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Xaar Launches 1003 Industrial Printheads

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Featuring XaarGuard nozzle plate protection.

Xaar has released the Xaar 1003 family of industrial inkjet printheads. The series is an evolution of the 1001 and 1002 lines; the 1003 heads now include the XaarGuard, designed to improve nozzle plate protection and extend maintenance-free usage.

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Energy Efficiency: A Closer Look at Textile Printing

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PSPs must consider the weight of pre- and postpress treatments.

Not surprisingly, as part of an overall greener working environment that encompasses better environmental principles and a reduced carbon footprint, every machine and process has its ups and downs. Businesses wanting to accommodate as many eco-aware and recognized systems as possible within their workplace need to take every element of production into account.

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Building Wraps Soar Above London

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Black and white birds grace Leicester Square to camouflage construction.

All eyes in Westminster, London’s Leicester Square were on blowUp media when the team arrived to install two 2800-square-foot building wraps on the Coventry Street corner. The wraps were commissioned as a temporary façade for 18 months during construction of LSQLondon, a 109,000-square-foot retail and office space. A prominent entertainment district, Leicester Square was the subject of a $22-million renovation in 2012, and the orchestrators of LSQLondon were not about to spoil its newfound elegance.

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InfoTrends: Investment in Finishing ‘A Must’ for Digital Printers

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ISA white paper examines postpress capabilities.

ISA has teamed with InfoTrends and MCT Technologies to release a white paper on finishing technologies: “Wide-Format Cutting Devices: An Overview for Sign & Graphics Companies.” The report stresses the importance of PSPs devoting the same resources to their postpress capabilities as they do to the rest of their workflow, saying “Finishing is not an option, but a must for digital printing to march forward.”

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Printed Backdrop Brings Nature to Life

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Large-format photography on display at the Chelsea Flower Show.

British artist David Anthony Hall often designs his large-format photographic prints to bring positive energy to buildings like hospitals and hospices, but his work was also well-suited for a collaboration with sculptor Paul Vanstone for the Royal Horticultural Society’s exclusive Chelsea Flower Show in London.

Printed by Landor UK, Phototex’ European distributor, and laminated with Marabu ClearShield liquid laminate, the backdrop spans nearly 650 square feet.

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Miller Crowned World Wrap Master Champion

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Owner of Miller Decals grabs title at FESPA Digital in Amsterdam.

The title of World Wrap Master has been awarded to Jim Miller, owner of Miller Decals, at the FESPA Digital expo in Amsterdam. Miller advanced to the final stage of the global competition after winning the European leg over 27 other competitors.

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Mimaki Reveals Superwide Dye-Sublimation Printer

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129-inch machine developed for home furnishing and hospitality applications.

Mimaki has launched the TS500P-3200, a 129-in. dye-sublimation printer designed for superwide textile markets such as home furnishings, hospitality fabrics, and retail signage. Possible applications include curtains, upholstery, bed linens (a king-size bedspread measures 120 x 120 in.), soft signage, and backlit P-O-P displays.

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Puma Turns to Digital Signage

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Monster Media's dynamic retail display helps launch fitness gear.

Interactive design agency Monster Media developed this animated storefront display to promote the launch of Puma’s PwrCool thermo-regulating athletic gear. The interactive video wall consisted of nine 46-inch digital displays linked together to provide a life-size story of the technology’s development.

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Magic Adds Printable Dry Erase Film

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Offering permanent and removable options.

Magic has released two new UV-printable dry erase films: Ritetac Hi, featuring a permanent adhesive, and Ritetac Lo, featuring a removable adhesive. Possible applications for the 7.5-mil films include calendars, schedules, brainstorms, sports analysis, and menus for walls or tabletops. The line offers a low-gloss finish and is available in up to 54-in. widths.

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Dscoop to Showcase Finishing Technologies

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Postpress workflow is evolving to keep pace with pre- and on-press processes.

Attendees of the Dscoop conference in San Antonio April 14-16 will have the opportunity to explore finishing technologies from nearly 20 exhibitors as part of the Dscoop Solutions Showcase.

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