3M Graphics has added two new straight fibers to its Wrap Film Series 1080: 3M Wrap Film 1080-SF12 Straight Fiber Black and 3M Wrap Film 1080-SF201 Straight Fiber Anthracite. Including carbon fiber, brushed metal, matte, satin, gloss, and now straight fiber options, the Film Series 1080 is available in 57 finishes, textures, and colors.
The straight fiber films are avail be in 60-in. widths, and are designed for vehicle wraps.
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Roland DGA has introduced the VersaExpress RF-640, a 64-in. inkjet printer.
The new printer features: a top speed of 521.9 sq ft/hr; mirrored printhead configuration (CMYK); Eco-Sol Max 2 inks; variable-dot function (seven different dot sizes); resolutions up to 1400 dpi; and the ability to accommodate roll media up to 110 lbs.
1. Los Angeles │ Iconography Studios (www.iconographystudios.net) is no stranger to working with ESPN. In the past, the print shop has produced signs for multiple events and even wrapped golf carts for the annual ESPYs awards show. Their latest project for ESPN: wrapping trash/recycling bins with Los Angeles sports-themed graphics.
ST Media Group International, a Cincinnati-based publisher of information products for the signage and graphics, packaging, and design fields, has promoted Robin Donovan to editor-in-chief of The Big Picture, the leading publication for the digital-printing industry.
The International Sign Association’s initial ISA Sign Industry Market Monitor, sponsored by the National Association of Sign Supply Distributors (NASSD), shows anticipated growth in wide-format printers, dynamic digital signage, electronic signage, and wayfinding signage throughout 2014 and into 2015. The Market Monitor compiles data and assesses key drivers of change in the market, according to ISA.
Last February, our small digital printing company completed its 20th year in business. Over the years, we have ranged in staff size from four employees when we started to a peak of 45 in 2007, right before the “Great Recession” began. During the recession, our staffing numbers dropped to roughly half of what they were at our high point. Like many print shops, we are grateful to have survived what bordered on an economic depression.
In typical post-Labor Day fashion, in-ground pool owners no longer have the luxury of lying out in the sun and jumping into chlorinated water to cool off. Instead, they have to bring out the tarp that covers the pool so that bugs, leaves, animals, and the like don’t find a home over the colder months.
Esko has added Esko Suite 14, a collection of new and updated software designed for brand owners, pre-media houses, converters, sign and display producers, and commercial printers.
Esko focused on five key trends in packaging preproduction during the development of Suite 14:
• Increasing importance of workflow automation;
• The use of smart templates to handle package variations;
• Quality as the most important driver;
• A more task-focused software user interface to drive increased efficiency; and
Drytac has introduced WipeOut, a dry-erase, hard-coat laminate with a chemical- and scratch-resistant gloss surface. All of the graphic – including the printed areas – can be written on and erased. WipeOut also prevents ghosting or staining from ink, and its anti-graffiti properties allow for removal of most permanent markers with rubbing alcohol, according to Drytac.
Digital Graphic Systems (DGS) has added a Standee Base to its Boarders line of accessories, designed to ease the assembly and construction of P-O-P displays, tradeshow booths, and other applications made from structural “honeycomb” cardboard such as Falconboard. The Standee Base raises up to 0.5-in. thick Falconboard (or similar rigid substrate) from the ground, creating protection from water and dust. The 3 x 12-in. base is available in white and features a security lock.