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Rigid ROI

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More than 45 sources of rigid print media.

Ironically, the increased choices of rigid media available to print providers—and the related print technologies—have enabled print shops to be even more flexible in the types of jobs they take on and the variety of products they can produce. Plus, printing on rigid has simplified the printing and post-printing processes, cutting production time. The result from all of this: some very positive return on investment.

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Doing a World of Good

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Finding a way for your company to give back to the community.

If you made windshield wiper blades or sold hamburgers, you might produce a lot of product and make good money, but your product has no broad, intrinsic value. Since you’re reading this column, however, you probably don’t sell those things for a living. Like me, you work in the wide-format digital printing industry—an industry that makes amazing products, with universal and intrinsic value. Without donating money or time, we can still provide products and services with a huge potential for public good.

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Agfa Graphics Announces AquaJet Pro Inks

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Water-based, dispersed-dye inks for textile printing on the Jeti 3324 AquaJet.

Agfa Graphics has announced the latest enhancement to its Jeti AquaJet direct dye-sublimation printer: a new generation of aqueous-based disperse dye AquaJet Pro inks, powered by DuPont Artistri ink technology.

Designed to produce brighter, more vibrant colors and deliver faster throughput on polyester-based fabrics, the AquaJet Pro inks will be made available as a premium inkset for the Jeti AquaJet range in Q3 2010. Existing Jeti AquaJet installations can be upgraded to AquaJet Pro inks.

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The Ins and Outs of Inventory Management

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Controlling inventory costs can create significant cash savings for your business.

Implementing an effective inventory-management system can be an overwhelming task. And some managers are afraid that, as they begin controlling inventory, they might run out of stock more often and end up failing to meet customer deadlines while waiting for new inventory to arrive. Plus, setting up a system requires some investment in software and related hardware, and these costs can seem prohibitive.

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Beauty Box Photo Skin Retouching Software

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Peforms fast, automatic skin retouching and smoothing.

Digital Anarchy’s new Beauty Box Photo skin retouching software is a plug-in designed to provide an automatic and easy way of smoothing skin and removing blemishes in photographs. The plug-in performs fast, automatic skin retouching and smoothing, automatically identifying skin tones and creating an intelligent mask that limits the smoothing effect to skin areas while keeping facial details razor sharp. This process requires minimal input from the user and in many cases is fully automatic, the company says.

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Celebrating Young Lions

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Anro Print and Digital Solutions helps honor up-and-coming designers.

The Client Cannes Young Lions Exhibition, BBDO ad agency
The Player: Anro Print and Digital Solutions (anro.com)
Tools & Supplies: HP Scitex FB6100 UV Printer, Caldera GrandRIP+, HP FB200 UV inks, various media
The Job: Atlanta-based design agency BBDO along with HP commissioned Anro in West Chester, Pennsylvania, to produce wide-format graphics for the Cannes Young Lions Team USA kickoff party and special exhibition held in New York this past May.

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Three New Fabrics from Fisher Textiles

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Grand-format fabric line for dye sublimation and UV printing.

Fisher Textiles has announced three new fabrics for its Grand Format fabric line for dye sublimation and UV printing.

GF 8725 Crepe (FR) is a flame-retardant, 4.9 oz, wrinkle-resistant 100-percent polyester fabric with a canvas-like texture. It’s ideal for backdrops, P-O-P displays, and tradeshow exhibits, the company reports, and passes NFPA 701. Available in 125-in. widths.

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Discovering the ‘Next Generation of Print’

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Explore the full spectrum of the graphic arts at Graph Expo 2010

Graph Expo is known in the print community as the place to be when it comes to press, pre-press, and post-press technologies and imaging products, and this year’s event will be no different. Running October 3-6 at McCormick Place in Chicago, the 2010 expo is slated to feature 500-plus exhibitors in more than 300,000 square feet of space, and the show’s organizers, Graphic Art Show Company (GASC), are expecting attendees from throughout the Americas and the Caribbean.

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Graphics One GO Kalendar Dual 66 Calendar System

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Offers speeds of more than 43-in./minute.

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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Creating a Convertible Colorama

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New exhibition celebrates iconic Kodak panoramas.

From 1950 until 1990, Kodak Coloramas were familiar to millions of commuters in New York City’s Grand Central Terminal. The panoramic 18 x 60-foot Coloramas presented an idealized view of life in 20th-century America while also promoting photography.

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