Printing Industries of America has announced the recipients of the 2012 InterTech Technology Awards. The 12 technologies receiving this award were judged as “truly innovative and … expected to advance the performance of the graphic-communications industry” by an independent panel of judges.
The 2012 InterTech Technology Award recipients include:
Agfa Graphics has announced that it will be hosting a free Wide-Format Open House event at its Plano, Texas, distribution center on September 18-20, 2012, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Agfa Graphics' technology experts will be on-hand conducting various technology demos on the Anapurna M2540 FB, a high-speed flatbed, UV-curable inkjet printer, and Epson's SureColor S30670, its 64-inch solvent printer.
EFI has announced a new certification training program for its Fiery digital print servers, tools, and software options.
Designed for new and existing Fiery users, Fiery Certification consists of two tracks: Fiery Professional Certification and Fiery Expert Certification.
Four Pees has released PrintFactory and ProofMaster 4.3. The update includes additional productivity features such as a redesigned color picker, HTML reporting across the network, and transparency tools to help accomplish better true shape nesting. It also adds support for various new devices.
Mutoh America has expanded its printer line with the introduction of the ValueJet 1624W textile/sublimation printer.
Capable of using water-based or dye-sublimation transfer or direct-print inks, the new 64-in. 4-color (CMYK) printer features staggered dual printheads, offers a maximum resolution of 1400 dpi, and can hit print speeds up to 600 sq ft/hr (at 360 x 360 dpi).
Xara has announced the availability of its new version 8 Designer products: Xara Photo & Graphic Designer MX v8 and Xara Designer Pro X v8. Both products provide tools for a range of graphic-design tasks: illustration, photo editing, advanced page layout, Web graphics, and animations – and in the case of Designer Pro building complete websites and online presentations.
New features include:
• Powerful Color Erase/Selection to enhance (change color, adjust brightness, blur, etc) or make parts of photos transparent based on the selected color.
Neschen has released Seal Print Shield Base Textured Matte, a 3-mil vinyl pressure-sensitive overlaminate to protect graphics from dirt, moisture, and abrasion. Featuring a fine sand texture, its semi-matte finish reduces glare from direct lighting and is geared for applications including tradeshow graphics and roll-up banner stands. Available in 38-, 51-, and 54-in. rolls.
Brand Management Group (BMG), which signed a trademark licensing agreement with Kodak in Q4 2011, has introduced four new wide-format inkjet products for aqueous printers:
Kodak Rapid-Dry Glossy Poly Poster: Features an instant-dry coating and a tear-resistant polypropylene base for applications like photographic-quality posters, long-term indoor and short-term outdoor banners, and photographic enlargements and reproductions.
The Job To stock-car-racing fans, nothing says America quite like a NASCAR race on Memorial Day weekend – well except for maybe an American flag rivaling the size of a football field. To offer a thanks to war veterans while sprucing up its venue’s aesthetic,] the Charlotte Motor Speedway set out to adorn its 1.5-mile quad-oval track with one of the largest American flags in the world. The Speedway didn’t have to look far for a print provider to take on the massive undertaking: Michigan’s Britten Inc.
With the continued growth of flatbed- and hybrid-printer usage, it’s no surprise that there’s an increase in the demand for rigid substrates. And media companies have been diligent in keeping up with that demand – providing print shops with an ever-expanding range of rigid options.