The die-hard Seahawks fans at FastSigns of Kirkland, Washington, have begun prepping for the upcoming Super Bowl by creating and printing “12th-man” banner signs for fans to show their support.
EFI has launched its new 3.2-meter EFI Vutek GS3250LXr Pro, a dedicated UV LED roll-to-roll printer. The 6-color GS3250LXr Pro can print on a range of flexible substrates and offers variable-drop grayscale printhead technology; 600-dpi resolution; and a top speed of 1200 sq ft/hr. Other features include: multi-roll (up to 60 in. each roll) and double-sided printing capabilities. We’ll have more info once full specs become available.
Polytype America has introduced the NQ32 grand-format UV printer, a 3.2-meter combination flatbed/roll-to-roll machine. Featuring Dimatix Q-Class printheads, the machine offers grayscale capability (10- to 30-pL drop size), supports up to nine color channels (CMYKcm and additional colors, plus optional white), and boasts a top Production speed of 1500 sq ft/hr (3000 sq ft/hr in High Speed mode; faster speeds are available with the Warp Engine). Top visual resolution is 2400 dpi. The NQ32’s table measures 50 x 128 in.
Colter & Peterson has debuted its new 45-in. Saber X15 cutter. The heavy-duty precision paper cutter offers a max. cutting depth of 45 in., automatic knife adjustment, a new hydraulic system, Microcut 15-in. touchscreen controls, and more. The X15 is also available in 37-, 54-, and 62-in. sizes; the Saber XXL is available in sizes up to 126-in.
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LumeJet previewed its Digital PrintHead technology, which comprises a multi-LED exposure head and fiber optics to “spray” light onto photosensitive silver-halide paper, producing a contone print. The LumeJet S200 is the company’s first product – a reel-fed printer that has a 12-in. print width and a 3.2-ft repeat length. Print speed is 131 ft/hr; its 400-dpi exposure produces an equivalent halftone resolution of 8000 dpi, the company reports.
American Ultraviolet has introduced its AUV XL line of coaters, specifically geared to the flatbed market. Available in 60- and 80-in. standard and custom sizes, they can coat rigid and flexible substrates up to 3-in. thick and offer a speed range from 30 to 110 ft/minute; coating thickness is adjustable from .03 to .08 mil. The coaters feature a built-in triple liquid system that can hold two different coatings and a cleaning solvent (a fourth white coat tank is optional).
Konica Minolta, Inc. has acquired a 10-percent stake in MGI Digital Graphic Technology (MGI), the French producer of digital print and finishing solutions. MGI will maintain its independence and will remain autonomous in defining its industry strategy, the companies report.
“This investment will be dedicated to drive future growth, and is part of a common long-term vision to establish a stronger presence in the professional digital printing market,” the companies announced in a press release.
EFI has announced that it has acquired SmartLinc Inc., the Milwaukee-based developer of shipping software. SmartLinc employees, including former SmartLinc co-owners Greg Billinghurst and Scott Kwiatkowski, have joined EFI
Esko has announced the appointment of Tony Wiley to the role of president of its North America operations effective January 1, 2014. Wiley succeeds Mark Quinlan, who is leaving Esko to accept another opportunity.
Wiley joined Esko in 1999, assuming roles of increasing responsibility over the past 15 years. He led the North American Customer Service organization for 10 years and had been, most recently, vice president, US Central Region Sales, for the past five years.
Often, the companies that are most successful with wide-format printing become partners in their client’s business, addressing and anticipating their graphics needs, finding opportunity in every creative challenge.
“In many ways our clients look to us for more than just printing,” says George Gross, CEO and founder of Infinity Images (www.infinityimages.com) in Portland, Oregon.