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Not Taken with a Grain of Salt

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Superwide graphics at the Salt Palace from Ferrari Color.

As a way to announce that a show or convention is taking place at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, and to welcome guests, the building’s “Salt Shaker” – its cylinder-shaped entrance – is wrapped with eye-catching window graphics.

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Perception Adds PVC-Free Wallpaper

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Designed for interior design and commercial graphics.

Perception Wide Format Media, a brand of Worthen Industries, has introduced a PVC-free wallpaper made with 10% post-consumer waste materials.

Perception’s PVC-free wallpaper is pre-pasted with a water-activated adhesive, has a quick-dry print surface, and is available in a bright white matte. The product is easily strippable, fiber-based, made in the US, meets California 01350 Standards for indoor air quality, and carries a Class “A” fire rating, according to the company. Compatible with latex and UV wide-format inkjet printing.

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New Inca Onset R50i Flatbed Printer

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The Inca Onset Series now features 19 models and three handling systems.

Inca Digital has announced the Inca Onset R50i wide-format, flatbed UV printer. This printer features 14 pL Fujifilm Dimatix Spectra printheads and an eight-channel, dual CMYK configuration to deliver 6458 sq ft/hr productivity with automation. Positioned between the 6-color Onset R40i and the Onset S50i, the new Onset R50i is designed for PSPs printing graphics for long and short-distance viewing.

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Staying Bullish

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Industry expert Tim Greene tackles our top questions on the state of the digital printing industry.

Big Picture: What’s your assessment of the state of the wide-format digital printing market – bullish, bearish, or somewhere in-between?

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Xcel Products Announces Two New Partnerships

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Alliances aimed to broaden product, service offering.

On the heels of Xcel Products’ 10th anniversary, the company has announced strategic partnerships with Ultraflex and General Formulations. The companies are involved in the manufacturing of PVC, specialty substrates, and pressure sensitive materials for the display, signage, and graphics industries.

The partnerships are part of Xcel’s mission to combine new products with full-service customization and support, according to a release.

 

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Xcel Products Introduces Eco-Board XP

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Designed for packaging, hanging, and retail P-O-P applications.

Xcel Products, through a partnership with New Hampshire Plastics, has announced Eco-Board XP, a polystyrene hanging display product.

Eco-Board XP is PVC-free and comprises expanded, closed-cell High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS). Compatible with digital flatbed printing (UV or LED cured), as well as screen printing (UV or conventional). Recommended fabrication includes mounting with pressure-sensitive adhesive, routing, saw cutting and drilling, heat bending, knife cutting, and die cutting/punching.

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Presto Tape Adds Colored Fabrics to Print Media Line

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Designed for wall murals, wallpaper, and P-O-P signage.

Presto Tape has announced four new colored products in addition its line of fabrics: CanvasTac Gold Iridescent, CanvasTac Silver, PrestoTex Gold Iridescent, and PrestoTex Silver. The gold iridescent fabrics are printable with UV, latex, solvent, and eco-solvent inks; the silver fabrics are printable with UV and latex inks.

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Avery Dennison Adds Hi-Tack Adhesive

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For opaque and digital vinyl films.

Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions has announced the launch of a new Hi-Tack adhesive paired with the company’s Easy Apply technology. The adhesive helps graphics remain intact in harsh outdoor environments, and the air egress technology reduces the likelihood of bubbles during application, according to the company.

Products available with the adhesive and air egress technology combination include Avery Dennison 900 Supercast and 700 High Performance opaque vinyls and MPI 2126 digital film.

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The Next Big Thing

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Bluemedia creates one of the largest building wraps in Arizona's history.

Creating one of the largest building wraps in a state’s history is a pretty big deal, and an even larger task. But Tempe, Arizona, print shop bluemedia (www.bluemedia.com) was ready for the job. Teaming with billboard company Becker Boards, the shop printed and installed the bright pink T-Mobile, 60 x 200-foot graphic in strips for the 12,000-square-foot Alliance Bank building in downtown Phoenix.

The shop used its HP Latex 3000 printer on Arlon DPF 47WF 70-30 perforated window film to make the graphic tiles of the wrap covering the windows of the building stand out.

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Managing Up

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How to ensure accuracy at every step of your color management process.

Like politics and religion, color management is interpretive, changing, controversial, and sometimes difficult. Recently, we asked Chris Morrison, co-owner and operator of The Image Specialists, to give us a few of his thoughts on color.

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