MTL Print has announced the new NurStar 305D, a 5- x 10-ft UV flatbed. The 4-color machine offers variable-drop-size technology, boasts a top speed of 2700 sq ft/hr in Signage mode (1080 sq ft/hr in P-O-P High Quality mode), and offers a resolution of 1440 dpi. It can accommodate media up to 1-in. thick. A Caldera RIP is standard; white ink is optional.
Digital Graphics Solutions has introduced the Samurai II series of digital flatbed cutters. The Samurai II is able to cut structural rigid cardboard, PVC (up to 6mm), styrene, Coroplast, foam, corrugated board, SBS board, adhesive vinyl, magnetic film, carpet, leather, paper, and other substrates. In three sizes (cutting areas): 51 x 51, 51 x 74, and 51 x 98 in., the Samurai II features: a 4-tool built-in head, oscillating knife, non-oscillating knife, creasing wheel, and plotting pen. Maximum cutting depth is 0.6-in.; max. cutting diameter is 0.25-in.
Budget Inks has announced its Better Canvas, a bright white, water-resistant canvas that’s a blend of 35% cotton and 65% polyester. Compatible with solvent, latex, and aqueous printers, the canvas can be easily stretched without cracking, the company reports. Geared toward indoor signage, backdrops, and murals, as well as photographic and fine-art prints. In 60-in. rolls.
Royal Sovereign has introduced its 78-in. RET-2000 and 98-in. RET-2500 electric trimmers. Both units feature a max. cutting thickness of 0.8mm and cutting speeds up to 6.6 ft/sec, as well as a bi-directional self-sharpening rotary blade, hands-free operation, waste catcher, built-in safety covers, and more. Recommended for vinyls, paper, laminates, canvas, styrene, and Lexan. A roll holder is optional.
Caldera has introduced its standalone PrintBoard production-monitoring tool. Formerly only available as a plug-in for Caldera Print & Cut solutions, PrintBoard is now available in a hardware-and-software bundle that includes the PrintBoard plug-in as well as the company’s Variable Display media player and a “light” Variable Display software license.
Agfa Graphics has introduced Duratex PolyFab, a polyester-coated fabric that is water-repellant, lightweight, and stretchable for expansion over frame systems. The first fabric in the Duratex line for UV-curable, latex, solvent, and eco-solvent inkjet printers, PolyFab is 100% knitted, crease-free, and coated; it can be cold cut. Geared toward indoor and outdoor signage, inflatables, light boxes, tradeshow displays, tents, display frame and pop-up display systems, plus outdoor umbrellas. In 59- and 118-in. widths.
Sihl Digital Imaging, in conjunction with Green Surface Technologies, has launched Permovable outdoor graphic film – a vinyl-free, self-adhesive, digitally printable sign and advertising graphic media for use outdoors on rough, porous surfaces. Once installed, the printed film conforms to the structure underneath.
The 2-mil, pressure sensitive film with gloss finish is non-slip, water/scratch-resistant, and easily removable. Available in 24- and 50-in. widths.
The LED UV Viper from Gandy Digital is a digital pad printer capable of handling materials up to 12-in. high. Featuring a 24 x 24-in. print area, the Viper uses a 6-color configuration driven by Ricoh Gen 4 printheads, which deliver a 6-pl droplet (a 2- or 3-droplet/pixel mode is also available). Color options available for the Viper are: CMYK; CMYKcm; CMYK + clear; CMYK + W + clear; and CMYK + W + W.
The Inca ReporterPro from Inca Digital Printers (incadigital.com) is an analytics application designed to give users a clearer understanding on the productivity and efficiency of installed Inca Onset and Spyder printers.
The Signage Foundation has announced its 5th annual National Signage Research & Education Conference (NSREC). Scheduled to take place at the University of Cincinnati, October 9-10, the two-day event will focus on “Signage as Advertising.