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Colex Announces Sharpcut Flatbed Cutter

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Cuts roll and rigid media up to 10 x 10 feet.

Colex’s new Sharpcut Flatbed Cutter 3232 processes boards, vinyl, and textiles measuring up to 10 x 10 ft via automatic board and roll feeders. The Sharpcut 3232 also features an automatic conveyor table with a triple interchangeable tool head station (fixed knife, oscillating knife, and router), a six-zone vacuum system, and vision registration system. The Optiscout registration system features a high-resolution color camera; plugin to export data from CorelDraw, Illustrator, and AutoCAD; and a material library.

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Wallcoverings and Small Business: A Perfect Pairing

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Black Box Creative's prints help entrepreneurs enrich their spaces.

Black Box Creative is a one-size-fits-all creative studio in Miami, offering everything from graphic and web design to small- and wide-format printing and installation. A self-described friend to small businesses, the shop has found that wallcoverings are a great way to decorate and advertise simultaneously; removables are even better. “For most small businesses, their spaces are leased,” says Marcos Albernas, creative director.

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Tucanna/Axaio Partnership Enables Native File Processing

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MadeToPrint add-on eliminates conversion step.

Tucanna has partnered with axaio to develop an add-on for Tucanna’s tFlow workflow software that will enable native file processing. While previously, users had to convert Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop files to PDF in order to process them in tFlow, the optional MadeToPrint add-on performs this conversion automatically.

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Presto Tape Lands Tennessee-Based Distribution Partner

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Athens Paper to market wallcovering products from Nashville headquarters.

Presto Tape and Athens Paper have announced their distribution agreement. Athens Paper will offer Presto’s CanvasTac, WallFab, and PrestoTex wallcovering products from its Nashville, Tennessee, headquarters and 14 distribution hubs.

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Avery Dennison to Acquire Mactac Europe

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Deal expected to close this summer.

Avery Dennison has announced an agreement to acquire Mactac Europe from Platinum Equity. Expected to close in three months’ time, according to a release, the deal includes the company’s manufacturing facility in Belgium, sales offices and warehouses in Europe and Asia, and approximately 470 employees; it does not include Mactac’s North American operations. Avery Dennison reports that the Mactac brand will be preserved.

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MCT Digital Adds Two New Resellers

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TyrrellTech, Applied Cutting Solutions join dealer network.

MCT Digital has added two new Value Added Resellers to its dealer network: Applied Cutting Solutions, which will serve the Pacific Northwest and northern California, and TyrrellTech, with headquarters in Maryland, New Jersey, and Florida. The pair will add MCT digital finishing products, including the VersaTech cutting system, to their digital imaging portfolios.

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ISA Finds Growth on Pace with Forecasts

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2016’s first Quarterly Economic Report is released.

ISA’s Sign Industry Quarterly Economic Report for the first quarter of 2016 has found the majority of industry patterns to be on par with previous forecasts . “In general,” states a release, “it shows a relatively strong US economy and a sluggish global outlook.”

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Thinking About Ink

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Five trends in product development that impact wide-format printing.

The history of ink began in China about 43 centuries ago, while the story of inkjet can be traced to an obscure patent issued in the UK in 1867. The wide-format inkjet systems that interest Big Picture readers began to emerge in the late ‘80s; since then, both the printheads and the inks that flow through them have evolved, expanded in capability, and permitted inkjet to address a multitude of new applications.

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Epson Introduces Partner Training Program

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EpsonMasters.com offers education and sales tools.

Epson has launched EpsonMasters.com, a training program for the company’s authorized partners. Available resources include more than 30 sales and technical training courses; how-to videos; webinars; sales “snapshots”; and more.

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3M Acquires Knifeless Tech Systems

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Now offering Knifeless Tape products and training.

3M has acquired Knifeless Tech Systems, the manufacturer of Knifeless Tape. The adhesive reportedly allows graphics and vehicle wrap installers to eliminate knife-cutting installation, thus reducing risk of damage to the surface being wrapped.

3M also offers Knifeless Accredited Installer Training and Testing at its headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota.
 

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