OKI Data has expanded the ColorPainter line of wide-format inkjet printers with the E-64s, a 64-in. model featuring low-odor, eco-solvent SX inks. The machine is designed for low- to mid-volume print providers producing applications such as vehicle wraps, backlit displays, and more. Production speeds can reach up to 246 sq ft/hr.
Aurora Specialty Textiles Group held a grand opening yesterday to commemorate both a new textile 124,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and a new logo and mission statement. One hundred customers, staff, affiliates, and community leaders gathered in Yorkville, Illinois, to witness the event.
SGIA has announced its 2017 board of directors, helmed by new Chairman Rich Thompson of Ad Graphics. Additional new members include:
“Project Runway,” an Emmy-nominated reality show on Lifetime, posed a unique challenge to its fashion designer contestants in the episode that airs October 6: The designers created a swimsuit and cover-up design that was printed on the Kornit Allegro roll-to-roll printer. Their designs were then produced overnight by Kornit user Papilio Prints for the runway show the following morning, where the winning design was named to Heidi Klum’s swimwear line.
Some advertising pushes the envelope with its cleverness of content; other campaigns find a way to communicate from the most pedestrian of objects. The winners of the 2016 OBIE Awards in the Entertainment category imprinted their messages on trash cans, crates, buses, buildings, and more.
Suitable for applications such as custom wall murals, interior décor, retail displays, tradeshow graphics, and more, Drytac’s ReTac Textures series of adhesive films is available in Linen and Canvas finishes. The 6-mil materials are matte white and feature a removable adhesive; they are also flame-resistant and printable with solvent, UV, and latex inks. Available in 54-in. widths.
In conjunction with the National Association of Sign Supply Distributors and IHS and Vandiver Associates, ISA has released its Sign Industry Quarterly Economic Report for the third quarter of 2016. The report shows that growth across all sign, graphics, and visual communications markets will remain above trend for 2017; only electric and digital signage suppliers have seen a downgrade from last quarter. In the end market, however, the authors expect digital OOH advertising revenue to surpass $1.1 billion in 2016.
Bordeaux has launched the Velvet Jet direct-to-fabric printing system, a 70.9-in. modular combination of pretreatment, textile printer, heater, and takeup system. Each piece of hardware is available separately and can be set up in one production line or individually throughout a production space. The full line spans roughly 20 ft. Possible applications include short- and medium-sized runs of fashion, home décor, and sportswear.
Caldera’s ColorViewer softproofing platform, created in partnership with Caddon, includes a viewing station with monitor, color proofing software, an i1Pro spectrophotometer, and a computer. The goal of the Fogra-certified platform is for users to identify and correct color errors at the prepress stage: Operators send the digital file to the RIP, which creates a TIFF file that simulates the printed output.
Pictographics began printing on fabric with dye-sublimation ink 20 years ago thanks to RasterGraphics electrostatic printers. While e-stat printers are a bit of a throwback, they were wonderful back in the day. They were also the closest things in print technology to “rocket science” I have ever experienced. E-stats were exceptional because they printed at about 650 square feet an hour, a big step up from 10 square feet an hour via the inkjet printers of those days.