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Direct-to-Garment Popular for Decorators

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SGIA industry report reveals must-have equipment, and more.

SGIA studied the state of the garment decoration industry and found a growing B2B sector; a drive for DTG equipment; and more. Keep reading on our sister site.

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Graphics Installation Industry Update from SGIA

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Installers report confidence in the economy – and in vehicle wraps.

SGIA (www.sgia.org) has released its 2015 benchmarking report for graphics installers, a survey composed of 46 installation companies. Twenty-eight percent of these companies also provide printing services, and the median amount of time spent in business is nearly 17 years.

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Kornit Digital Adds Allegro Textile Printer

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Printed fabric in a single-step process.

Kornit Digital has added the 70.8-in. Allegro roll-to-roll textile printing system to its product lineup. The 7-color Allegro prints on a variety of textiles, including woven and knitted fabric, as well as natural, synthetic, protein-based, and blended fibers. Kornit’s NeoPigment process is designed to eliminate the need for pre- or post-treatment of fabric, as well as to reduce wasted material. The NeoPigment ink set is 100% biodegradable, according to the company.

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Acerbo's Arcade Wraps

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Auto shop prints from scratch for restored pinball machines.

The team at Acerbo’s Auto Trim and Lettering (www.acerbos.com) designed and produced a wrap for this restored pinball machine from scratch without ever touching the game itself. The graphics were printed on Orajet 3165 Gloss Rapid Air calendered vinyl with Oraguard 210 Gloss overlaminate on a 54-inch Roland VersaCamm.

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Innova Expands Graphic Art Line

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Four new, digitally printable canvas media.

Innova has unveiled four additions to its Graphic Art range of digital fine-art canvas. The new offerings, all water-, scratch-, and crack-resistant, are available in up to 60-in. widths. They include:
• The Semi-Gloss Canvas ES 240gsm IFA 95, a high white canvas designed for creating home décor and banners, compatible with eco-solvent, latex, and UV technologies;

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SGIA Surveys Graphics and Sign Community

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Companies report growth and new product areas.

SGIA (www.sgia.org) has released its 2015 Industry Survey for the graphics and sign community. The group of 193 survey participants, composed mostly of companies who classified their work as “entirely digital” (41.5 percent) or “mostly digital” (34 percent), covered a wide range of business sizes, from shops that bring in less than $250,000 annually to those who reported over $35 million in yearly revenue.

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How I Got the Job: Randy Dearborn

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MGM Resorts’ VP, multimedia and guest technology, on the pressures of managing 52,000 screens in Vegas, getting into tech, and his Twitter obsession.

Q: Tell us about your day job.
A: I acquire content and disseminate it accordingly. We control all the digital media devices throughout our properties, which entails about 52,000 devices. Those consist of everything from the traditional marketing screen, like an endcap, to interactive touch screens like wayfinders in convention spaces, digital menu boards in front of a restaurant, interactive poker screens, wine menus on iPads, marquees out on the Strip, and all the televisions in the room – we have an IPTV system.

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Paranoia and New Potential at FESPA 2015

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A caffeinated look at shifting markets and shifting perceptions.

Normally, I’m not a coffee drinker, preferring the gentle lift of tea to the harsher jolt of java, but thick, flavorful European brews always tempt me when I’m abroad. I’m no connoisseur, it’s simply that everything about coffee in Spain, Italy, and Germany, so far, just seems better.

It could be perception. The tiny cups, the small cafés. Perhaps they’re running freezer-burnt Folgers through the machines, trusting tourists not to know the difference.

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Enfocus Partners with Caldera

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Two-way communication opened between Switch and Nexio.

Software manufacturers Enfocus and Caldera have partnered to launch two data configurators, Nexio Submit and Nexio Collect, which will enable two-way communication between Enfocus Switch automation software and Caldera RIP. Nexio Submit sends job parameters and customer data from Switch through Caldera Nexio JDF/JMF connector and on to the RIP.

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Fifty Thousand Graphics Bring Art Everywhere

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OOH American art campaign reaches millions.

Modeled after the Art Everywhere UK campaign, five of America’s leading art museums – the Dallas Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art – selected works of art that represent American history and culture for Art Everywhere US. The American public voted for their favorite artworks, and the final selection of 58 pieces was showcased in all 50 states during the month of August as part of the “largest outdoor art show.”

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