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Paradigm Releases EcoTech Taurus Printer

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A 60-inch eco-solvent machine.

SID Signs’ new EcoTech Taurus 155E eco-solvent printer is a 60-in. machine distributed by Paradigm Imaging Group. Featuring variable droplet technology with sizes ranging from 7 to 21 pL, the EcoTech Taurus offers a max. resolution of 1440 dpi or a max. speed of 162 sq ft/hr. Additional features include an automatic media take-up system, Flexi Print 12 or Maintop RIP software, and support for remote printing.

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4 Printers Rise to the Oversized Occasion

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Our annual superwide feature showcases four PSPs who said "challenge accepted."

Being a successful print service provider requires more than the ability to run a piece of material through a machine. From raw talent and creativity to the tried-and-true referral of a happy customer to an effective online presence (for what it's worth, Big Picture discovered all four of these projects via social media), these print shops demonstrate that it takes a variety of skills and strategies to attract and conquer a tough job.

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Vinyl-Wrapped Dumpster Promotes Print Shop

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Advance Reprographics seizes a unique advertising opportunity.

Advance Reprographics took an unusual approach to self-marketing by creating this San Diego Chargers-themed dumpster wrap to promote their design and installation capabilities. The shop output the graphics with their HP Latex 260 onto 3M Controltac IJ180C-10, and finished it with 3M Scotchcal gloss overlaminate 8518 applied with a Seal Image 62 laminator.

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Clear Focus, Roland Earn ISA Innovation Awards

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6 products to be honored at the Sign Expo 2016.

ISA has announced the winners of the ISA Sign Expo 2016 Innovation Awards, honoring new products in the signage and graphics industries. The winners, which will be on display at the Sign Expo in Orlando, Florida, April 20-23, include:

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Preparation Makes Perfect for Insignia Graphics

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Careful planning conserves material and delivers superwide success.

When the client who accounts for a quarter of your annual sales asks you to jump, you can’t hesitate. So when Adrian College asked Rick Calvin, owner of Insignia Graphics (Adrian, Michigan), to provide graphics for the new addition to their indoor athletic training facility, he steeled himself for any number of challenges.

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Rocket Photo Papers from Sihl

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Offering satin and gloss finishes.

Sihl has added Rocket, a line of printable papers featuring an instant-dry microporous coating for printing posters, promotional materials, photography, and more. The bright white sheets are available in 8- and 10-mil thicknesses, satin or gloss finishes, and widths up to 60 in.

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Esko Updates Software Platform

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Expanded SaaS options, 3D support.

Esko has updated and rebranded its line of software for the packaging, label, display, and signage industries under the name Esko Software Platform. Officially available in June, new features of the platform include:
• Expanded SaaS and subscription options;
• Improved 3D support and visualization across the supply chain via WebCenter and mobile devices;
• A Content Management module for WebCenter that automates artwork creation;

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Argotec Adds Vinyl Alternatives for Outdoor Usage

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Environmentally conscious film and overlaminate.

Argotec has released the ArgoGraph Two-Part TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) Graphic Film System for vehicle wraps, fleet graphics, exterior signage, decals, and more. Featuring ArgoGraph-White adhesive film and ArgoGraph-Clear overlaminate, the system is reportedly free of halogens, phthalates, oils, petroleum, VOCs, and plasticizers typically found in vinyl films.

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Energy Efficiency: One Size Doesn't Fit All

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Analyzing power usage in the print industry isn't as simple as it may seem.

In the world of wide-format digital print, the early days were heralded with some triumph in terms of overall energy reduction when compared with many analog counterparts. But this attitude was swiftly rescinded when considerations, such as drying, were factored into overall productivity. Although the process steps were fewer and lower energy levels were accomplished by the removal of some traditional prepress and finishing practices, the cost of running even a modest machine could be relatively high print-for-print.

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Museo Fine Art Adds Wide-Format Portrait Papers

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Photographic media up to 44 inches wide.

Museo Fine Art has developed Museo Portrait, a line of photographic papers designed specifically for portrait photographers’ transition from lab to inkjet printing. Offered in gloss and luster finishes in widths up to 44 in., the 11.4-mil line features an instant-dry resin coating and a high ink load.

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