Xerox has announced that it will stop taking orders for wide-format products in the US and Canada in 2011, with specific timing based on inventory levels. In The Big Picture’s most current Printer Sourcebook, Xerox listed two printer series in its rollfed printer roster: the 8254E/8264E 4-color printers and the 8265/8290 6-color (CMYKcm) printers, all eco-solvents.
Drytac has become a direct sales provider for the Visual Magnetics Graphic System in the US, Canada, and the UK.
Inx Digital International Co. has launched its new Prodigy brand and business unit.
The Prodigy division will focus on the graphic arts for the immediate future and directly serve the OEMs, integrators, and printhead companies within the digital market, but will also pursue the industrial market.
EFI has acquired Streamline Development, LLC, the provider of PrintStream ERP/MIS software focused on mailing and fulfillment services for the printing industry.
PrintStream software will become part of EFI's Advanced Professional Print Software portfolio. EFI intends to integrate key PrintStream features and technologies supporting mailing and fulfillment into its core ERP/MIS platforms, while continuing to support the existing PrintStream client base.
To produce Field Relic (24 x 36 inches), artist Bonny Pierce Lhotka used a 60-grit random orbit sander to first sand a sheet of 0.04-in. Plaskolite KSH white acrylic “to randomly damage the surface.” After applying a DASS Universal Precoat, she direct printed with her Epson Stylus Pro 9800 printer with UltraChrome pigment inks (including matte black), then sealed it with Krylon Crystal Clear Satin Spray.
During the mid 1990s, Dennis Johnson, owner of Avalon Color (avaloncolor.com), realized his knack for fine-art printing while exploring reproductions of his own work. To develop an initial client base, Johnson offered to create giclées of local painters’ work in a one-time-only, free-of-charge deal. These prints then served as samples for other clients.
I sometimes wonder why we all chase vehicle-wrap jobs, when we know there are certainly more profitable, less stressful jobs to be had.
Supply55, Inc. has released ReelPro, a take-up system for wide-format printers that’s designed to be easy-to-use and improve efficiency when printing longer and unattended jobs. Other benefits to the ReelPro system include avoidance of dust and dirt on printed images, plus elimination of kinking and scratching of prints as they are moved from printers to work tables, or as they hit the floor.
Global Imaging, has introduced its Panoply Inks brand, alternative inks in solvent, eco-solvent, and UV formulations. The inks are warranted to last a minimum of two years on qualified media with no coating or lamination required, says Global Imaging. Available in liter bottles or bulk-ink systems.
Nazdar has introduced Lyson 7470 Series ink for use in UV digital flatbed printers. The new ink series is designed for superior performance on fluted polypropylene materials, the company reports, as well as substrates such as styrene, Sintra, Dibond, and foamboard, plus reinforced vinyl banner, and pressure-sensitive vinyl.