Onyx Graphics has added the newest edition of its line of print software, encompassing Thrive workflow software, ProductionHouse, PosterShop, and RIPCenter. Version 12 features a 64-bit platform across each product, designed for speeds reportedly double those of Onyx 11. The reengineered system offers a new user interface featuring an interactive, customizable job list enabling operators to quickly find jobs, view printer information, and make edits.
Heat Transfer Warehouse is offering Aztec Patterns, a line of digital heat transfer material available for custom order with any 2 colors chosen from the selection of 21. Patterns are printed 5 yds at a time.
Agfa Specialty Products (Mortsel, Belguim) and MGI Digital Technology (Fresnes, France) have announced an alliance in which the two companies will pool resources to target the printed electronics market. MGI Digital and its subsidiary, Ceradrop, will offer knowledge in the development of inkjet technology, while Agfa Specialty Products will contribute its experience in the realm of conductive inks.
Printing done within industrial manufacturing processes has traditionally been dominated by analog methods, particularly screen printing. Inkjet is increasingly becoming part of the discussion, however. Beyond well-known commercial applications, such as signage and outdoor advertising, inkjet printing now commands the majority of the market for tile decoration. Almost all expiration dates and batch codes on beverage cans are inkjet printed. Inkjet is playing an increasing role in printing glass, packaging, flooring, laminates, and other home décor products.
I’m not sure who the first garment printer to decide he could do a Pantone color match was. It was many years ago, and I’m sure the individual never realized the trouble he started. But I hope he had as much difficulty producing that job as most printers have today when trying to match Pantone colors, or even explaining them to their customers.
The last time the SGIA Expo was held in Atlanta, in 2008, the housing market had collapsed and the economy was on the brink of catastrophe. The mood at the show was pretty grim. I went home to Vancouver Island thinking the economy was only tanking in the US; then my business revenue dropped by almost half in 2009, and I watched the value of a friend’s house do almost the same as he spent two years trying to sell it. Worldwide, things went into a tailspin. Many companies went bankrupt. People lost their jobs.
PRIMIR, the research unit of NPES, has released “Wide Format Inkjet Printing Trends and Opportunities,” a study encompassing input from industry manufacturers, distributors, and experts, as well as PSPs, marketers, and retailers.
Adelco has released Eco-Tex, a high-production conveyor gas dryer designed to reduce energy consumption along with the cost of operation. Distributed by Hirsch Solutions, the dryer features a modular design that allows users to choose the exact length of the machine, with the option to expand at any time. Five widths are available from 40 to 72 in.
We’ve heard a fair amount of chatter about sustainability in various circles recently, but if you’ve listened closely, you realize, by now, that some of those data points are contradictory.