Crop harvesting has come a long way since the days of the earliest combines, first patented in the US back in 1835. Today, combines have shifted from being horse-drawn to being mechanically horse-powered, and they’re equipped with technology such as data collection, yield-mapping, and hands-free, auto-steering.
Now, with the help of vehicle wraps, the harvester combine is also adding “marketing engine” to its growing list of capabilities.
Eastman Kodak has announced that it has initiated sale processes for its Personalized Imaging and Document Imaging businesses, as it takes its next steps toward emerging from Chapter 11 reorganization. Moving forward, the company will be primarily focused on commercial, packaging, and functional printing solutions as well as enterprise services.
The company’s Personalized Imaging business consists of:
• Retail Systems Solutions (RSS) – includes a global footprint of 105,000 Kodak Picture Kiosks;
Asphalt Art has unveiled two anti-slip films for floor-graphics applications: CatWalk, an opaque film, and ClearWalk, a transparent material. Both are designed for short- and medium-term applications and are waterproof for areas like showers or swimming pools. CatWalk and ClearWalk are ASTM D-2047 certified and meet the Euro-Norm as DIN/EN. The films can be printed with solvent, eco-solvent, and UV-curable inks and are available in 51-in. wide rolls.
DreamScape has introduced Silver Flash and Gold Flash highly reflective silver- and gold-chromed inkjet media. The media is designed for wall graphics, murals, and interior décor for retail, hospitality, corporate, tradeshow, and museum displays. The products are a Type I commercial digital wallcoverings with Class “A” fire ratings. Iridescent colors can be created with combinations of white and colored inks.
Sepiax Ink Technology has launched Version 3 of its Sepiax Aquares resin inks. The water-based inks feature: the ability to print at lower temperatures (average drying time for plastic films is now below 50°C); backward compatibility and capability to be mixed with Aquares V2; “self-cleaning” abilities to avoid printhead clogging; improved abrasion-, water-, and alcohol-resistance, and less sensitivity to Y-tubing connectors or sub-tanks. The inks contain no SVHCs (substance of high concern) or HAPs (hazardous air pollutants), Sepiax reports.
During the course of the past few years, most of us have had to deal with the struggle of increasing costs to our business all while we fight our way out of the past recession. Regardless of whether you believe we have officially managed our way through the recession or not, one thing is clear: It’s more expensive to do business now than it was a couple years ago.
Graphic Solutions Group will offer a three-day vehicle wrap class November 16-18, 2012 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The class will run 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, and lunch is included in the fee.
The class is instructed by Jeff Wagner, J3 Industries, http://j3industries.net/, a master-certified Professional Decal Application Alliance installer. He also is certified by 3M and has been in vehicle wrap installation for 19 years.
UK-based Greenshires was selected to produce special-edition drum wraps for heavy-metal band Iron Maiden, executing the work using its HP Scitex FB7500 press, onto PETG. "When printing drum wraps, the challenge is ensuring the ink adheres without cracking on the substrate," explains Marc Wolfe, Greenshires sales manager.
Global Imaging has announced the opening of its new 6500-square-foot Workflow Studio, in Louisville, Colorado. The studio features a full grand-format printing workflow, from prepress to printing to finishing.
Roland DGA has introduced new Glossy Photobase Paper to its selection of media offerings for digital printers. The heavyweight (10.5-mil) paper boasts high gloss and excellent contrast characteristics, Roland reports, and is specially designed to enhance image quality and maximize the eye-catching effects of metallic graphics. Applications include posters, presentation boards, P-O-P displays, tradeshow graphics, and more. Available in 20-, 30-, and 54-in. widths x 100-ft rolls.