Creating one of the largest building wraps in a state’s history is a pretty big deal, and an even larger task. But Tempe, Arizona, print shop bluemedia (www.bluemedia.com) was ready for the job. Teaming with billboard company Becker Boards, the shop printed and installed the bright pink T-Mobile, 60 x 200-foot graphic in strips for the 12,000-square-foot Alliance Bank building in downtown Phoenix.
The shop used its HP Latex 3000 printer on Arlon DPF 47WF 70-30 perforated window film to make the graphic tiles of the wrap covering the windows of the building stand out.
Like politics and religion, color management is interpretive, changing, controversial, and sometimes difficult. Recently, we asked Chris Morrison, co-owner and operator of The Image Specialists, to give us a few of his thoughts on color.
In the world of dynamic signage, stagnation is never going to be a problem. Neither screen manufacturers, content creators, nor other industry providers simply rest on what’s in the marketplace now. Screens get larger. Bezels get smaller. Content becomes sharper. In an attempt for brands to stand out, we use dynamic signage to set them apart. But what happens when everybody has 50-inch screens with crisp imagery? The stakes get higher, and this competition for your attention breeds the next big thing.
Ricoh Americas Corporation (www.ricoh-usa.com) has announced that it has signed an agreement with Mimaki USA (www.mimakiusa.com) to distribute its JFX200-2513 and JFX500-2131 flatbed inkjet printers through Ricoh sales channels. Ricoh, with this agreement, will continue to expand its hardware and software offerings for graphic communications providers interested in growing or creating a wide-format printing business, according to the company.
If walls could talk, they’d be talking digital. At least that was the topic buzzing around the 155 members of the Wallcoverings Association who attended the organization’s 46th Annual Meeting, held in Clearwater Beach, Florida, last February.
Rana Raychoudhury, worldwide principal technical consultant at HP, said more and more digital print manufacturers are moving to interior décor applications.
Agfa Graphics has introduced two new printers, the 98-in. Jeti Tauro (shown) and the Jeti Mira.
The Jeti Tauro is a hybrid printer that is compatible with the Acorta Automatic Cutting Plotter. It features gloss and satin modes; vacuum belt drive system with motion control; welded steel constructed beam; advanced GUI design with improved visualization of the job layout and positioning; and more.
3M Graphics has announced the winner of its Wrap to Win Contest. Daren Merkle of Shadow Graphix (www.shadowgraphix.com) in Indianapolis has won an all-expense-paid trip for two to Bora Bora for his wrap job using 3M Envision Wrap Films.
The 3M Wrap to Win contest, held between November and March, asked graphic manufacturing companies to showcase their skills with 3M Envision Print Wrap Films and 3M Envision Wrap Overlaminates.
EFI and SpeedPro Imaging (www.speedpro.com) have signed a partnership agreement to bring EFI’s LED H1625 hybrid printer to several SpeedPro locations this year. SpeedPro is a nationally franchised network of 120 large-format printing studios, which provide digital graphics for a range of applications.
The 65-inch Wide Format LED H1625 hybrid roll/flatbed printer features eight-level, variable-drop grayscale imaging and is designed for printing on a broad range of substrates.
Mactac Distributor Products has added an enhanced version of its dry erase overlaminate, Permacolor PermaGard PGD6000. Its clear topcoat is compatible with water-based dry-erase markers that wipe clean without ghosting or staining.
PermaGard PGD6000 has a clear permanent adhesive that can be used over images printed on solvent, latex, and most UV inkjet printers. The overlaminate replaces Permacolor PermaGard PG7034 and Permacolor PermaGard PG6000, and offers a durability of 1 year outdoors and 5 years indoors.
Ritrama Spa has introduced RI-JET 75 Optima, a PVC film with high resistance to climate changes. The polymeric film is designed for medium- to long-term advertising, shop windows decorations, and partial vehicles wrapsping. Available in transparent and pigmented grey,; as well as and a 150mm thickness.
Ritrama recommends to laminatinge the film with RI-JET 75 Clear, a protective polymeric film available in gloss and matte finishes.
Compatible with eco-solvent, solvent, latex, and UV inkjet printers.