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Printing Industries of America Announces 2011 InterTech Technology Award Recipients

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Nominations ranged from plates and digital printing to a variety of production and management software.

Printing Industries of America has released the recipients of the 2011 InterTech Technology Awards. The technologies receiving this prestigious award have been judged as truly innovative and expected to have a major impact on the graphic communications industry, reports Printing Industries of America.

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New IDEAlliance Program

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Program consists of a mix of onsite training, assessment, and compliance analysis.

IDEAlliance’s G7 Process Control & Conformance Program (G7 PCC) is an extension of its G7 Master Program. The program consists of a mix of onsite training, assessment, and compliance analysis; upon successful completion of the program, the participating site will receive a certificate of qualification and a comprehensive binder of user documents and reference material. The program will also include continued assessment of conformance over time.

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SpyderGallery iPad Application

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The app calibrates the display and ensures that colors are consistent.

Datacolor has released its SpyderGallery iPad app available for free download via the Apple App Store. Designed to help photographers manage color output on the iPad, the app calibrates the display and ensures that colors are consistent throughout the workflow process. Owners of Datacolor’s Spyder3 display-calibration solutions can create a custom color profile on their iPad using the app.

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X-Rite’s New Color-Calibration Solutions

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The i1Display Pro is designed for imaging professionals looking for high on-screen color accuracy.

X-Rite has announced the availability of i1Display Pro and ColorMunki Display, two hardware and software solutions for color calibration and profiling of displays, laptops, and projectors. Both devices feature a high-end optical system with custom-designed filters as well as a colorimeter design combining three functions: ambient light measurement, display profiling, and projector profiling.

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Easing the Wrap-Removal Blues

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When your crew can professionally, quickly, and efficiently handle removals, your shop will be much more attractive to potential clients.

A lot of energy and resources are spent on developing the best methods to sell, produce, and install vehicle graphics – which makes sense, being that wraps are fun for us and money makers for our clients. But after the glamorous run with a vehicle graphic comes to an end, the not-so-fun part arrives: the removal. Taking a decal off of anything has never been described as fun, but it is a necessary evil. If done correctly, however, those pain-in-the-neck removals can turn out to not be so bad after all.

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Fisher Textiles’ Crazy 8 Billiard Cloth

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The company also has added GF 3155 Diamond Mesh (FR) to its line of Grand Format fabrics for dye-sublimation printing.

Fisher Textiles has revived its Crazy 8 Billiard Cloth by adding a new and improved coating back for dye-sublimation and UV printing. Designed for custom-printed pool tables, Crazy 8 features an anti-friction coating for consistent “English” and a 40-gram laminated backing to help control ball speed; it’s also stain resistant. Offered in 65-in. widths. Also available is unbacked Crazy Cloth, for poker and other gaming tables; also 65-in. wide.

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New Eco-Jet Mild Solvent Inks from American Ink Jet

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Now compatible with Roland printers.

American Ink Jet Corporation has announced the availability of its “Eco-Jet” Mild Solvent inks for use in Roland printers. The Eco-Jet inks are a 6-color inkset and can be purchased in plug-and-play, prefilled, 440-ml cartridges. Cartridges can be installed individually as OEM ink cartridges run empty, and users switching from OEM inks do not need to flush out their ink lines, the company reports; new color profiles are not required.

For use in Roland VersaCamm, Pro II V, Pro II EX, Soljet, Soljet Pro III, and Pro II series printers.

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Embracing Technology: Graph Expo 2011

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Chicago event, September 11-14, prepares to help print providers adapt to a rapidly changing marketplace.

Branded as a one-stop shop for all things print, Graph Expo will hit the Windy City this year September 11-14 at McCormick Place. The 2011 event is slated to beat out its already impressive 2010 numbers, the show’s organizers report, with an expected attendance of 20,000 plus and more than 400 exhibiting companies on the 300,000 square foot show floor.

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The Inside and the Outside

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Cleaning up the physical appearance of your work environment.

As we manage our companies, most of us spend a lot of time striving for perfection in different areas of our businesses. We might be fine-tuning production processes, improving our workflow, or perhaps building a more effective sales and marketing structure. But we often neglect the actual physical appearance of our work environment.

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Rigid Report

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More than 40 sources of rigid media.

Some would argue that being too rigid may not be the best personality trait when it comes to running a business. Such inflexibility can cause you all kinds of problems, whether with your customers or with your own staff.

Substrate-wise, however, rigid is practically a must-have when it comes to having media on hand. Couple your favorite rigid media with the right printer and cutter/router, and your business can take on some jobs sure to impress your customers while also turning an equally impressive profit.

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