Pictographics began printing on fabric with dye-sublimation ink 20 years ago thanks to RasterGraphics electrostatic printers. While e-stat printers are a bit of a throwback, they were wonderful back in the day. They were also the closest things in print technology to “rocket science” I have ever experienced. E-stats were exceptional because they printed at about 650 square feet an hour, a big step up from 10 square feet an hour via the inkjet printers of those days.
“Eat. Drink. Southern.” was the tagline for this year’s Atlanta Food and Wine Festival, an annual event in the city’s midtown neighborhood celebrating Southern cuisine. But for GCI Graphics, the festival’s motto was more like “Print. Deliver. Repeat.”
Mactac’s new Imagin B-free Gruv Cast media, designed to replace the company’s Imagin B-free Gruv, is suitable for full and partial vehicle wraps; fleet graphics; marine wraps; floor, wall, and window graphics; and more. The film features an omnidirectional air-egress invisible adhesive pattern, designed to eliminate visible texture in the face stock for easier installation. The 2-mil, high-gloss, soft white face stock is coated with an opaque gray acrylic permanent, but repositionable, adhesive.
EFI and Agfa Graphics are offering JDF integration between EFI’s Fiery digital front ends and Agfa’s Apogee 10 system. The connection is designed specifically for print shops with a blended workflow of offset and digital machines; it will enable Apogee users to further automate the distribution of print jobs for the best possible workflow.
Mimaki has launched the UJF Mark II Series of UV-LED tabletop printers with 11.8-in. UJF-3042 and 24-in. UJF-6042 models. The 6042 machine leverages CMYKcm + white, clear, and jettable primer to image on materials measuring up to 6 in. in height. Available inks currently include LH-100 ink, designed for high scratch and chemical resistance, and LUS-120 ink for flexibility and scratch resistance. The company reports its LUS-150 ink will be made available for this series at a later date. The series also offers a 1-L bulk-ink system.
Kim Howell, CEO of Tiny Mammoth Graphics (Des Moines, Iowa) has seen it all when it comes to vendor relationships, from small hiccups to major frustrations to incredible successes. Here, she outlines the makings of her ideal supplier.
1. Knowledge of Market Trends It's important to know exactly what the trends are and what my shop’s competitors are offering. I want to know where they’re seeing successes. And, new printing techniques and installation tips are always highly valuable.
Advertising forms like interactive signage and full bus wraps are sure to turn heads, and we're certainly beginning to see more of them appear. But sometimes there's just nothing like a good old-fashioned billboard – if the content itself is head-turning. The winners in the Consumer Goods, Services & Retail category of the 2016 OBIE Awards show that in this regard, a little cleverness can go a long way.
Mohawk has added six products to its portfolio for wide-format inkjet printing:
Wide Format Inkjet Textured Lightblock Economy Film, an economy material printable with eco-solvent, latex, and UV inks. Features include a vinyl face, polyester backing, stay-flat quality, heat resistance, and anti-slip coating. Available in 9, 12.2, and 19.5 mil; up to 60-in. widths.
X-Rite Pantone has released version 2.7 of its ColorCert Suite, a collection of software products designed to aid package printers with color and print quality control and reporting. New features include:
Cyrious Software has released the v3 Dataset for its Control job management software. New features include pricing screens for wide-format printing, vinyl signs, vehicle graphics, and more. Users have the option for advanced configuration of the pricing screens, and the company reports setup and pricing is faster with the new version.