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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
"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.
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.
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.
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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.
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?