Laminators and their requisite laminate media serve to not only increase the lifespan of your shop’s printed masterpieces, but they can also add to a graphic’s aesthetics. Yes, some clients change out their graphics so rapidly that longevity is not an issue, but laminating can be critical to graphics that are subject to ongoing abuse or even just normal wear and tear. Meanwhile, other graphics can benefit immensely from the addition of a texture or perhaps a glossy or matte finish that enhances the look of the artwork.
CADlink has introduced SignLab 9, its latest version of signmaking software with a full suite of text, vector, and raster design tools and support for vinyl cutters, sign printers, thermal ribbon printers, engravers, routers, and dye sub printers. Version 9 features new design tools including a menu-board design interface; advanced transparency support for bitmap and gradient filled objects; decorative edge tool; new stoke/line tools and color controls; extended text character viewer; and more.
General Formulations has announced the addition of Concept 234 Fabric Wall Film to its Graphi-Tex line. Concept 234 is a 7-mil premium white matte coated polyester fabric with an acrylic removable pressure-sensitive adhesive allowing for removability. The fabric film can be used with solvent, eco-solvent, and UV-curable inks. Designed for temporary application, Concept 234 can be placed on most types of painted interior walls including flat, semi-gloss, and gloss paint finishes. Available in 54-in. widths.
Graphic Finishing Partners has introduced the new 400 Series Professional Top Heat laminators, which are available in 55- and 63-in. widths. The 400 Series features: a 1-in. variable roller gap, 4.5-in. silicon rollers, 140-degree top heated roller, and speeds of up to 13.5 ft/min. The laminators are built for applications that require PSA films for overlamination, mounting, and pre-coating boards.
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Shenzhen Runtianzhi Image Technology in China has introduced the Flora PP 2512UV printer, a UV flatbed that can accommodate rigid media up to 48 x 100 in. and 4-in. thick. The 6-color printer (CMYKcm, with optional white and varnish) can be outfitted with Konica Minolta or Spectra Polaris printheads, and resultant print speeds will range from 418 sq ft/hr in Standard mode to 145 sq ft/hr in Ultra Quality mode; top resolution is 1200-1400 dpi, depending upon printhead.
Caldera’s Costview 3.0 allows print providers to monitor all print-related costs by extracting job information directly from the RIP spooler. Production managers can control, modify, study (via spreadsheet), and export all relative job costs. Costview 3.0 also includes a new eco-print calculator and new carbon-footprint analysis tool, measuring CO2 from each print element (inks, media, electricity, etc.).
Anderson America has introduced its Ajet hybrid UV digital printer. Capable of printing flexible and rigid substrates up to 5 x 10 ft., the 7-color (CMYKcm+w) Ajet boasts speeds up to 301 sq ft/hr and 720-dpi resolution. It can accommodate media up to 1.97-in. thick. Features include: an auto-tensioning and roll-feed takeup system; automatic head wiping; a printhead safety device to detect incorrect media height; a visually guided graphic user interface; UV light timer; and more. An Onyx ProductionHouse RIP is standard.
EFI is now offering the Vutek GS5000r roll-to-roll UV printer with various new field-upgradeable features: white-print capabilities; multi-image and multi-queue functionality, allowing for running multiple jobs simultaneously from the user interface; and double-sided printing capabilities (optional).
Arlon has announced six new products for window and wall graphics:
• New DPF 206 (fabric film with woven texture) and DFP 207 (vinyl film), removable interior wall decoration films. The 6-mil polycoated matte white films feature a clear removable pressure-sensitive adhesive designed to bond well and be removable to substrates such as smooth painted non-vinyl walls. Available in 54-in. widths.
Hewlett-Packard has debuted two new printers – the Scitex LX850 and LX820.