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Graph Expo 14

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Short-run machines were all the buzz at the 2014 show in Chicago.

With printers and multi-function devices offering more and more flexibility in substrate choice, short-run machines were all the buzz at Graph Expo 14, as print shop managers and execs took to the floor to ask about warmup times, downtime when switching media, and service packages – a nice way of saying, “Who do I call when it breaks?” – to differentiate among manufacturers.

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Heavy-duty Roland UV Flatbed Launched

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Company announces printer for substrates up to 6-in. thick.

Roland DGA’s VersaUV LEJ-640FT has made its debut. The UV-LED flatbed is designed for product decoration and industrial applications, along with POP and signage products. It handles substrates up to 6 in. thick and 220 lbs. in weight, featuring white and clear-coat ink colors in addition to CMYK.

The LEJ-640FT has a 64 x 98-in. bed and includes Roland’s Automated Ink Circulation System to prevent unnecessary discharge and prevent pigment settling, the company reports.

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ATI Decorative Laminates Expands MirroFlex Line

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Also, wall panels and ceiling tiles.

ATI Decorative Laminates has expanded the thermoplastic MirroFlex line with new finishes and patterns. The products can be applied as ceiling tiles, wall panels, backsplashes, or wainscoting, and are impact-, chemical-, abrasion-, stain-, and fire-resistant.

Eight new finishes join MirroFlex including new wood grains, linens, solids, and metal. The new finishes include Sophisticated Linen Beige, Linen Chocolate, Merlot, Lavender, African Cherry, American Walnut, Oregon Ash, and Brushed Stainless.

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Digital Dynamos

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Trends in dynamic digital signage – and why this growing sector matters to your print shop.

Signage is everywhere. It’s woven into almost every part of our lives – telling us where to go, what’s on sale, and how long we have to wait. In some ways, we almost don’t even see it, even though it’s right in front of our faces.

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No Bollocks

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One of the Outdoor Advertising Association of America’s top out-of-home projects.

"No Bollocks,” a Molson Coors Canada campaign, was a gold winner in the International category. It was executed by BBDO Toronto creative agency.

The OAAA’s 42 OBIE award winners represent a mix of client types, from the city of Denver to Hostess, but in nearly every category, there are DOOH options popping up everywhere. And, increasingly, these ads are part of a multi-platform campaign.

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Many Shades of Green

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Five shops demonstrate better ways to incorporate sustainable large-format services.

Today’s large format providers are recycling more, conserving energy and water, and instilling in employees a shared sense of responsibility for more sustainable operations as sustainability evolves from a buzzword into a guiding principle for the print industry.

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Fujifilm’s Acuity F for Display, Signage Markets

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The UV flatbed is optimized for rigid media applications.

Fujifilm North America Corp.’s Graphic Systems Division has launched the Acuity F UV flatbed, which offers 6 ink colors plus white and is designed for high-speed printing on rigid media at over 1668 sq ft/hr. The Acuity F’s dual print zones allow one board to be staged while a second is printed, and are compatible with substrates up to 2-in. thick at a max. print size of 120 x 98.5 in. The printer can also produce double-sided, multi-layered, and edge-to-edge applications and is compatible with the company’s Uvijet inks.

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MatanFlex UV Printer for Fleet Graphics

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This superwide format printer for cars, trucks features flexible UV ink.

Matan has announced its MatanFlex UV printer, which is designed for vehicle wraps and features the company’s UVFlex inks. With a 600 dpi resolution, the 11.5-ft machine has a reported production speed of 3800 sq ft/hr. The printer is intended to replace industrial solvent, eco-solvent, and latex printers, and the company reports that its ink is specially formulated to withstand stretching and heating.

Matan
www.Matanprinters.com
 

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Transalloy P-300 Film from Transilwrap

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Designed to deal with the challenges of yellowing and color-fading.

Transilwrap has re-released Transalloy P-300 multi-polymer alloy film, an alternative to vinyl and styrene for marketing and advertising print applications. The film can be die-cut, punched, and stapled; is a non-PVC product; and is UV resistant.

Designed for signage, posters, displays, and other P-O-P applications. Stock and custom sizes available.

TRANSILWRAP
www.transilwrap.com
 

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3M Graphics Adds Envision Wrap Films Suite

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Now compatible with all printers.

3M has announced Envision Wrap Films Suite. The suite features two print wrap films and two overlaminates; and is now compatible with all UV, solvent, and latex printers.

The 3M Envision Wrap Film Suite includes:
• 3M Envision Print Wrap Film SV480Cv3, designed for solvent/eco-solvent and UV printers;
• 3M Envision Print Wrap Film LX480Cv3, designed for latex and UV printers;
• 3M Envision Luster Wrap Overlaminate 8549L, providing minimizing glare; and
• 3M Envision Gloss Wrap Overlaminate 8548G, resistant to squeegee scratches.

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