The members of Idealliance and Epicomm have approved a merger proposed earlier this month by the associations’ respective boards. The members “voted overwhelmingly,” according to a release, after taking part in virtual meetings explaining the move.
3M has announced a partnership with Geek Wraps, a supplier of vehicle wrap installation tools such as microfiber squeegees, power slam magnets, tool pouches, “wrap juice,” and more. In addition to officially stamping Geek Wraps’ offerings as “3M Approved,” 3M will now feature the company’s tools at tradeshows and installer training programs.
One of the most challenging aspects of our industry is the management of an ever-changing world of technology. While the rapid advances made in digital printing technology create great opportunities, they also present us with significant challenges. And the decisions we make regarding the acquisition of capital assets for our businesses can be very complex. So, let’s examine three key questions to help you in the decision process – when do we buy new technology, how do we buy it, and what do we buy?
Xaar has announced the 1002 GS40 printhead for UV applications. The printhead’s droplet sizes range from 40 to 160 pL and its grayscale capability reaches five levels. Xaar reports a variety of possible applications, including:
Avery Dennison has announced the 36 newly certified Wrap Installers from the latter half of 2015. Having passed a five-part certification exam (written test, wrap installation, fender door and window installation, and cutting), the installers join 14 others certified in early 2015 for a record-high total of 50 Certified Wrap Installers in the US and Canada, according to Roxanne McSpadden, marketing director, in a release.
Mimaki has added light black and fluorescent pink and yellow hues to its Sb410 dye-sublimation ink set.
The light black addition is engineered to print smoother gradations for applications such as monochromatic photographs.
Red River Paper has designed two wide-format, inkjet-printable matte papers for highly detailed photographic prints such as landscapes, still life, graphic design, and more. The 8.5-mil Premium Matte paper is available in up to 44-in. widths, while the 11-mil Premium Matte Plus is offered in up to 24-in. widths. Both papers feature a bright white color.
Presto Tape’s new WallFab wallcovering fabric is a 15-mil, repositionable material designed for long-term interior applications. The company reports that the opaque, thick material works to hide discoloration and other wall defects, reducing prep time for installation. WallFab is available in four smooth, digitally printable finishes: gold iridescent, pearlescent, silver metallic, and black. It is designed to be resistant to wrinkles, peeling, shrinking, and curling.
EFI hosted its annual Connect user conference at the Wynn Las Vegas hotel in January, welcoming billionaire business magnate Steve Wynn himself as a keynote speaker. Wynn’s speech touched on his off-the-cuff customer service and corporate culture mantras, emphasizing motivation through enhanced self-esteem. (When other chains were doing layoffs, Wynn was buying his managers luxury cars.) His tip for printers? Be self-critical without being paralyzed by the possibility of failure; be the first to call your ideas failures when you don’t succeed.
We think of winter as the coldest, darkest months of the year. But did you know that our days start getting longer before winter even begins? This is true for every city in the Northern Hemisphere. Halfway through one of the warmest winters on record, we had the least daylight on December 21 last year.