Inca Digital has announced the Inca Onset R50i wide-format, flatbed UV printer. This printer features 14 pL Fujifilm Dimatix Spectra printheads and an eight-channel, dual CMYK configuration to deliver 6458 sq ft/hr productivity with automation. Positioned between the 6-color Onset R40i and the Onset S50i, the new Onset R50i is designed for PSPs printing graphics for long and short-distance viewing.
Big Picture: What’s your assessment of the state of the wide-format digital printing market – bullish, bearish, or somewhere in-between?
On the heels of Xcel Products’ 10th anniversary, the company has announced strategic partnerships with Ultraflex and General Formulations. The companies are involved in the manufacturing of PVC, specialty substrates, and pressure sensitive materials for the display, signage, and graphics industries.
The partnerships are part of Xcel’s mission to combine new products with full-service customization and support, according to a release.
Xcel Products, through a partnership with New Hampshire Plastics, has announced Eco-Board XP, a polystyrene hanging display product.
Eco-Board XP is PVC-free and comprises expanded, closed-cell High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS). Compatible with digital flatbed printing (UV or LED cured), as well as screen printing (UV or conventional). Recommended fabrication includes mounting with pressure-sensitive adhesive, routing, saw cutting and drilling, heat bending, knife cutting, and die cutting/punching.
Presto Tape has announced four new colored products in addition its line of fabrics: CanvasTac Gold Iridescent, CanvasTac Silver, PrestoTex Gold Iridescent, and PrestoTex Silver. The gold iridescent fabrics are printable with UV, latex, solvent, and eco-solvent inks; the silver fabrics are printable with UV and latex inks.
Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions has announced the launch of a new Hi-Tack adhesive paired with the company’s Easy Apply technology. The adhesive helps graphics remain intact in harsh outdoor environments, and the air egress technology reduces the likelihood of bubbles during application, according to the company.
Products available with the adhesive and air egress technology combination include Avery Dennison 900 Supercast and 700 High Performance opaque vinyls and MPI 2126 digital film.
Creating one of the largest building wraps in a state’s history is a pretty big deal, and an even larger task. But Tempe, Arizona, print shop bluemedia (www.bluemedia.com) was ready for the job. Teaming with billboard company Becker Boards, the shop printed and installed the bright pink T-Mobile, 60 x 200-foot graphic in strips for the 12,000-square-foot Alliance Bank building in downtown Phoenix.
The shop used its HP Latex 3000 printer on Arlon DPF 47WF 70-30 perforated window film to make the graphic tiles of the wrap covering the windows of the building stand out.
Like politics and religion, color management is interpretive, changing, controversial, and sometimes difficult. Recently, we asked Chris Morrison, co-owner and operator of The Image Specialists, to give us a few of his thoughts on color.
In the world of dynamic signage, stagnation is never going to be a problem. Neither screen manufacturers, content creators, nor other industry providers simply rest on what’s in the marketplace now. Screens get larger. Bezels get smaller. Content becomes sharper. In an attempt for brands to stand out, we use dynamic signage to set them apart. But what happens when everybody has 50-inch screens with crisp imagery? The stakes get higher, and this competition for your attention breeds the next big thing.
Ricoh Americas Corporation (www.ricoh-usa.com) has announced that it has signed an agreement with Mimaki USA (www.mimakiusa.com) to distribute its JFX200-2513 and JFX500-2131 flatbed inkjet printers through Ricoh sales channels. Ricoh, with this agreement, will continue to expand its hardware and software offerings for graphic communications providers interested in growing or creating a wide-format printing business, according to the company.