Gerber Scientific, Inc. and Vector Capital Corporation have entered into a definitive merger agreement in which funds affiliated with Vector will acquire Gerber Scientific. Vector Capital, based in San Francisco, is a global private-equity firm specializing in spinouts, buyouts, and recapitalizations of established technology businesses. Among Vector's notable investments are Corel, Aladdin Knowledge Systems, Certara, LanDesk, Precise Software, Printronix, RAE Systems, SafeNet, Savi Technology, Trafficmaster, WatchGuard Technologies, and WinZip.
Phoenix has been chosen as the location for the 2012 Signage and Graphics Summit (SGS), the educational and networking event for producers of on-premise signage, outdoor advertising, and promotional graphics and displays. The conference will be held January 23-25, 2012, at the Arizona Grand Resort.
EFI's new Vutek GS3250LX is a new production-level UV printer utilizing “cool cure” LED technology. The LED-lamp technology allows the machine to consume less energy, increases uptime and requires less maintenance, and expands the range of substrates that can be printed on, EFI reports.
Seiko Infotech has introduced the ColorPainter W-64s and W-54s low-solvent printers, capable of handling 64- and 54-in.-wide media, respectively. Both printers are available in 4- or 6-color (CMYKcm) configuration, offer top resolution of 900 dpi, and can utilize Seiko GX low-solvent ink or the new Seiko IX inks, which are free of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs). The W-64s can hit a top speed of 191 sq ft/hr in Production mode, while the W-54s can reach 182 sq ft/hr.
3M Commercial Graphics has launched a new Carbon Fiber White for its Scotchprint Wrap Film Series 1080. Like the other films in the 1080 series, the new Carbon Fiber White is a pressure-sensitive, long-term, removable cast film designed for solid color vehicle detailing, decoration, and full wraps. Available in 60-in.-wide rolls.
OKI Data Americas has announced the addition of the pro920WHT printer to its OKI proColor Series for color-critical applications in graphic-arts and production environments. The pro920WHT is a tabloid/A3 digital color printer that adds white toner, allowing for direct imaging to dark or colored media, signage, and films. Users can print white first as an undercoating on colored paper and signage, or print white last as an overcoat on transparent and image transfer media.
I-cut, Inc. (icutvision.com) has introduced i-cut Vision v7.1, which boasts a number of new features, including:
• “Adaptive Registration,” intelligently reducing the number of registration marks needed to adjust the orientation of a sheet on a table, improving productivity.
• The ability to automatically eliminate overcuts in sensitive materials – such as foam, Reboard, and PSA film – by cutting away from inside corners.
• A Global Cutting Key library, which allows a number of devices to share the same cutting key libraries.
PrintPlanet, an online community for print professionals, and Idealliance, a global community of content and media creators, print service providers, material suppliers, and technology partners, have collaborated to produce Print IdeasOnline, free live monthly educational sessions. The webinar schedule will be available on the Idealliance website and will feature industry professionals’ unbiased, hands-on input regarding graphic communication software and hardware solutions, as well as vendor support services.
Colex has introduced its Sharp Cut FBC-I Cutter/Router powered by i-cut. The flatbed machine is designed to give operators the ability to trim, kiss cut, and crease a variety of rigid and flexible substrates.
It includes a dual-tool station with fast oscillating knife as well as a multi-zoned vacuum table (four/six), auto-setting blade height, and single-phase 40-amp power. Colex says its standard router spindle is rated for most substrates used in wide-format production, but a heavy-duty router spindle is available as an option.
To help raise money for UNICEF in aiding children in Japan and emergencies around the world, Mini USA – the maker of the Mini auto – partnered with legendary rock band Kiss to launch a “Mini Rocks the Rivals” test-drive tour in the US. Kiss made the announcement live at the New York Auto Show this past April as four Mini Countryman vehicles with Kiss-inspired designs and wraps debuted, each design representing a band member's face.