Pantone, whose color-matching system is a staple among graphic designers and print providers the world over, expanded its brand identity with the recent opening of The Pantone Hotel in Brussels, Belgium. Situated on Avenue Louise in the heart of the city’s trendy fashion and retail district, each guest suite in the 59-room inn is designed around one of seven different Pantone color palettes—from “Vibrant and Intense” (Pantone 137C) to “Fresh and Eager” (Pantone 353C).
The 15th Annual International Conference of PACA-- the Picture Archive Council of America – will take place in New York City in mid-October. The weekend event will offer informative sessions, international networking opportunities, and solutions to the issues that affect stock-photography industry. Some of the highlights include:
• PacaSearch Update: Recently introduced, PACA’s own mega meta-search with more than 70 member agencies participating to date and more than 70 million images available for worldwide clients to find from one unique site.
Agfa Graphics has signed an agreement to purchase the assets of the Harold M. Pitman Company, the US supplier of prepress, industrial inkjet, pressroom, and packaging-printing products and systems.
Mutoh America has announced its partnership with Rusty Wallace Racing (RWR), in which Mutoh will serve as an associate sponsor of RWR in the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series events.
As part of that sponsorship, RWR has brought inhouse a Mutoh ValueJet 1614 printer and Mutoh SC Pro Cutter, as well as a Royal Sovereign laminator, to produce graphics for the team’s race cars.
Photographer Tomas Loewy’s “Burning Man”– captured at the annual event of the same name held in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert -- was one of five Loewy images output for the Junkers & Müllers booth at the recent FESPA exposition in Munich. This image, 118 x 138 inches, was output by Germany’s Procedes Chenel Beilken (procedes.de) with a Durst Rho 350 and Durst UV-curable inks onto J&M’s Lightbox media, then backlit with 32 lamps.
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Clear Focus ClassicVue, ImageVue, SuperVue, ReflectVue, and PosterVue graphics films have been tested and verified as compatible with HP pigmented, water-based Latex inks used in the HP Designjet L25500 and L65500 printers, the company reports.
Drytac’s UltraFlex Gloss aqueous coating for fleet graphics has been approved for use with Avery Graphics digital films such as the MPI 1005 Supercast Series, 2005 Series, and DOL Series when printed on Mimaki printers using OEM inks.
MultiCam Inc. has been certified by Underwriters Laboratories to apply the UL sticker to all of its electrical enclosures and controls. With electrical equipment identified with the UL 508 sticker, the company reports, users do not need to hire inspectors before running the properly installed machine.
Mutoh’s new line of Kona Cutters are available in three sizes: 30, 54, and 65 in.
All three cutter sizes feature: laser-based optical sensors for automatic job recognition and accurate alignment; a dual-roll support system; full-color LCD touch screen with multi-language capability; and an automatic sheet-off mechanism incorporating a rotatable long-life blade with four cutting sides.
FlexCon has introduced a new two-part window-graphics system that includes a non-vinyl opaque banner film, FlexMark 6180, combined with a clear mounting film, FlexMount Select DF462211. The system is designed to meet the growing demand for interior-mounted, large-format, two-sided window graphics.
The two-part window advertising system consists of: