Roland DG Corp., parent company of US-based Roland DGA, has announced the opening of a new manufacturing facility based in Bangkok, Thailand, for the company’s digital printing equipment. It is the company’s first manufacturing center located outside of Japan.
The Client: Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Tools & Supplies: HP Designjet L25500 printer, 3M Controltac IJ180-CV3 vinyl, R-Tape 5-mil overlaminate, Royal Sovereign laminator
Master Magnetics (www.magnetsource.com) showcased its FlexIron, a flexible, ferrous material that attracts magnets (flexible and ceramic). Both front and back surfaces attract magnets; it can be drilled or cut with scissors, knife, dye, or punch. Standard width is 24 in., but other sizes are available.
Mutoh America (www.mutoh.com) unveiled its ValueJet 2638, a 104-in. staggered dual-head eco-solvent printer. The ValueJet 2638 offers a top speed of 1168 sq ft/hr (at 360 x 360 dpi) and a maximum resolution of 1440 dpi; it’s available with 4 or 7 colors. Other features include: Intelligent Interweave (i²) print technology to eliminate banding; the ValueJet Status Monitor app for remote-printer monitoring; a ColorVerify process control system (ColorVerify Pro-capable).
Durst Image Technology (www.durstus.com) showcased a new ¾-automated media-handling configuration on its Rho 1000 printer. The latest media-handling option for the 98-in. Rho 1000 comprises a registration table for loading and a simpler stacker for off-loading; it’s a “middle ground” configuration between the manual and fully automatic options and is designed to bring more versatility to the high-production platform.
Agfa Graphics’ (www.agfa.com) Apogee StoreFront made its North American debut. The new, cloud-based ecommerce solution is designed to enable print service providers to set up online stores or “storefronts” (b2b and public) for printed as well as non-printed products.
HP (www.hp.com) announced new enhancements to its HP Scitex FB7600 printer. The features include new print modes for higher speeds when producing small text, barcodes, and fine details, which can increase productivity by up to 20%, the company reports. In addition, new workflow improvements allow for easier media loading, reducing setup time, and allowing users to print without interruption.
Michelman has transferred responsibility for sales and support of its line of digital press primers and overprint varnishes in the US and Canada to LexJet.
LexJet has increased sales and customer-support staff in anticipation of the agreement. The company is also implementing an online ordering system to better serve customers, and will be adding strategically located warehouses to improve delivery time and cost, the companies report.
I no longer know how to refer to our company. I’m not comfortable with people calling us a “sign shop.” I’m not even sure I’m comfortable with the tag of “digital print operation.” Yes, we print, but printing has become just one of the services we provide.
If you have been producing vehicle wraps for a while, it’s likely you can recall a job or two in which the designer screwed something up: The hood didn’t fit. The logo ran into the door handle. The phone number was too big on the tailgate.
Do any of these scenarios sound familiar? If so, you know how frustrating this can be for the client, the installers, and the sales staff. These types of errors are expensive and they can give your client the impression that your shop doesn’t know what it’s doing.