Walls + Forms Inc.’s freestanding Slatgrid Displays are designed for indoor use to create a branded presence anywhere in a retail environment and light up to ignite higher visibility. The Slatgrid Displays can be mounted in a back-to-back configuration to create an outpost in the middle of a room, or they can be set up as a freestanding display wall or along existing walls. The back panel holds the printed graphic to match the brand message and identity; vinyl logos can be printed on the sides for maximum branding potential.
Hop Industries introduced Hop-Syn TO, a new opaque synthetic paper designed for P-O-P displays, outdoor banners, window promotions, in-store signage, and pennants where extreme temperature, tear resistance, and UV durability are required. Based on a mix of polypropylene and inorganic fillers, Hop-Syn TO can withstand temperatures from -60 F up to 220 F without distortion, the company reports.
GMG Color introduced PrintFactory GMG Edition to the US market. An automated production workflow solution designed for wide-format printing, it’s available in two versions – one for print shops primarily geared around indoor wide-format work, and one for shops that tackle very large outdoor projects as well as indoor. PrintFactory GMG offers: automation with standard and customized templates; color management; preflighting and PDF file editing; dedicated job-prep; real-time previewing; and more.
GPA has announced new InCycle Sheet Expanded PET manufactured from recycled water bottles. Naturally bright white without the addition of pigments, InCycle Sheet is lightweight and offers superior thermal-insulating properties, GPA reports. It’s compatible with UV inkjet and offset printing, and is suitable for die cutting, folding, embossing/debossing, and more. It’s available in 28 x 40-in. sheets.
Pemla has introduced its EDI OEM-Compatible inks, water-based inks that are designed as drop-in replacement inks for standard Epson UltraChrome inks. The EDI inks feature clean, bright colors closely matching OEM inks and low dot gain on most substrates, reports Pemla; the inks are also water-resistant. Available in CMYcm plus vivid magenta, light vivid magenta, and four blacks (photo, matte, light, light light).
Adding two new additions to its portfolio of proofing media, Epson America has announced Standard Proofing Paper - Production and CrystalClear Film - Adhesive. Both are designed to meet the demands of proofing houses, design shops, ad agencies, and businesses that produce color match proofs, prototypes, and mockups.
Mimaki USA introduced its UJF-3042FX, a UV LED flatbed tabletop model that allows for the use of flexible inks for added applications, including garment transfers. Like its UJF-3042 sibling, the 3042FX can print on flat substrates up to 12 x 16.5 in., and materials up to 2-in. thick. The FX, however, is available with three different UV inksets: LH-100 (CMYK + W and C, for substrates that do no require bending/folding); LF-200 (CMYK + W, for P-O-P, flexible packaging, etc.), and LF-140 (CMYKcm + W, more flexible than the LH-100).
Mutoh’s 48-in. ValueJet 1204GA Eco-Solvent printer made its debut. The 1204GA is designed to print on Mutoh’s Ready2Print pre-grommeted and pre-hemmed banner material, eliminating the manual grommet and hemming stages of banner production. The printer can also print on a variety of roll media.
Agfa Graphics hasannounced Apogee Prepress 7.1, an upgrade to its JDF-enabled prepress production hub. New features include: implementation of the Adobe PDF Print Engine (v 2.5) to provide compatibility with new design applications and Acrobat 10; enhancement of Preflight and a Ghent PDF Workgroup 1v4 certification; the Preflight Reporter plug-in compatibility with Acrobat 10; and the integration of Enfocus PitStop Library 10. Support has also been added for a range of third-party CtP devices and inkjet proofers.
Kodak has introduced Professional UV-Curable Display Film - Plus from Eastman Kodak is designed to provide the look and feel of photo-grade printing to UV-curable inkjet output. Capable of being frontlit or backlit, the new film features a brilliant white film base to produce whiter highlights and vibrant colors. The media is recyclable and is available in four widths: 40, 54, 62, and 72.5 in. Also available is UV-Curable Display Paper.