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Essentra Adds Banner Hem Tape

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Designed to eliminate need to stitch or weld.

Essentra Specialty Tapes has introduced Duraco BHT Banner Hem Tape. The double-sided adhesive is weather-resistant and is said to eliminate the need for stitching or welding on the edges of vinyl, mesh, or fabric signs and banners. It is suitable for indoor and outdoor usage, according to the company, and features added durability for applications such as pole banners in windy areas. It is offered in 1-, 1.5-, and 2-in. widths.

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Modular Graphics Market Cheese Experience

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Ich&Kar turns to magnetic media for French Cheese Board design.

“‘Think outside of the box’ is the motto that motivates all Ich&Kar projects,” says Helena Ichbiah of the French design duo Ich&Kar. So, when the company was asked to travel to New York for their first interior design project, they were ready for a challenge that was out of their ordinary.

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PermaColor Window Film from Mactac

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Optically clear film lasts up to 5 years outdoors.

Mactac’s new PermaColor PermaTrans is an optically clear, pressure-sensitive adhesive film for second-surface mounting. The film is designed to eliminate silvering over printed materials. It features a polyester-release liner on each side and is reportedly resistant to water, detergents, alcohol, and some aliphatic solvents.

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Mild Solvent Inks for ColorPainter Printers

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STS Inks designs series for fast drying.

STS Inks has added a line of Mild Solvent inks for the Seiko ColorPainter H-74S and H-104S inkjet printers. The inks are designed for faster drying and are available in CMYKcm, gray, and light gray. They are delivered in 1500-mL bags for bulk usage.

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Konica Minolta Opens German Showroom

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Langenhagen-based facility spans nearly 6000 square feet.

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe has opened a Digital Imaging Square at its European headquarters in Langenhagen, Germany. The 5920-square-foot facility houses nearly 20 systems including entry-level, wide-format, and industrial machines across the label, commercial, and industrial markets. A number of complete workflows are also present in collaboration with EFI, MGI, KIP, Plockmatic, Watkiss, and SDD.

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Digital Textile Printing Conference Set for December

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AATCC, SGIA partner for ‘The Future Is Now’ event.

The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) and SGIA are partnering to host an educational conference on digital textile printing. Set for December 6-7 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham, North Carolina, “Digital Textile Printing: The Future Is Now” will present manufacturer’s panels, color management advice, design education, and more. Presentations include:

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Success in Printing P-O-P

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California-based PSP is unfazed as shopping norms shift.

Historians have a knack for coining phrases that neatly define significant periods of time: the Renaissance, the Industrial Revolution, the Space Age. It’s amazing how one rather singular descriptor can tie together decades, or even centuries. Perhaps, in a hundred years, they’ll call the 2000s the Age of the Smartphone; it seems accurate. One handheld device infiltrates most of our daily existence; we work, play, pay bills, and store memories. Many 2-year-olds are adept enough with a smartphone to play games and call Grandma.

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Tekra Adds Backlit Latex Inkjet Film

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A thicker material for sturdier applications.

Tekra has released JetView Latex White Translucent Matte/Gloss Backlit Polycarbonate inkjet film in a 15-mil option for applications requiring more rigidity such as P-O-P displays and other signage. The film features a gloss finish on one side and a matte finish on the other; both are printable. Tekra says the material’s 32.5% light transmission helps reduce hot spots when backlit. Available in 53-in. widths.

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CET Color Reveals Andes Cutter

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A 5 x 10-foot machine with a multifunctional head.

CET Color’s new 5 x 10-ft Andes flatbed cutter features a multifunctional head for quick tool changing. Available functions include oscillating, creasing, cutting, drawing, kiss cutting, routing, V-cutting, rotary cutting for fabric, and foam oscillating. The machine is compatible with materials such as Dibond, corrugated, foam, vinyl, fabrics, styrene, decals, honeycomb board, and more, beyond 2 in. thick. The Andes also features an automated conveyor system.

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Succession Planning for Your Business

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When it comes time for retirement, should you sell your company or pass it along to your family?

A well-known business from our area experienced significant growth and a high level of prosperity for many years. The founder had a number of children involved. Then came time for his retirement. He left the business to be divided up between his kids, and a short time later, passed away. Since then, the business has been a disaster. Due to the lack of a specific succession plan, the children have fought over control, leadership, daily management, etc. Today, they’re on the verge of collapse and are no longer experiencing the success their father built over so many years.

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