CRON-ECRM LLC, a newly formed joint venture of China’s Hangzhou CRON Machinery & Electronics Co., Ltd, and ECRM Imaging Systems, today announced the availability in North America of the partnership’s new platesetter family. CRON-ECRM systems offer the marketplace unmatched versatility, while maintaining pinnacle-quality production (up to 400 lpi with 1,200 to 3,600 dpi resolution). Each system enables purchasers to tailor the speed, automation features, and imaging head preference (UV or thermal) to their specific productivity requirements (up to 96 diodes).
At booth 622 during Graphics of the Americas, February 26-28, 2015 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Esko (www.esko.com) will feature its fully-featured super-wide digital finishing system, the Kongsberg C60. The Kongsberg C60 is a 3.2-meter table designed to keep up with faster, wider printers, cutting and finishing substrates up to 63" x 126". Esko will also be demonstrating preproduction software for both packaging and wide format applications
Aslan-Schwarz has released two new self-adhesive films, the combination of which allows for a writable, dry-erasable memoboard surface.
FerroPrint Aslan FF 450 is a white, magnetic film designed to be printed on directly. Rolls are 40 in. wide.
Clearboard Aslan CB 90 is a clear, glossy, and scratch-resistant whiteboard film. Intended for applications on smooth surfaces such as doors, cupboards, and walls. Rolls are 54 in. wide.
Three steering committees have been appointed to advise the International Sign Association’s Board of Directors throughout the coming year.
“The steering committees are a valuable component of the leadership of ISA,” said Lori Anderson, ISA president and CEO. “They ensure that ISA and the board represent issues of concern to all facets of membership in the present and that they help set a course to deal with future issues and opportunities.”
Technology and nature are often pitted against one another, but for Seattle-based artist Karin Schminke (www.schminke.com), these two inspirations are equally vital. Schminke has been using digital printing in her work for 30 years, and her Epson and HP wide-format printers are a key part of her multi-modal process.
Xeikon announces today the launch of a new dry toner-based digital color press, the Xeikon 9800. The brand-new press will be demonstrated for the first time at the Hunkeler Innovationdays which takes place from February 23 to 26, at the Messe Lucerne exhibition facility in Switzerland. Its reputation for showcasing creative solutions that are fit for the future, makes this bi-yearly industry gathering the ideal venue for the product launch. The Xeikon 9800 will replace the Xeikon 8800 press in its family of digital color production presses, complementing the 8500 and 8600 presses.
Dalim Software (www.dalim.com) has announced that its newly released workflow and proofing products, ES 4.5, Twist 7.5, and Dialogue Engine 5, were created using only hydroelectricity, which helps to conserve natural resources and avoids harmful emissions.
In an alliance with ECi Software Solutions, Canon has announced that it will now offer Dealer Gateway, a cloud-based software for users of ECi’s e-automate system. The software will allow Canon dealers to update their management systems as soon as new product information becomes available.
E-automate users can also place orders to Canon directly using ECi’s PO Processor software.
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We asked digital signage guru Randy Dearborn, MGM Resort’s VP of multimedia and guest technology, who oversees 52,000 digital signs at his company’s properties, to share best practices for working with this medium:
1. No white backgrounds: It looks great in print, but LEDs won’t stay at the same color temperature required for that “perfect white” for long.