Although they might at first glance be mistaken for something akin to “Despicable Me” minions, these are actually Simplexa 3M Integrated Cyclers from Focus Diagnostics – instruments used by laboratories to test for a variety of diseases. Iconography in Los Alamitos, California, adds a fun, custom element to these devices, wrapping them so they look like everything from dinosaurs to football helmets and even fishbowls (the end user chooses the final theme).
Kiian USA officially opened for business in late September in Soddy Daisy, Tennessee, marking the launch of the company’s first digital textile and signage ink production facility in North America and the expansion of the Kiian digital business in the Americas.
Nekoosa Holdings, Inc., parent company of Nekoosa Coated Products, has acquired the MagneCote magnetic-paper business from MagnetNotes, LLC. MagneCote has been part of Nekoosa's product portfolio for the last five years, and the company will now take full ownership of the business globally. All manufacturing and converting is being moved to CET Films Corp., the Lakewood, New Jersey-based division of Nekoosa that specializes in extrusion.
Let’s face it, running a business is very difficult. If we were able to only focus on the core business at hand, perhaps it wouldn’t be so challenging. But there are many aspects to managing a successful company: human resources, legal issues, accounting systems, safety, insurance, infrastructure, city, regulations (as well as county and state regs), to name just a few.
ColorProof 5.5 is the latest update to GMG’s proofing software. Highlights include an improved user interface speed, an automatic alert, and a new Manual Job Manager that offers a toolbar for the most common commands. Other features include white profiling and an improved cutting option for Roland printers, white profiling. And, a new Remote Proofing Edition of 5.5 is now available; the Remote edition is intended for sites that only receive “ready to print” jobs from other, full version ColorProof installations.
Nazdar Ink Technologies has announced the release of two new Grand Format Solvent Digital Inks; Nazdar 517 and 518 Series inkjet inks. The 517 Series is designed for Xaar 128/126/Proton 36pl, Spectra Galaxy/Nova 128, Seiko 510 35pl, and Konica Minolta 42pl printheads. The 518 Series is designed for Spectra Skywalker, Spectra Polaris (solvent compatible), and Konica Minolta 14pl printheads.
Caldera has launched WebShop, a Web-to-print solution developed specifically for sign and display print providers. Based on the Magento e-commerce solution, Caldera WebShop is engineered to allow PSPs the freedom to tailor their online store to their individual needs, Caldera reports. Highlights include the ability to create multiple shops, with different products and prices for specific customers or target markets, and various product-categorization features (with unlimited numbers of categories and sub-categories supported).
Avery Dennison has added Conform Blue Chrome, Conform Gold Chrome, and Conform Black Chrome to its Conform Chrome Accent Film offering. The new films feature a mirror-like finish and are designed for vehicle wraps and features such as side-view mirrors, striping, and door handles, reports Avery. Conform Blue, Gold, and Black Chrome films are available in 48-in. roll widths.
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Canon USA has expanded its imageProGraf large-format S-Series printers, adding the 24-in. iPF6400S and 44-in. iPF8400S printers – both of which now offer enhanced print-management and color-control capabilities.
Packaging Corporation of America (PCA), the producer of packaging and containerboard solutions, has entered into an agreement to acquire Boise Inc., the Idaho-based packaging-products and paper manufacturer whose divisions include Hexacomb (which makes Falconboard), Boise, and Tharco. The transaction is expected to close Q4 2013.