The recession ended, at least according to many experts, during the summer of 2009. Just three months after it reportedly ended, however, Timothy F. Geithner, secretary of the US Treasury, made the announcement: “This credit crunch is not over.”
But with all available capital apparently going to big business and government, what can the average, financially strapped print provider do?
Neschen will host its annual Laminating Boot Camp, a two-day hands-on training seminar on Seal and Neschen products, March 15-16.
Neolt has launched new print-finishing products: the Neolam PE cold laminator and a new version of its Electro Textile Super Trim trimmer.
The Neolam PE is an entry-level solution for cold laminating and mounting. Available in 43-, 55-, and 65-in. sizes, this machine features an easy-to-use pneumatic system to adjust the nip opening and upper roll pressure. The Neolam PE can handle media up to 1.18-in. thick and its running speed is 13 ft/min. Optional add-ons include an electric roll holder and an electric rear take-up system.
The Client Sherwin-Williams
The Player Fusion Imaging, Inc. (fusionimaging.com)
Tools & Supplies Durst Rho 500R, Durst UV Inks, Seattle Textiles woven mesh.
The redesigned 2700HC Laminating/Mounting machine 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.
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).
GPA has added an eco-friendly addition to its line of Ultra Digital papers for HP Indigo presses: 100% PCW Recycled Uncoated Pressure Sensitive Paper. The 50-lb recycled facestock is made with 100% post-consumer waste fibers, and is FSC- and Green Seal-certified, acid-free, lignin-free, and process chlorine-free (PCF). It features a general-purpose permanent adhesive and an 80-lb kraft liner which has 10% PCW and is also FSC-certified. The paper is compatible with a variety of finishing processes, including die cutting, perfing, scoring, UV coating, laminating and foil stamping.
FlexCon has introduced two “greener” alternatives for at-retail applications for windows and counter mats: WindowDeco and FlexMark floor art. Both products are phthalate-free and are produced with less solvents, providing a smaller carbon footprint, the company reports; both are also UV-printable.
Epson America has added three new canvas products to its Signature Worthy collection of media. Epson’s Exhibition Canvas Gloss, Exhibition Canvas Satin, and Exhibition Canvas Matte are engineered for professional photographers, artists, fine-art reproduction houses, and print-for-pay businesses. All three are built on a polyester and cotton blend that’s specially coated to produce vibrant colors as well as rich, deep blacks and tonal gradations; the heavy 21-mm poly-cotton canvases can be easily stretched and coated.
MacTac Graphic Products has introduced Imagin Perforated Window Media WP129, a one-way visibility film used to transform indoor or outdoor window surfaces into graphical canvases on one side, without sacrificing significant visibility on the other.