Magnetic media offers few thrilling tales of insurmountable roadblocks over which a heroic print provider triumphs. But that’s a boon to newcomers: Magnetic-receptive systems are fairly simple to work with, particularly in recent years as technology has allowed for thinner, wider substrates. Ready to make the switch? Here are a few quick tips to help you ease into the unfamiliar.
Ricoh Americas Corporation has announced the formation of Ricoh Consulting Group, geared toward production print customers who want to reach new business goals, such as improving output quality and customer experience.
Shipments of large-format digital printers fell 4 percent worldwide in the third quarter of 2015 as compared to the same period in 2014, according to a new report from the International Data Corporation (IDC), a global market research and advisory firm.
Roland DGA has launched RotaPrint, an attachment for the company’s VersaUV LEF-20 that allows users to print directly onto bottles and other cylindrical objects. The attachment is compatible with materials including glass, plastic, metal, and ceramic, and accepts objects with a diameter between 1.6 and 3 in.
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.
As world leaders are gathered in Paris to negotiate climate-change measures at the Conference of Parties 21 (COP21), US companies are pledging to support sustainability measures. The White House has announced 73 new companies across the American economy who are joining the American Business Act on Climate Pledge. And six businesses in the printing industry are among the growing numbers: Avery Dennison, Adobe, HP, National Label Company, Ricoh, and Xerox.
Digital printing and industry experts tackle your top questions, challenges, concerns, and frustrations as 2015 comes to a close:
Q: When you look at the typical inventory on the floor at a graphics manufacturer, are you seeing a trend toward companies stocking more specialized materials for specialized applications, or towards consolidating inventory to materials that cover many applications but carry a small premium over “one-use” films?
– Nicholas Lowry, president, Brand Ink, St. Paul, Minnesota
Flint Group has acquired Xeikon, a manufacturer of digital label, folding carton, commercial, and document presses, as well as front-end software. As part of Flint Group’s new division, Flint Group Digital Printing Solutions, the acquisition will help Flint expand its global reach; Xeikon was originally headquartered in Eede, the Netherlands.
Mactac’s new PermaColor FloorGrip is a 6-mil overlaminate designed for high-traffic floor graphic applications. It is heavily textured to offer both slip resistance for pedestrians as well as durability for medium- to long-term indoor applications (up to 3 years) or short-term outdoor applications. The texture also works to eliminate glare and protect from color fading. The adhesive is compatible with all digital inkjet inks. Available in 54-in. widths.
The number of offset print users moving to digital printing will continue to grow according to The Future of Digital versus Offset Printing in 2020, a new report by Smithers Pira, a market research firm based in England that covers print and packaging. Their latest report found that while digitally printed outputs account for just 2.5 percent of print volume, the value digital products is 13.9 percent of all printed projects.