I was fortunate, early in my career, to work for an editor who was an exceptionally strong mentor – a recognized expert in printing who not only taught me a lot about publishing, but also instilled a passion for an industry I scarcely knew existed. It didn’t strike me as the least bit unusual that my role model happened to be female.
“I want the people of the community to realize that The Jones Center is not just for me, but for everybody,” Bernice Jones said in 1995 when she opened the facility in Springdale, Arkansas. Today, the 220,000-square-foot center houses an ice arena, basketball court, indoor track, two swimming pools, and more. When the recreational pool was rebranded last September, all parties involved wanted to not only make the community feel welcome at the center, but also make them part and parcel of its character.
Vanguard Digital Printing Systems has added the VK300D UV flatbed printer, designed for high production on rigid and flexible substrates up to 61 x 123 in. and up to 4 in. thick. It features a 2656-nozzle Kyocera printhead with droplet sizes ranging from 4 to 12 pL; print speeds reach up to 40 boards/hr (production mode).
OKI Data and partner Neopost USA have taken notice of the craft brewing industry, developing a platform for printing customized keg collars. The bundle includes the four-color HD-CX1600 or five-color HD-CX1700 digital production printer and pre-cut media for 5- and 6.5-inch keg collars, allowing craft brewers to print the legally required packaging (and other promotional items) on demand. Neopost demonstrated the technology this week at the BrewExpo America tradeshow in Philadelphia.
3M has expanded its 3M MCS Warranty coverage for new co-branded inks in partnership with Durst, Epson, OKI Data, and EFI. Now eligible for the warranty are graphics printed with the following inks:
Colex, the North American distributor for Fotoba’s finishing products, has announced a new Motorized Heavy-Duty Roll Feeder for the company’s Dreamcut XLD-170 Automatic Cutter. The feeder handles rolls up to 24 in. in diameter. The x/y cutting system, featuring a 12-ft exit table and wheel-equipped stacking cart, cuts sheets and rolls up to 67 in. wide and 35 mil thick.
Summa has launched the F2630 flatbed cutter, featuring a 104 x 120-in. work surface (nearly 75% larger than the company’s F1612 model). The cutter leverages 12 vacuum zones that automatically sense and reset according to the size of the material in use; inactive areas of the table can be used to load and unload additional jobs. Also offered is optional split-roll support, capable of handling two side-by-side rolls at once.
IQ’s Management Workflow System, printIQ, and its expandable options are now available in North America.
EnCore Products has added Brushed Aluminum Foam Board, a metallic-finished, printable media for creating displays and signage. The 3/16-in.-thick board is lightweight and partially reflective. Available in 40 x 60- or 48 x 96-in. sheets; custom sizes also offered.
Wallcovering collective Wall Heroes suggested design after design for a residential customer, “but none seemed to fit just right,” says the shop’s founder, Ryan Deemer. But then they saw this log design and it was “an instant hit.” The graphic was printed on Wall Heroes’ HP Latex 360 onto LexJet Print-N-Stick fabric and cut with a Graphtec FC8600-160 vinyl cutter.