Avery Dennison has added a line of transparent, colored overlaminates for its Conform Chrome vinyl films. Available in orange, green, and purple, the laminate films expand the range of creative possibilities when combined with any of five existing Conform Chrome colors (silver, gold, black, red, and blue). They offer a high-gloss finish and resistance to UV light, temperature, humidity, and salt spray, with a 3-year outdoor durability.
The Shirt Corner men’s department store in the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia closed in 2009 after 48 years in business, but the team that transformed the building into an apartment complex last year had no intention of destroying its history. They commissioned local artist Julia Blaukopf to design seven wallcoverings for the building’s lobby and elevator areas. Blaukopf collected photographs and maps of the neighborhood dating back to the 19th century and merged them into a series of cohesive images.
Caldera has partnered with Kala, a French manufacturer of wide-format print finishing equipment, to develop features in version 10 of Caldera’s RIP software platforms tailored to Kala’s range of machinery. Specific features include:
• Cut marks for single- and double-sided production;
• Automated calculation of margins;
• Stop indicators that aid manual position changes;
• And the Trim-O-Matik module offering features such as communication between laminating and trimming equipment.
Qres Technologies has released the F-Series HS UV inkjet printers for printing on virtually any flexible or rigid material. Each of the three models is outfitted with four Konica Minolta 1024i printheads; at any time, users can add an additional four for a dual-CMYK configuration and/or up to four heads for white, varnish, and spot colors. In dual-CMYK configuration, the F200 HS images up to 2583 sq ft/hr, while the F160L HS and F160 HS may reach speeds up to 2174 sq ft/hr. Max.
World Outreach Church wanted to brighten up its annual giftwrap station at the Stones River Mall, so Corey Richmond, congregation member and owner of Momentum Media, printed 32 window panels onto Mactac B-free Frosted Window vinyl. The graphics took six hours to install and were visible from inside and outside.
Presto Tape has announced that its CanvasTac wallcovering fabric has been certified for printing with the HP Latex 300 series of inkjet printers. Based on three areas – print quality, printer-media interaction, and image processing – the certification is performed by Color Concepts, an HP-approved third-party agency.
SID Signs’ new EcoTech Taurus 155E eco-solvent printer is a 60-in. machine distributed by Paradigm Imaging Group. Featuring variable droplet technology with sizes ranging from 7 to 21 pL, the EcoTech Taurus offers a max. resolution of 1440 dpi or a max. speed of 162 sq ft/hr. Additional features include an automatic media take-up system, Flexi Print 12 or Maintop RIP software, and support for remote printing.
Being a successful print service provider requires more than the ability to run a piece of material through a machine. From raw talent and creativity to the tried-and-true referral of a happy customer to an effective online presence (for what it's worth, Big Picture discovered all four of these projects via social media), these print shops demonstrate that it takes a variety of skills and strategies to attract and conquer a tough job.
Advance Reprographics took an unusual approach to self-marketing by creating this San Diego Chargers-themed dumpster wrap to promote their design and installation capabilities. The shop output the graphics with their HP Latex 260 onto 3M Controltac IJ180C-10, and finished it with 3M Scotchcal gloss overlaminate 8518 applied with a Seal Image 62 laminator.
ISA has announced the winners of the ISA Sign Expo 2016 Innovation Awards, honoring new products in the signage and graphics industries. The winners, which will be on display at the Sign Expo in Orlando, Florida, April 20-23, include: