HP has introduced its HP Scitex FB10000 Industrial Press, the company’s new flagship machine. Designed for high-volume print service providers – particularly those wanting to shift their retail graphics and corrugated-display applications from analog to digital – the FB10000 offers a top speed of 6727 sq ft/hr and direct-to-board printing.
Catapaque is an 8.0-mil opaque blockout, printable, two-sided polypropylene film for two-way printing. Designed for banners, P-O-P displays, and advertising graphics, the bright white film features curl-resistant, lay-flat properties and dimensional stability for color registration. Geared toward UV inkjet as well as screen, offset, and flexography printing, Catapaque can be sewn, grommeted, and heat-sealed.
Aurora Specialty Textiles Group has added Sticky Stuff 4- and 8- oz wall graphic fabrics to its Northern Lights Printable Textile Collection.
Digital Graphics Solutions has introduced the Samurai II series of digital flatbed cutters. The Samurai II is able to cut structural rigid cardboard, PVC (up to 6mm), styrene, Coroplast, foam, corrugated board, SBS board, adhesive vinyl, magnetic film, carpet, leather, paper, and other substrates. Available in three sizes (cutting areas) – 51 x 51, 51 x 74, and 51 x 98 in. – the Samurai II features: a 4-tool built-in head, oscillating knife, non-oscillating knife, creasing wheel, and plotting pen. Max. cutting depth is 0.6-in.; max.
Budget Inks has introduced its Better Canvas, a bright white, water-resistant canvas that’s a blend of 35% cotton and 65% polyester. Compatible with solvent, latex, and aqueous inks, the canvas can be easily stretched without cracking, the company reports. Geared toward indoor signage, backdrops, and murals, as well as photographic and fine-art prints. In 60-in. rolls.
Drytac has acquired Toronto-based Multi-Tac, an adhesive-coatings company that specializes in the manufacture of high-quality pressure-sensitive products and custom coating solutions. The company operates two coating lines and serves a number of markets including flexible packaging, graphic arts, and label and tape applications.
1. Chicago – John Neff, a Chicago-based artist, used a desktop flatbed scanner as a camera to create photographs for his solo exhibition of displayed prints at the Renaissance Society (www.renaissancesociety.org) this past spring. In capturing the images, he took apart the scanner, modified the LED light arm, removed the cover, and set the scanner upright on a tripod with an attached camera lens on the scanner’s glass bed.
When printing graphics, you’re most likely going to need a tool that will cut the almost-finished product to its final size or shape. To get this job done, consider: Do you need a tool that can handle a wide range of rigid substrates – from foam to aluminum to wood? Or will a tool that only cuts flexible materials suffice? Are you interested in a machine that only produces straight cuts? How important is contour cutting in your current operation?
Specialists in wide-format digital print have always enjoyed bragging rights to running businesses somewhat cleaner and greener than traditional print. The fact that digital allows printers to produce only what’s needed, in specific quantities, while eliminating waste and its environmental impact is what has made it the more environmentally friendly print technology. That’s certainly a good starting point for those who want to live up to current definitions of sustainability.
The most profitable print shops, it could be argued, are chameleons. They are able to change, seemingly at will, into the type of technology provider that’s necessary to take on and do a variety of jobs. Shops without this morphing ability can quickly become typecast into a particular niche of print work – and see all other jobs land elsewhere.