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Gandy Digital Introduces Pred8tor UV Flatbed

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A UV flatbed printer with a roll-to-roll option.

Gandy Digital introduced the Pred8tor, a UV flatbed with a roll-to-roll option. The 5-color (CMYK+W) printer offers resolution up to 1200 dpi (apparent) and a top speed of 1920 sq ft/hr in Production mode (400 sq ft/hr in Extra Fine mode). Maximum print size is 48 x 96 in. (rigid), and the Pred8tor can accommodate media up to 2-in. thick. The machine’s touch-and-drag GUI runs on the WiFi-enabled Apple iPad, which comes loaded with video tutorials and a live diagnostic system; also available on the GUI is a materials inventory-control ordering system.

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Sihl Premiers Array of New Media

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New to Sihl includes the Sihl 3166 ClearStick clear film.

Sihl premiered various new media at SGIA, including:
• Sihl 3166 ClearStick clear film with adhesive for aqueous inkjet printers; a 2-mil polyester film with an optically clear inkjet coating on the image side and an optically clear, repositionable adhesive with a thin opaque, white polyester release liner on the reverse side. Applications include P-O-S, event signage, and digital packaging prototypes. In 24- to 50-in. widths.

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Agfa Debuts Jeti 3020 Titan Flatbed

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Flatbed incorporates 16 Ricoh Gen 4 grayscale printheads.

The Jeti 3020 Titan flatbed from Agfa Graphics is a high-production machine, designed and constructed using a modular format so that, as users’ demands increase, the printer's color and speed capabilities can be extended. The Titan's entry-level version incorporates 16 Ricoh Gen 4 grayscale printheads resulting in CMYK output at a native resolution of 600 dpi, able to deliver 1200 dpi for photorealistic image quality. The machine has a maximum print area of 124 x 79.5 in. and prints up to 1216 sq ft/hr in high-speed mode (370 sq ft/hr in quality mode).

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HP Announces Certified for JDF Program

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HP is chair of CIP4 Wide Format Workgroup.

HP announced that it has created a new HP Certified for Wide Format Printing JDF Exchange program for third-party workflow solutions. HP certification ensures that workflow solutions exchanging JDF will interoperate properly with each other, enabling print service providers to easily build e-storefronts to market their services, take advantage of production-automation tools to reduce costs, and differentiate their service offerings. Several companies already have achieved certification through the program. HP is chair of the CIP4’s Wide Format Workgroup.

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Neschen Introduces SolvoPrint Nolite 175 Media

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A 7-mil matte polyester media.

Neschen made its first showing of SolvoPrint Nolite 175, a 7-mil matte polyester media for use with solvent, eco-solvent, latex, and UV-curable printers. Suitable for indoor as well as short-term outdoor projects, it features 100% opacity to remove shadows and image washout due to backlit conditions, edge-curl resistance, and a scratch-resistant coating. Applications include P-O-P displays, retail signage, tradeshow graphics, and display systems. Available in 36 x 98-in. rolls.

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Durst's Rhotex 320 Makes North American Debut

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Printer aimed at the soft-signage market.

The Rhotex 320 printer from Durst made its North American debut. Aimed at the soft-signage markets, the printer is available in 4-color standard or in an optional configuration of CMYKcm + light black and/or spot colors.

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3M Introduces Array of New Media

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3M Scotchprint Wrap Film 1080 is available in four matte colors.

3M introduced an array of new media updates, including:
• 3M Scotchprint Wrap Film Series 1080 is available in four matte colors – black, white, silver, and military green. These pressure-activated, 3.5-mil cast films are designed to provide dimensional stability and durability without the need for an overlaminate. The films feature non-visible air-release channels and 60-in. widths.

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Mimaki Debuts JFX Plus Printers

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JFX plus series of printers include JFX-1631 plus and JFX-1615 plus.

Mimaki USA debuted its new JFX plus series of LED UV-cure printers, including the JFX-1631 plus and JFX-1615 plus. The new machines feature a post-cure unit, and as a result, reports Mimaki, now offer a top speed of 254 sq ft/min (at 600 dpi), an 80% increase over the previous 1615/1631 models. Both machines feature a top resolution of 1200 dpi. The 1631 plus can handle media up to 65 x 126 in., while the 1615 plus can handle media up to 65 x 63 in.; they accommodate media up to 1.97-in. thick. Two inksets are available: Rigid (CMYK+W+Clear) and Flexible (CMYK+White).

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The Great White Way

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Opportunities abound for shops with white-ink capabilities.

Should white ink be in your future? It’s a question more providers of wide-format digital services will need to entertain if they hope to remain competitive in years ahead. Early adopters of digital print systems with white-ink capabilities report growing interest in these services, whether or not their clients fully understand all that printing with white allows — particularly once they see examples.

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Company Cash Flow: It's King in 2011

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Excerpts from "Finding Your Company's Hidden Cash," a Signage and Graphics Summit webinar.

Here we are again, poised at the start of a new year. Surely, 2011 will be an extraordinary year for American business – one of on-going change and challenge on nearly all fronts – and to survive, print providers must continue to keep a close watch on their bottom line. With credit sure to remain tight for small businesses, cash is still king.

What follows is a collection of useful tips from a trio of shops that participated in an earlier webinar presented by the Signage and Graphics Summit, “Finding Your Company’s Hidden Cash.”

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