent. As travelers, we already arrive as consumers; we’ve paid to be there.

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A Campaign with Two Faces

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A message hides within the words of the award-winning 'Nice Guy.'

The 2015 OBIE awards, hosted by the Outdoor Advertising Association of America, celebrated simple advertising strategies that stirred up genuine feelings in its audience. "These winning campaigns need no explanation," as the awards website put it.

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Nazdar Adds Océ- and Fujifilm-Compatible Inks

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UV inks can be switched one color at a time.

Nazdar has released two sets of printer-specific UV inks: the 702 series for the Océ Arizona printers using IJC256 inks, and the 703 series for Fujifilm Acuity machines running KI Series inks. The products are designed to eliminate the need to flush the lines or adjust color profiles. In addition, users can switch from OEM to Nazdar inks one color at a time.

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