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Nashakele Debuts the AfriJet Printer

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"We're considering international investors to expedite production and global distribution.”

Nashakele Distribution, a South African signage supplier, created a stir at the Sign Africa Expo in Johannesburg last fall with its introduction of the 4-color AfriJet, an infrared flatbed. Billed as “the first outdoor printer to be conceptualized and assembled in South Africa,” the AfriJet features, quick-drying infrared-cured light-solvent inks (alcohol-based), infrared lamps, Epson DX5 heads in a dual-head configuration, a top resolution of 1440 dpi, and a standard production print speed of approximately 269 square feet/hour (538 square feet/hour in draft mode).

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EskoArtwork Announces WebCenter 10

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Features management capabilities for all project-related digital assets.

EskoArtwork has announced WebCenter 10, a new version of its online collaboration and approval tool for the print-supply and packaging chain.

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New Accessories for Rose Displays’ ZipLines

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ZipLine Mounting Plate and ZipLine Poles.

Rose Displays has introduced two accessories for its ZipLines: ZipLine Mounting Plate and ZipLine Poles.

With the new Mounting Plate, ZipLines can be hung from any plaster ceiling, allowing ZipLine adjustable cables to be used with most store ceilings, whether standard grid or flat.

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Banner American Introduces MightyLam 2700HC Redesign

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Features hot and cold lamination with heated rollers.

The redesigned 2700HC Laminating/Mounting machine from Banner American Products features hot and cold lamination with heated rollers, release liner take up, and an adjustable feed table guide. The machine can accommodate digital and offset output up to 24-in. wide and ¼-in. thick. The standard 3-in. core adapters allow it to handle 1- and 3- in. core thermal films and 3-in. core pressure-sensitive films. Its “heat assist” mode selects a heat level best to increase adhesion and speed for slow-curing pressure sensitive films.

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Four Pees’ PrintFactory 4.1 Debuts

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Features advanced automation and integration through JDF.

Four Pees has introduced the latest iteration of its PrintFactory large-format production suite, version 4.1. The new PrintFactory features:

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Perfect Resize 7 Software from OnOne

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Allows for the resizing of images up to 800% and beyond.

OnOne Software’s new Perfect Resize 7 is based on Genuine Fractals’ algorithms for enlarging images to any size or resolution necessary while maintaining fine image details, the company reports. Ideal for creating poster or wall-sized prints, as well as enlarging cropped photos, Perfect Resize allows for the resizing of images up to 800% and beyond. It can be launched directly from the desktop as a standalone application or from within Photoshop (as well as Lightroom or Aperture in the Professional Edition).

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Neschen Launches EnviroScape Mural Plus

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Meets California 01350 standards for indoor air quality.

Neschen Americas has added EnviroScape Mural Plus to its conVerd presented by Neschen line of environmentally responsible media products; this represents Neschen’s first foray into the wallcoverings market.

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Danaher Agrees to Acquire EskoArtwork

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Deal is expected to close in first half of the year.

Danaher Corporation, the Washington DC-based manufacturer whose products span various industries, has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire EskoArtwork from Axcel for a purchase price of approximately $470 million. Upon closing, the business will become a part of Danaher’s Product Identification platform. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the first half of 2011.

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SGIA Announces 2011 Tom Frecska Student Printing Competition

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Honoring innovative imaging work by secondary and post-secondary students.

Students can now apply to enter the annual Tom Frecska Student Printing Competition, which acknowledges innovative imaging work from secondary and post-secondary schools.

The competition honors former editor of Screen Printing magazine, Tom Frecska, who passed away in May 2009 after suffering a sudden heart attack at the age of 42.

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interlinkONE CMO Presents on QR Codes at 2011 Signage and Graphics Summit

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January 26 at the Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa, Florida.

interlinkONE, Inc., the provider of Web-based marketing software solutions, has announced that its chief marketing officer, Jason Pinto, will be delivering an educational session entitled "Bringing 2-D to Life: Understanding QR Codes and Other Interactive Display Technologies" on Wednesday, January 26 at the 2011 Signage and Graphics Summit being held January 26-28, 2011, at Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa, Florida. The summit will offer three days of education and networking for high-volume sign companies, screenprinters, and digital print shops.

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