Dave R. (“Reid”) Swormstedt, Jr., died January 17, 2013, at age 83. He served as president of then Signs of the Times Publishing Co. (now ST Media Group Intl.) from 1979 until his retirement in 1994. The company is the publisher of Signs of the Times, The Big Picture, Screen Printing, Industrial + Special Printing, and several other B2B magazines. A 1951 graduate of Cornell University, Dave – affectionately known by his middle name, Reid – joined the company in 1954, after having served in the US Army medical laboratories during the Korean War.
Printing Industries of America's president and CEO, Michael Makin is encouraging the printing industry to reject a call by Google to "Go Paperless in 2013."
InteliCoat Technologies has appointed Chris McInerney as president and CEO of the company, effective immediately. A 25+ year industry veteran, McInerney brings a deep understanding of the wide-format market combined with a proven track record of success to position the company for growth and expansion in the dynamic digital imaging market, InteliCoat reports.
Mutoh and Avery are partnering for vehicle-wrap training classes in 10 cities across the country in 2013.
The Avery/Mutoh Car Wrap Training Program is designed to provide wrap installers with an in-depth understanding of graphic-installation mechanics to gain a competitive advantage in the vehicle-wrap industry, according to Mutoh America. The three-day workshop (optional third day for design instruction and certification test) will focus on the steps needed to improve the quality and speed of car-wrap installations.
MCT Inc. has debuted the MasterCut MultiTech cutting system, manufactured by UK-based Blackman & White (blackmanandwhite.com; MCT is the US distributor).
Designed specifically for digitally printed or dye-sublimated textile graphics and soft signage, the MasterCut MultiTech features: an industrial-class CO2 liquid-cooled laser; rack-and-pinion drive system; auxiliary head with dual tangential tool positions; camera vision registration system; and more.
New from Cooley Group is EnviroFlex PE, a printable polyethylene substrate designed to produce high-quality graphic images and durability in a lightweight, fully recyclable product.
UV- and solvent-printable, EnviroFlex PE is available in PVC and non-PVC options and in weights from 3.2 to 10 oz. RF- and hot-air weldable.
Imaging Solutions has introduced its FastFrame, an automated canvas-stretching solution that mounts canvas and fine-art paper onto wooden stretchers to produce gallery wraps.
The FastFrame can produce 80 frames/hr, the company reports; sizes from 8 x 12 to 41 x 41 in. (panel thickness of 11/16-in. to 2 in.). Also available is the semi-automatic EasyFrame (40 to 45 frames/hr).
The National Print Owners Association (NPOA) has been created. Targeted at small independent print operations and those in the quick-print segment of the graphic-art market, the new association seeks to offer “a viable alternative to those printers who are currently members of other trade associations, but are dissatisfied with the return on their investment,” the new association “also seeks to attract many other printers who have chosen not to join any association because none have appeared, so far, to satisfy their needs.”
InteliCoat Technologies representatives will be hosting free online webinars every Thursday in January to review its current Product of the Month’s line – Magic Ink.
Magic Ink is the company’s alternative solution for accurate color reproduction and print longevity, according to InteliCoat. The water-resistant inks are compatible with various brands of inkjet media, enabling the user to print on a wide range of coated and uncoated substrates.
The Information Management Institute (IMI) has announced the programs for its Digital Printing World 2013 Conferences being held January 28-February 1, 2013, at the Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The 2013 IMI Conferences include:
• 22nd Annual Inkjet Printing Conference (January 30 – February 1);
• Inkjet Deposition Course (January 28-29);
• Inkjet Printhead Selection & Evaluation Course (January 28-29);
• 3D Printing Symposium (January 28-29); and