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Rocket II Scanner Controller from Paradigm

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Featuring a 64-bit processor.

Paradigm Imaging Group has introduced the Rocket II Scanner Controller, a system for managing the large-format copying and scanning of graphics, photography, fine art, P-O-P applications, and more. The scanner controller features a 64-bit dual-core RIP processor for faster operation, according to the company. The standard memory offered is 4 GB (upgradeable to 16 GB). The controller is equipped with a 21.5-in. screen with the option to upgrade to a touchscreen.

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Q&A: Cutting Off Bad Customers

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Occasionally businesses must protect themselves from dishonest clients.

Digital printing and industry experts tackle your top questions, challenges, concerns, and frustrations as 2015 comes to a close.

Q: After 24 years in business, I have learned most of the answers to my questions by trial and error. Yet, in a world of no integrity, I have had clients ask so many questions only to be competing with me in months to follow. So, what’s the best way to deal with an unscrupulous client? It’s a shame we can’t be appreciative of the fact that there is tons of business out there, but very few service-oriented and honest operators.

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Q&A: Finishing Rigid Materials

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Be sure these unique pieces will stand up to wear and tear.

Digital printing and industry experts tackle your top questions, challenges, concerns, and frustrations as 2015 comes to a close.

Q: We are being asked a lot for printing on various rigid materials (wood, metal, etc.) as an interior (either vertical or horizontal application). What would be the best way to finish it to withstand traffic/touch?

-Robert Lee, VP, Unicorn Graphics, Garden City, New Jersey

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The Best of 2015's Outdoor Advertising

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This year's OBIE award winners push beyond business to create authentic OOH brand interactions.

“Even if we have messages for the head, we should always seek to gain entry through the heart,” says Christoph Becker in a 2013 Adweek article. The advertising guru and CEO of gyro, an international ad agency, urges marketing professionals to craft advertisements that awaken consumers’ emotions first, before appealing to their wallets.

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Graphics of the Americas Hosts Vehicle Wrapping Competition

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Wrap Cup Americas heads to Miami in February.

The 2016 Graphics of the Americas expo will feature its second vehicle wrapping contest, Wrap Cup Americas, on the show floor. The competition will be held in booth 2325 of the expo, to be held February 18-20 at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach, Florida.

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Visual Impact Acquired by Equity Firm

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Company says acquisition was preceded by three years of healthy growth.

Heartland Equity Partners has acquired Minnesota-based Visual Impact, a large-format PSP that provides print services for advertising, promotions, and P-O-P applications, according to a recent release.

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Sustainable Printing: Beyond Certification

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Education, creativity, and community play equally important roles.

This is part two of a two-part series on sustainable digital printing. To read part one, click here, or visit our digital edition to read the piece in its entirety.

So, you have a sustainable shop with green products and third-party verification, maybe even certification. But are your customers asking questions? Can you answer them?

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Sustainable Green Printers Revise Certification Criteria

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SGP solicits feedback in advance of 2016 criteria changes.

The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP), which offers certifications to print service providers, has announced plans to revise its requirements in 2016. The organization is requesting feedback from both its members and the print community at large, with a March 14 deadline. Comments and changes can be submitted to info@sgppartnership.org.

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Sign Language Provides Branding for Special Olympics

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A massive undertaking of hundreds of graphics.

Since 1968, the Special Olympics World Games have celebrated the talents of people with intellectual disabilities; the event has grown to the second-largest sporting event in the world, behind the Olympic Games. Its participants are no ordinary athletes, and with 42 venues requiring 1794 individual graphics, the signage for its 2015 event posed a challenge for print provider Sign Language XL (SLXL).

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Q&A: Reverse Printing

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A capability that opens up interesting possiblities.

Digital printing and industry experts tackle your top questions, challenges, concerns, and frustrations as 2015 comes to a close:

Q: With my flatbed UV printer (Arizona 480 GT), I can make a day-night sign by printing a layer of CMYK on the rear of Plexiglas, then a layer of white, then a second CMYK layer in reverse. This sign will be visible during the day and backlight nicely at night.

What can I make that I haven’t thought of yet?

– James Diorio, owner, CC West Printing, Austin, Texas

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