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Artgrafix Debuts Polar Pouch Boards

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In Foam, Gator Board, and Plastic versions.

Artgrafix has introduced its line of Polar Pouch Boards for fast and easy mounting and laminating. Self-stick boards with overlaminate film sheets, the Polar Pouch Boards are designed to combine the benefits of conventional pouch boards with the advantages of cold pressure-sensitive adhesives.

The Polar Pouch Boards are available in three substrate-dependent styles:
• Foam: made from 3/16-in.-thick white foam board, for framing prints and interior displays; in sizes from 9 x 12 to 24 x 36 in., and with matte or glossy overlaminates.

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Durst Unveils Rhotex 320

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Also introduces the Rho 750.

Durst Image Technology has introduced its Rhotex 320, an “industrial” inkjet printer designed for the textile/soft signage markets, as well as the Rho 750 UV printer.

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A Bus of Record Giving

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Avery and SkinzWraps partner on wrap with world-record tie in.

As part of Avery Dennison North America’s national Give Back to Schools program, the company gifted the Adolph S. Ochs School & Academy in New York City with $125,000 worth of school supplies, and set a Guinness World Record doing so—donating more than 8500 pounds of supplies in a 24-hour period, which shattered the previous record of 1102 pounds and 5 ounces.

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Pantone Beta Tests Color Management Software

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End users invited to participate.

Pantone reports that it is inviting end users to participate in a public beta test of its Color Manager software. Once the beta test is complete, testers will automatically receive the final version of the software.

Color Manager is a desktop application for the Macintosh operating system designed to provide the assurance and confidence to use the latest Pantone colors accurately.

Key features of Color Manager include:

• Automatically updates all Pantone Color Libraries.
• Uses Pantone Plus Color Bridge values.

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IMI to Hold Ink Jet Technology Showcase

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September 8-9 event will take place in Baltimore.

The Information Management Institute’s IMI Ink Jet Technology Showcase 2010 will take place September 8-9, 2010, in Baltimore.

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International Sign Association Announces New Online Tool

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Database provides information for professionals.

The Sign Code Hotspot is a new online database from the International Sign Association (ISA) that provides sign professionals with educational and informational materials that relate to common regulatory issues found in the sign industry.

The online database contains issues ranging from restricting pole signs to municipal failure. Users can also find information on redevelopment regulations that impact businesses, sign engineering issues, and other topics.

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Rigid ROI

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More than 45 sources of rigid print media.

Ironically, the increased choices of rigid media available to print providers—and the related print technologies—have enabled print shops to be even more flexible in the types of jobs they take on and the variety of products they can produce. Plus, printing on rigid has simplified the printing and post-printing processes, cutting production time. The result from all of this: some very positive return on investment.

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Doing a World of Good

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Finding a way for your company to give back to the community.

If you made windshield wiper blades or sold hamburgers, you might produce a lot of product and make good money, but your product has no broad, intrinsic value. Since you’re reading this column, however, you probably don’t sell those things for a living. Like me, you work in the wide-format digital printing industry—an industry that makes amazing products, with universal and intrinsic value. Without donating money or time, we can still provide products and services with a huge potential for public good.

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Agfa Graphics Announces AquaJet Pro Inks

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Water-based, dispersed-dye inks for textile printing on the Jeti 3324 AquaJet.

Agfa Graphics has announced the latest enhancement to its Jeti AquaJet direct dye-sublimation printer: a new generation of aqueous-based disperse dye AquaJet Pro inks, powered by DuPont Artistri ink technology.

Designed to produce brighter, more vibrant colors and deliver faster throughput on polyester-based fabrics, the AquaJet Pro inks will be made available as a premium inkset for the Jeti AquaJet range in Q3 2010. Existing Jeti AquaJet installations can be upgraded to AquaJet Pro inks.

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The Ins and Outs of Inventory Management

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Controlling inventory costs can create significant cash savings for your business.

Implementing an effective inventory-management system can be an overwhelming task. And some managers are afraid that, as they begin controlling inventory, they might run out of stock more often and end up failing to meet customer deadlines while waiting for new inventory to arrive. Plus, setting up a system requires some investment in software and related hardware, and these costs can seem prohibitive.

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