Zund has introduced Zund Cut Center 2.0, the latest version of its software for producing cutter-ready files from RIPs and nesting programs. Features include: automatic cut-path optimization; simultaneous job preparation; overcut elimination; and optional production-time calculator and batch processing.
GMG has announced ProductionSuite v2, its production solution for wide-format printing. The latest release includes SmartProfiler 2.0, a wizard for the calibration and profiling of supported print devices without color-management expertise; a new layout feature with integrated cut and white support; and an interior-decoration option comprising colorways and step-and-repeat for the creation of textiles and wallpapers.
Sun Chemical has launched its new Streamline Optima HPQ range of inks. Specifically formulated for use with the HP 9000/10000, Seiko CP64/100, and Océ 6060/6100 printers, the new inks feature increased open time for improved printhead stability, a wide color gamut for accurate color matching, and reduced overspray and mottle, Sun reports. The company also showcased its new Streamline TX range of direct-print sublimation textile inks for polyester media, for soft-signage applications.
Seiko Instruments showcased its ColorPainter M-64s, the company’s new low-odor, mild-solvent, high-speed inkjet printer. The M-64s offers 64-inch-wide printing in 6 or 7 colors, with speeds up to 716 sq ft/hr (535 sq ft/hr in Fast Production mode); max. resolution is 900 dpi. Seiko reports that the machine’s high-speed printing capability was developed specifically to address the growing demand for high productivity from the signage and indoor-graphics markets.
Inca Digital Printers has launched the Inca Onset Q40i, a high-resolution version of the company’s S40i. Available in 4- and 6-color (CMYKcm) versions, the new flatbed employs Fujifilm Spectra Dimatix QS10 printheads (9-pL drop size) and offers a 1200-dpi apparent resolution; top speed is 3337 sq ft/hr (or 61 full-bed sheets/hr). The Q40i can print on media up to 63 x 124 in. and up to 2-in. thick. Features include a 15-zone vacuum table, UV sensor system, and mechanical substrate-height detectors.
Bordeaux Digital Printink has launched three new Eden-series inks. Its new Eden-TX latex-based inks for textiles are compatible with a wide variety of fabrics – natural, synthetic, and blended fabrics without pre-treatment – and with various printing devices. The Eden TX inks currently support these printheads: Epson DX-4, DX-5, DX-6, and DX-7, as well as the Ricoh Gen4 and other industrial printheads.
Agfa Graphics moved into textile printing with the introduction of its Ardeco printer for soft signage. The rollfed Ardeco utilizes dye-sublimation inks and features: a built-in calendering unit; a textile-dedicated transport system; 8 or 12 Ricoh Gen 4 printheads (384 nozzles/head, 7-pL drop size); a max. print width of 126 in.; and a top resolution of 1200 dpi. A set of cold-cutting knives for in-line finishing is optional.
Big Ink Display Graphics (www.inkbig.com), located in Eagan, Minnesota, decided that the best way to gain a close relationship with its clients was through one-on-one meetings. And beer – lots of beer.
In order to do this, the signage and wide-format digital print shop’s sales team opted to bring happy hour straight to their client’s door, calling it Big Ink’s Door to Door Pour.
On land that was once served as Tilles Pumpkin Farm in Melville, New York, Canon invited the industry press to gather in August to explore its new Americas headquarters. Although the facility’s public grand opening had taken place in July with the like of Sen. Charles Schumer and other state and local officials in attendance, this was an opportunity for The Big Picture and others to tour the 700,000-square-foot facility and get a “first draft” on some new products that Canon is releasing.
While the Twin Cities’ Mall of America – home to more than 500 stores – waited on a retailer to occupy vacant shop space, the area needed to be blocked off, preferably with temporary walls adorned with eye-catching graphics. Enter Grafix Shoppe (www.grafixshoppe.com), a digital print business in Eagan, Minnesota, that regularly works with the Mall. The “canvas” that required covering: six 32-foot-high white plasterboard walls.