GPA has announced new InCycle Sheet Expanded PET manufactured from recycled water bottles. Naturally bright white without the addition of pigments, InCycle Sheet is lightweight and offers superior thermal-insulating properties, GPA reports. It’s compatible with UV inkjet and offset printing, and is suitable for die cutting, folding, embossing/debossing, and more. It’s available in 28 x 40-in. sheets.
Pemla has introduced its EDI OEM-Compatible inks, water-based inks that are designed as drop-in replacement inks for standard Epson UltraChrome inks. The EDI inks feature clean, bright colors closely matching OEM inks and low dot gain on most substrates, reports Pemla; the inks are also water-resistant. Available in CMYcm plus vivid magenta, light vivid magenta, and four blacks (photo, matte, light, light light).
Adding two new additions to its portfolio of proofing media, Epson America has announced Standard Proofing Paper - Production and CrystalClear Film - Adhesive. Both are designed to meet the demands of proofing houses, design shops, ad agencies, and businesses that produce color match proofs, prototypes, and mockups.
Mimaki USA introduced its UJF-3042FX, a UV LED flatbed tabletop model that allows for the use of flexible inks for added applications, including garment transfers. Like its UJF-3042 sibling, the 3042FX can print on flat substrates up to 12 x 16.5 in., and materials up to 2-in. thick. The FX, however, is available with three different UV inksets: LH-100 (CMYK + W and C, for substrates that do no require bending/folding); LF-200 (CMYK + W, for P-O-P, flexible packaging, etc.), and LF-140 (CMYKcm + W, more flexible than the LH-100).
Mutoh’s 48-in. ValueJet 1204GA Eco-Solvent printer made its debut. The 1204GA is designed to print on Mutoh’s Ready2Print pre-grommeted and pre-hemmed banner material, eliminating the manual grommet and hemming stages of banner production. The printer can also print on a variety of roll media.
Agfa Graphics hasannounced Apogee Prepress 7.1, an upgrade to its JDF-enabled prepress production hub. New features include: implementation of the Adobe PDF Print Engine (v 2.5) to provide compatibility with new design applications and Acrobat 10; enhancement of Preflight and a Ghent PDF Workgroup 1v4 certification; the Preflight Reporter plug-in compatibility with Acrobat 10; and the integration of Enfocus PitStop Library 10. Support has also been added for a range of third-party CtP devices and inkjet proofers.
Kodak has introduced Professional UV-Curable Display Film - Plus from Eastman Kodak is designed to provide the look and feel of photo-grade printing to UV-curable inkjet output. Capable of being frontlit or backlit, the new film features a brilliant white film base to produce whiter highlights and vibrant colors. The media is recyclable and is available in four widths: 40, 54, 62, and 72.5 in. Also available is UV-Curable Display Paper.
The latest addition to the Evolve Advanced Digital Solutions brand line from Inx International Ink is the new NW140 UV digital narrow web press. The NW140 delivers single-pass printing at speeds up to 80 ft/min on any label stock, and adds optional Spartanics laser die-cutting capabilities so that the printed roll does not have to be removed from the machine. A proprietary pre-treatment base coat allows for printing on a wide range of substrates. It will support media up to 8-in. wide (5.5-in. print width) and 2mm in thickness.
When bluemedia first entered the digital-printing arena about a decade ago, I dreamed of landing projects for huge brands like Microsoft or Sony, acquiring a job for a professional sports team, or even creating a masterpiece for the NFL’s Super Bowl.
For Magnacrom Digital producing a beautiful fine-art elephant image brought a particularly interesting challenge: The client requested the artwork be output onto handmade Amate bark paper.