3M has introduced an array of new media updates, including:
• 3M Scotchprint Wrap Film Series 1080 is available in four matte colors – black, white, silver, and military green. These pressure-activated, 3.5-mil cast films are designed to provide dimensional stability and durability without the need for an overlaminate. The films feature non-visible air-release channels and 60-in. widths.
Sihl has premiered various new media , including:
• Sihl 3166 ClearStick clear film with adhesive for aqueous inkjet printers; a 2-mil polyester film with an optically clear inkjet coating on the image side and an optically clear, repositionable adhesive with a thin opaque, white polyester release liner on the reverse side. Applications include P-O-S, event signage, and digital packaging prototypes. In 24- to 50-in. widths.
If Pantone has anything to say about it, you’ll be seeing lots of Pantone 18-2120, aka Honeysuckle, in many of the graphics you’re printing in forthcoming months. The provider of professional standards for the design industries has named Honeysuckle its Color of the Year for 2011.
For print providers operating in the wide-format digital sector, joining a professional organization – either as an individual or as a corporate member – can be valuable on many levels. Membership, as they say, has its privileges and, depending on what group you join, can run the gamut, from educational and certification programs and admission to niche-specific tradeshows, to technical and business support from industry leaders. Some organizations even offer members the ability to help shape legislative and standards decisions made for the industry.
When walking into a retail establishment, consumers have come to expect the instant bombardment of visual displays pleading for their attention. The result? They’re now often immune to the many shock-and-awe attempts at point-of-purchase marketing.
In a vigorous effort to catch the over-stimulated eye of the consumer, marketers and print providers are more and more turning their attention to an entirely different space in an effort to get their message across: the floor. And, for many, it’s paying off.
"Going green" is the mantra of many businesses these days. But few print providers have embraced the concept as thoroughly as Portland Color of Portland, Maine. This year, the shop was able to leverage that commitment into producing materials for special environmentally themed “Little Green Boutiques” in every Bloomingdale's location across the country.
At some time during your business career, it’s likely you’ve experienced a situation in which you have been treated unfairly by someone else in a business deal. Or perhaps you’ve had a situation when you found yourself taking unjust advantage of another in a business or a personal relationship. While it may not have been illegal, it just felt wrong. Open up the newspaper or browse the business headlines and you’ll quickly realize you’re not alone -- you can find examples of people behaving unethically throughout the business world.
Making its first appearance in North America is HP’s (hp.com) Indigo 7500 digital press. Designed for high-volume production, the Indigo 7500 is a 6-color press (CMYKcm with white option) that can print up to 120 A4 pages/minute in full color or 240 pages/minute in monochrome or 2 colors. The press is enhanced with a Vision system for hands-free automation, including automated calibration and intelligent diagnostics.
Xerox Corporation has debuted its iGen4 EXP digital press. Built on its iGen 4 platform, the new EXP offers a 14.33 x 26-in. sheet size, allowing it to produce multi-up jobs such as full-size tri-fold brochures, postcards, greeting cards, book covers/jackets, and more. Its print speed also has been accelerated, to 120 A4 (8.5 x 11 in.) impressions per minute. The EXP also features: the ability to feed media from a modified paper tray or roll systems; an automated Web-to-finish solution, using Xerox FreeFlow Digital Workflow; and integration with Adobe PDF print engine.
CGS has launched Oris Aproove, its high-end collaboration and color-approval system, to the North American market. The Web-based system allows any number of users to submit jobs, annotate, and approve pages – or manage entire jobs and projects. File formats supported include PDF, DCS, 1-bit TIFF, and Kodak's VPS.