Today, UV could well stand for “ubiquitous – very.” Printing with UV technologies has become that prevalent in the wide-format marketplace. Consider: Overall, more than 45 percent of all wide-format printers currently on the market utilize UV inks, according to our findings – that’s a significant number, and one that has continued to grow each year. Of 70 flatbed/hybrid printers we reported on in our 2011-2012 Printer Sourcebook, only two do not utilize UV inks. And of the 130 rollfed printers reported on in the Sourcebook, nearly 20 percent utilize UV inks.
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In March, Business + Management for Digital Print Providers + Sign Shops, the new book by Marty McGhie, will be released by ST Books, a division of ST Media Group International (parent company to The Big Picture).
I can remember when the only way to communicate in business was by snail mail or phone. That is, until the next innovation in communication hit our business: the fax machine. We launched our company in 1994 and, back then, the litmus test for whether you were dealing with a real business was whether or not they had a dedicated fax line.
ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition has made a name for itself over the years by rebuilding and refurnishing dilapidated homes for deserving families in need. Thanks to the quick turnaround times offered by inkjet technologies, many of the new houses have incorporated wide-format prints to add some colorful flair.
Travel photographer Ken Kaminesky began working with Image Wizards to produce brushed aluminum prints of his artwork a little over a year ago. “The aluminum prints are a very unique way to present these images and really must be seen to get an idea of the effect,” says Kaminesky.
Aurora Specialty Textiles Group has added Act II SP and Twill SP to its Northern Lights Printable Textiles collection. Specially pre-treated to yield excellent color pop and line definition while maintaining the fabric’s soft hand, both fabrics are compatible with latex and UV-cure print technologies as well as solvents. Prints produced with latex inks will rival dye sublimation, the company reports. Both styles are excellent choices for retail soft signage, indoor and short term outdoor banners, window graphics, exhibits, and other applications.
Datacolor has introduced the Spyder4 line of advanced colorimeters, able to calibrate a variety of wide-gamut and normal-gamut displays, including monitors, laptops, and projectors, as well as TVs, iPads, and iPhones. All Spyder4 models feature a simple install wizard, and deliver an average of 26% more accuracy and improved low-luminance performance over previous Spyder3 technology, the company reports. The new line includes:
Shiraz Software, based in the UK, has announced new editions of its RIP Server, Signature, and Focus solutions. All of the new products feature a full-scale rebuild of the underlying architecture, Shiraz reports, as well as faster RIP functionality, a redesigned Dashboard, enhanced customer-service module, remote access, extended support for machines from various manufacturers, native support for the latest Windows 7 and Mac OS X Lion systems, new media profiles, and more.
Members of the Allegra Network – the franchise network comprising the Allegra, Signs Now, American Speedy Printing, and Insty-Prints brands – have reached an agreement to invest in a company that will purchase the assets of Signs By Tomorrow.
Signs By Tomorrow, founded in 1986, includes 162 franchisees operating in 36 states with system-wide sales approaching $70 million. The network of companies provides indoor and outdoor signage, exhibit displays, vehicle wraps, and other large-scale graphics.
The Printing Industries of America is now accepting nominations for its 2012 InterTech Technology Awards. The awards honor the development of technologies predicted to have a major impact on the graphic communications and related industries.