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StampaJet BP-54 from Digifab

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A flag and banner printer.

DigiFab has introduced its StampaJet BP-54, a 54-in.-wide flag and banner printer that can print with disperse and pigment and sublimation inks. The BP-54 features: an integrated fabric-handling and curing system (hot-air curing dryers); a winding and unwinding system with speed/tension control (can handle rolls up to 200 lbs); and an Evolution RIP standard. It offers resolutions up to 1440 dpi and a top speed of 19 linear yards/hr; it accepts media up to 2mm.

DIGIFAB
www.digifab.com

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Modifications to swissQ Impala

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Now features include a standard inkset of CMYKcmk + white.

Polytype America Corporation has announced that the swissQ Impala flatbed now features a standard inkset of CMYKcmk + white, and adds options including primer, varnish, or spot colors including orange, green, and violet. Also new is a Silk Gloss print mode as well as a new Board Option to hold oversized panels and difficult roll media in place. Polytype America is the US distributor for swissQPrint.

POLYTYPE AMERICA CORPORATION
www.polytypeamerica.com

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InteliCoat Magic GBL-9 Satin Backlit Film

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For solvent, latex, and UV-cure printers.

InteliCoat Technologies announced its Magic GBL-9 satin backlit film for solvent, latex, and UV-cure printers. The latest addition to the company’s specialty line of products specifically designed for solvent and latex printers, the 7-mil Magic GBL-9 features a satin print surface that allows for maximum ink density, vivid color, and a high image resolution; the satin finish also produces high-density backlits, even when displayed in areas with bright ambient light (like airports or shopping malls), the company reports. Available in 36-, 54-, and 60-in. widths.

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SmartApps VehicleWraps Plug-in from Onyx

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For use with Adobe Illustrator.

Onyx Graphics has introduced its SmartApps VehicleWraps plug-in for Adobe Illustrator. Designed to simplify and accelerate setup of vehicle wraps for wide-format printing, the plug-in gives users the ability to combine design and paneling of vehicle wraps – and avoid a duplication of effort – within the design application.

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Cranky Creative Plays a Winning Floor-Graphics Hand

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Poolside graphics make a splash at the Poker Classic Championships in Aruba.

“We’re absolutely seeing an upswing in floor graphics being used across the marketplace, especially in the world of event graphics,” says Keoni Dennison with Cranky Creative Group. “They’re a great way to utilize space that wasn’t previously being used, and they’re a great way to extend the branding of the event, the show, etc. – and to do so in a way that’s highly visible, while also being a relatively easy extension of what a print shop is already doing.”

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Floor Your Clients

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Floor graphics are the last blank canvas.

Things are looking up for floor graphics. As marketers explore novel ways to display and convey their messages, colorful images and text shouting for attention from floors are beginning to become more prominent in fully integrated campaigns.

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Los Angeles is Next Stop for xpedx 2012 Wide Format Road Show

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Free events are designed to help print operations capture wide-format sales.

Xpedx heads to Phoenix for the next leg of its 2012 Wide Format Western Road Show. Designed to help print operations understand how to capture sales in the wide-format printing segment, the free shows feature equipment, media, demonstration, and advice sessions.

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Diatec Group Acquires Star Coating

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“A step forward in a long-term strategy to grow beyond digital imaging…”

Diatec Group – which comprises Sihl and Arkwright, among others – has acquired Star Coating AG in Switzerland. Star Coating will be re-incorporated as a wholly owned subsidiary of Sihl AG, also located in Switzerland.

A substantial portion of Star Coating’s business is for light-sensitive films used in the manufacture of printed circuit boards. This acquisition gives Diatec entry into those films for the electronics industry and enhances Diatec’s European industrial base.

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An Odyssey to Please

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“What we thought would be a simple one-day project turned out to be an odyssey to find a way to make the customer happy.”

The Job A couple of vinyl banners – sounds easy enough right? That’s what the team from CSI, a print provider based in Falls Church, Virginia, thought when they received a call from client MillerCoors looking to brand a corner of the Verizon Center in Washington, DC, with Coors Light graphics. But, as it turned out, installing the vinyl on a textured cinderblock wall with extremely recessed grout was anything but easy.

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Adding Satellite Facilities

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"When it comes to growth, every print provider should at least consider expanding their business by supplementing it with additional locations as a part of their strategy."

In our company’s never-ending quest to grow business, we typically develop our annual sales budgets with the idea that we’ll increase our sales through traditional means. This usually means taking steps such as adding additional sales reps, or growing sales via expanding a product line or simply adding customers. At times, however, we find ourselves thinking “bigger.”

One of these more expansive ideas: Add another location.

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