Shiraz Software, based in the UK, has announced new editions of its RIP Server, Signature, and Focus solutions. All of the new products feature a full-scale rebuild of the underlying architecture, Shiraz reports, as well as faster RIP functionality, a redesigned Dashboard, enhanced customer-service module, remote access, extended support for machines from various manufacturers, native support for the latest Windows 7 and Mac OS X Lion systems, new media profiles, and more.
Members of the Allegra Network – the franchise network comprising the Allegra, Signs Now, American Speedy Printing, and Insty-Prints brands – have reached an agreement to invest in a company that will purchase the assets of Signs By Tomorrow.
Signs By Tomorrow, founded in 1986, includes 162 franchisees operating in 36 states with system-wide sales approaching $70 million. The network of companies provides indoor and outdoor signage, exhibit displays, vehicle wraps, and other large-scale graphics.
The Printing Industries of America is now accepting nominations for its 2012 InterTech Technology Awards. The awards honor the development of technologies predicted to have a major impact on the graphic communications and related industries.
CET Color’s new X-Press 1000 is a flatbed UV that can handle substrates up to 49 x 99 in. and 4-in. thick. It offers an 800 x 1200-dpi resolution maximum; the X-Press 1000’s Production speed is 960 sq ft/hr (4-pass) and High Quality speed is 400 sq ft/hr (8-pass). Three inksets are available: CMYK, CMYKcm, and CMYK+white+clear. Features include: Spectra Polaris 512 printheads; a customizable print spooler; four-zone reversible vacuum table; and pin registration system. Price: $145,000.
Value Vinyls has introduced Rio PET Sign Media, a new line of scrimless sign media that can be used for long-term indoor as well as short-term outdoor displays. Featuring an extremely smooth matte finish compatible with digital printing, screen printing, and pressure-sensitive lettering, the new Rio PET line is engineered to provide low-curl prints when producing hemless signs.
3M Commercial Graphics has announced a new color/finish combination to its 3M Scotchprint Wrap Film Series 1080: Brushed Black Metallic. As with the other 1080 Series films, the Brushed Black Metallic version is a pressure-activated, 3.5-mil cast film designed to provide dimensional stability and durability without the need for an overlaminate. It’s available in 60-in. widths. The new Brushed Black Metallic color was selected in the company’s recent Wrap Battle: 1080 contest, which asked fans of the product to vote for their favorite new color and finish.
Pro Vehicle Outlines, a division of CADlink, has released its 2012 vehicle template collection. The collection comprises more than 9000 vehicle and specialty templates, including cars, trucks, SUVs, trailers, and specialty vehicles; model years from 1994 to 2012. All templates are provided as vector images in Adobe Illustrator format.
Price: $149 for 6-mos online subscription and $249 for 12-mos subscriptions; $349 for Pro version, which includes online subscription as well as a DVD library, template reference book, and special pricing on upgrades.
One of the constant challenges we all face in our shops is finding the proper balance between sales and production. Strategically, you want to continue to grow in the marketplace, of course, so you’re constantly searching for new ways to increase sales. But if the result is your production team being unable to keep up with the sales department’s efforts, this approach can be dangerous. Your company will be focusing too heavily on sales and miss on the production side, disappointing clients.
“Our focus has always been to print on fabric, or fabric-like material,” says Olle Lindqvist, president of the US sales office of Big Image Systems, the 25-year-old company headquartered in Sweden. “That’s where we started, where we have the skills, and where we can offer something unique.” By his estimation, the company has printed on more than 2000 fabrics and flexible media since its founding, and it continually tests new material.
With airport security at an all-time high, the US Department of Homeland Security sought to encourage travelers to join in the safety efforts by being on high alert for suspicious activity. The campaign, inspired by the fact that many travelers claim they aren’t sure what “something suspicious looks like,” encouraged people to trust their instincts with the slogan: “If you see something, say something.”