The right media can make or break a job. Period. Knowing this, many print providers will stick with a stable of tried-and-true solutions – media that have been tested and output successfully on their machines.
Other shops, however, are ready, willing, and unafraid to explore new media worlds and, like the explorers of long ago, search for something different, perhaps something exotic and unexpected.
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If you’ve been evaluating potential profit-center additions for your wide-format digital press, you might need to look no further than packaging prototypes and short-run packaging.
Esko has announced its intent to purchase Cape Systems, a provider of software solutions for packaging design, pallet-load optimization, and supply-chain profitability. Cape’s products and staff will be integrated into Esko’s portfolio and organization, Esko reports. The transaction is expected to close in late September.
Owners Katherine and Wade Becher of Wicked Wraps (www.wickedwraps.net), located in the Seattle metro area, wanted to add flare to their newest fleet with bright green and black graphics to represent their “wicked” shop.
SA International has announced a worldwide agreement for the supply of SAi FlexiStarter cutting software with the full range of Mutoh ValueCut cutters. The SAi FlexiStarter ValueCut edition software includes the drivers and registration marks for the Mutoh ValueCut cutters as well as a wide range of features for designing, drawing, viewing, manipulation, and tools for plotting and cutting. The software also provides a user-friendly interface for creating cut-vinyl signage and contour-cut decals of various substrates for special applications.
Canon Solutions America has launched the Océ Arizona 600 series of UV flatbed printers.
EFI has showed for the first time in the UK its 127-in., 6-color Vutek HS100 Pro, which can handle up to 100 beds/boards per hr (50 in P-O-P mode); 3600 sq ft/hr in roll-to-roll mode. The HS100 is driven by Orion software and a Fiery proServer, and offers variable-drop grayscale technology.
Durst introduced the Rho 512R UV rollfed printer, which has a max. print width of 16.4 ft and can handle a wide range of media (coated and uncoated). It uses Durst Quadro Array 12M printheads (12-pL drop size) and offers a top speed of 3767 sq ft/hr. CMYK is standard; light cyan and magenta, white, and process color addition inks (orange, violet) are optional. Max. resolution is 900 dpi.
Dainippon Screen has premiered its Truepress Jet W3200UV UV inkjet system, developed in conjunction with Inca Digital. The machine boasts a newly developed print carriage and a print speed of 904 sq ft/hr; standard inkset (Screen Truepress inks) is CMYK, with light cyan, light magenta, and white inks as options.