Last February, our small digital printing company completed its 20th year in business. Over the years, we have ranged in staff size from four employees when we started to a peak of 45 in 2007, right before the “Great Recession” began. During the recession, our staffing numbers dropped to roughly half of what they were at our high point. Like many print shops, we are grateful to have survived what bordered on an economic depression.
In typical post-Labor Day fashion, in-ground pool owners no longer have the luxury of lying out in the sun and jumping into chlorinated water to cool off. Instead, they have to bring out the tarp that covers the pool so that bugs, leaves, animals, and the like don’t find a home over the colder months.
Esko has added Esko Suite 14, a collection of new and updated software designed for brand owners, pre-media houses, converters, sign and display producers, and commercial printers.
Esko focused on five key trends in packaging preproduction during the development of Suite 14:
• Increasing importance of workflow automation;
• The use of smart templates to handle package variations;
• Quality as the most important driver;
• A more task-focused software user interface to drive increased efficiency; and
Drytac has introduced WipeOut, a dry-erase, hard-coat laminate with a chemical- and scratch-resistant gloss surface. All of the graphic – including the printed areas – can be written on and erased. WipeOut also prevents ghosting or staining from ink, and its anti-graffiti properties allow for removal of most permanent markers with rubbing alcohol, according to Drytac.
Digital Graphic Systems (DGS) has added a Standee Base to its Boarders line of accessories, designed to ease the assembly and construction of P-O-P displays, tradeshow booths, and other applications made from structural “honeycomb” cardboard such as Falconboard. The Standee Base raises up to 0.5-in. thick Falconboard (or similar rigid substrate) from the ground, creating protection from water and dust. The 3 x 12-in. base is available in white and features a security lock.
Available in two models, the Mimaki JV300 series of eco-solvent inkjet printers from Mimaki USA include eight ink channels with a variety of ink and color options to address a wide range of applications. Introduced in May at FESPA 2014 in Munich, the models in the line include the JV300-130 (53 in. wide) and JV300-160 (64 in. wide).
Social media has become a regular part of the human experience. Like it or not, it impacts the way we communicate. And although some would argue that being “connected” causes those who are heavily plugged in to actually become disconnected, social media has revolutionized everything from how news breaks to how brands are built. Many agree that social media is now more important to branding than traditional advertising channels.
Kapco Graphic Products has introduced four new media to its product line.
Economy Window Film has a clear pressure-sensitive adhesive that is designed for P-O-P, retail, and commercial window graphics for short-term use. Compatible with latex, solvent, and mild-solvent inks. Available in 42-, 54-, and 60-in. widths.
Paradigm Display Solutions has added Fabrilyte Displays, two new fabric pop-up displays, to its Display Store.
The Curved Fabrilyte Tubular Display, with curved frames, is available in 10- and 20-ft frames.
The Arch Fabrilyte Tubular Display, with vertical curvatures from the top to the bottom of the display, is available in a 10-ft frame.
The Fabrilyte Displays can be assembled in five minutes by sliding the tubular components together to make the frame and then pulling the graphic over the frame and zipping the graphic shut.
Aslan Schwarz has introduced UltraTack DFP 07, a high-tack, inkjet-media film that’s designed for installation on low-energy, rough, or uneven surfaces. The film is compatible with solvent-, eco-solvent, UV-cure, and latex inks, and its double-sided, polyethylene-coated liner ensures good lay-flat characteristics and high moisture stability, the company reports.