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Drupa Switches to Three-Year Cycle

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Events scheduled for May 2016, 2019, 2022, and 2025.

Messe Düsseldorf (www.mdna.com) has announced that, after drupa 2016 (www.drupa.com), the international print and cross-media tradeshow will switch from a four- to a three-year cycle. Future events will take place in May of 2019, 2022, and 2025 in Düsseldorf, Germany.

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SignPro Systems Announces New Products for 2015

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Including the Vector Frame Edge Poster system.

SignPro Systems has released its Vector Frame Edge Poster system as part of its new range of products for 2015. Intended for the creation of wall displays, the system features a lightweight, ¾-in. aluminum frame and push-fit fabric graphics. Wall mounting brackets are included, and frames are available in five standard square sizes, four standard rectangular sizes, or by custom order.

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Richard Childress Wraps Fleet for NASCAR Opener

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2015 racing season kicks off on Valentine’s Day.

Richard Childress Racing (RCR, www.rcrracing.com) is finally ready for NASCAR’s season opener, the Sprint Unlimited at the Daytona International Speedway. For months, the graphics team has been hard at work designing, printing, and installing wraps a fleet of cars driven by Ryan Newman, Paul Menard, and Childress’ grandsons Austin and Ty Dillon, among others.

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ColorGate Launches Version 9 RIP Software

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Plus, a fixed-term option for Value Pack.

ColorGate has announced the Version 9 upgrade for its line of RIP software, including Productionserver, Filmgate, Plategate, and Proofgate. All products will now be equipped with Adobe PDF Print Engine 3.5. The upgrade includes two new modules, an access control module for enhanced workflow security and a multichannel PSD module, which enables users to process multichannel files for applications with special color handling requirements such as textile and ceramics printing.

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Enfocus and Aleyant Present Web-to-Print Workflow Webinar

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Companies demonstrate strategies for integrating Enfocus Switch and Aleyant Pressero.

Aleyant Systems announced last week that it would collaborate with Enfocus to present a workflow webinar this Wednesday, February 11 at 2 p.m. CST.

The webinar will illustrate ways that Aleyant Pressero web-to-print software and Enfocus Switch automation can be integrated to improve print and packaging workflows. When integrated, according to a press release, Switch will read Pressero XML control files from Aleyant’s Automated Workflow Integrator, making job information available to Switch workflows and broadening the scope of automation available to Pressero users.

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Changeable, Branded Wayfinding Helps The Art Institutes Do More With Their Communications

When The Art Institutes needed to roll out their new brand identity at a handful of North American locations, they hired branded environments implementer Aion Solutions to roll out the program. Part of the challenge Aion faced was creating graphic solutions for wayfinding and staff directories that could be changed easily and worked within The Art Institutes' new brand environment. Aion leveraged Visual Magnetics' magnetic receptive print materials to create changeable, layerable signage for faculty and staff.

TAGA Announces 2015 Michael H. Bruno Award Recipients

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Gecht, Romano, Widmer recognized for distinguished careers.

The Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA, www.taga.org) announced the recipients of its annual Michael H. Bruno Award for dedicated service in the graphic arts industry last week.

The winners are:

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In the Groove

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A chipping truck challenges Wicked Wraps.

At quick glance, wrapping a chipping truck for a local tree trimming company looks like an easy job. Or so Wicked Wraps (www.wickedwraps.net) thought. Running nearly the full length of the truck’s 15 x 8-foot body panels, however, are a series of three corrugated grooves, each five inches deep.

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Working With Wallcoverings Installers

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Lessons in planning and communication from the WIA.

Last September, the National Guild of Professional Paperhangers (NGPP), now the Wallcovering Installers Association (WIA, www.wallcoveringinstallers.org), held its National Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, complete with classes that portrayed digitally printed products as the hottest items in the market. The digital printing process has allowed for true customization and, as a result, expansion into new markets, from retail to museum exhibitions. As more and more projects bring printers and installers together, industry differences can lead to costly miscommunication between the two.

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New Enfocus PitStop 13

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Introduces next-generation preflight and automated bleed creation.

Enfocus has re-engineered PitStop 13 with a redesigned preflight engine that addresses the challenges of creating and submitting high-quality PDFs.
Features will include:

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