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Mars Needs H2O

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Cramer-Krasselt and Circle Graphics partner for a Crystal Springs Bottled Water project that's out of this world.

As even the casual follower of unexplained mysteries and flying saucers knows, New Mexico has a reputation for alien sightings and other strange goings-on – most notably the infamous “Roswell Incident,” which sparked the UFO craze back in 1947.

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Vutek QS3 Pro Printer from EFI

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EFI also launches its Vutek GS3250LX Pro with grayscale capabilities.

EFI has unveiled the newest edition to its UV hybrid line of printers, the 3.2-meter EFI Vutek QS3 Pro. Based on its smaller sibling, the QS2 Pro (see our July 2012 Drupa report), the QS3 Pro features: variable-drop grayscale technology (0-36 pL drop sizes); 6 colors plus white; three-layer print capability; multi-queue functionality; advanced ICC color management; and native JDF connectivity.

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International Sign Association Launches Online Training Courses

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The focus for the initial two sessions is sign installation.

The International Sign Association (ISA) has released the first of its online training courses designed to help sign companies and print providers implement relevant training at convenient times.

The first two courses in the online ISA Sign Academy are available now: “The Sign Installer’s Guide: Wall Signs” and “The Sign Installer’s Guide: Safety Course.” “Wall Signs” teaches the basics of wall sign installation while “Safety Course” addresses general safety skills.

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New Permanent Imagin WallNoodle PN629 from Mactac

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Plus: new Macmark Tuning Films, GlassMovie GM090P diffusion vinyl, and more.

Mactac Graphic Products has introduced an addition to its Imagin WallNoodle line, with Permanent Imagin WallNoodle PN629. Featuring a thick vinyl facestock coated with a permanent acrylic adhesive, the 6-mil Permanent WallNoodle product is matte white and offers a semi-rigid print surface and 90-lb SuperFlat releases liner; it’s engineered for excellent printing performance and ease of application, Mactac reports.

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Printing Industry Growth for Latin America in 2013, Forecasts Graphics of the Americas

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Packaging segment will lead the way, new report indicates.

A study produced by the Graphics of the Americas Expo & Conference (GOA) forecasts a positive state for the print industry in Latin America in 2013.

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3M Envision Translucent and Diffuser Films for Use With LEDs

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Also: 3M Envision Print Wrap Film 480Cv3 and Envision Gloss Wrap Overlaminate 8548G.

3M Commercial Graphics has introduced a new brand – Envision – and its 3M Envision Translucent and Diffuser Films, optimized for use with LEDs. The films are designed to enable signage producers to achieve the same level of brightness with fewer LEDs or, alternately, keep the same number of LEDs and increase a sign’s brightness. The diffuser films are available with two levels of light transmission (50% and 60%); the translucent films are available in various standard colors, custom colors, and as an inkjet printable film.

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Océ Launches Arizona 480 GT and Arizona 480 XT Flatbeds

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Features include eight independent ink channels, active pixel compensation, precise vacuum system, and more.

Océ has launched the new Océ Arizona 480 GT and Arizona 480 XT flatbeds. The 480 GT offers a table size of 49 x 98 in., while the 480 XT model offers a 98 x 120-in. table size. Both printers feature the company’s Océ VariaDot imaging technology, offer eight independent ink channels, can print on rigid media up to 2-in. thick, and offer a Roll Media Option.

The pair of 480 models offer new features including:

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New Acuity Advance Select UV Flatbed from Fujifilm

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Adds new features designed to improve production efficiencies and extend the versatility of the platform.

Fujifilm has introduced its Acuity Advance Select UV flatbed. The Advance Select builds on the company’s Acuity Advance platform and includes eight independent ink channels.

The 8-channel model includes CMYK with an additional channel for cyan and magenta, and the option of 2 channels of white (allowing for in-line double-strike white capability) or white plus clear ink. Also new are additional vacuum zones to further reduce manual masking, plus new job-handling capabilities.

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Fuel Outdoor Acquired by Van Wagner

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“Van Wagner has dramatically strengthened its market position in Miami, entered the Dallas and Philadelphia markets, and bolstered its business in New York, San Francisco, and Chicago.”

Van Wagner Communications, the out-of-home media company, has acquired New York City-based Fuel Outdoor Holdings, which owns wall-mural advertising inventory in various cities nationwide, with major concentrations in New York, Dallas, and Miami; Fuel also has a 20-year municipal contract for street furniture advertising in Miami.

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The International Sign & Printmakers Guild Established

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Recruitment for the new organization is underway.

The International Sign & Printmakers Guild (signprintguild.org) has been launched to further the development and growth of professional sign and print providers. Software company SA International is the founding sponsor for the organization, and has solicited additional support from other companies in the sign and print industry.

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