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QPS Recycling Program Hits 5-Year Milestone

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Distributor collaborates with Nazdar.

Quality Print Services’ (QPS) recycling program has reached its fifth anniversary. The UK distributor of wide-format printing equipment and consumables began collaborating with Nazdar in 2011 to establish end-to-end ink recycling practices. QPS collects empty cartridges from its clients and distributes the components to local plants. Remaining ink is sent to a solvent recovery center; separated cartridge components are reprocessed into chips for resale to UK plastics manufacturers.

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Esko Packaging Design Software Updated

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Studio 16 includes finishing effects and more.

Esko’s newest version of Studio, a 3D packaging design software, has been revealed. The platform adds functionality to Esko’s Adobe Illustrator packaging workflow, allowing designers to visualize package designs directly within the program.

New features include:

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Beer-Spouting Print Makes for Golden Advertising

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These OBIE winners take unique approaches to out-of-home.

The International category winners of the 2016 OBIE Awards made efforts to shock their audience via imagery of battered women, 3D-printed and animated billboards, and – dubbed "the best poster in the world" – actual beer.

Gold OBIE: Probably the Best Poster
Creative agency: Fold7
Advertiser: Carlsberg

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Wicked Wraps Named Business of the Year

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Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce honors print shop.

Wicked Wraps, a print shop based in Mukilteo, Washington, has been honored by the city’s Chamber of Commerce with the Business of the Year award. The award, announced at an annual breakfast earlier this month, is given to a local business that demonstrates community leadership and commitment to excellence.

Wicked Wraps is owned by Katherine Becher, one of the six Big Picture 2016 Women in Print Award winners.
 

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'Tribune' Flies Giant Victory Banner

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Cubs win means a rush job for Retail First.

After the Cubs ended a 108-year drought with a World Series victory in Cleveland, the Chicago Tribune wanted to join the chorus of #FlytheW that was ringing through the city. The paper commissioned a victory banner for the Tribune Tower on Michigan Avenue from local print shop Retail First. The shop didn’t receive artwork until after the game ended in the wee hours of the morning of November 3, but the 20 x 40-foot banner was hung just 24 hours later. Retail First printed on a Vutek GS3250 LX onto Milano mesh.

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Overtime Law Blocked by Federal Judge

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Future of new labor practices uncertain.

US District Judge Amos Mazzant has blocked a recent modification to the Fair Labor Standards Act after a coalition of 21 states sued the Department of Labor for allegedly violating the 10th Amendment. Mazzant’s injunction halts enforcement of the rule, which would have made roughly 4 million American workers eligible for overtime pay effective December 1.

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Digitally Printable Fleece from Pacific Coast

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Manufactured in the US.

Pacific Coast Fabrics has added Montana Fleece S/915, a fleece sweatshirt fabric designed for dye sublimation printing. The material features a smooth jersey face, fleece backing, and moisture-wicking technology. Pacific Coast reports it is 100-percent manufactured in the US. Available in 60-in. widths.

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Ask the Experts: Eliminating the Bottleneck

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Where should shops focus their workflow improvements?

We asked six digital print specialists to respond to the current state of the industry and reveal what we should expect in 2017.

Big Picture: What are you seeing as the largest bottleneck in the printing process? What do you think manufacturers are doing to eliminate that congestion? What can shops do themselves?

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Bannerville Rushes to 'Fly the W' for Cubs Victory

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Chicago shop churns out more than 11,000 square feet in 24 hours.

After its beloved Cubs ended a 108-year drought, winning their first World Series since 1908, the city of Chicago was ready to celebrate. Hundreds of thousands of fans showed up for the November 4th victory parade, where 278 light pole banners lined the route, proclaiming “#FlytheW.”

The parade took place just over 30 hours after a groundout sealed the Cubs victory in Cleveland. But the banners didn’t appear out of thin air.

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Case Paper Adds Bright White Phoenolux Board

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Distributor reports extreme crack resistance.

Case Paper has been named the exclusive distributor for Phoenolux SBS board for packaging and more. The material features a brightness level of 98, according to the company, and exhibits crack resistance when folded, embossed, or die cut. It is FDA-compliant for food contact.

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