Epicomm’s State of the Industry Report, 13th edition, indicates a slight but positive growth for the printing industry. The survey of 174 printers, mailers, and marketing service providers (more than half of whom provide wide-format printing) reviewed sales data for the first half of 2015 and showed a 1.3 percent gain – a similar pace to the 2.4 percent growth seen in 2014.
EFI has launched the Midmarket Productivity Suite, a modular collection of end-to-end business and production workflows. EFI’s Pace software serves as the core MIS in which 17 workflows are based, including features for marketing, ecommerce, web-to-print, scheduling, shop floor data collection, fulfillment, warehousing, and shipping. The suite directly integrates with EFI’s JDF-enabled Fiery digital front end. Available to new and existing EFI Pace MIS users.
Epson has added the SureColor P-Series, a line of wide-format printers designed for graphic designers, commercial printers, photographers, and fine art printers. Available in four models, the series features Epson’s PrecisionCore TFP printheads with variable droplet technology as small as 3.5 pL, user-scheduled cleaning cycles, and a high-speed rotary cutter.
When a thunderstorm descended upon Cincinnati the Friday before Labor Day, sponsor banners for the 2015 WEBN Labor Day weekend fireworks – an annual tradition since 1977 – were destroyed just two days before the event.
SA International has released the 12th version of its Flexi software package for signmakers and wide-format printers. Flexi 12 is compatible with Windows 7, 8, and 10, and offers three bundles with features tailored to vinyl cutting with FlexiSign, wide-format printing with FlexiPrint, and companies requiring both functions with FlexiSign & Print. Each bundle includes design and bitmap editing tools, which are also available in a standalone FlexiDesigner add-on.
The 2015 OBIE awards, hosted by the Outdoor Advertising Association of America, celebrated simple advertising strategies that stirred up genuine feelings in its audience. "These winning campaigns need no explanation," as the awards website put it.
DaVinci’s 16-mil, bright white, water- and scratch-resistant High Resolution Satin Canvas is 35% cotton and 65% polyester for a low-glare finish. Designed for photographic and art prints on indoor and outdoor signage, backdrops, and murals, the digitally printable canvas is stretchable and requires no lamination, according to the company. Available in 54-in. widths.
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GCI Digital Imaging is no stranger to creating graphics for the Cincinnati Reds, but planning, producing, installing, and de-installing all graphics for the 2015 MLB All Star Game held in Cincinnati this past summer? That’s a whole different ball game.
HP has added the 64-in. Latex 370 to its line of latex printers. Designed for a variety of signage applications, the 370 accepts most traditional substrates, including textiles, and uses water-based, odorless inks that are permissible in sensitive indoor spaces, such as the healthcare industry. The 6-color, 1200-dpi machine prints up to 334 sq ft/hr of scratch-resistant images with no dry time, according to the company.
Alpha Imaging will distribute Presto Tape’s line of printable canvas and polyester fabric media from its northeastern warehouses in New York and Lowell, Massachusetts, according to a recent agreement. The CanvasTac and PrestoTex products, both recently made available in silver and iridescent finishes in anticipation of the holiday season, are designed for wallcoverings and P-O-P signage.