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Paradigm Imaging Announces Colortrac SmartLF SG Series Scanners

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Three scanner models are available in each size.

Paradigm Imaging Group has added Colortac SmartLF SG series scanners, which are designed for technical drawings and maps. The large-format scanners include CCD technology and feature 1200 dpi optical resolution and the ability to scan monochrome at 13 in./sec at 200 dpi. The scanners also include Colortrac’s SmartWorks Pro software, a “scan-it-once” technology.

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Epson Announces New SpectroProofer Product Line

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Available in late October.

Epson has announced the SpectroProofer-UVS, a new in-line spectrophotometer for its 17-, 24-, and 44-inch Epson Stylus Pro printers. Developed jointly with X-Rite, and driven by RIP technology, the optional SpectroProofers provide automated color management and verification-related tasks in a wide variety of proofing applications, according to Epson.

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Perception Launches New Brand Identity

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Company focuses on ‘American-made’ philosophy.

Perception Wide Format Media has launched its new brand identity, including a new logo, to the printing and wide-format media marketplace. The family-owned company under Worthen Industries specializes in wide-format canvas and fabric manufacturing, and uses American-made materials, including 100-percent post-consumer recycled water bottles.

The company produces coated wall and mural fabrics and wide-format canvases, including PhotoFab Eco; PhotoFab Eco HD; PhotoFab Ultra-PSA backed; Perception Satin, Gloss, and Pearl; PhotoFab HD; and PhotoFAB Ultralite-PSA backed.

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Arlon Graphics Expands Distribution Relationship with Nazdar SourceOne

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Arlon and Nazdar have been in partnership since 1990.

Arlon Graphics has announced the expansion of its distribution partnership with Nazdar SourceOne. Nazdar will now distribute Arlon’s products, including pressure-sensitive cut vinyl, flexible substrates, and print media films for the digital imaging, signage, screen printing, vehicle graphic, and automotive restyling industries, nationwide.

ARLON GRAPHICS
www.arlon.com

NAZDAR SOURCEONE
www.sourceonline.com
 

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We Made It

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And we're bigger, bolder, better.

There’s a problem with making tortillas. The problem is, it’s impossible.

A delicious, homemade corn tortilla has just three ingredients: masa flour, water, and salt. It’s so simple, yet finding the precise water-to-masa ratio is tricky. Too much water, and your dough is gooey, the resulting tortilla thick and unpalatable. Too little, and your tortilla is dry, crumbling apart on the griddle.

How could something so simple be so difficult?

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United 4th

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One of the Outdoor Advertising Association of America’s top out-of-home projects.

"United 4th,” a PSA, Fourth of July campaign won the silver award in the Outdoor Advertising Association of America’s public service category. It was executed by Taxi creative agency.

The OAAA’s 42 OBIE award winners represent a mix of client types, from the city of Denver to Hostess, but in nearly every category, there are DOOH options popping up everywhere. And, increasingly, these ads are part of a multi-platform campaign.

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New Infinity Foamboard from Gilman Brothers

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A 100-percent styrene, bendable board that prints flat and transforms into 3D displays.

The Gilman Brothers has introduced Infinity foamboard, featuring digital-grade styrene sheets that maintain their color under light. The media may be printed, scored, and shipped flat, then hand bent to create a 3D display, and are designed for direct digital printing, direct screenprinting, shipping, in-store signage, and P-O-P displays.

Available in thicknesses ranging from 3/16 to 1 in. with multiple black and white options (custom colors available upon request). Sheet sizes available from 16 x 20 in. to 60 x 192 in.

GILMAN BROTHERS
www.gilmanbrothers.com

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3M Graphics Adds New Wrap Film Colors

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Also: Flexible substrate for use with LEDs.

3M Commercial Graphics has added 18 new colors to its Wrap Film Series 1080 line. New colors include Fiery Orange, Fierce Fuchsia, Raspberry Fizz, Satin Canyon Copper, and Sheer Luck. 3M’s Wrap Film series includes 75 different colors; available in 60-in. widths.

3M has also introduced Envision Flexible Substrate FS-1 designed for use with LEDs. The media is compatible with solvent, UV, or latex inks, and can be paired with 3M Scotchcal gloss overlaminate 3658G or matte overlaminate 3660M.

3M COMMERCIAL GRAPHICS
www.3mgraphics.com
 

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CGS Partners with Ricoh Americas Corporation

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Announcement made at Graph Expo 14 in Chicago.

Ricoh Americas Corporation, specializing in office imaging equipment, production print products, document management systems, and IT services, is now the newest addition to the CGS family. At Graph Expo 14, Ricoh formally became CGS’ latest business partner.

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State of the Industry

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Experts tackle your top questions about the world of wide-format – and its future.

Each year, Big Picture gathers industry pundits and experts to share thoughts and ideas about the past, present, and future of large-format printing. This year, we sat down with SGIA’s Dan Marx, longtime writer and consultant Sophie Matthews-Paul, Lori Anderson of ISA, and Mark Hanley of IT Strategies to talk about changes, challenges, and budding competition in the industry.

BP: What’s your quick assessment of the state of wide-format for the coming year? Bullish, bearish, or somewhere in between?

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