ImageOne Impact has introduced a new mounting bracket specifically designed for 3-6 mm corrugated plastic substrates. Made from recycled plastic and completely recyclable, the Corrugated Plastic Mounting Bracket features a flexible hinge that can adapt to various surfaces and holes designed for various mounting options including screws, bolts, and/or straps. Applications include poles, posts, and walls. The bracket comes in single packs and bulk packs of 24-brackets.
HP has introduced a new upgrade package for the HP Scitex XP2300 printer. The Scitex XP2300 now offers new billboard print modes for printing directly on inexpensive banner materials, which could previously be used only with solvent technologies. With these print modes, designed for HP Specialty Billboard Scitex Inks, customers can achieve a glossy or matte finish using one ink and reduce the time spent switching inks between print jobs, HP reports.
Always on the chase for what to wrap next, Ohio-based Central Graphics owner David Soulsby sought to add a wow-factor to the shop’s bland 8 x 9-foot garage door.
“We wanted to go bold and grab the public’s attention.” Charged with carrying out the boss’s idea, designer Charlie Wilson turned to Photoshop CS3 to incorporate an iStock image of a realistic flying saucer into a high-res photo of Central Graphic’s garage.
To honor the winning drivers for Porsche at Le Mans, Flying Lizard Motorsports (lizardms.com) worked with artist Troy Lee and Iconography Studios to design and create commemorative Flying Lizard Porsche 911s for the 2011 race. The cars were first painted with a solid base color, then graphics executed by Iconography; a candy coat was applied over the graphics. Output was with a Roland SolJet Pro III XC-540 and Roland inks onto 3M Controltac Plus IJ380 graphic film.
Laminators and their requisite laminate media serve to not only increase the lifespan of your shop’s printed masterpieces, but they can also add to a graphic’s aesthetics. Yes, some clients change out their graphics so rapidly that longevity is not an issue, but laminating can be critical to graphics that are subject to ongoing abuse or even just normal wear and tear. Meanwhile, other graphics can benefit immensely from the addition of a texture or perhaps a glossy or matte finish that enhances the look of the artwork.
CADlink has introduced SignLab 9, its latest version of signmaking software with a full suite of text, vector, and raster design tools and support for vinyl cutters, sign printers, thermal ribbon printers, engravers, routers, and dye sub printers. Version 9 features new design tools including a menu-board design interface; advanced transparency support for bitmap and gradient filled objects; decorative edge tool; new stoke/line tools and color controls; extended text character viewer; and more.
General Formulations has announced the addition of Concept 234 Fabric Wall Film to its Graphi-Tex line. Concept 234 is a 7-mil premium white matte coated polyester fabric with an acrylic removable pressure-sensitive adhesive allowing for removability. The fabric film can be used with solvent, eco-solvent, and UV-curable inks. Designed for temporary application, Concept 234 can be placed on most types of painted interior walls including flat, semi-gloss, and gloss paint finishes. Available in 54-in. widths.
Graphic Finishing Partners has introduced the new 400 Series Professional Top Heat laminators, which are available in 55- and 63-in. widths. The 400 Series features: a 1-in. variable roller gap, 4.5-in. silicon rollers, 140-degree top heated roller, and speeds of up to 13.5 ft/min. The laminators are built for applications that require PSA films for overlamination, mounting, and pre-coating boards.
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Shenzhen Runtianzhi Image Technology in China has introduced the Flora PP 2512UV printer, a UV flatbed that can accommodate rigid media up to 48 x 100 in. and 4-in. thick. The 6-color printer (CMYKcm, with optional white and varnish) can be outfitted with Konica Minolta or Spectra Polaris printheads, and resultant print speeds will range from 418 sq ft/hr in Standard mode to 145 sq ft/hr in Ultra Quality mode; top resolution is 1200-1400 dpi, depending upon printhead.
Caldera’s Costview 3.0 allows print providers to monitor all print-related costs by extracting job information directly from the RIP spooler. Production managers can control, modify, study (via spreadsheet), and export all relative job costs. Costview 3.0 also includes a new eco-print calculator and new carbon-footprint analysis tool, measuring CO2 from each print element (inks, media, electricity, etc.).