This year’s FESPA Mexico 2010, taking place August 26-28, 2010 in Mexico City, is set to be the biggest FESPA Mexico show to date, show officials report, with a 40-percent increase in exhibitor floor space, and a significant number of international exhibitors. The theme for FESPA Mexico 2010 will be ‘Revolution,’ as Mexico celebrates both the 200th anniversary of its independence as well as the 100th anniversary of its Revolution this year.
The Wrap Glove from ImageOne Impact is designed to reduce and remove friction when hand-cutting vinyl and during vehicle-wrap installs. The glove’s fibers don’t shed or promote static, and they prevent the transfer of oils or perspiration from the user’s skin. The washable glove can be used to handle both the adhesive and non-adhesive sides of digital media and wrap films.
Price: $19.95 per pair.
Artgrafix has introduced its line of Polar Pouch Boards for fast and easy mounting and laminating. Self-stick boards with overlaminate film sheets, the Polar Pouch Boards are designed to combine the benefits of conventional pouch boards with the advantages of cold pressure-sensitive adhesives.
The Polar Pouch Boards are available in three substrate-dependent styles:
• Foam: made from 3/16-in.-thick white foam board, for framing prints and interior displays; in sizes from 9 x 12 to 24 x 36 in., and with matte or glossy overlaminates.
Durst Image Technology has introduced its Rhotex 320, an “industrial” inkjet printer designed for the textile/soft signage markets, as well as the Rho 750 UV printer.
As part of Avery Dennison North America’s national Give Back to Schools program, the company gifted the Adolph S. Ochs School & Academy in New York City with $125,000 worth of school supplies, and set a Guinness World Record doing so—donating more than 8500 pounds of supplies in a 24-hour period, which shattered the previous record of 1102 pounds and 5 ounces.
Pantone reports that it is inviting end users to participate in a public beta test of its Color Manager software. Once the beta test is complete, testers will automatically receive the final version of the software.
Color Manager is a desktop application for the Macintosh operating system designed to provide the assurance and confidence to use the latest Pantone colors accurately.
Key features of Color Manager include:
• Automatically updates all Pantone Color Libraries.
• Uses Pantone Plus Color Bridge values.
The Information Management Institute’s IMI Ink Jet Technology Showcase 2010 will take place September 8-9, 2010, in Baltimore.
The Sign Code Hotspot is a new online database from the International Sign Association (ISA) that provides sign professionals with educational and informational materials that relate to common regulatory issues found in the sign industry.
The online database contains issues ranging from restricting pole signs to municipal failure. Users can also find information on redevelopment regulations that impact businesses, sign engineering issues, and other topics.
Ironically, the increased choices of rigid media available to print providers—and the related print technologies—have enabled print shops to be even more flexible in the types of jobs they take on and the variety of products they can produce. Plus, printing on rigid has simplified the printing and post-printing processes, cutting production time. The result from all of this: some very positive return on investment.
If you made windshield wiper blades or sold hamburgers, you might produce a lot of product and make good money, but your product has no broad, intrinsic value. Since you’re reading this column, however, you probably don’t sell those things for a living. Like me, you work in the wide-format digital printing industry—an industry that makes amazing products, with universal and intrinsic value. Without donating money or time, we can still provide products and services with a huge potential for public good.