3M’s Panagraphics III Wide Width Flexible Substrate III is now available in widths up to 197 in. The flexible, white vinyl substrate has a polyester scrim and smooth front surface with a semi-gloss finish. Applications include indoor and outdoor backlit signage; 3M reports the material is durable up to nine years outdoors.
Onyx has released version 12.2 of its workflow and RIP software suite, including Thrive, ProductionHouse, PosterShop, and RIPCenter. New features include:
GMG has revealed OpenColor 2.1, an updated version of its multichannel color profiling software. New capabilities include color profiling without the need to create a test chart and the automatic detection of optical brightening agents (OBAs). Applications include proofing and spot colors on materials such as ceramics, tissue, and beverage cans.
The Women in Print Alliance, SGIA’s committee for promoting and supporting women in the printing industry, will host a breakfast networking event at the 2017 SGIA Expo in New Orleans on October 11 at 7:30 a.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with female industry leaders, author and inspirational speaker Fawn Germer, and Big Picture’s 2017 Women in Print Award winners. A keynote from Germer will address work-life balance, and copies of her book, “Work-Life Reset,” will be distributed.
Industrial Inkjet has launched a US subsidiary based in Golden, Colorado, with the aim of offering its American customers more localized services. Graham Vlcek will serve as the branch’s president and will be filling the operations team in the coming months, according to a release. The new facility, located 40 minutes west of the Denver airport, will offer training and client demonstrations.
Lampe Textiles has developed Squid transparent self-adhesive window fabric. Squid can be applied directly to windows and walls and is compatible with UV, eco-solvent, and latex printers. Lampe reports the material is fire-retardant and moisture- and heat-resistant. The material reflects up to 36% of solar energy while allowing natural light in, according to the company. Squid is designed for transparency from the inside and privacy from the outside, comparable to frosted glass.
The swissQprint Chicago showroom now features the latest developments in wide format inkjet printing. The new Impala LED and Nyala LED high-end printers and Rob, the loading/unloading robot are ready for demonstrations and sampling.
While planning my travel to Hamburg, Germany, for FESPA 2017, I decided to take full advantage of the overseas location and extend my trip. I began my three-week European adventure in Milan and went on to Lake Como and Rome.
HP has released the Everyday Blockout Display Film, constructed with three layers of polyester and polypropylene for rigid durability. The heavyweight matte film features quick-dry coating and a light-blocking opaque layer. HP reports the film is REACH-compliant and recyclable. Compatible with latex and aqueous inks, the film is designed for applications including banner stand graphics, tradeshow and event displays, P-O-P and retail displays, and more.
The 2017 SGIA Expo (New Orleans, October 10–12) is more than a technological wonderland for the printing industry. It’s the place to learn the latest about what’s moving the industry forward — and how to make the most of it to move your career and your business forward.