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Xara Software Offers Update Guarantee

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Plus, new photo grids.

The newest version of Xara’s Photo and Graphic Designer software features Update Guarantee, a program that automatically provides regular software updates. In addition, new tools include:

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Xaar Launches New 5601 Printhead

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Featuring thin film piezo silicon MEMS technology.

Xaar has unveiled the 5601 family of high-resolution inkjet printheads for printing textiles, laminates, cartons, and more. The family utilizes Xaar’s new thin film piezo silicon MEMS technology. With more than 5600 nozzles, 5601 printheads jet up to 6 L/hr, according to Xaar. The 3p0 model offers eight grayscale levels and a 3-pL droplet size for resolution up to 2440 dpi.

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Sihl Adds Satin-Finished ‘Glamour’ Photo Board

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Designed for photorealistic indoor applications.

Sihl has announced 3145 Glamour Photo Board, a 12-mil rigid media for printing store displays, restaurant décor, retail endcaps, and other indoor signage. Glamour features a low-glare satin finish and an instant-dry, water-resistant coating. Available in 30- and 54-in. widths.

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HP Unveils DesignJet Z-Series with Red Ink

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24- and 44-inch models designed for P-O-P signage.

HP’s new DesignJet Z-series features two models, the Z5600 and the Z2600, with a 6-color ink system for producing P-O-P signage, posters, and more. The company’s Vivid Photo Inks, which are water-, scratch-, and fade-resistant, include red and photo and matte blacks for an expanded gamut.

The DesignJet Z5600 PostScript Printer is a 44-in. multi-roll model offering two automatic roll feeders and print speeds up to 650 sq ft/hr. The DesignJet Z2600 PostScript Printer outputs media up to 24 in. wide at up to 469 sq ft/hr.

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High-Res Inkjet Printhead from Ricoh

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Suited for label, packaging, and graphic applications.

Ricoh has launched the MH5220 industrial inkjet printhead designed for high-resolution printing of labels, packaging, and wide-format graphics. Featuring 1280 nozzles configured in four groups, the MH5220 images up to 1200 dpi when used with multiple staggered heads. It also features multidrop capability with droplet sizes ranging from 2.5 to 9 pL; a built-in heater; and stainless steel construction.

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Graph Expo Crafts ‘Refresh’ Theme for 2016

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Plus, educational programming announced.

Graph Expo has released the details of its 2016 show in Orlando, Florida, September 25-28.

The event’s “Refresh” theme will kick off with the Executive Outlook Conference at 8 a.m. on September 25. Industry experts will focus on “Finding New Markets”; the winners of the Must See ‘Ems awards will also be announced.

Additional education will run through the 27th and will touch on topics from commercial printing and packaging to wide-format printing and industrial imaging.

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Eden PG Textile Ink Prints on Any Fabric

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Bordeaux releases GOTS- and Oeko Tex-certified pigment.

Bordeaux has revealed Eden PG, a family of pigment inks for printing on any type of textile. Eden PG LV is designed for use with Epson DX printheads, while Eden PG MV is compatible with Ricoh Gen 4 and 5 heads.

The ink is GOTS and Oeko Tex certified for use on sensitive applications such as children’s clothing and accessories. The company reports the ink is also compatible with non-textile surfaces such as wood.
 

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Arlon Adds Gloss Effect Colors

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And reengineered PremiumPlus capabilities.

Arlon has reengineered its Ultimate PremiumPlus Gloss Effects line of wrap film and added eight colors to the series. Now featuring Daytona Blue, Thundercloud Metallic, Hornet Metallic, Gunmetal Metallic, Bronze Metallic, White Metallic, Black Metallic, and Metal Gear Blue, the line offers enhanced gloss retention, repositionability, and conformability, according to the company. Available in 60-in. widths.

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3M Adds New Laminate and Wrap Film Colors

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Including sparkle effects and more.

3M has expanded the Wrap Overlaminate Series 8900 with five sparkle-effect options: Frosty Silver, Mystic Silver, Starry Silver, Sunburst Gold, and Ruby Red. The company has also added three new hues to the Wrap Film Series 1080: Gloss White Gold Sparkle, Gloss Ice Blue, and Gloss Cinder Spark Red. Both wrap products are available in 60-in. widths.

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If Wallcoverings Could Talk

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Why the wallcoverings industry is partnering with digital print shops.

As more print shops are offering interior décor applications, digital print technologies are transforming the wallcoverings industry, specifically allowing for vastly increased customization by interior designers, architects, facility managers, and consumers. Wallcoverings manufacturers and distributors are addressing this demand through a variety of business strategies: Some produce digital substrates that they supply to PSPs; others have purchased their own equipment to supply directly to the field; and many are partnering with wide-format printers to offer finished digital goods.

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