Epson America and EFI have joined up to create the Epson Stylus Pro 900 Series Proofing Editions. The software combines the proofing advantages that come with the Epson Stylus Pro 7900 or 9900 wide-format inkjet printers, along with EFI’s Colorproof XF v4.0 for Epson.
DaVinci Technology has introduced FSC-certified GreenLight, a backlit poster paper. Printable on two sides, the translucent double-coated paper can be used in digital, offset, screen and flatbed UV applications.
ElevenTen Color has added an S-1151 Series of low-solvent inks for Seiko ColorPainter printers. According to ElevenTen, the inks offer plug-and-play conversion process, an equipment and application warranty, and an OEM color gamut match so there’s no need for new profiles.
As a business owner, flipping the green switch can require significant capital investments. It may require changing tried-and-true production methods. It can result in more expensive consumables at a time when customers’ price sensitivity is at an all-time high. “Woe is me,” says the print provider. “I want to be green as I can be, but I can’t make any big financial commitments right now. Our first priority is, after all, staying solvent.” (Pun intended.)
One of the favorite buzzwords in our industry is “value added.” The ideal of value-added services for our customers is one we all attempt to achieve in the various segments of our businesses.
But just what does value-added service mean to you? Or more importantly, what does it mean to your customers? And ultimately, is the value-added service you provide actually perceived by your customer as something valuable? Let’s attempt to define just what value-added service might be.
The Information Management Institute (IMI) has announces a new course, “Color & Color Management,” designed to present the most important elements in color reproduction for printing devices, and how to control and correct color at different stages during the reproduction process.
The X-Press F512 from Chin.E Technologies is a 4 x 8-ft flatbed UV inkjet printer that is paired with the company’s X-Press CNC router. The company is billing the bundled system as a “$100,000 print-and-cut system.” The X-Press printer features six or eight Konica 512M printheads that deliver a 14-pl droplet size and print resolutions up to 1440 x 720 dpi. Both the 6- and 8-color systems print CMYKLcLm, and the 8-color unit also is capable of printing CMYK x 2 or CMYK + white or spot colors. The 8-color printer can output up to 450 sq ft/hr in production mode.
The Client: Utah’s Hogle Zoo
The Players: Ferrari Color (ferraricolor.com), Salt Lake City, Utah
Tools & Supplies: Durst Rho 160R UV, 3M Controltac Vinyl, 3M Comply Air-Egress Vinyl, 3M 8519 glossy overlaminate
Collins Ink Corporation has acquired Hexion Specialty Chemicals Inc.’s UV Curable Inkjet and Optical disc-coating business. The acquisition includes intellectual property, laboratory and manufacturing assets and as well as key personnel associated with Hexion’s UV curables inkjet business.
Cincinnati, Ohio-based Collins Ink is in its 19th year of formulating, manufacturing and selling inkjet inks.
Collins Ink Corporation
It is with deep sadness that we must share the tragic news that Tom Frecska, editor of Screen Printing magazine, passed away on May 21 after suffering a sudden heart attack. He was just 42 years old.