BPIC: What have been some of the most intriguing technologies and products introduced into the marketplace in the past year?
Marco Boer, I.T. Strategies: The eco-solvent from Epson and latex ink technologies from HP have greatly expanded outdoor, high-print-quality applications like vehicle graphics, smaller-than-billboard outdoor signage, etc. They’ve opened up outdoor print applications to many print-for-pay shops and done so for a low investment risk.
The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) has announced the launch of its new outreach campaign, “Take Action.” The campaign is designed to encourage print providers, print buyers, suppliers, and others to take action by getting involved with SGP “and reaping the benefits of certification and sustainability.”
The Big Picture has assembled four of the industry’s most informed analysts and consultants and asked them to help you “divine” the marketplace: Where does it stand now, and where will it be in 2013? And, importantly, what courses of action do you need to take to help ensure your company’s success?
IDEAlliance has released the 12th edition of its Printing Guidelines publication, which details the latest best practices and specifications for printing. The 44-page guide addresses the demands of evolving customer needs, the new challenges of acting globally, and the latest changes in technology.
The new Guidelines edition includes various new developments in print production, including: G7 TR015 specification; new reference print conditions; color science to predict print; and process control to manage the supply chain.
The new 2012-2013 Printer Sourcebook is now available from the publishers of The Big Picture.
This latest edition provides comprehensive specifications on:
* Nearly 150 rollfed printers
* 90+ flatbed & hybrid printers
* 50 third-party RIPs for wide format
The 2012-2013 Printer Sourcebook can be accessed via the embedded link.
In the late 1700s, Swiss clergyman Antoine Court de Gébelin wrote that the symbols on the first printed Tarot cards represented the Egyptian deities of Isis and Thoth, and that the name “tarot” actually was derived from the Egyptian words “tar” (meaning “royal”) and “ro” ( “road”) – hence, the Tarot represented a “royal road” to wisdom and success.
HP has announced that its HP Latex Inks and HP A50 Inkjet Web Press Inks are the first water-based inkjet inks to achieve the Sustainable Product Certification from UL Environment, a business unit of Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
EFI has acquired Online Print Solutions (OPS), a company engaged in the areas of Web-to-print, dynamic publishing, and cross-media marketing solutions. OPS develops and deploys applications designed specifically to manage the needs of corporate storefronts, retail sites, and online design to variable-data and cross-media solutions; its customers include commercial printers throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
When it comes to vending machines, the lure of a greasy bag of potato chips or a bubbly soda is usually enough to pull us in.
Ultraflex has introduced IllumiSol BL Film, an 8.5-mil PET film coated on one-side for eco-solvent, solvent, and UV printing. The quick-drying, glossy topcoat is designed to diffuse light for backlit graphics. Primary applications include indoor and outdoor backlit displays, transit graphics, high-resolution posters, light boxes, and more. IllumiSol has been formulated to prevent the transfer of ink onto the backside of the graphics when rolled up after printing. In 86-in. rolls.