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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
EskoArtwork has announced WebCenter 10, a new version of its online collaboration and approval tool for the print-supply and packaging chain.
Rose Displays has introduced two accessories for its ZipLines: ZipLine Mounting Plate and ZipLine Poles.
With the new Mounting Plate, ZipLines can be hung from any plaster ceiling, allowing ZipLine adjustable cables to be used with most store ceilings, whether standard grid or flat.
The redesigned 2700HC Laminating/Mounting machine from Banner American Products features hot and cold lamination with heated rollers, release liner take up, and an adjustable feed table guide. The machine can accommodate digital and offset output up to 24-in. wide and ¼-in. thick. The standard 3-in. core adapters allow it to handle 1- and 3- in. core thermal films and 3-in. core pressure-sensitive films. Its “heat assist” mode selects a heat level best to increase adhesion and speed for slow-curing pressure sensitive films.