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CMA Imaging Releases Eco-Friendly Backlit Display Film

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An alternative to silver halide.

CMA Imaging (www.cmaimaging.com) has announced Perfect Trans, a digital film for backlit displays that is 100% recyclable, according to the company. Reportedly comparable to silver halide film Duratrans, the film is designed for use without an overlaminate or any darkroom processing; it also features high color depth, saturation, and consistency.

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Clear Blackboard Film from Aslan

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Available in green and black.

Aslan (www.aslan-schwarz.com) is now offering ClearChalk Aslan CR 63, a transparent blackboard film that allows smooth surfaces to be written on with chalk when laminated onto a print, picture, or colored film. Available in green or black, the laminate is scratch-resistant and printable with solvent, eco-solvent, latex, UV-curable, and screen-printing technologies. Offered in 54-in. widths.

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SGIA Releases 2015 Wage, Salary, and Sales Compensation Report

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Explores management of 31 positions across imaging industry.

SGIA (www.sgia.org) has released its 2015 Wage, Salary, and Sales Compensation Report, with details exploring company size, annual sales volume, payroll, specialty, and 2015 wages paid for 31 different positions within the imaging industry. Surveyed in April and May 2015, 197 participants reported that the median amount of direct payroll as a percentage of gross sales was nearly 28 percent.

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Creating Standards for Underbase Printing

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Minimize mistakes by creating shop-wide best practices.

Continued from Establishing Rule for Underbase Printing.

Once you have tested your current equipment and processes, find a design to run using those settings and see how your results compare. The goal is to find a good base level for an underbase: settings you can fall back on when things get complicated.

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Roland Introduces Texart Dye-Sub Inks

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Certified class I by Oeko-Tex; safe for young children.

Roland (www.rolanddga.com) has introduced Texart SBL3 dye-sublimation inks, for use with the company’s Texart RT-640 dye-sub printer. Roland's dye-sublimation technology has earned Oeko-Tex’ Standard 100, product class I certifcation for ensuring the safety of printed textiles for babies and toddlers. Designed for the production of textiles, sports and fashion apparel, interior décor, promotional items, personalized gifts, and more, SBL3 inks are available in both 4- and 8-color (CMYKLcLmOG) sets.

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SGIA Announces Programming for Printed Electronics Symposium

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A two-day event preceding this November’s SGIA Expo.

Programming has been announced for the 2015 SGIA Printed Electronics Symposium, held November 3-4, preceding the SGIA Expo (www.sgia.org/expo) in Atlanta. In partnership with IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries (www.ipc.org), the symposium will feature two days of educational sessions, with topics including:
• Advances in capacitive touch switches;
• Modular digital manufacturing solutions;
• Expanding standards to meet shrinking technology;
• Robust surface mount device attachment;

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2015 Premier Print Award Winners Announced

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Winning entries to be featured in Premier Print publication and gala.

Printing Industries of America (www.printing.org) has announced the winners of the 2015 Premier Print Awards for “Best of” categories ranging from on-demand printing to promotional campaigns. Winners include:
• American Printing (Best of Digital Printing – On-Demand);
• Blooming Color (Best of Specialty Inks or Coatings, Fragrances, or “Invisible” Printing Inks; and more);
• Body of Work (Best of Large-Format Printing; and more);

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Gilman Brothers Add Thin Infinity Foamboard

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Now available in 3 mm.

The Gilman Brothers Company (www.gilmanbrothers.com) has added a 3-mm version to its line of Infinity styrene-faced foamboard. Infinity is 100% recyclable, according to the company, and is compatible with solvent and UV inks. The American-made foamboard is designed to eliminate pre-production cleaning and preparation; it also features a white point that is unchanged under varying light sources. Offered in 16 x 20-in. or 60 x 192-in. sheets and in black and white combinations.

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Design Tips for Creating an Underbase

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Printing on dark garments can become a complicated process -- ease the headache with this advice.

If you are using a vector file that has been created or imported into CorelDraw or Illustrator, then creating the underbase file is usually simple. You will need to create an exact duplicate of the file and then change all of the pieces and outlines in the image that are to be underbased into black. the next step would be to adjust for any trapping by adding a small white outline to the appropriate parts of the image.

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New RIP Software from CADlink for UV Technology

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With underbase support, and more.

CADlink Technology (www.cadlink.com) has added a new edition of its Digital Factor RIP software with features specific to the demands of UV-cure technologies. Keep reading on our sister site.

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