Pantone has announced the addition of 336 new colors to its Pantone Plus Series, bringing the series total to 1677 colors. The new colors will become permanent standards in the Plus Series Color Library.
The 336 new colors were inspired by the Pantone Goe System, and are designed to enrich the current Plus Series palette, providing a more comprehensive selection, the company reports. All color families are extended to include a wider variety of values, saturation and undertones.
3M Commercial Graphics and Seiko I Infotech have introduced GX 3M inks. The new solvent inks are produced for use in the Seiko ColorPainter H Series printers in conjunction with 3M films and can be utilized for fleet and vehicle graphics, indoor and outdoor signs, and promotional graphics.
SA International (SAi) has announced its new PixelBlaster production software. Engineered to cover a range of tasks from pre-flight to production, the PDF-based software is modular and scalable, and is designed to reduce bottlenecks, streamline workflows, and ensure consistent print quality and color.
Onyx Graphics has introduced Onyx Thrive workflow software, a scalable print production solution based on Adobe PDF Print Engine technology. Featuring a 32-bit Onyx color engine, Thrive is engineered to manage the wide-format print production workflow process in an end-to-end PDF workflow, from digital-file submission through color management, printing, and cutting.
Onyx’s Thrive software features include:
Too many companies invest in an array of tools for the production side of their business, but then neglect doing the same for the business and management end of things.
The argument for not doing so typically seems to be: “Most of it is common sense,” coupled with, “We’ve been doing it this way for years,” or the alternative, “Usually, I just write up the estimate on a napkin from this morning’s McDonald’s sack.”
Based in Decatur, Georgia, PSP (simply-reliable.com) specializes in P-O-P for retailers, convenience stores, grocery chains, and quick serve restaurants.
“Most of the work we do is temporary or promotional graphics,” explains Robbie McDaniel, president of the company. “It might be for a store opening, a promotional event, or a three-day sales special.”
When NASCAR fans watch their favorites roar round the tracks, chances are likely they’re also seeing the digital printing expertise of The Decal Source (TDS, thedecalsource.com) in action. Since 1998, the North Carolina-based company has been a primary source of vehicle graphics so integral to the NASCAR look.
Printing with white ink is now such an integral component of the digital print services that Visual Marking Systems (VMS) in Twinsburg, Ohio, provides its clients, it will be one of the guiding considerations in all of the company’s future investments in digital.
“At this point I wouldn’t consider a digital printer without white-ink capability,” says Dolf Kahle, president of the 50-year-old firm. “We’re using white every day, probably more than any other color ink.”
As a specialist in the marketing of visuals that promote products and services where they meet the public, Superior Graphics of Dallas built its success by continually adapting the latest technology to the needs of its clients. Digital printing with white is just the latest addition to its full-service approach.
“Having white-ink capabilities has opened up our portfolio,” says company president John Ehrenberger. “It has put us in the position to tell customers we can do things [for which] they had to find a specialty vendor for in the past.”
Unicorn Graphics in Garden City, New York, is a full-line supplier of offset and digital print services. On the digital side, it’s doing its part to spread the word on the advantages of printing with white ink: A recent issue of its newsletter features an article explaining to customers why printing with white ink is such a breakthrough.