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FESPA Honors 2017 Award Winners

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OMUS nabs the People’s Choice prize.

The winners of the 2017 FESPA awards were recognized at the global expo’s Gala Dinner on May 10 in Hamburg, Germany. PSPs from the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, and more were honored in categories ranging from posters and fine art reproduction to T-shirts and ceramic products. Three awards encompassed all applications categories, including the 2017 People’s Choice of the Year Award, chosen by the FESPA online community.

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CET Color Reveals Superwide UV Printer

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Offering up to four Kyocera printheads.

CET Color has announced the 126-in. 3200UVRTR printer for printing banners, backlit signage, mesh, vinyl, and more. Available with two or four Kyocera printheads, the machine offers CMYKcm + white. It supports Onyx or Caldera RIP software. Features include a built-in light source for previewing backlit materials before they go to the take-up reel. The 3200UVRTR also offers dual-roll printing.

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ErgoSoft Roland Edition 2 Released

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RIP software designed for Texart dye sub printers.

Roland has launched ErgoSoft Roland Edition 2 RIP software for its Texart series of dye sublimation printers. The platform is compatible with Roland’s RT-640 and XT-640 models for printing applications such as sports and fashion apparel, soft signage, interior décor, promotional goods, and more.

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New Banner Media from Magic

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For indoor and outdoor applications.

Magic has released TB2 banner media, an updated version of its TB9 product. The TB2 media features Tyvek base material; water-, fade-, and scratch-resistant coating; and a matte finish. The 11-mil banner material is engineered for ink adhesion and black density for indoor and short-term outdoor applications. Magic reports the textured, opaque white media can be grommeted and welded. Available in widths up to 60 in.

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GMG Launches ProofMedia

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Engineered for fade resistance.

GMG has introduced two lines of proof media, ProofMedia premium and ProofMedia studio, with a new coating designed for fade resistance on premium applications. ProofMedia premium is designed for reliable color referencing for high-end contract proofing. The ProofMedia studio line is engineered to show what a final print will look like in terms of color appearance, paper weight, surface texture, and more.

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Wrapping Randy’s Donuts

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CRA Custom gives a unique Californian landmark a vinyl makeover.

Inglewood, California’s historic Randy’s Donuts presented a unique wrapping challenge in the form of a gigantic doughnut. “You can’t just stick vinyl to it,” says Masoud Rad, COO of CR&A Custom. So the fabric printing company turned one-stop shop put their garment industry background to work for the installation of a 2500-square-foot curved wrap promoting Disney’s “Zootopia” onto Randy’s famous doughnut structure.

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FESPA 2017: Dare to Print Different

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The five-day event proved the textiles market is where your digital print shop needs to be.

More than 20,000 attendees traveled to FESPA 2017 in Hamburg, Germany, May 8-12, to take part in the world’s largest wide-format event. With 700 digital print manufacturers from 139 countries exhibiting at the tradeshow, attendees (10 percent from Asia) needed ample time to walk the halls, so much that the majority of visitors spent more than two days at the event.

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Environmental Graphics: Transforming 25 Libraries

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Wall and ceiling graphics make reading more fun in Baltimore.

When Dave Gimbel bought the Signs by Tomorrow franchise in Alexandria in 2002, most of their work was cut vinyl, banners, and run-of-the-mill signage. But they quickly faced the question: “What would set us apart from Kinko’s, FedEx, and everybody that bought a printer?” Gimbel says. They decided to diversify, and today about 20 percent of their work falls in the environmental graphics sector.

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EFI Launches Reggiani Renoir Flexy Textile Printer

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Designed to image a variety of fabrics.

EFI’s new Reggiani Renoir Flexy textile printer spans 73 in. and offers the company’s Dynaplast fabric adhesion system for printing on a variety of textiles, including knits, woven material, and low- and high-stretch fabric. The Dynaplast system features adjustable temperature and pressure. Users can choose from five types of inks – reactive, acid, disperse direct, disperse sublimation, and textile pigment – for applications such as apparel and accessories, home textiles, sportswear, and footwear.

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New Qres Printer Revealed

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Featuring up to four rows of printheads.

Qres Technologies has launched the Q200, featuring up to 32 printheads and as many as eight ink channels. The 80.7 x 128-in. UV printer is compatible with a number of irregular materials up to 3.94 in. thick, such as wood, plastic, stone, ceramic, and more. Max. resolution is 2880 dpi, and users can upgrade the standard CMYK configuration to include white, varnish, spot colors, or light colors.

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