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Esko Updates Software Platform

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Expanded SaaS options, 3D support.

Esko has updated and rebranded its line of software for the packaging, label, display, and signage industries under the name Esko Software Platform. Officially available in June, new features of the platform include:
• Expanded SaaS and subscription options;
• Improved 3D support and visualization across the supply chain via WebCenter and mobile devices;
• A Content Management module for WebCenter that automates artwork creation;

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Argotec Adds Vinyl Alternatives for Outdoor Usage

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Environmentally conscious film and overlaminate.

Argotec has released the ArgoGraph Two-Part TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) Graphic Film System for vehicle wraps, fleet graphics, exterior signage, decals, and more. Featuring ArgoGraph-White adhesive film and ArgoGraph-Clear overlaminate, the system is reportedly free of halogens, phthalates, oils, petroleum, VOCs, and plasticizers typically found in vinyl films.

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Energy Efficiency: One Size Doesn't Fit All

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Analyzing power usage in the print industry isn't as simple as it may seem.

In the world of wide-format digital print, the early days were heralded with some triumph in terms of overall energy reduction when compared with many analog counterparts. But this attitude was swiftly rescinded when considerations, such as drying, were factored into overall productivity. Although the process steps were fewer and lower energy levels were accomplished by the removal of some traditional prepress and finishing practices, the cost of running even a modest machine could be relatively high print-for-print.

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Museo Fine Art Adds Wide-Format Portrait Papers

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Photographic media up to 44 inches wide.

Museo Fine Art has developed Museo Portrait, a line of photographic papers designed specifically for portrait photographers’ transition from lab to inkjet printing. Offered in gloss and luster finishes in widths up to 44 in., the 11.4-mil line features an instant-dry resin coating and a high ink load.

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Party City Billboard Gets a Tropical Touch

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Print and handcrafting come together for Puerto Rican ad.

Hand-carved and -painted lettering, real palm tree leaves, and digitally printed vinyl came together to form this 3D advertisement, designed and agented by Lamar Advertising with help from print provider Caribbean Signs for Party City Puerto Rico. The billboard’s background and witch’s legs were printed on an EFI Vutek 5330.

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Xaar Launches 1003 Industrial Printheads

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Featuring XaarGuard nozzle plate protection.

Xaar has released the Xaar 1003 family of industrial inkjet printheads. The series is an evolution of the 1001 and 1002 lines; the 1003 heads now include the XaarGuard, designed to improve nozzle plate protection and extend maintenance-free usage.

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Energy Efficiency: A Closer Look at Textile Printing

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PSPs must consider the weight of pre- and postpress treatments.

Not surprisingly, as part of an overall greener working environment that encompasses better environmental principles and a reduced carbon footprint, every machine and process has its ups and downs. Businesses wanting to accommodate as many eco-aware and recognized systems as possible within their workplace need to take every element of production into account.

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Building Wraps Soar Above London

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Black and white birds grace Leicester Square to camouflage construction.

All eyes in Westminster, London’s Leicester Square were on blowUp media when the team arrived to install two 2800-square-foot building wraps on the Coventry Street corner. The wraps were commissioned as a temporary façade for 18 months during construction of LSQLondon, a 109,000-square-foot retail and office space. A prominent entertainment district, Leicester Square was the subject of a $22-million renovation in 2012, and the orchestrators of LSQLondon were not about to spoil its newfound elegance.

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InfoTrends: Investment in Finishing ‘A Must’ for Digital Printers

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ISA white paper examines postpress capabilities.

ISA has teamed with InfoTrends and MCT Technologies to release a white paper on finishing technologies: “Wide-Format Cutting Devices: An Overview for Sign & Graphics Companies.” The report stresses the importance of PSPs devoting the same resources to their postpress capabilities as they do to the rest of their workflow, saying “Finishing is not an option, but a must for digital printing to march forward.”

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Printed Backdrop Brings Nature to Life

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Large-format photography on display at the Chelsea Flower Show.

British artist David Anthony Hall often designs his large-format photographic prints to bring positive energy to buildings like hospitals and hospices, but his work was also well-suited for a collaboration with sculptor Paul Vanstone for the Royal Horticultural Society’s exclusive Chelsea Flower Show in London.

Printed by Landor UK, Phototex’ European distributor, and laminated with Marabu ClearShield liquid laminate, the backdrop spans nearly 650 square feet.

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