Ricoh’s new aqueous resin latex inks are designed to cut cure times while maintaining a lower price point. The inks offer a 24-month shelf life and are compatible with cloth, bond paper, backlit material, and a variety of other materials. The company reports its wide-format customers will be transitioned to the new inks after September.
Xaar and Zhengzhou New Century Digital Print Technology have announced a partnership: New Century has integrated the new Xaar 1201 Thin Film piezo printhead into its line of wide-format inkjet printers. The models include roll-to-roll aqueous and eco-solvent Sky-Color printers, offered in one-, two-, and four-color configurations. The series is debuting this week at Sign China 2016 in Shanghai.
May Group, a supplier of visual branding and e-commerce products, has curated a new website to highlight unique visual branding potential. The site will feature image galleries, videos, case studies, and capabilities brochures related to the company’s products in the areas of illumination, dimensional displays, decoration, fabrication, and more.
GBC has announced new features for its Ultima 65 laminator, designed for faster film loading and increased user friendliness. Film loading features include a pivoting table and heat shield for easier access, new 25- and 27-in. EZload film rolls, and AutoGrip shafts for Standard Film.
Fujifilm has announced a high-speed extension of its Acuity Select series of UV flatbed printers. The HS 30 series images up to 620 sq ft/hr – nearly double that of the Acuity Select 20 series, according to the company. Additional features include optional light cyan and light magenta for photographic and fine art printing; a pneumatic pin registration system; an automated printhead maintenance system; and a high-pressure vacuum system designed to reduce the need for masking.
Dietzgen has acquired the Magic digital imaging business from Coveris Advanced Coatings; the transaction includes the Magic brand families of Museo, Magiclee, and Jet Set, as well as a supply agreement.
Founded in 1990 by Darren Letang, Dietzgen operates a number of North American facilities in Florida, Connecticut, Texas, Illinois, California, and Georgia. The owner says he plans to “breathe new life into the Magic brand,” in a release.
Avery Dennison has acquired Ink Mill, a New Hampshire-based company specializing in digital ink technologies.
“This acquisition creates a marriage of our media expertise with current and next-generation ink technologies, strengthening relationships with our customers and OEM printer partners,” says Nick Tucci, VP sales, Materials Group North America, in a release.
Fisher Textiles has added four new printable fabrics to its portfolio:
3M has added six new colors to its Wrap Film Series 1080 line of vinyl films. Three are color flip, polychromatic options that shift under different viewing angles and lighting: Gloss Flip Electric Wave, Satin Flip Caribbean Shimmer, and Satin Flip Glacial Frost. The three standard additions include Gloss Storm Gray, Satin Gold Dust Black, and Satin Frozen Vanilla. The series is available in 60-in. widths.
Once upon a printer, raster image processors (RIPs) converted PostScript files, readying them for printing. That is all RIPs did or were expected to do.
Times have changed dramatically, of course, especially in the wide-format space. The commoditization of software has rendered RIPs as, well, so much more than PostScript converters. Today’s RIPs can control the management of spot colors and spot layers. They can set bleeds and printer’s marks, coordinate grommet location on vinyl banners, and even connect to web-to-print and MIS systems.