In the late 1700s, Swiss clergyman Antoine Court de Gébelin wrote that the symbols on the first printed Tarot cards represented the Egyptian deities of Isis and Thoth, and that the name “tarot” actually was derived from the Egyptian words “tar” (meaning “royal”) and “ro” ( “road”) – hence, the Tarot represented a “royal road” to wisdom and success.
HP has announced that its HP Latex Inks and HP A50 Inkjet Web Press Inks are the first water-based inkjet inks to achieve the Sustainable Product Certification from UL Environment, a business unit of Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
EFI has acquired Online Print Solutions (OPS), a company engaged in the areas of Web-to-print, dynamic publishing, and cross-media marketing solutions. OPS develops and deploys applications designed specifically to manage the needs of corporate storefronts, retail sites, and online design to variable-data and cross-media solutions; its customers include commercial printers throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
When it comes to vending machines, the lure of a greasy bag of potato chips or a bubbly soda is usually enough to pull us in.
Ultraflex has introduced IllumiSol BL Film, an 8.5-mil PET film coated on one-side for eco-solvent, solvent, and UV printing. The quick-drying, glossy topcoat is designed to diffuse light for backlit graphics. Primary applications include indoor and outdoor backlit displays, transit graphics, high-resolution posters, light boxes, and more. IllumiSol has been formulated to prevent the transfer of ink onto the backside of the graphics when rolled up after printing. In 86-in. rolls.
Brand Management Group (BMG) has introduced Glossy Finish and Lustre Kodak Professional Inkjet Photo Papers. Both resin-based papers weigh in at 255 gsm. Glossy Finish offers a smooth, high-gloss finish; Lustre Finish features a satin finish similar to E-surface papers used in traditional darkroom printing. The instant-dry papers have been engineered to lay flat with little to no curl; they feature a bright white point and are compatible with dye and pigmented inks. In various sheet and roll sizes up to 60-in. wide
3M Commercial Graphics has introduced five new colors to its line of 3M Scotchprint Wrap Film Series 1080. The new colors include: Matte Pink, Matte Orange, Matte Blue Metallic, Gloss Red Metallic, and Satin Black. As with the rest of the Series 1080 line, the new colors are designed with a pressure-activated adhesive that allows them to slide and be respositioned until firm pressure is applied.
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FESPA is bringing its third FESPA Global Summit to London. The two-day event – which invites industry leaders of the digital wide-format community to address key issues, challenges, opportunities, and threats that are confronting the modern print service provider – takes place January 22-23 at the Brewery and Montcalm Hotel in East London.
Inca Digital Printers has introduced the Inca Onset S20i wide-format UV flatbed inkjet printer, which supersedes the former Onset S20 and follows the launch of the Onset S40i earlier this year.
Plustek Technology has launched its new OpticFilm 120 film scanner, designed to deliver professional image-quality results from 35mm film strips, slides, and 120/220 film formats from 6 x 4.5 to 6 x 12 in.