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Palram Announces New Polycarbonate Line

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Line 44 brings a broad range of product capabilities.

Palram Americas has added a new polycarbonate line, Line 44, to its roster. The new line will add the ability to produce optical, security, and containment-grade products, and sheets or coils up to 104-in.-wide untrimmed, the company reports. Capabilities of this latest addition include up to 15-mm-thick general-purpose polycarbonate sheet, co-extruded UV (one or two sides), sign-grade sheets and coils, clear, whites and colors, fire-rated sheets and high optics sheets.

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Corel Releases CorelDraw Graphics Suite X6

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Suite includes Website Creator X6 for building and managing websites.

Corel has announced CorelDraw Graphics Suite X6, the latest version of the company’s flagship graphics suite. New features in X6 include:
• Advanced OpenType support – OpenType typography features contextual and stylistic alternates, ligatures, ornaments, and swash variants;
• Native 64-bit and enhanced multi-core support processes files and images up to 50% faster than X5;
• Custom-built Color Harmony tools to collectively modify and analyze colors and hues for complementary color schemes;

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Date Set for ‘Sneak Peek’ Event at American Sign Museum

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June 2 at museum's new Cincinnati facility.

The American Sign Museum, based in Cincinnati, has scheduled a public “sneak preview” of its new facility on June 2. Now based in a 42,000-square-foot former parachute factory in Cincinnati’s Camp Washington area, the new museum will feature:

* 19,300 square feet of exhibit space;
* 3800 cataloged items;
* 28-foot-high ceilings to accommodate large signs;
* a working neon shop;
* event space for up to 800 people;
* signmaking archives, and more.

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HP Announces New White Ink and More for Scitex FB7500/FB7600

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Also introduces the Hostert Automatic Loader and SmartStream Production Analyzer for Scitex, plus new Indigo models.

In a pre-Drupa event held in Tel Aviv, Israel, this past March, HP introduced a score of new digital printing systems and technology modifications, including a new white ink and White Ink Kit plus Automatic Loader for its HP Scitex FB7500/7600 flatbeds, as well as the HP SmartStream Production Analyzer and the first 29-inch-format HP Indigo press.

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North Plains Acquires Xinet

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Xinet will now be a North Plains company and no longer exist as a standalone entity.

North Plains, the provider of digital asset management (DAM), has announced that it has acquired Xinet, the workflow management software company. Both companies have singularly focused on addressing the challenges in rich media workflows.

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Danaher Corporation to Acquire X-Rite

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X-Rite will remain a standalone company, becomes part of Danaher’s Product ID group.

Danaher Corporation – the Washington DC-based manufacturer that acquired Esko in 2011 – has agreed to acquire X-Rite, Inc. The transaction is expected to be completed during the second quarter of 2012.

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Marabu Launches New Water-Based Sublimation Inks

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Compatible with Epson DX4 and DX5 printhead technologies.

Marabu North America has introduced TexaJet DX-SHE (Sublimation-Hybrid-Epson) water-based sublimation inks. Suitable for both transfer and direct digital printing, TexaJet DX-SHE's applications include soft signage, flags and banners, sports apparel, fashion, and fine-art prints.

TexaJet inks are compatible with wide-format printers using Epson DX4 and DX5 printhead technologies. Ink features include light, wash, and perspiration fastness; intense colors and deep-rich blacks. A bulk system is available.

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Sihl Mirano Rollup Film

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Also new from Sihl is its 3143 ColorMax 180 matte paper.

New from Sihl Digital Imaging is Sihl Mirano, a 9-mil rollup film featuring a “tri-lam” construction comprising photo paper front and back plus an opaque polymer center, combined with the company’s low-glare, satin SuperDry coating. Compatible with aqueous and latex inks, Mirano is water- and scratch-resistant for most short-term indoor applications, Sihl reports; it can also be laminated with pressure-sensitive or heat-activated films. In 36- and 42-in. widths.

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Cutting Capability

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More than 50 companies that produce cutters, cutting systems, and routers.

To help you bring cutting and routing capabilities in-house, we’ve put together the following sourcelist of more than 50 companies that produce cutters, cutting systems, and routers for your perusal. We’ve highlighted a sampling of offerings from each company (visit the company’s website for a comprehensive list of products). Note that we’ve not included printer-cutters here.

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Cutting Corners

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PrismTech Graphics has utilized digital cutting technology to increase efficiency and expand clients’ imaginations.

The year was 1996 and PrismTech Graphics – a screen-printing operation in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada – was looking for a way to set itself apart from other print providers.

“The industry was quickly switching to digital and we needed to be there to keep an edge over our competitors,” says Lane Beaton, PrismTech’s director of operational development.

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