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Print Planet Examines Wide-Format Automation

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A white paper sponsored by Enfocus.

Print Planet, a peer-to-peer communications network for business- and production specific-information, and Enfocus have teamed to develop a white paper focused on automation in wide-format print production workflow. The free report, “A Tale of Two Cities: The Past, Present, and Future of Workflow Automation,” was penned by industry analyst Richard Romano and compares two “cities” of printing: wide format and commercial. Questions considered in the paper include:

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GPA Doubles Facility Space

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New Chicago headquarters offers ‘collaborative environment.’

GPA has opened the doors of its new headquarters in McCook, Illinois. The facility, which is more than twice the size of the company’s previous home base just down the street, has been built as a “more collaborative environment,” according to a release.

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‘Heidelberg Connect’ Offers Web, Mobile Resources

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Customers can access educational videos, white papers, and more.

Heidelberg USA has launched Heidelberg Connect, a customer resource center offering press releases, educational videos, white papers, product guides, blog posts, and more. Customers can also download a free companion app for iPhone and Android.

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Paul McCartney Banner Calls for 48-Hour Turnaround

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A concert graphic is 'no sweat' for Color Reflections.

Print provider Color Reflections had only 48 hours to turn around this 75 x 25-foot banner, but for a longtime client like the Philadelphia Phillies, the shop didn’t hesitate to say “yes.” Printed on a Vutek GS5500LXr onto Agfa Duratex Grand Format Mesh, the graphics announced Paul McCartney’s July concert.

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Corrugated Tool Cuts Without Oscillating

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Esko’s CorruSpeed for Kongsberg now available.

Esko has designed the CorruSpeed tool for cutting corrugated board without oscillating. The company reports the process will produce cleaner and more accurate cuts comparable to conventional die cutting. CorruSpeed is compatible with the Kongsberg C Series, X Series, XP, and XE cutting tables. It cuts materials up to 7 mm.

The tool includes a floating foot with spring-loaded, adjustable pressure in order to crush the liner and prevent it from cracking while the cut is made. It features a side or top pressure gauge.
 

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Digital Printer Scares up Halloween Floor Graphics

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Innomark produces a spooky short run for Party City promotion.

Innomark Communications, based outside of Cincinnati, has been fabricating graphics and signage for the retail sector for 25 years. Offering digital, offset, and screen printing – as well as specialty packaging and display capabilities – it’s truly a one-stop shop.

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ITI Releases High-Speed Textile Printer

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Images to transfer paper and directly to fabric.

Inkjet Technology, Inc. (ITI) has added a high-speed model of its 126-in. TX3200 textile printer. The new TXK version is configured with two or four Kyocera KJ4B printheads for speeds up to 2195 sq ft/hr; its sister machine features Ricoh Gen5 heads for speeds up to 1300 sq ft/hr.

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New Kurabo Scanner Controls Light Intensity

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Distributed by Paradigm Imaging.

Paradigm Imaging Group is now distributing the Kurabo KK-IS-A1FW Plus wide-format flatbed scanner, a 24 x 36-in. model with an 800-dpi optical resolution and a 1600-dpi max. resolution. Dpi is adjustable by increments of 1 within the range of 50 to 1600. Applications include museum art, textiles, and delicate documents.

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Taking Billboards to the Next Level

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11 OBIE Award winners push past traditional advertising.

It seems that the 2016 OBIE Award winners in the Individual Execution: Billboard category had something to prove: Billboards can be so much more than a boring rectangle on the side of the highway.

Gold OBIE: Race Day Set Up
Creative agency: Moroch
Advertiser: McDonald's

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Konica Minolta to Distribute EFI’s Cloud-Based Packages

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3 print workflow products round out portfolio.

Konica Minolta Business Solutions is adding cloud-based workflow packages to the portfolio of products it currently resells for EFI. Three print workflow offerings based on EFI’s PrintSmith Vision MIS, Digital StoreFront, and Pace software platforms will be available: the PrintSmith Bundle, the Premium Pace Bundle, and the Enterprise Pace Bundle for Konica Minolta. Capabilities include integrated job submission, estimating, accounting, scheduling, and EFI Fiery color management integration.

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