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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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).
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.
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.
The Banner Grip stretching frame, by Alpina Manufacturing, is a frame system that not only serves as an aesthetic border but also is designed to tighten banners, remove wrinkles and waves, and hide edges and mounting hardware. Made of aluminum alloy and stainless steel, the Banner Grip can be used indoors or outdoors. It can accommodate various types of flexible and rigid substrates up to 1/16-inch thick, and can handle banners with raw edges, grommets, pole sockets, or hemmed edges, Alpina reports.