Mutoh has debuted its eco-friendly MP (“multi-purpose”) inks, for use in its ValueJet 1608HS-Hybrid printer. The fast-drying inks comprise 60% bio-based material and contain no hazardous VOCs or heavy metals, the company reports; they’re designed to output onto vinyl, banner, and a wide range of plastics. Available in four colors (CMYK) and in 950-ml packs.
3M Graphics has introduced Scotchcal Gloss Overlaminate 8528, designed to withstand harsh environmental conditions, including UV rays and acid dew -- the latter the result of pollutants mixing with dewdrops and becoming increasingly acidic with sunlight, becoming common in Los Angeles and other West Coast cities, reports 3M.
The 2-mil cast vinyl is intended for use with solvent, latex, and UV inks. 3M is offering a warranty for both horizontal and vertical surfaces. Available in 54-in.-wide rolls (25 and 50 yards); sample rolls are available.
Canon USA has introduced two new printers: the 44-in. imageProGraf iPF8300S and 24-in. imageProGraf iPF6300S.
Tom Reid, executive vice president of Catalina Graphic Films and president of Coated Solutions, passed away on March 10, 2011, after a sudden, brief bout with pancreatic cancer. Born October 15, 1953 in Gainesville, Georgia, he leaves behind his beloved wife Becky, his Mom, Ms. Mamie Reid, his son Patrick, his younger brother Darrell, step-daughters Melissa and Christy, and step-son Scott.
Made from recycled billboard vinyl, Paper-Feet are the latest eco-conscious products from the folks at MMT (mmt.com). The minimalist-art barefoot sandals are, like their vinyl progenitors, paper-thin, waterproof, and UV-resistant; they’re also foldable and rollable for pocketable portability. Handmade in Michigan, each pair of Paper-Feet is signed and numbered by the designer. No two pair are alike, reports MMT, “in fact, sometimes each shoe is different!”
The GraphicEdge Conference for graphics educators will take place April 8, at North Central State College in Shelby, Ohio.
SGIA has honored 17 specialty-imaging companies for completing the 2011 Sustainability Recognition Program.
To be considered, companies submitted a copy of their sustainability policy. Judges looked at waste reduction, recycling programs, and the formation of “green committees” in the workplace.
Various companies in our industry have corporate ties to Japan, and the publishers of The Big Picture extend our concern and best wishes for the businesses, employees, and all others affected by Japan’s recent earthquake and tsunami.
As those companies are able to provide updates to their situation to their US counterparts, to us directly or to the world at large via their corporate websites, we’ll update that information here. We welcome any information to post.
Mutoh America will be holding an open house on April 14 at its new central regional showroom location in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, just outside of Chicago. The open house, which will exhibit printing demonstrations on Mutoh’s ValueJet printers and Kona cutters,.will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
At the event, Mutoh also will be showcasing its new MP Ink on the ValueJet 1608HS-Hyrbid printer. Mutoh reports that its new MP ink is composed of 60-percent bio-based materials and "offers a wide color gamut with increased adhesion and abrasive characteristics."
Mutoh America has launched its renovated website to offer simpler navigation to users. Along with a new layout, the site now provides updated product information, including features and downloadable spec sheets.
“Our goal was to not just create a great site, but build a tool that can help empower large-format print professionals in a positive way,” says Mutoh marketing manager Kimber Johnson.