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SGIA Opens Golden Image Competition

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Entries due September 9.

SGIA is seeking entries for its annual Golden Image Competition, honoring specialty imaging projects from a host of categories. All entries submitted by September 9 will be displayed on the SGIA Expo floor in Las Vegas; winners will be chosen on September 13.

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InfoTrends to Examine Best Sales Practices for Print Industry

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‘Your salesforce is the face to the customer.’

InfoTrends has undertaken a new study on the “Best Practices of High-Performance Print Sales Organizations,” aiming to discern how the print industry’s sales practices may need to rise to the level of today’s consumer values and behavior.

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Roland Opens East Coast Imagination Center

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A demonstration and training facility.

Roland has opened the Roland Imagination Center in Wilmington, Massachusetts. The 3500-square-foot facility will offer training, production demonstrations, and a Roland Creative Center gallery.

The company celebrated the June 16 opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, guided tours, and product demonstrations.
 

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Epson Acquires Robustelli

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Digital textile printer manufacturing partnership is formalized.

Epson has acquired Robustelli, an Italian manufacturer of the Monna Lisa digital textile printer series. The two companies have partnered in the development of the Monna Lisa since 2003 and plan to continue joint research and development efforts with the goal of expanding textile printer offerings, according to a release.

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Signage Foundation Updates Best Practices for Temporary Signs

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Guidance reflects last year’s ‘Reed v. Town of Gilbert’ ruling.

In light of the one-year anniversary of the US Supreme Court ruling in “Reed v. Town of Gilbert,” The Signage Foundation has released an updated version of its guide “Best Practices in Regulating Temporary Signs.” The court ruled, according to a release, “that communities must treat all types of temporary signs the same, regardless of the message contained on them.”

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Drupa Wraps up 2016 Show

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Attendees show support for specialty programming.

As its 2016 show came to a close earlier this month, drupa reported a preliminary attendance count of 260,000 hailing from 188 countries – down slightly from the 314,000 at the 2012 show, though with a higher number of attendees per day. (The 2016 show was 11 days, compared to 14 days four years ago.) More than 1837 exhibitors filled 19 halls at the Messe Düsseldorf exhibition center.

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12-Color Automatic Press Now Available from Workhorse

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New Sabre model also features touch-screen control tablet.

Workhorse Products has added a 12-color model to its Sabre series of automatic garment screen presses. The new model features a touch-screen control tablet with free access to a job-management portal; microregistration; independent squeegee and flood bar pressure adjustments; and quick-release pallets. Standard print area measures 20 x 28 in.

The Sabre series is also offered in 6-, 8-, and 10-color configurations.
 

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Sawgrass Offers New Eight-Color Ink Set

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Featuring three shades of black.

Sawgrass’ new SubliJet-HD Pro Photo XF inks, designed for the Virtuoso Product Decorating System, feature 8 colors, including CMYK, LcLm, and two shades of gray. The XF inks have been reengineered for improved UV stability and image longevity as well as smoother gradients.

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Medium-Capacity IR Conveyor Dryers from Vastex

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Featuring digital controls and expandable chambers.

Vastex International has introduced the Little Red X Series of infrared conveyor dryers, featuring expandable drying chambers. The series includes digitally controlled temperature and belt speed via an industrial control box that also offers diagnostic displays. The heaters are designed with closely spaced coils for high-density, medium-wavelength IR heat to increase cure speed without cold spots or undercuring.

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International Coatings Develops Reflective Ink

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Axeon 1505 is PVC and phthalate free.

International Coatings has introduced Axeon Reflective 1505 Direct Print ink. The PVC- and phthalate-free ink contains microscopic glass beads that reflect light when exposed to a direct source, as would a mirror. Applications include creative garment decoration as well as improved nighttime visibility for printed designs. Axeon Reflective 1505 is compatible with cotton, 50/50 fabrics, and some nylons.

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