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X-Press 1000 from CET

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Can handle substrates up to 49 x 99 in. and 4-in. thick.

CET Color’s new X-Press 1000 is a flatbed UV that can handle substrates up to 49 x 99 in. and 4-in. thick. It offers an 800 x 1200-dpi resolution maximum; the X-Press 1000’s Production speed is 960 sq ft/hr (4-pass) and High Quality speed is 400 sq ft/hr (8-pass). Three inksets are available: CMYK, CMYKcm, and CMYK+white+clear. Features include: Spectra Polaris 512 printheads; a customizable print spooler; four-zone reversible vacuum table; and pin registration system. Price: $145,000.

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Three New Rio PET Sign Media from Value Vinyls

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The company also introduced Rio Max FR Frontlit heavy-duty coated material.

Value Vinyls has introduced Rio PET Sign Media, a new line of scrimless sign media that can be used for long-term indoor as well as short-term outdoor displays. Featuring an extremely smooth matte finish compatible with digital printing, screen printing, and pressure-sensitive lettering, the new Rio PET line is engineered to provide low-curl prints when producing hemless signs.

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Brushed Black Metallic Added to 3M’s 1080 Wrap Film Series

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The new color was selected in the company’s recent Wrap Battle: 1080 contest.

3M Commercial Graphics has announced a new color/finish combination to its 3M Scotchprint Wrap Film Series 1080: Brushed Black Metallic. As with the other 1080 Series films, the Brushed Black Metallic version is a pressure-activated, 3.5-mil cast film designed to provide dimensional stability and durability without the need for an overlaminate. It’s available in 60-in. widths. The new Brushed Black Metallic color was selected in the company’s recent Wrap Battle: 1080 contest, which asked fans of the product to vote for their favorite new color and finish.

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Pro Vehicle Outlines Releases 2012 Template Collection

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Resource includes more than 9000 vehicle and specialty templates.

Pro Vehicle Outlines, a division of CADlink, has released its 2012 vehicle template collection. The collection comprises more than 9000 vehicle and specialty templates, including cars, trucks, SUVs, trailers, and specialty vehicles; model years from 1994 to 2012. All templates are provided as vector images in Adobe Illustrator format.

Price: $149 for 6-mos online subscription and $249 for 12-mos subscriptions; $349 for Pro version, which includes online subscription as well as a DVD library, template reference book, and special pricing on upgrades.

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A Delicate Balance: Sales Growth and Production

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"Much like the Chinese concept of yin and yang, the sales and production departments must exist side by side, harmoniously."

One of the constant challenges we all face in our shops is finding the proper balance between sales and production. Strategically, you want to continue to grow in the marketplace, of course, so you’re constantly searching for new ways to increase sales. But if the result is your production team being unable to keep up with the sales department’s efforts, this approach can be dangerous. Your company will be focusing too heavily on sales and miss on the production side, disappointing clients.

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Fabric’s Endless Possibilities

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Big Image Systems pursues fabric printing on a grand scale.

“Our focus has always been to print on fabric, or fabric-like material,” says Olle Lindqvist, president of the US sales office of Big Image Systems, the 25-year-old company headquartered in Sweden. “That’s where we started, where we have the skills, and where we can offer something unique.” By his estimation, the company has printed on more than 2000 fabrics and flexible media since its founding, and it continually tests new material.

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Clearing the Elephant in the Room

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ITA Promotions outputs an array of graphics for secure transit campaign.

With airport security at an all-time high, the US Department of Homeland Security sought to encourage travelers to join in the safety efforts by being on high alert for suspicious activity. The campaign, inspired by the fact that many travelers claim they aren’t sure what “something suspicious looks like,” encouraged people to trust their instincts with the slogan: “If you see something, say something.”

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Conference on Digital Print for Packaging

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One-day Orlando event takes place in March.

Pira International’s Digital Print for Packaging 2012 will take place Monday, March 12, 2012 at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate in Orlando. The one-day conference will take place just prior to Sustainability in Packaging 2012, Pira International's event focusing on “green” packaging.

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FESPA Wrap Rally II: On the Road to Barcelona

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Vote for Rally wrap motorhome design, follow the tour.

A trio of FESPA staffers are readying themselves to embark on the second-ever Wrap Rally Journey – a seven-day adventure through Europe to find the best examples of innovative digital print technologies and applications, ending in Barcelona, Spain, for Fespa Digital 2012.

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Kodak Files for Bankruptcy Protection

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Perez: “We look forward to working with our stakeholders to emerge a lean, world-class, digital imaging and materials science company.”

Eastman Kodak Company has announced that it and its US subsidiaries filed voluntary petitions for chapter 11 business reorganization in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. The company says it expects to pay employee wages and benefits and continue customer programs; subsidiaries outside of the US are not subject to proceedings and will honor all obligations to suppliers, whenever incurred. Further, Kodak and its US subsidiaries “will honor all post-petition obligations to suppliers in the ordinary course.”

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