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LSI Industries Acquires 3M’s Digital Signage Business

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“We look forward to expanding into new market segments, serving national and international brands, and responding to the ever-changing needs of our customers."

LSI Industries has announced the acquisition of certain assets of 3M’s digital-signage business, including hardware, software, and access to customer relationships.

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Teckwin Introduces PQ-300 UV Printer

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And offers a technology demo of its upcoming TeckStorm TS300GS UV printer.

New from Teckwin is the PQ-300, a UV flatbed that can accommodate materials up to 98 x 57 in. and rigid substrates up to 4-in. thick. Standard configuration is 6 colors (CMYKcm) + white + varnish; it’s also available with CMYK + white and CYMY + varnish. Top print speed is 382 sq ft/hr (205 sq ft/hr in Normal mode); it offers a resolution of up to 720 x 1440 dpi.

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Sourcing Ink

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The 2014 Ink Sourcelist: a directory of more than 70 suppliers of inks for wide-format printers.

Seeking inks for your machines? To help you in your ink quest, we’ve assembled the following Ink Sourcelist: a directory of more than 70 suppliers of inks for wide-format printers. The roster includes printer OEMs branding their own inks, ink manufacturers, and suppliers of private-labeled/branded inks. We’ve not included businesses that are only selling other companies’ branded inks (unless it’s an exclusive arrangement). This list was assembled just prior to ISA Expo 2014; check company websites for products released since that time.

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Breaking News: You’re No Longer a Small Shop

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What you might experience as you’re making the transition to a big business, and how to identify some ideas that will help along the way.

As small businesses grow larger, a kind of internal struggle occurs. They find themselves battling to manage the day-to-day challenges that, in the past, may have been relatively easy to handle.

In looking back at my own company, for example, I recall a time about 15 years ago when a few of us were trying to do it all – from sales and production to accounting, equipment, and more. We quickly realized, however, that we were getting burned out and our business was experiencing issues we had never seen before.

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Getting Dimensional

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Developments on the 3D printing front.

In my column about a year ago on the topic of 3D printing (“3D Printing: Putting the 'Additive' in Manufacturing,” June 2013), I wrote about our company’s purchase of a 3D printer. This was at the peak of all the hyperbole about how 3D printing was going to totally change the world. As it turns out, the world is still pretty much the same – the technology hasn’t really affected civilization as we know it.

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New H1625 LED Printer from EFI

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Entry-level production printer can accommodate rigid and roll media.

EFI has introduced the new EFI H1625 LED printer, an entry-level production printer that can output onto rigid and roll media up to 65-in. wide and up to 2-in. thick.

The H1625 features a CMYK + white inkset (two white channels); multi-layer printing; eight-level variable-drop grayscale printheads; dynamic curing LED UV lamps; and a modular table design for scalable rigid-printing depth. It offers print speeds up to 458 sq ft/hr (247 sq ft/hr in Quality mode) and a top resolution of 600 x 1200 dpi;. The machine ships with the EFI Fiery XF RIP.

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HP Launches New HP Latex 300 Printer Series

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Company also debuts new HP Designjet Z-Series Production Printers.

HP has announced a new HP Latex 300 Printer Series of printers, as well as two new Designjet printer models.

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Durst Debuts Rho 312R Printer

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Also introduces the Rho P10 250HS flatbed.

Durst has introduced two new presses: the Rho 312R UV roll printer, and the Rho P10 250HS flatbed.

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Wallcoverings Association Comes Together in Clearwater

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WA members and attendees were given the opportunity to explore new ideas, attend education sessions, and network.

The Wallcoverings Association – the nonprofit trade association that represents wallcovering manufacturers, distributors, and industry suppliers – held its annual meeting this past February at the Sandpearl Resort in Clearwater Beach, Florida. During the three-day meeting, approximately 150 members of the association and other attendees were given the opportunity to explore new ideas, attend education sessions, and network.

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Capturing Fine-Art Success

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Four companies prove the profits of fine-art printing.

Sometimes you find your niche right away, and sometimes you have to work toward figuring it out. And then, of course, there’s mastering the relevant techniques involved in that particular niche once you’ve decided upon it.

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