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InterTech Technology Award Recipients for 2012

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12 winners judged to be “truly innovative and … expected to advance the performance of the graphic-communications industry.”

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:

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Agfa Graphics to Host Free Wide-Format Open House

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Printing systems, media, ink, and more being demonstrated at Agfa’s Distribution Center in Plano, Texas.

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.

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EFI Announces New Fiery Certification Program

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Two tracks available: Fiery Professional Certification and Fiery Expert Certification.

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.

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PrintFactory and ProofMaster 4.3 Released

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Includes new productivity upgrades.

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.

FOUR PEES
www.fourpees.com

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New ValueJet 1624W from Mutoh

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Textile/sublimation printer is capable of using water-based or dye-sublimation transfer or direct-print inks.

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).

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Xara Designer Product Upgrades

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Features include photo hue adjustment to change the color tint of any part of a photo.

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.

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Neschen’s Seal Print Shield Base Textured Matte

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Available in 38-, 51-, and 54-in. rolls.

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.
 

NESCHEN AMERICAS
www.neschenamericas.com
 

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Four New Kodak Media

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Media designed for aqueous printers.

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.

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Supersizing Old Glory

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“The short timeline parameter was our biggest challenge. All aspects of the well-executed plan had to fall into place in order to meet the production, shipping, and installation deadline.”

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.

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The Hard Stuff

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Nearly 50 sources of rigid media for direct printing.

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.

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