Effective February 28, 2011, Xpedx will end its distribution of Agfa-branded graphics products. The news follows a joint decision between the two companies in December 2010 to discontinue their long-standing business relationship.
Agfa purchased the assets of the Harold M. Pitman Company, the US supplier of prepress, industrial inkjet, pressroom, and packaging-printing products and systems, in July 2010. Shortly after, Eastman Kodak Company terminated Pitman’s right to distribute Kodak products in October 2010 and established Xpedx as its primary dealer.
Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Inc. has announced the processing of 17 tons of polyester for recycling in 2010 as a result of the company’s FabRecycle program. The material was a combination of scrap and discarded graphics sent in from customers and scrap produced at Aurora facilities. The material was sent to a recycler, which reprocesses it into pellets for different applications such as injection molding or synthetic fiber.
The Aurora FabRecycle program allows customers to send qualified material to Aurora for recycling. To participate, its customers:
Mutoh America Inc. recently launched Mutoh Business Builder (MBB), providing customers with market specific information, education, and application driven training.
Both new and old customers can access MBB for free by registering their printers and creating a password.
Graphics One has launched the GO FlagMaster Series of direct-to-fabric dye-sublimation printers engineered specifically for the flag and soft-signage market. Available in 44- and 64-in. models, the 4-color FlagMaster models feature print speeds up to 185 sq ft/hr and a maximum resolution of 1440 dpi.
LexJet has updated its Sunset Photo Paper line, including the Sunset Photo eSatin, Sunset Photo Gloss, and Sunset Photo Semi-Matte papers. All of the papers are now thicker, heavier, and optimized for the latest inkjet printer technology from Canon, Epson, and HP, the company reports. Sunset Photo eSatin (featuring a satin finish similar to E-surface papers used in traditional darkroom printing) and Sunset Photo Gloss (high-gloss for maximum impact) now weigh in at 300g and are 11.5-mils thick; Sunset Semi-Matte (smoother finish than eSatin) is 270g and 10.5-mils thick.
Digital Juice has released Juice Drops Collection One: clearIntent, the first in a series of new layered Photoshop graphics collections.
Three products from Enfocus made their North American debuts at the recent Graph Expo show: PitStop Pro 10, PitStop Workgroup Manager, and PitStop Server 10.
PitStop Pro 10, the PDF editing and preflighting application, now features: new and improved tools for color handling (including multiple color-management presets); automatic checking for ink-coverage issues; a new user interface, including QuickRuns for repetitive tasks; improvements to Design Layouts; a new ability to search with Font Picker; and more.
FineEye Color Solutions has introduced two new products to the market: ICEserver Version 3.0 with XG (expanded gamut), and Voglesong ColoRef Color CRM, a certified reference material tool that verifies the performance of color-measurement equipment used throughout the print production process.
Eizo Nanao Technologies has unveiled the ColorEdge CG245W, a 24.1-in. LCD monitor that houses a built-in calibration device in its upper bezel that swings down at user-scheduled times, eliminating the need for a third-party external calibration device. The computer itself is not necessary for self-calibration.
INX Digital International showcased a prototype of its CP100 UV digital can printer at the recent Graph Expo in Chicago.