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Mutoh’s ValueJet 1638W Textile Printer

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Ideal for production of soft signage, sportswear, home décor, flags, and pennants.

Mutoh has introduced its ValueJet 1638W, a 64-in. dye-sublimation printer. With staggered dual-head setup and 1440-nozzle printheads, the 4-color 1638W reaches production speeds up to 1012 sq ft/hr; top resolution is 1440 dpi. Using Mutoh water-based disperse dye inks, the printer can transfer onto flexible and ridged polyester materials and is ideal for production of soft signage, sportswear, home décor, flags and pennants, and more. Features include Interweave print technique, ValueJet Status Monitor, and automatic sheet-off after printing.

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Roland Debuts VersaArt RE-640

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The first VersaArt machine to incorporate the company’s new 8-channel, gold-plated printhead technology.

Roland DGA introduced the 64-in. VersaArt RE-640 printer. The new 4-color printer is the first VersaArt machine to incorporate the company’s new 8-channel, gold-plated printhead technology and features a dual CMYK mirroring to help prevent banding, variable droplet control, and Roland Intelligent Pass Control to further enhance image quality. Other features include: Eco-Sol Max inks (220 or 440 mL), an automatic maintenance printhead wiper, VersaWorks RIP software, integrated heating system, and more. A take-up system is optional.

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EFI Launches EFI R3225 UV Printer

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A 126-in. roll-to-roll, entry-level production UV machine.

EFI has introduced its EFI R3225 printer, a 126-in. roll-to-roll, entry-level production UV machine, and the first EFI printer that carries neither the company’s Vutek nor Rastek badges.

The 4-color (CMYK) R3225 provides eight-level, variable-drop grayscale heads and a top resolution of 600 x 1200 dpi. Speeds range from 939 sq ft/hr in Express mode (2-pass, 300 dpi) to 547 sq ft/hr in Signage Plus mode (4-pass, 600 dpi) and 138 sq ft/hr in Ultra Quality mode (18-pass, 900 dpi). It ships with a complete set of R Series inks, supplied in 3.25-liter bottles.

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Putting the ‘Specialty’ in Finishing Tools

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These 17 tools can help keep the production floor humming.

Too often, print shops strive to get by with less when it comes to finishing tools. While it’s easy to continue to utilize the same sewing machine or welder that’s been the shop’s mainstay for two decades, it just might be time to begin looking around for that particular tool’s replacement. Or, perhaps you previously outsourced all or some aspect of finishing and you’re now looking to bring these services in-house.

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Sub-Compact Impact

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“By having a wrap on a small compact vehicle, it would give them the flexibility of having it at events and tradeshow booths, as well as simply parked right in front of their location.”

The shockingly small size of a Smart Car is usually enough to cause passersby to take a second look. So, when the owners of Feleena’s Mexican Restaurant in Ottawa, Ontario, purchased a new bright-green Smart Car for the business, they immediately felt that they were missing out on a potential advertising vehicle if they didn’t cross-purpose it and add the Feleena name to it.

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Two-Wheel Wraps

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Motercyles get a graphic makeover from Bikeskinz.

Specializing in performance cycle wraps, Bikeskinz in Charlotte, North Carolina, has carved out a unique market, focusing solely on sport bikes and motorcycles and marketing its offerings nationally through its website, bikeskinz.com. While Bikeskinz was one of the first companies to enter this niche market back in 2004, says lead designer Paul Duffey, there are now quite a few cycle wrappers sharing the road.

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Bussing to Brew Town

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New Vista Image decks out MillerCoors tour busses in beer-themed graphics.

Since 1873, the Coors Brewery has been cranking out its favorite beverage: ice-cold beer. To showcase its history and passion for brewing, MillerCoors (the joint venture with Miller began in 2007) hosts daily tours of its Golden, Colorado-based brewery – the world’s largest single-site brewery, says the company.

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The T-Bird and the Hare

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Lighthouse Advertising Group wraps a 1957 Ford Thunderbird.

There are many ways to earn a second glance from potential customers, which, of course, is the first goal of just about every marketing campaign. San Diego’s Crunch Fitness health club chose somewhat of a quirky route to get the attention of Southern Californians: The strategy involved pairing a mint-condition 1957 Ford Thunderbird convertible with someone dressed in a bunny costume.

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Grimco to Acquire Proveer’s US Operations

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“This acquisition improves our geographic reach.”

Grimco, the St. Louis-based sign- and graphics-supply wholesaler, has announced it will acquire the US operations of Proveer Sign & Graphics. Proveer, with headquarters in Toronto, is distributor of a wide range of sign and graphics supplies, equipment, and services in the US and Canada. The Canadian operations of Proveer Sign & Graphics are excluded from the transaction and will remain under the ownership of affiliates of Liberty Lane Partners, LLC and management. The transaction is expected to close in Q2 of this year.

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Keep Your Business Moving: FESPA Mexico 2012

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The exhibition will take place September 20-22, at the Centro Banamex in Mexico City.

FESPA Mexico will host its 2012 exhibition themed “Keep Your Business Moving” September 20-22, at the Centro Banamex situated in Mexico City. The event will focus on the latest product developments and innovations in wide-format digital printing, signage, graphics, garment decoration, textile, and screen printing.

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