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ISA, IRgA Co-Locate Shows in 2011

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Both events will be held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, April 27-30.

The International Sign Association (ISA) will co-locate its 2011 Sign Expo event with the International Reprographic Association (IRgA) annual tradeshow next year at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

The 2011 co-location will provide an expanded platform for ISA and IRgA attendees and exhibitors to network, attend expert-led educational sessions, and visit an even more robust tradeshow floor all in one location and at a reduced cost, the ISA announced in its press release.

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Roland University Now Roland Academy

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Global training efforts now united under a single name.

Roland University has been renamed Roland Academy, a move designed to reinforce Roland DGA’s strong affiliation with other Roland training and education centers worldwide, the company reports.

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Wide-Format Forecast: A Sneak Peek

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Taking stock of 2010, and preparing your business for 2011 and beyond.

Here's a sneak peek at our upcoming Industry Roundtable, which will appear in our October issue. Each year, we gather together some of the top consultants in the market to comment on current industry trends and forecast where the market might be in the next 12 months. Our roundtable experts this year include: Marco Boer, consulting partner, I.T.

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Completing the Illusion

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BIGraphics takes “Center Stage” in New Hampshire.

Dave Merrick launched BIGraphics, Inc. (bigraphicsinc.com) in Nashua, New Hampshire, in 1996 as part of an unplanned midlife career change. “I got laid off in early 1996 as a product manager for desktop printers,” he recounts. “I was in my early 50s, and there wasn’t a lot out there. I went to a franchise show in Boston and ended up buying a turnkey wide-format printing system. My plan was to align myself with retail photofinishers and frame shops in my area and offer to print their customers’ photographs on canvas.

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Océ North America Division Becomes Canon imageProGraf Dealer

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Océ Wide Format Printing Systems will begin offering imageProGraf iPF8000S/ iPF9000S models, others.

Canon U.S.A. has announced that the Océ North America Wide Format Printing Systems division has been named as a dealer of its imageProGraf large-format printers. As an authorized Canon dealer, Océ Wide Format Printing Systems will begin offering Canon’s lineup of imageProGraf large-format printers and supplies, including the 8-color imageProGraf iPF8000S/ iPF9000S models as well as the 5-color Technical Documents and General Use Series. Later this year, Océ Wide Format Printing Systems will add the 12-color imageProGraf iPF8300, iPF6350, and iPF6300.

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Graphics One GO Kalender Dual 66 Heat-Transfer System

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High-definition heat transfer system.

Graphics One has launched the GO Kalendar Dual 66, a 66-in. dual heat transfer calendar system.
Offering a dual capability to transfer high-definition, high-quality output imaging for both dye sublimation and direct-to-fabric fixation, the Kalendar Dual 66 features a maximum transfer imaging size of 66-in., a maximum paper size of 66-in., and the ability to accurately and evenly transfer high-quality dye sub images, Graphics One reports. Its 40-second exposure time provides transfer speeds of more than 43-in./minute.

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ImageOne Impact's Wrap Glove

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New glove to reduce static and remove friction.

The Wrap Glove from ImageOne Impact is designed to reduce and remove friction when hand-cutting vinyl and during vehicle-wrap installs. The glove’s fibers don’t shed or promote static, and they prevent the transfer of oils or perspiration from the user’s skin. The washable glove can be used to handle both the adhesive and non-adhesive sides of digital media and wrap films.
Price: $19.95 per pair.

IMAGEONE IMPACT
www.image1impact.com
 

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SGIA Expo: Wide Format in the Desert

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Las Vegas event takes place October 13-15, and will feature new Expert Advice Zones and much more. Visit The Big Picture magazine at booth 3479.

The Specialty Graphics and Imaging Association Expo (SGIA, sgia.org) is betting on a successful event as it gets set to roll the dice at the SGIA Expo 2010, October 12-15 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Okay, it’s not actually that much of a long shot--if last year’s event in New Orleans is any indicator, SGIA can expect upwards of 14,000 participants for the tradeshow which, to date, has slated more than 365 exhibitors and will showcase some of the newest technology available in the wide-format marketplace.

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A Cut Above

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How five shops have benefited by investing in cutters and routers

Many wide-format jobs aren’t finished when the ink is on the substrate. Applications from point-of-purchase displays to signage to window stickers often call for cutting out custom shapes. To meet those demands, many print providers now include routers or cutters among their finishing tools.

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Opportunities for Learning

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The marketplace offers a variety of training and education sources for your operation.

The old Chinese proverb relates, “Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. But teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

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