UV offers a range of advantages when it comes to producing wide-format graphics, including but not limited to: the ability to print onto a broad range of media and substrates, few environmental issues, and increased productivity and image durability.
The images in this New York City Stride Rite store pull double duty: They’re incorporated into the retailer’s fixtures and they serve as the store’s dominant branding. Portland Color utilized an HP FB6100 flatbed and HP UV-curable inks with its magnetic signage system, printing to thin metallic media that can be applied to a magnetic receptor. The 40 x 80-inch images, designed to appeal to shoe-buying moms and dads, can be swapped out by store employees for seasonal marketing.
What you see is not what you will get with this building wrap in Dublin, Ireland. Construction on this development is expected to take two years, so Cover-Up Limited (www.coverup.ie) created this aesthetic alternative that depicts not only the building’s completed exterior, but also shows people in meetings, looking out of the windows, and standing on balconies. Cover-Up output the wrap on an HP Scitex XL1500 superwide onto Vuflex Eash Mesh using HP Scitex Inks. The front and back sections were joined with high-frequency welding.
WP Digital, the former unit of Spühl AG (now a part of Wifag Polytype), has released two new Virtu printers: the Virtu RS35 and Virtu RR50.
Chromaticity has debuted a suite of tools, programs, and learning modules to coincide with the launch of EFI’s Colorproof XF and Fiery XF v 4.0.
The new tool set – “C4” (for Chromaticity Color Certification Center) – features a robust offering of automated training, installation, and technical-support programs for the family of EFI inkjet RIPs, including 80 online training modules.
IJ Technologies has developed Gloss Tyvek, a water-resistant media aimed at digital providers using aqueous pigment inks. This new addition to the company’s Black Diamond line of media features a high-gloss finish, excellent handling characteristics, and rapid dry time, the company reports. In addition, Gloss Tyvek is recyclable (at centers that recycle flexible high-density polyethylene or HDPE products).
MultiCam has introduced its Digital Express high-speed digital registration, routing, and knife cutting system.
Banner American Products has launched its new Easy-Lam green laminator, a 27-in. roll unit that’s been engineered to provide energy savings. The laminator features a standby mode that brings the thermostat down from a laminating temperature of 300 F to 150 F while the machine is not being used, resulting in an energy savings of more than 50%, the company reports (the machine returns to a laminating temperature of 300 F within 7 minutes.). In addition, a one-hour automatic shutoff of the machine results in further energy savings when the machine is not in use.
Colortrac has announced two new scanner models to its SmartLF Gx+ (the “LF” indicates large format) lineup: the SmartLF Gx+ 28 and the Gx+ 42. Colortrac began shipping the SmartLF Gx+ 56 scanner earlier this year.
Canon U.S.A. has introduced PosterArtist 2009, an easy-to-use poster-creation application for its Canon imageProGraf series of large format printers. The new PosterArtist 2009 provides the tools necessary to “create design-savvy posters without the need for a graphic-design specialist,” Canon says. New features include:
• Improved Auto Design: Assists in creating personalized posters by creating numerous template design options based on user inputs including image selection, color themes, text and more.