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Design Collisions, Take Two

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Steering clear of small issues that can lead to big mistakes.

In March of 2011, I wrote an article about vehicle wrap designs that cause issues in alignment, making the install nearly impossible to get right. Since then, I have experienced a few more pitfalls that aren’t necessarily common sense, but small details that can cause a vehicle wrap project to lose margin, add frustration, and cause delays. Here’s how to steer clear of these situations.

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EFI Releases Digital StoreFront Version 8

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Upgrade aims to streamline job submission.

EFI has upgraded its Digital StoreFront web-to-print and e-commerce platform. Version 8 features expanded variable data, as well as real-time, bi-directional integration and data sharing with EFI MIS/ERP and EFI Fiery digital print workflows. The added Enterprise Model is designed as a “one-stop” process, where clients use one interface to access multiple subsidiaries of the same organization; incorporate content partners such as copywriters, photographers, and graphic designers; estimate shipping costs; and more.

EFI
www.efi.com
 

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Z is for Zamboni

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TKO Graphix wraps it all.

There’s no template for wrapping a Zamboni, but the TKO Graphix (www.tkographix.com) crew didn’t blink (or shiver) when asked to wrap the ice resurfacer for use at Indy Fuel minor league hockey games. The wrap was printed on 3M IJ180Cv3-10 with an EFI Vutek 3360 printer and 3M 8518 laminate.

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Agfa Graphics Adds Varnish to Jeti Titan Series

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For protection and special effects.

Agfa Graphics has added varnish to its Jeti Titan S and HS UV flatbeds. The addition allows users to create dramatic effects for P-O-P displays, packaging, decorative prints, tradeshow graphics, and more; or to apply the varnish as a protective coating. Compatible with most standard UV-printing media, according to the company.

AGFA GRAPHICS
www.agfagraphics.com
 

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Roland DGA Announces Video Contest Winners

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T & S Ltda. wins grand prize.

Roland DGA has announced the winners of its month-long “With Roland” video contest, which invited Roland users to share success stories with five- to 60-second videos. Luis Soto of T & S Ltda. in Punta Arenas, Chile, was named the grand prizewinner and awarded a Roland product of his choosing: he selected a VersaUV LEF-12 UV flatbed, hoping to double the shop’s promotional product output.

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HP Designjet Inks from Ink2image

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Quoted cost savings up to 50 percent.

Ink2image has introduced a line of inks compatible with most HP Designjet models, including older models such as the 5500 and z6100. Offerings include dye, pigment, solvent, and latex formulations, designed so that new color profiles are not necessary. Typical cost savings run at 50% compared to OEM cartridges, according to the company.

INK2IMAGE
www.ink2image.com
 

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Epson Launches SureColor S-Series

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A line of 64-in. solvent printers.

Epson has launched the SureColor S-Series line of 64-in. solvent inkjet printers: the S30675, S50675, and S70675. Designed for creating signage, vehicle graphics, fine art, and packaging, the series features Epson’s PrecisionCore TFP printheads, with variable-sized droplets as small as 4.2 pL and a max. resolution of 1440 dpi.

An entry-level sign printer, the 4-color S30675 is equipped with UltraChrome GS2 ink with a newly formulated cyan, and prints up to 140 sq ft/hr.

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Heart Heroes

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Cincinnati supports heart disease victims with digital billboards.

To celebrate Heart Awareness Month, friends and family with loved ones affected by cardiovascular issues posted pictures of their “Heart Heroes” to local American Heart Association and Lamar Advertising (www.lamar.com) Facebook pages. The photos were displayed on Lamar’s digital billboards across the city throughout the month of February.

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Don't Snow on My Parade

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Fastsigns Waltham prints 40 banners for Super Bowl victory celebration.

Not even three feet of snow could stop the team at Fastsigns Waltham (www.fastsigns.com/401) from preparing for the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl victory parade. More than 40 banners, ranging from five to 40 feet wide, were printed on their HP Latex 360 and cut with a Zünd digital cutter.

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New Blood

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Look to your customers to keep your company fresh and ahead of the curve.

If you spend time at the gym, you may have heard the term “active recovery.” Athletes who practice this workout mode exercise lightly on off days, rather than taking complete rest. The theory is that keeping muscles moving and blood flowing flushes toxins from tissues and promotes more rapid repair. It’s not a bad idea for small business, either. After years of firings and tightening belts, it’s easy to freeze into a contracted position. But it’s 2015. Time to get the blood flowing again (and not because you’re decapitating competitors).

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