EFI has unveiled the newest edition to its UV hybrid line of printers, the 3.2-meter EFI Vutek QS3 Pro. Based on its smaller sibling, the QS2 Pro (see our July 2012 Drupa report), the QS3 Pro features: variable-drop grayscale technology (0-36 pL drop sizes); 6 colors plus white; three-layer print capability; multi-queue functionality; advanced ICC color management; and native JDF connectivity.
The International Sign Association (ISA) has released the first of its online training courses designed to help sign companies and print providers implement relevant training at convenient times.
The first two courses in the online ISA Sign Academy are available now: “The Sign Installer’s Guide: Wall Signs” and “The Sign Installer’s Guide: Safety Course.” “Wall Signs” teaches the basics of wall sign installation while “Safety Course” addresses general safety skills.
Mactac Graphic Products has introduced an addition to its Imagin WallNoodle line, with Permanent Imagin WallNoodle PN629. Featuring a thick vinyl facestock coated with a permanent acrylic adhesive, the 6-mil Permanent WallNoodle product is matte white and offers a semi-rigid print surface and 90-lb SuperFlat releases liner; it’s engineered for excellent printing performance and ease of application, Mactac reports.
A study produced by the Graphics of the Americas Expo & Conference (GOA) forecasts a positive state for the print industry in Latin America in 2013.
3M Commercial Graphics has introduced a new brand – Envision – and its 3M Envision Translucent and Diffuser Films, optimized for use with LEDs. The films are designed to enable signage producers to achieve the same level of brightness with fewer LEDs or, alternately, keep the same number of LEDs and increase a sign’s brightness. The diffuser films are available with two levels of light transmission (50% and 60%); the translucent films are available in various standard colors, custom colors, and as an inkjet printable film.
Océ has launched the new Océ Arizona 480 GT and Arizona 480 XT flatbeds. The 480 GT offers a table size of 49 x 98 in., while the 480 XT model offers a 98 x 120-in. table size. Both printers feature the company’s Océ VariaDot imaging technology, offer eight independent ink channels, can print on rigid media up to 2-in. thick, and offer a Roll Media Option.
The pair of 480 models offer new features including:
Fujifilm has introduced its Acuity Advance Select UV flatbed. The Advance Select builds on the company’s Acuity Advance platform and includes eight independent ink channels.
The 8-channel model includes CMYK with an additional channel for cyan and magenta, and the option of 2 channels of white (allowing for in-line double-strike white capability) or white plus clear ink. Also new are additional vacuum zones to further reduce manual masking, plus new job-handling capabilities.
Van Wagner Communications, the out-of-home media company, has acquired New York City-based Fuel Outdoor Holdings, which owns wall-mural advertising inventory in various cities nationwide, with major concentrations in New York, Dallas, and Miami; Fuel also has a 20-year municipal contract for street furniture advertising in Miami.
EFI has acquired Technique, a provider of management information systems and enterprise resource planning (MIS/ERP) software products for the publication, commercial, and direct-marketing print industries. Technique products will become part of EFI's Productivity Software portfolio, the company reports. EFI will integrate support and operations of Technique within its Productivity Software business unit and will continue to support the existing Technique client base.