With the aim of offering increased postpress output and control, Esko has regrouped its finishing equipment offerings and software platforms. Machines are now grouped into two table families: Kongsberg X, designed for versatility and creativity, and Kongsberg C, emphasizing productivity and efficiency. Each is available in a range of sizes and configurations.
In addition, new software tools include:
With an eye to wooing fashion designers in the same way it has lured photographers, Epson hosted its invitation-only Digital Couture Project in February in New York City. The runway show featured designs by a dozen fashion experts who partnered with third-party printers using Epson technologies to produce their work. As fast-fashion retailers like H&M and Zara decrease the time it takes new looks to travel from the drawing board to the store floor, Epson leaders are hoping designers will take advantage of easier-than-ever digital printing to keep pace.
Adler Display, a Baltimore-based provider of tradeshow exhibits and other marketing experiences, has joined Nimlok’s branded dealer network to become Nimlok Maryland. The company has been a Nimlok authorized dealer since 1996 and has served clients such as Johns Hopkins University, Adventist Mission, and the University of Maryland.
InVinci Surfaces has released a range of textured, removable vinyl and a PVC-free polyester canvas for printing wallcoverings, graphics, murals, banners, and more. Each product is printable with UV, solvent, eco-solvent, latex, and aqueous inks, and reportedly will not rip, wrinkle, or stretch.
Avery Dennison has added a line of transparent, colored overlaminates for its Conform Chrome vinyl films. Available in orange, green, and purple, the laminate films expand the range of creative possibilities when combined with any of five existing Conform Chrome colors (silver, gold, black, red, and blue). They offer a high-gloss finish and resistance to UV light, temperature, humidity, and salt spray, with a 3-year outdoor durability.
The Shirt Corner men’s department store in the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia closed in 2009 after 48 years in business, but the team that transformed the building into an apartment complex last year had no intention of destroying its history. They commissioned local artist Julia Blaukopf to design seven wallcoverings for the building’s lobby and elevator areas. Blaukopf collected photographs and maps of the neighborhood dating back to the 19th century and merged them into a series of cohesive images.
Caldera has partnered with Kala, a French manufacturer of wide-format print finishing equipment, to develop features in version 10 of Caldera’s RIP software platforms tailored to Kala’s range of machinery. Specific features include:
• Cut marks for single- and double-sided production;
• Automated calculation of margins;
• Stop indicators that aid manual position changes;
• And the Trim-O-Matik module offering features such as communication between laminating and trimming equipment.
Qres Technologies has released the F-Series HS UV inkjet printers for printing on virtually any flexible or rigid material. Each of the three models is outfitted with four Konica Minolta 1024i printheads; at any time, users can add an additional four for a dual-CMYK configuration and/or up to four heads for white, varnish, and spot colors. In dual-CMYK configuration, the F200 HS images up to 2583 sq ft/hr, while the F160L HS and F160 HS may reach speeds up to 2174 sq ft/hr. Max.
World Outreach Church wanted to brighten up its annual giftwrap station at the Stones River Mall, so Corey Richmond, congregation member and owner of Momentum Media, printed 32 window panels onto Mactac B-free Frosted Window vinyl. The graphics took six hours to install and were visible from inside and outside.
Presto Tape has announced that its CanvasTac wallcovering fabric has been certified for printing with the HP Latex 300 series of inkjet printers. Based on three areas – print quality, printer-media interaction, and image processing – the certification is performed by Color Concepts, an HP-approved third-party agency.