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Inventing Your Way Out of a Recession

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Using research and development to thrive during economic downturns.

For the past decade, I’ve had a “mad scientist” vision of creating two inventions for our industry: a time machine and an anti-gravity machine. We all could use the time machine to satisfy customers who want their prints yesterday, or to travel to the future to see if that six-figure piece of equipment we plan to buy will be obsolete in six months. And, because we are all painfully aware that trouble (among other things) flows downhill, we could use the anti-gravity machine to reverse the flow and deliver it back to those who created it in the first place.

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Home Makeover, Showtime Style

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Three penthouses mirror Showtime network shows with graphic displays.

For a few weeks last autumn, television came alive in Midtown Manhattan’s Cassa Hotel and Residences, when Showtime Networks collaborated with leading designers, technology partners, and print providers to transform the top three penthouses of the 48-story building into a showcase of digitally printed, multimedia graphic displays. Inspired by seven of the cable network’s leading original series, the Showtime House 2010 featured innovative décor items emulating the style and persona of each program, and highlighting the integration of technology and creativity.

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Substrates for Flugtag

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Australian print provider uses 3A Composites and ConVerd substrates to build flying machine.

German for “flying day,” the celebrated Flugtag event sponsored by Red Bull encourages average, untrained people to test their ability to fly. Even though the human-powered flying machines rarely achieve a height of more than a few feet from the 30-foot deck, daredevils everywhere continue to take the risk.

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Showing Off the Shop

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USA Image's open house brings in new business.

For the past three years, Louisville-based USA Image has swung wide its doors each winter for an open house gala, and 2010 was no different. The four-hour event allowed current and prospective customers to enjoy the print provider’s hospitality while browsing a sampling of the variety of projects the shop can produce, including hanging banners, fabric backdrops, floor graphics (featuring the company logo), vehicle wraps, and much more.

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CET Color and PrintLat Sign Distribution Agreement

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Producer of wide-format printers and routers expands its reach into Latin America.

CET Color has signed an agreement with PrintLat to distribute the former company’s line of wide-format UV digital printers and routers into the Latin American market.

“CET Color is becoming quite a force in the UV wide-format digital printing market,” says David Pachon, president of PrintLat. “Our partnership with them will enable us to expand our offering and round out our portfolio of products. CET Color will assist us in providing innovative print solutions to companies while lowering their cost of ownership.”

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Paradigm Imaging Enters Distribution Agreement with SID Signs

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“…Becoming a single source for multiple solutions in the large-format market -- from input to output.”

Paradigm Imaging Group, the supplier of large-format scanning and printing solutions, tradeshow displays, and graphics, has been appointed distributor for SID Signs International Distributor Corporation in North America. Based in Miami, SID Signs is a provider of wide-format printers and related products, including UV, solvent, and eco-solvent printers, as well as cutting plotters, routers, laminators, consumables, and more.

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X-Rite Adds Locations for Fundamentals of Color and Appearance Seminars

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Events in 13 cities teach principles of color measurement.

X-Rite has nearly doubled the locations this spring where it will be offering its Fundamentals of Color and Appearance (FOCA) one-day seminar that instructs on how to evaluate and approve colors. The seminars are geared toward pre-media and digital pressroom personnel as well as manufacturing specifiers, quality-control and assurance professionals, lab technicians, parts suppliers, and others.

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SGP Opens 45-Day Public Comment Period for Revised Certification Criteria

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Comment period closes February 4, 2011.

The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) has opened the public comment period for a revised Certification Criteria document. The SGP Partnership periodically reviews and expands the Criteria document in order to address new sustainability issues and key changes in the graphic-communications industry, the organization reports.

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Heidelberg USA to Distribute EFI Vutek GS Printers

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“Commercial printers are looking for ways to…offer their clients more diversified products and services.”

EFI and Heidelberg USA have announced a new agreement under which Heidelberg will distribute the Vutek GS series of superwide digital printers to the commercial print market in the US. Under the agreement, Heidelberg will distribute EFI’s Vutek GS2000, GS3200, and GS5000r as well as the inks, parts, consumables, accessories, and upgrades related to these printers. Heidelberg will also provide customer and technical support for the Vutek GS series of printers including installation and training.

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Nashakele Debuts the AfriJet Printer

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"We're considering international investors to expedite production and global distribution.”

Nashakele Distribution, a South African signage supplier, created a stir at the Sign Africa Expo in Johannesburg last fall with its introduction of the 4-color AfriJet, an infrared flatbed. Billed as “the first outdoor printer to be conceptualized and assembled in South Africa,” the AfriJet features, quick-drying infrared-cured light-solvent inks (alcohol-based), infrared lamps, Epson DX5 heads in a dual-head configuration, a top resolution of 1440 dpi, and a standard production print speed of approximately 269 square feet/hour (538 square feet/hour in draft mode).

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