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Canon Announces DreamLabo 5000

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Features include a dye-based seven-color aqueous inkset.

Canon USA showcased its DreamLabo 5000, an inkjet printer geared for the production photo-print market and an alternative to traditional silver-halide processing technology. The DreamLabo features Canon’s FINE (Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) high-density printhead technology, a dye-based 7-color aqueous inkset (CMYK + photo magenta, photocyan, and gray), a print resolution of 1200 x 2400, and a print speed of 40 4 x 6-in. prints/min.

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SGIA Announces 2011 Product of the Year Winners

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In New Orleans, the association honors top products in the printer, ink, and media categories.

At the 2011 SGIA Expo in New Orleans, the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association announced its 2011 Product of the Year winners.

The awards recognize quality digital equipment and supplies in the specialty-imaging marketplace. Competition entrants must be SGIA member exhibitors with products currently available; each entry is judged based on its perceived value to the digital-imaging community.

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Excelagraphix 4200 from Xanté

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Designed for short-run and variable-data color print work.

Xanté previewed its Excelagraphix 4200 at Graph Expo. A 5-color (CMYKK) 42-in. printer that utilizes customized dye-based aqueous inks, the printer has been developed in partnership with printhead producer Memjet, and utilizes five Memjet printheads running Memjet Waterfall Technology.

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Fujifilm Introduces Acuity LED 1600

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Features spot color matching software.

Fujifilm has introduced its Acuity LED 1600, a new printer incorporating a fast-curing LED-UV ink, a long-life and low-power-consumption LED lamp system, and a high precision and high-speed printhead. The LED 1600 prints roll media and rigid substrates up to 13mm (approximately ½-in.) in thickness and can accommodate media up to 63-in. wide. It can hit a top speed of 215 sq ft/hr at 400 x 600 dpi, and offers resolutions up to 1200 dpi.

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EFI Debuts Software

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Three solutions include Fiery XF proServer, PrintSmith Vision, and Digital StoreFront.

EFI HAS launched Fiery XF proServer, a high-performance production solution for its lineup of EFI Vutek printers. A scalable system designed to improve printing, production, and color capabilities, Fiery XF proServer features an expanded set of Fiery XF options, high-performance hardware platform, and integration with other EFI products including Pace and Digital StoreFront.

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Branding Together

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Big Ink unifies Supervalu grocer brands with myriad graphics.

To coordinate a unified branding campaign, national grocery retailer Supervalu hosted its first-ever Store Director Summit, bringing together store managers from 11 different brands to inspire a collective vision. Fame, a retail branding firm, designed myriad graphics featuring a layering effect that utilized all of the brand logos and Minnesota-based Big Ink (inkbig.com) signed on to output and install the graphics.

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Tailgating’s Cautionary Tale

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Great Big Color prints 3D billboard for Colorado State Patrol.

Since the spring of 2010, advertising and PR firm Amélie Company has been working with the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) to get Colorado residents to drive more safely around big trucks. That year, “We did billboards, radio ads, magnets, and more, urging motorists to give trucks more room,” recalls account executive Lexie Alcon. “We also created a warning card with instructions on how to drive around trucks. People who were pulled over for aggressive driving would be given the card.”

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Banner American’s New ValueLam 4500HC-4

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Offering a pressure-sensitive adhesive rewind.

Banner American Products has introduced the ValueLam 4500HC-4 Laminating/Mounting machine. The laminator features two additional pull rollers, in-line slitters, forced air cooling fans, and the capability of mounting items up to ½-in. thick and 45-in. wide. The ValueLam 4500HC-4 also offers a pressure-sensitive adhesive liner rewind, 3-in. diameter silicone heated rollers, an additional rewind for the automatic roll-up of laminated prints, and a foot pedal. The laminator operates on a 120-volt 20-amp circuit (optional 220-volt electrical capability available).

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Epson Introduces Stylus Pro WT7900 Designer Edition

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Featuring Epson UltraChrome HDR White ink technology.

Epson has introduced the Epson Stylus Pro WT7900 24-in. Designer Edition, joining the other sizes available in the company’s Designer Edition line. The printer combines the previously introduced Epson Stylus Pro WT7900 with an EFI eXpress WT software RIP to deliver high-resolution packaging mock-ups for graphic-design firms and creative agencies to create in-house mock-ups.

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Inks: Liquid Gold

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More than 70 suppliers of inks for wide-format.

Like oil is to industry, inks could be said to be the “liquid gold” of the printing market. Yes, it’s sometimes all too easy to neglect the costs of inks when compared to the costs of rigid substrates, direct labor, and so on, but pull out your records and see what you spent on ink last year – it adds up.

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