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Mactac New PermaGard and Permacolor Overlaminate

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Imagin Wallnoodle WN628 can now be latex printed to the edge.

Mactac Graphic Products has debuted PermaGard PG7285XL, an addition to its line of Permacolor pressure-sensitive overlaminates. Designed for interior and exterior signage, murals, P-O-P displays, and wide-format graphics requiring protection from UV light, weather, and scuffing, it’s repositionable, non-reflective, has a white paper liner, and can be used over UV, solvent, eco-solvent and latex wide-format prints. The 2.75-mil matte overlam is available in 79 in. x 164-ft rolls. The product will replace Mactac’s current Permacolor IP7286 overlaminate.

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Roland DGA VersaUV LEJ-640 and VersaStudio BN-20

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Roland debuts two new printers.

Roland DGA has introduced its 64-in. VersaUV LEJ-640 UV-LED wide-format hybrid printer. The LEJ-640 is offered in three Eco-UV ink configurations: CMYK + white + clear; CMYK + white + white, for high-opacity white printing on transparent films; and CMYK + clear + clear, for thick dimensional effects such as embossing. The clear ink can be put down in both gloss and matte finishes. Applications range from packaging prototypes and P-O-P to wide-format signage, décor, exhibits, and window displays.

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Fujifilm Introduces Acuity Advance LT

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Also announces upgrades to the Acuity Advance and Advance-X2.

Fujifilm has announced the debut of Acuity Advance LT, an entry-level UV flatbed. The 4-color printer, which features variable dot imaging, can accommodate rigid media up to 49.6 x 98.4 in., up to 1.89-in. thick; it can handle roll media (optional) up to 86.6-in. wide. Top speed is 132 sq ft/hr in Production mode; 91 sq ft/hr in Quality mode. The Advance LT utilizes KO or KI-series inks, packaged in 2-liter bags. The LT can be upgraded to the standard Advance or to Advance with white.

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Agfa Debuts Anapurna M1600

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Also enhances the Jeti 3020.

Agfa has introduced the Anapurna M1600 and Synaps UV media to North America, as well as enhanced its Jeti 3020.

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JDF: Ready for Take-Off?

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The Job Definition Format has been around for a decade now. So why isn’t it more common in wide-format printing—and why is that about to change?

Not another acronym, you say? Yes, but this one has the potential to transform your workflow into an efficient, automated process.

The idea behind JDF, or the Job Definition Format, is to provide a way for the different components of a digital print production workflow to communicate with each other – from the initial creation of a job ticket through control of the finishing process. They do that through a JDF file, an XML expression of the specifications for a job.

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The ABCs of JDF

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Automating the workflow pipeline.

The International Cooperation for the Integration of Processes in Prepress, Press, and Post Press (CIP4) Organization is the international standards association whose mission is to foster the adoption of automation in the printing industry. CIP4 brings together systems and software vendors, printers, publishers, consultants, educators, integrators, and distributors to define standards that support print automation, and to help educate and promote automation globally. JDF is one of those standards.

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SGIA Accepting Golden Image Award Entries

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Entries will be showcased during SGIA in October.

SGIA is now accepting entries for its Golden Image Awards Competition to be held at the 2011 SGIA Expo in New Orleans, October 19-21, which annually recognizes innovative work in the digital and screen printing marketplace.

"This is a great opportunity for companies to compete against the best in the specialty imaging community and display their work to thousands of Expo attendees," says Johnny Shell, SGIA vice president of technical services.

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Graphics Fit for a Rap King

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New York's Apple Visual Graphics offers Roc Nation a graphic's makeover.

The Client Roc Nation

The Players Apple Visual Graphics

Tools & Supplies Mimaki JV33, Mimaki ES3 Eco-Solvent inks, Sihl Smart Canvas Matte 3482, OnOne Software Perfect Resize 7

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Panoply Finance Launched

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New company specializes in financing programs for wide- and grand-format printers.

Panoply Finance, a sister company of Global Imaging and Global Garage, has launched. The new business specializes in financing programs for wide- and grand-format printers.

“We only lease in the wide- and grand-format industry and really understand the value and life cycle of grand-format equipment. This allows us to recommend the best lease structure for our customers based on their needs and long-term goals,” says Christene Mallory, Panoply’s director of financial services.

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Social Media: Why Make the Journey?

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How social media can benefit your print shop.

While the specific reasons for businesses to engage in social media marketing differ depending upon whether a company is in the business-to-business (B-to-B) or business-to-consumer (B-to-C) space, large or small, the basic goals are similar. If we were to boil these down to their core essence, the three primary motivators for engaging in social media are to build brand awareness, to nurture relationships, and build brand loyalty. These all lead to the main goal, which is ultimately to drive sales.

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