SA International unveiled Version 5 of its EnRoute software. The latest version adds CAD/CAM capabilities aimed at simplifying sign design and production, including: a new Noise Distortion tool to produce a hand-carved effect; an expanded Advanced Nesting Suite to identify and track sheet remnants; 3D Engrave Suite; Object Distortion; and more.
Kip America launched its Kip C7800 toner-based production print system. Based on an LED printing design, the C7800 delivers 600 x 2400-dpi resolution at print speeds of up to 3500 sq ft/hr. It can accommodate media up to 36-in. wide and features three media decks and an auto sheet feeder. Other features include: cloud-based printing; scan and copy; variable-data printing; fully integrated stacking and folding; and a Kip Color RIP and Kip Cost Review Application for cost management and accounting.
DigiFab has introduced its StampaJet BP-54, a 54-in.-wide flag and banner printer that can print with disperse and pigment and sublimation inks. The BP-54 features: an integrated fabric-handling and curing system (hot-air curing dryers); a winding and unwinding system with speed/tension control (can handle rolls up to 200 lbs); and an Evolution RIP standard. It offers resolutions up to 1440 dpi and a top speed of 19 linear yards/hr; it accepts media up to 2mm.
Polytype America Corporation has announced that the swissQ Impala flatbed now features a standard inkset of CMYKcmk + white, and adds options including primer, varnish, or spot colors including orange, green, and violet. Also new is a Silk Gloss print mode as well as a new Board Option to hold oversized panels and difficult roll media in place. Polytype America is the US distributor for swissQPrint.
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InteliCoat Technologies announced its Magic GBL-9 satin backlit film for solvent, latex, and UV-cure printers. The latest addition to the company’s specialty line of products specifically designed for solvent and latex printers, the 7-mil Magic GBL-9 features a satin print surface that allows for maximum ink density, vivid color, and a high image resolution; the satin finish also produces high-density backlits, even when displayed in areas with bright ambient light (like airports or shopping malls), the company reports. Available in 36-, 54-, and 60-in. widths.
Onyx Graphics has introduced its SmartApps VehicleWraps plug-in for Adobe Illustrator. Designed to simplify and accelerate setup of vehicle wraps for wide-format printing, the plug-in gives users the ability to combine design and paneling of vehicle wraps – and avoid a duplication of effort – within the design application.
“We’re absolutely seeing an upswing in floor graphics being used across the marketplace, especially in the world of event graphics,” says Keoni Dennison with Cranky Creative Group. “They’re a great way to utilize space that wasn’t previously being used, and they’re a great way to extend the branding of the event, the show, etc. – and to do so in a way that’s highly visible, while also being a relatively easy extension of what a print shop is already doing.”
Things are looking up for floor graphics. As marketers explore novel ways to display and convey their messages, colorful images and text shouting for attention from floors are beginning to become more prominent in fully integrated campaigns.
Xpedx heads to Phoenix for the next leg of its 2012 Wide Format Western Road Show. Designed to help print operations understand how to capture sales in the wide-format printing segment, the free shows feature equipment, media, demonstration, and advice sessions.
Diatec Group – which comprises Sihl and Arkwright, among others – has acquired Star Coating AG in Switzerland. Star Coating will be re-incorporated as a wholly owned subsidiary of Sihl AG, also located in Switzerland.
A substantial portion of Star Coating’s business is for light-sensitive films used in the manufacture of printed circuit boards. This acquisition gives Diatec entry into those films for the electronics industry and enhances Diatec’s European industrial base.