STS Inks has added a line of latex inks, delivered in original OEM cartridges, that are compatible with HP Latex 310, 330, and 360 printers. The HP831 inks feature STS’ Plug & Print compatibility, which, according to the company, allows the user to switch from OEM to STS inks without the need to flush lines or change color profiles. The water-based line is also designed to be odorless and eco-friendly.
The Sacramento Metro Firefighters turned to Vehicle Wraps Inc. (www.vehiclewrapsinc.com) to transform one of their trucks into a pink expression of support for breast cancer awareness last October. Printed on 3M’s IJ180Cv3 vinyl and high-gloss 8518 laminate vinyl with an HP Designjet L26500, the wrap is expected to become an annual tradition.
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SID Signs has released the Apollo UV flatbed printer, intended for PSPs looking to enter the UV market. Capable of printing on PVC, glass, aluminum, and more, the Apollo prints up to 215 sq ft/hr with a max. media height of 1.6 in. and a max. resolution of 2880 dpi. Other features include nine individual vacuum zones for improved accuracy, Photoprint RIP software, white ink (optional), and a UV lamp lifespan of 20,000 hours, according to the company. Available in 51- or 98-in. widths.
Kodak has upgraded its Prinergy Workflow automation software. Developments for the new version aim to increase control and automation across the printing process, including job creation, collaboration, file processing, trapping, proofing, imposition, and color management. Enhancements include:
• Preflight+, which automatically checks and corrects files before they enter production;
• Layered PDF versioning with an error detecting option;
• Centralized control over digital and conventional presses and equipment;
Improved technology for ceramic decoration has PSPs eyeing this sector as digital’s non-contact process allows for printing on thinner, lighter substrates, and the demand for customized décor grows. Since Kerajet introduced the first inkjet printer dedicated to tile decoration in 1999, developments in printhead technology have had ceramics manufacturers turning quickly from screen printing to inkjet, drawn by digital’s ease of use, flexibility of design, reduced waste, and quick ROI.
Azonprinter has added Razor, a 13-in. UV printer for printing on a multitude of surfaces and objects, including wood, leather, and plastic, up to nearly 8 in. thick. Razor features seven automatic modes, including self-adjusting distance mode designed for printing on curved objects; the 6-color printer also includes varnishing and embossing effects for patterns and textures with either gloss or matte finishes. In addition, the company reports improved energy efficiency, ventilation, and RIP software, as well as a user-oriented display.
With transport becoming easier from most parts of the globe, and despite competitive events such as ISA and SGIA Expo taking place in the US, the expectations of a strong FESPA international audience are high for this year’s show.
Durst has launched the 72-in. Rhotex 180 TR, an industrial dye sublimation printer for creating soft signage. Designed for sportswear, home textiles, P-O-P displays, and more, the Rhotex 180 TR’s transfer process creates resistance to abrasion and water. Equipped with QuadroZ printheads, as well as a heated printing table and hot air dryer for rapid drying, the machine prints 2150 sq ft/hr with a max. print resolution of 1200 dpi. Includes eight ink channels with odor- and VOC-free, water-based inks and features Caldera Grand RIP+.
Azonprinter has launched a set of UV inks with a shelf life of 6 months for white ink and 1 year for colors. The inks are designed with higher resistance to the effects of UV degradation and color fading, as well as improved adhesion to digital grade membrane overlay substrates, including polycarbonate, acrylic, and glass.
Agfa Graphics has added to its Duratex media line. Products include:
• Duratex 15oz PVC Backlit Banner, a translucent backlit banner media for indoor and outdoor signage applications;
• Duratex Composite PVC/PET/PVC Blockout Film, an opaque media suitable for single- or double-sided printing on display systems, retractable banner stands, scrolling displays, and more;
• Duratex Super White Foamboard, featuring a 94-white point paper surface, designed for P-O-P displays;