Many print service providers first dally with fabric printing as a lucrative new application for their digital equipment and expertise. Dye Into Print, however, began as a digital experiment by a company already successful in textile printing, and that has made all the difference.
Print providers are continually looking for an edge over the competition. And while many shops might seek out relatively common advantages such as additional machinery, larger staffs, and the dreaded low-balling on prices, the successful print provider also is sure to integrate a steady mix of education and training programs into his or her operation.
School Media, a niche marketing company with in-house print capabilities, offers high schools across the country the opportunity to sell advertising on its lockers and walls to earn additional funds for the school’s needs. Profits go to hiring more teachers, purchasing more books and computers, and the support of special school programs. With a strict set of regulations, School Media enforces a policy of positive, practical messaging that encourages healthy, active lifestyles to its target market: students.
Crop harvesting has come a long way since the days of the earliest combines, first patented in the US back in 1835. Today, combines have shifted from being horse-drawn to being mechanically horse-powered, and they’re equipped with technology such as data collection, yield-mapping, and hands-free, auto-steering.
Now, with the help of vehicle wraps, the harvester combine is also adding “marketing engine” to its growing list of capabilities.
Eastman Kodak has announced that it has initiated sale processes for its Personalized Imaging and Document Imaging businesses, as it takes its next steps toward emerging from Chapter 11 reorganization. Moving forward, the company will be primarily focused on commercial, packaging, and functional printing solutions as well as enterprise services.
The company’s Personalized Imaging business consists of:
• Retail Systems Solutions (RSS) – includes a global footprint of 105,000 Kodak Picture Kiosks;
Asphalt Art has unveiled two anti-slip films for floor-graphics applications: CatWalk, an opaque film, and ClearWalk, a transparent material. Both are designed for short- and medium-term applications and are waterproof for areas like showers or swimming pools. CatWalk and ClearWalk are ASTM D-2047 certified and meet the Euro-Norm as DIN/EN. The films can be printed with solvent, eco-solvent, and UV-curable inks and are available in 51-in. wide rolls.
DreamScape has introduced Silver Flash and Gold Flash highly reflective silver- and gold-chromed inkjet media. The media is designed for wall graphics, murals, and interior décor for retail, hospitality, corporate, tradeshow, and museum displays. The products are a Type I commercial digital wallcoverings with Class “A” fire ratings. Iridescent colors can be created with combinations of white and colored inks.
Sepiax Ink Technology has launched Version 3 of its Sepiax Aquares resin inks. The water-based inks feature: the ability to print at lower temperatures (average drying time for plastic films is now below 50°C); backward compatibility and capability to be mixed with Aquares V2; “self-cleaning” abilities to avoid printhead clogging; improved abrasion-, water-, and alcohol-resistance, and less sensitivity to Y-tubing connectors or sub-tanks. The inks contain no SVHCs (substance of high concern) or HAPs (hazardous air pollutants), Sepiax reports.
During the course of the past few years, most of us have had to deal with the struggle of increasing costs to our business all while we fight our way out of the past recession. Regardless of whether you believe we have officially managed our way through the recession or not, one thing is clear: It’s more expensive to do business now than it was a couple years ago.
Graphic Solutions Group will offer a three-day vehicle wrap class November 16-18, 2012 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The class will run 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, and lunch is included in the fee.
The class is instructed by Jeff Wagner, J3 Industries, http://j3industries.net/, a master-certified Professional Decal Application Alliance installer. He also is certified by 3M and has been in vehicle wrap installation for 19 years.