EFI and Heidelberg USA have announced a new agreement under which Heidelberg will distribute the Vutek GS series of superwide digital printers to the commercial print market in the US. Under the agreement, Heidelberg will distribute EFI’s Vutek GS2000, GS3200, and GS5000r as well as the inks, parts, consumables, accessories, and upgrades related to these printers. Heidelberg will also provide customer and technical support for the Vutek GS series of printers including installation and training.
Nashakele Distribution, a South African signage supplier, created a stir at the Sign Africa Expo in Johannesburg last fall with its introduction of the 4-color AfriJet, an infrared flatbed. Billed as “the first outdoor printer to be conceptualized and assembled in South Africa,” the AfriJet features, quick-drying infrared-cured light-solvent inks (alcohol-based), infrared lamps, Epson DX5 heads in a dual-head configuration, a top resolution of 1440 dpi, and a standard production print speed of approximately 269 square feet/hour (538 square feet/hour in draft mode).
EskoArtwork has announced WebCenter 10, a new version of its online collaboration and approval tool for the print-supply and packaging chain.
Rose Displays has introduced two accessories for its ZipLines: ZipLine Mounting Plate and ZipLine Poles.
With the new Mounting Plate, ZipLines can be hung from any plaster ceiling, allowing ZipLine adjustable cables to be used with most store ceilings, whether standard grid or flat.
The redesigned 2700HC Laminating/Mounting machine from Banner American Products features hot and cold lamination with heated rollers, release liner take up, and an adjustable feed table guide. The machine can accommodate digital and offset output up to 24-in. wide and ¼-in. thick. The standard 3-in. core adapters allow it to handle 1- and 3- in. core thermal films and 3-in. core pressure-sensitive films. Its “heat assist” mode selects a heat level best to increase adhesion and speed for slow-curing pressure sensitive films.
Four Pees has introduced the latest iteration of its PrintFactory large-format production suite, version 4.1. The new PrintFactory features:
OnOne Software’s new Perfect Resize 7 is based on Genuine Fractals’ algorithms for enlarging images to any size or resolution necessary while maintaining fine image details, the company reports. Ideal for creating poster or wall-sized prints, as well as enlarging cropped photos, Perfect Resize allows for the resizing of images up to 800% and beyond. It can be launched directly from the desktop as a standalone application or from within Photoshop (as well as Lightroom or Aperture in the Professional Edition).
Neschen Americas has added EnviroScape Mural Plus to its conVerd presented by Neschen line of environmentally responsible media products; this represents Neschen’s first foray into the wallcoverings market.
Danaher Corporation, the Washington DC-based manufacturer whose products span various industries, has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire EskoArtwork from Axcel for a purchase price of approximately $470 million. Upon closing, the business will become a part of Danaher’s Product Identification platform. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the first half of 2011.
Students can now apply to enter the annual Tom Frecska Student Printing Competition, which acknowledges innovative imaging work from secondary and post-secondary schools.
The competition honors former editor of Screen Printing magazine, Tom Frecska, who passed away in May 2009 after suffering a sudden heart attack at the age of 42.