“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.”
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.
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.
A new Roland race car wrap will be unveiled at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Friday. The Richard Childress Racing (RCR) team partnered with Roland to create the wrap for the No. 99 Chevrolet truck, driven by RCR’s Brandon Jones in the race.
HP has expanded the features of its PrintOS suite of web and mobile applications for Scitex and Latex printer operators. The cloud-based platform offers unlimited storage capacity and capabilities such as Print Beat, designed to offer insight on printer performance; Site Flow, for managing workflow from web order submission to shipment; and more.
• Fiery XF Discovery Tool
• Increased estimating accuracies
• Increased scheduling
• Deeper communication between Suite components
• Functionality with Agfa Apogee 10 and Sage200.
Ink Monstr owner Reed Silberman has been named Colorado’s 2016 Small Business Person of the Year by the Small Business Association (SBA). Ink Monstr, previously named “Best Large-Format Shop in Denver” in 2012, 2013, and 2014, aims to be what Silberman calls “a well-rounded company.”
Esko’s (www.esko.com) industry leading technology and its positive impact on today’s demanding print production environment has been recognized with two EDP awards. Both were presented to Bruno Vermeulen, EMEA Marketing Director at Esko, at the EDP Award Ceremony held at FESPA, Hamburg.
Two Esko solutions: Esko’s ArtiosCAD and Esko Automated Quality Assurance were awarded among 31 winners chosen from more than 150 entries.
On the rise of drupa 2016, the industry highly anticipated a mass coverage of inkjet solutions for packaging on the show floor. Yet it was a surprise to some – those who had been expecting more of an emphasis on folding carton packaging – to see a lot of the action centered on corrugated materials. Why the sudden interest in a new breed of printers? Will the systems currently in development fill a hole in the market? What needs are yet to be met? To answer these questions, we have to understand the “how.”
The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) will head to Canada next month to partner with Workplace Safety North (WSN) on the “SGIA Workplace Safety Conference,” a safety conference for Canadian printers, Wednesday, June 7 (8:00 am–1:00 pm), at the Centre for Health & Safety Innovation in Mississauga, Ontario.
The conference is sponsored by ND Graphics.