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GPA Opens 11th Print & Design Contest

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Entries accepted through October 31.

GPA has launched the 2016 Print & Design Contest, the 11th edition of the annual competition recognizing creative print work that utilizes the company’s substrates.

Entries must be from a job completed on a qualified GPA substrate within the past year. Contestants can choose from any of six categories:

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EskoWorld Hits Florida for 2016 Users’ Conference

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Featuring 75-plus educational sessions.

Esko has announced its 2016 users’ conference, EskoWorld, will travel to Orlando, Florida, June 21-23. Featuring more than 75 educational sessions, the event will be held at the Omni Orlando Resort. Topics will cover digital flexo, commercial print, digital finishing, packaging, structural design, 3D design, and brand management. Attendees can also receive training, meet one-on-one with product experts, and network with more than 500 other Esko users.

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Xaar and Ricoh Announce Partnership

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Collaboration works toward thin film piezo printhead development.

Xaar and Ricoh have divulged a partnership to continue developing thin film piezo printhead technology. Xaar reports that its 1201 GS2p5 printhead is the first beneficiary of the move, but that collaboration will lead to a broader range of printheads and improved technology for both companies.

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Northwestern Brewery Gains Presence through Wall Mural

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Signs Now Moses Lake provides a statement piece.

Signs Now Moses Lake collaborated with Justin Alaniz of Lucid Concepts Photography on this wall mural for Ten Pin Brewery in Moses Lake, Washington. Commissioned to give the brewery itself a presence within the public tap house, the graphic measures 8 x 13 feet and was printed on Signs Now’s HP Latex 360 onto Avery Dennison MPI 2611 Wall Film.

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Xara Software Offers Update Guarantee

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Plus, new photo grids.

The newest version of Xara’s Photo and Graphic Designer software features Update Guarantee, a program that automatically provides regular software updates. In addition, new tools include:

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Xaar Launches New 5601 Printhead

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Featuring thin film piezo silicon MEMS technology.

Xaar has unveiled the 5601 family of high-resolution inkjet printheads for printing textiles, laminates, cartons, and more. The family utilizes Xaar’s new thin film piezo silicon MEMS technology. With more than 5600 nozzles, 5601 printheads jet up to 6 L/hr, according to Xaar. The 3p0 model offers eight grayscale levels and a 3-pL droplet size for resolution up to 2440 dpi.

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Sihl Adds Satin-Finished ‘Glamour’ Photo Board

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Designed for photorealistic indoor applications.

Sihl has announced 3145 Glamour Photo Board, a 12-mil rigid media for printing store displays, restaurant décor, retail endcaps, and other indoor signage. Glamour features a low-glare satin finish and an instant-dry, water-resistant coating. Available in 30- and 54-in. widths.

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HP Unveils DesignJet Z-Series with Red Ink

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24- and 44-inch models designed for P-O-P signage.

HP’s new DesignJet Z-series features two models, the Z5600 and the Z2600, with a 6-color ink system for producing P-O-P signage, posters, and more. The company’s Vivid Photo Inks, which are water-, scratch-, and fade-resistant, include red and photo and matte blacks for an expanded gamut.

The DesignJet Z5600 PostScript Printer is a 44-in. multi-roll model offering two automatic roll feeders and print speeds up to 650 sq ft/hr. The DesignJet Z2600 PostScript Printer outputs media up to 24 in. wide at up to 469 sq ft/hr.

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High-Res Inkjet Printhead from Ricoh

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Suited for label, packaging, and graphic applications.

Ricoh has launched the MH5220 industrial inkjet printhead designed for high-resolution printing of labels, packaging, and wide-format graphics. Featuring 1280 nozzles configured in four groups, the MH5220 images up to 1200 dpi when used with multiple staggered heads. It also features multidrop capability with droplet sizes ranging from 2.5 to 9 pL; a built-in heater; and stainless steel construction.

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Graph Expo Crafts ‘Refresh’ Theme for 2016

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Plus, educational programming announced.

Graph Expo has released the details of its 2016 show in Orlando, Florida, September 25-28.

The event’s “Refresh” theme will kick off with the Executive Outlook Conference at 8 a.m. on September 25. Industry experts will focus on “Finding New Markets”; the winners of the Must See ‘Ems awards will also be announced.

Additional education will run through the 27th and will touch on topics from commercial printing and packaging to wide-format printing and industrial imaging.

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