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GAERF Announces 2015 Student Design Competition Winners

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All entries will be on display at Graph Expo 2015.

The Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation (GAERF) has announced the winners of its seventh annual GAERF 2015 Student Design Competition. This year’s contest, themed “The Pizzazz of Print,” challenged students from secondary and post-secondary institutions to create a printed marketing piece to promote strong attendance at a major event. An independent panel of industry expert judges chose six winners from among the record-breaking 287 entries.

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SID Signs’ New Heat-Assisted Cold Laminator

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Distributed by Paradigm Imaging Group.

Paradigm Imaging Group has announced the distribution of SID Signs’ new heat-assisted cold laminator, the 62-in. SID SL 1600 EW. At a quoted speed of 236 in./min, the laminator is designed to eliminate silvering, bubbles, and wrinkles by applying heat only when necessary. The temperature is adjustable up to 140 F for specialty applications. The laminator features a take-up roller to unwind the release liner backing from pressure-sensitive films and is available with a foot pedal switch for hands-free operation.

PARADIGM IMAGING GROUP
www.paradigmimaging.com

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Printed Canopies Soar over Koch Theater

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An enchanting space for The New York City Ballet's Spring Gala.

The New York City Ballet is no stranger to enchanted swans and ethereal spirit creatures, but for design firm Carmona Design + Events (www.carmonadesign.com), a fairylike forest sylph was a new source of inspiration for the décor of the ballet’s Spring Gala, which featured a performance of August Bournonville's La Syphilde. To play off their trademark lighting design and projected imagery, the firm shot black-and-white photographs of classic white tulle, an echo of the temptress' costume, with a 35mm SLR camera.

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Inx International Opens Ohio Facility

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New site prioritizes safety.

Third-party ink manufacturer Inx International has opened a new 63,000-square-foot facility in Lebanon, Ohio. Prompted by the company’s expansion over the past decades – production has reached roughly 37 million pounds per year, up from 10 million in 1996 – Inx chose Ohio for its proximity to customers and raw materials.

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Automated Printhead Cleaner from Digital Sign Technologies

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Controlled via mobile application.

Digital Sign Technologies has released a line of Print Head Doctors, automated printhead cleaning machines that recover clogged and damaged printheads and are controlled through a remote mobile app. The app shows real-time diagnostics and allows the user to set custom cleaning cycles from an Android smartphone.

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Wrap to the Future

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Orange hovercrafts carry tourists through swampland.

Visitors who venture beyond Bourbon Street can tour Louisiana’s swampland on hovercrafts wrapped by PG NOLA (www.pgnola.com). This wrap, created using Arlon Matte Fierce Orange and Avery Matte Black films, is pinstriped with yellow Avery High Gloss Reflective Film. The logo was printed on 3M 680CR reflective film with 3M 8518 laminate.

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You Be the Judge

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As a business owner, how well do you handle controversy?

With rulings on smokestack emissions, the death penalty, and same-sex marriage handed down in the past few months, the Supreme Court has inflamed passions across the US. Rulings have soothed some and incensed others, with most of us swinging back and forth.

And then there are the social media slayings: thousand-word comments aimed not at informing a friend, but slashing down an enemy. It’s just that, on Facebook, that enemy is also a friend.

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Take a Walk in My Shoes

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Brands Imaging helps Philadelphians share their favorite city snapshots for 2014’s Philly Photo Day.

This summer, Dilworth Park, on the west side of Philadelphia’s City Hall, finally completed its eight-year, $55-million makeover. Located at Philadelphia’s Centre Square, the 120,557 square feet of green public space feature an interactive fountain that transforms into an ice skating rink in the winter months; lawn space and tree grove seating areas with a café; and events such as festivals, live musical performances, outdoor movie screenings, and happy hour specials – all above a major transit hub.

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Mimaki Introduces High-Speed Dye-Sublimation Printer

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The 77-in. TS300P is designed for improved productivity.

Mimaki USA has introduced the TS300P-1800 production dye-sublimation printer. The 77-in. roll-to-roll machine is designed for digital textile printing and other applications requiring transfer to rigid surfaces.

The 1440-dpi TS300P images up to 1238 sq ft/hr (4-color mode) or up to 700 sq ft/hr (6-color mode). The machine includes Mimaki’s new Sb410 dye-sublimation inks, designed for stability, and TxLink3 RIP software for textiles, which includes ethernet capabilities and emailed status updates.

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Presto Tape Reaches Distribution Agreement with Reece Supply

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Removable media comes to South and Southeastern regions.

Reece Supply, a Dallas-based supplier to the sign, screen-printing, and digital imaging industries, will now distribute Presto Tape’s removable and repositionable print media from their facilities in Houston; San Antonio; El Paso, Texas; Tulsa, Oklahoma; New Orleans; Atlanta; and Charlotte, North Carolina. Presto Tape’s offerings, designed for wallcoverings, murals, and P-O-P signage, include the 17-mil CanvasTac and the 7-mil polyester PrestoTex, both recently released in silver and iridescent finishes.

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