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GMG Releases ColorProof 5.6

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New features allow companies to create accurate proofs for media with OBAs.

GMG has announced GMG ColorProof 5.6, the latest release of the company’s proofing software for paper containing optical brightening agents (OBAs). GMG ColorProof 5.6 features new proof standards, full support of the new M0/M1/M2 measuring conditions, and its enhanced proof paper, GMG ProofPaper semi matte 250 OBA.

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New Controltac Print Film from 3M

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3M’s first intermediate vinyl film to provide repositionability with air release.

3M Graphics has reinvented 3M Scotchcal Graphic Film with Comply Adhesive IJ40. Now 3M Controltac Print Film 40C, the media is designed for applications such as signs, walls, windows, floors, partial vehicle wraps, and more.

3M Controltac Print Film 40C helps shops reduce excess inventory by replacing multiple rolls with just one workhorse film, according to the company. The film also provides air release and repositionability.

Available in 30-, 54-, and 60-in. widths.

3M GRAPHICS
www.3mgraphics.com
 

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My Press Needs Debuts Widemouth Clamshell Cutter

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Designed for higher-edge quality and thicker substrates.

My Press Needs has announced its Widemouth Crest clamshell cutter, which is compatible with substrates up to 1.25 in. thick. The latest model features a 3-in. steel rule designed for die cutting thicker substrates, such as Falconboard. The company says the machine is an economical option for preventing finishing bottlenecks and offers the same edge quality as CNC cutters.

My Press Needs, LLC
www.mypressneeds.com
 

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Vutek Line Expanded with H2000 Pro

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EFI adds UV inkjet printer with white ink, clear varnish.

EFI has announced the Vutek H2000 Pro, a 6-color, superwide UV inkjet printer that can print on flexible or rigid media up to 80 in. wide and 2 in. thick. With the installation of unwinders and rewinders, the Vutek H2000 can print roll-to-roll. It features resolutions up to 1000 dpi and can produce 14 4 x 8-ft. boards per hour.

White ink and clear varnish are available in single or dual channel configurations, and the printer comes with an Orion operating system and EFI’s UltraDrop 7-picoliter grayscale printhead technology.

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Bleachable Moments

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One of the Outdoor Advertising Association of America’s top out-of-home projects.

“Bleachable Moments,” a Clorox advertising campaign, won a gold award in the Outdoor Advertising Association of America’s Consumer Goods, Services & Retail category. It was executed by creative agency DDB Worldwide.

The OAAA’s 42 OBIE award winners represent a mix of client types, from the city of Denver to Hostess, but in nearly every category, there are DOOH options popping up everywhere. And, increasingly, these ads are part of a multi-platform campaign.

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SGIA Expo 2014: Recap

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Asking questions, new directions for software, and the future of fabric printing.

This year’s thought-provoking SGIA show may have been held in a familiar venue – Vegas again, anyone? – but active buyers on the tradeshow floor and education sessions urging adoption of new sectors made for a productive show for attendees (and vendors, according to many of them), particularly those looking to branch out.

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New Inks from Bordeaux

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Plasma AR, AC, and Fuze Eco PR4 are new Mix & Match inks.

Bordeaux Digital Printink has added two UV-curable inks for the Fujifilm Acuity and Canon Océ Arizona printer: Plasma AC and Plasma AR. The new inks are part of Bordeaux’s Mix & Match concept, which allows for conversion from specified OEM inks to Bordeaux inks without the need to flush, replace parts, or perform new color profiles in most configurations. The new printer-specific UV ink, Plasma AC, is designed for greater adhesion, durability, and chemical resistance on sign, display, specialty, and industrial applications.

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Visual Magnetics Adds to Magnetic Receptive Print Media Line

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VM-PolyEight Plus, VM-PolyEdge, and VM-ChalkBoard Plus.

Visual Magnetics has added to its MagnaMedia line with three new options.

VM-PolyEight Plus is a 13-mil polyester film with a bright-white point, and is compatible with UV and latex printers.

The VM-PolyEdge line of value print media is compatible with UV, latex, and solvent printers, and features Micro-Iron technology that keeps the graphics surfaces clean with zero mark-off.

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Apply Yourself: Specialty Media Trend Watch

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Plus, Big Picture's 2014 specialty media sourcelist.

In the past six to 12 months, specialty media has been changing, from interest to options to applications.

“The introduction of technically advanced media that can be applied directly to difficult surfaces such as brick walls and other textured surfaces or that can perform in extreme conditions such as high heat,” says Micah Causey, vice president of business development at FloorSignage, when asked about the changes in this sector. “Additionally, the interest in environmentally safe material is increasing.

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An Audience of One

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The importance of being the company your customer knows and trusts.

“Ninety percent of my customers are family-owned businesses.” That’s what one supplier told me at Graph Expo 14, and I have to admit, I was surprised.

Family businesses face, well, let’s call them unique challenges: changing generational attitudes, a sense of responsibility that extends beyond the 8-5, and a personal-professional mix that can make it hard to leave work stress in the office.

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