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Graph Expo Crafts ‘Refresh’ Theme for 2016

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Plus, educational programming announced.

Graph Expo has released the details of its 2016 show in Orlando, Florida, September 25-28.

The event’s “Refresh” theme will kick off with the Executive Outlook Conference at 8 a.m. on September 25. Industry experts will focus on “Finding New Markets”; the winners of the Must See ‘Ems awards will also be announced.

Additional education will run through the 27th and will touch on topics from commercial printing and packaging to wide-format printing and industrial imaging.

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Eden PG Textile Ink Prints on Any Fabric

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Bordeaux releases GOTS- and Oeko Tex-certified pigment.

Bordeaux has revealed Eden PG, a family of pigment inks for printing on any type of textile. Eden PG LV is designed for use with Epson DX printheads, while Eden PG MV is compatible with Ricoh Gen 4 and 5 heads.

The ink is GOTS and Oeko Tex certified for use on sensitive applications such as children’s clothing and accessories. The company reports the ink is also compatible with non-textile surfaces such as wood.
 

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Arlon Adds Gloss Effect Colors

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And reengineered PremiumPlus capabilities.

Arlon has reengineered its Ultimate PremiumPlus Gloss Effects line of wrap film and added eight colors to the series. Now featuring Daytona Blue, Thundercloud Metallic, Hornet Metallic, Gunmetal Metallic, Bronze Metallic, White Metallic, Black Metallic, and Metal Gear Blue, the line offers enhanced gloss retention, repositionability, and conformability, according to the company. Available in 60-in. widths.

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3M Adds New Laminate and Wrap Film Colors

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Including sparkle effects and more.

3M has expanded the Wrap Overlaminate Series 8900 with five sparkle-effect options: Frosty Silver, Mystic Silver, Starry Silver, Sunburst Gold, and Ruby Red. The company has also added three new hues to the Wrap Film Series 1080: Gloss White Gold Sparkle, Gloss Ice Blue, and Gloss Cinder Spark Red. Both wrap products are available in 60-in. widths.

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If Wallcoverings Could Talk

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Why the wallcoverings industry is partnering with digital print shops.

As more print shops are offering interior décor applications, digital print technologies are transforming the wallcoverings industry, specifically allowing for vastly increased customization by interior designers, architects, facility managers, and consumers. Wallcoverings manufacturers and distributors are addressing this demand through a variety of business strategies: Some produce digital substrates that they supply to PSPs; others have purchased their own equipment to supply directly to the field; and many are partnering with wide-format printers to offer finished digital goods.

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Latex, UV Printers Most Purchased in 2015

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SGIA benchmarking report polls graphics and sign shops.

SGIA’s survey of 174 graphics and sign businesses indicates that UV and latex roll-to-roll machines were the most popular choice for new printer purchases in 2015. Conducted in the first quarter of 2016, the industry benchmarking report also points to prepress tools and software as commonly sought technologies last year. Other results include:

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Printed Wall Art Completes Man Cave

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Streamline Designs went the extra mile for this basement décor.

Streamline Designs (Buffalo, New York) received a request in February to add some character to the basement bar (read: man cave) of the home of a family friend – some 900 miles away in St. Paul, Minnesota. Luckily the shop’s installation team was already planning a trip to the area to obtain their 3M certification, and were able to hand-deliver and install the 150-square-foot buffalo graphic themselves.

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Kornit Collaborates with Fashion Institute of Technology Students

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‘Wearable Water’ designs produced on Allegro textile printer.

Kornit Digital posed its third annual challenge for students at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) to create designs for fabric produced on the company’s Allegro roll-to-roll printer. This year’s theme, “Wearable Water,” stressed “the importance of one of the earth’s largest and most important ecosystems: its oceans,” according to a release.

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Semi-Automatic Cutter from Kala

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Reads automatic stop marks.

Kala has released the KalaXY 1650, a 65-in. semi-automatic cutter. The machine reads automatic stop marks that stop cutting to allow a manual change of blade position. Kala reports it is accurate within 1 mm. Users can program longitudinal trimming via an LCD control panel and can choose from three modes. It also features 3-in. self-locking roll shafts that allow users to transfer rolls directly from laminator to cutter.

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Colter & Peterson Reveals Microcut Cutter Control System

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Electrical control package compatible with most guillotine cutters.

Colter & Peterson has updated its Microcut Cutter Control System, a retrofit electrical control package compatible with most guillotine paper cutters ranging in size from 20 to 150 in. New features include increased standardization and reduced components for simplified ordering and installation. The machine is said to be accurate within 1/64 in.

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