X-Rite has announced XRGA, a new metrology standard for the graphic-arts industry designed to reduce measurement discrepancies between legacy instruments previously developed by X-Rite and GretagMacbeth. The new XRGA standard, reports X-Rite, will improve inter-model agreement so that users can enjoy high-quality data exchange between sites that use different instrumentation. X-Rite also has developed a set of matrix transforms to enable measurements taken by either a former X-Rite or a former GretagMacbeth instrument to be easily expressed in the new XRGA standard.
Fujifilm has showcased its Digital Inkjet J Press 720 for the first time in North America. Designed to fill the gap between toner-based digital and offset printing formats, the J Press 720 is particularly suitable for traditional commercial printers looking to improve competitiveness for short-run work and digital printers who are looking to offer a wider range of digital print services, the company reports. The Inkjet J Press 720 features Fujifilm Dimatix Samba single-pass piezo drop-on-demand printhead technology, 1200-dpi resolution, and four-level grayscale capability.
MGI USA has launched its DF360, the company’s latest generation of multi-function paper finishing equipment designed to complement digital as well as offset presses. In-line and automated standard functions include: duplex film lamination (options for matte, satin, or glossy finish or no lamination), cutting (horizontal and vertical), slitting, creasing, and perforation.
The DF360 can accommodate sheet widths up to 14 in. and lengths up to 29 in.
When producers of the “Rachael Ray Show” wanted to make a splash for the celebrity chef’s makeover episode that was filming in Philadelphia, they engaged Millvale, New Jersey-based Designer Wraps to create a larger-than-life graphic wrap for a 40-foot tour bus.
It took French adventurer Jean-Louis Etienne just over 121 hours to make the first balloon crossing of the Arctic Ocean in Generali Life Insurance company’s “Arctic Observer,” a 25-meter-tall balloon envelope created by Cameron Balloons of Bristol, UK.
Foster Keencut has introduced its Evolution manual precision cutter, designed for wide-format print providers and sign makers. Available in five sizes (64- to 144-in.), the Evolution can cut materials up to ½-in. thick. It features a heavy-duty cutter bar, an attachable fabric cutting wheel, adjustable leveler, and a lift-hold mechanism operable from both sides. The Evolution mounts to an existing table, or can be matched to the company’s Proteus Work Bench (optional).
GMG has introduced version 5.2 of its GMG ColorProof. Version 5.2 incorporates the integration of Adobe PDF Print Engine 2.5 and improvements to the SpotColor Editor (including the ability to export a report showing spot colors, listing the spot-color name, CMYK values, and target/current values). Version 5.2 is also compatible with the new GMG ProofControl Inline module, which allows for fully automated proofing and verification of contone proofs on Epson Stylus Pro printers with an integrated measuring device (initially the 4900, 7900, 9900, 7890, and 9890 models).
Screen USA has introduced two new options for its Truepress Jet2500UV printer: a multi-layer option and a corrugated option. The new multiple-layer function allows the Jet2500UV to print up to seven image layers without feeding the media a second time. This further improves the Truepress Jet2500UV’s versatility and increases its ability to print double-sided window stickers and day-and-night backlit displays, along with various special effects, such as embossed graphics, the company reports.
Canon USA has announced two new high-speed color production format printers: the imageProGraf iPF825 and iPF815. Designed for the AEC, CAD, GIS, reprographics, and other technical-document markets, both models feature five colors (CMYK + matte black) and are capable of printing two D/A1-sized (23.4 x 33.1 in.) images in less than one minute.
When we founded our company in early 1994, we were simply a print provider. The prints we provided were digital, large-format inkjet. In those days, just printing in high resolution (300 dpi) and large format (up to 36-inches wide) was a big deal. It allowed us to more than double our sales annually for four consecutive years. There are still and may always be many large-format digital printing companies that are first and foremost print providers. Some continue to be very successful at it.