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Agfa Releases New Roll-to-Roll UV LED Printer

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Jeti Ceres offers speeds up to 2002 square feet/hour.

The 126-in. Jeti Ceres roll-to-roll UV LED inkjet printer from Agfa Graphics is designed for high-output printing on media up to 126 in. wide. The Jeti Ceres is capable of unattended printing with speeds up to 2002 sq ft/hr and can print on mesh and porous substrates without a liner, according to the company. The printer offers 6 colors with optional white and/or primer. Users can add dual-roll capability and a back-up camera.

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EFI Acquires CRC Information Systems

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Expands reach in MIS market.

EFI has announced its acquisition of Scottsdale, Arizona-based CRC Information Systems. CRC, a Reynolds and Reynolds company, is a provider of MIS for commercial, packaging, label, and forms printers in Canada and the United States. EFI aims to expand its MIS market share in North America with the partnership.

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10 Signs You’ve Been Commoditized

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How to know when your customers are lumping your business in with everyone else in the market.

In his article "How to Escape the Commodity Trap," Mark Coudray details how and why things become commodities, and how to prevent your business from becoming commoditized. Here, he discusses signs that your business has already become one.

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OE-A Reveals Climate Survey Results

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Reports positive outlook for organic and printed electronics.

The Organic and Printed Electronics Association (OE-A) has shared results from its most recent business climate survey. The seventh edition of the report indicates growth in the industry. Key takeaways include:

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IPC Welcomes New Senior Director of Learning and Professional Development

IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announces the addition of Dave Hernandez, senior director of learning and professional development, to its staff at IPC headquarters in Bannockburn (Chicago), Ill.
 

The Inaugural Printovation Conference

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Printavo’s printing industry event launches in Chicago.

Printavo has announced its first annual PrintovationConf, scheduled for June 24 in Chicago. Designed for shop owners, screen printers, sign manufacturers, and apparel enthusiasts, the event will include education and networking opportunities. Speakers include:

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M&R Hosts SGIA Road Trip

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‘Apparel Decorating for Insiders’ scheduled for June 9-10.

M&R will host SGIA’s Road Trip: Apparel for Decorating Insiders June 9-10 at the company’s headquarters in Roselle, Illinois. The workshop, designed especially for company owners, prepress teams, screen making specialists, and production managers, will be led by Charlie Taublieb, owner of Taublieb Consulting.

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4 Reasons Distressed Designs Go Wrong

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Common mistakes made when creating distressed graphics, and how to avoid them.

Thomas Trimingham discusses distressed graphics in his article, "How to Create Successful Distressed Effects." Here, Trimingham provides tips to keep distressed designs from looking damaged.

Distressed patterns offer a lot of creative possibilities, but when used carelessly they can cause serious damage to your art files and generate big errors on press that can lead to some very unhappy customers. Here are four of the most common mistakes to avoid.

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‘Power the Press’ Business Seminar in May

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Workshop examines sales tactics and more.

Ryonet, Reviation Industries, and McLogan Supply have partnered to present the Power the Press educational seminar at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California. The two-day workshop, scheduled for May 20-21, will address the business side of the screen printing industry.

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2017 SGIA Product of the Year Competition Opens

The Prize is Better than Ever

The 2017 SGIA Product of the Year competition is open with a new facet for the award: pre-show publicity. Judges will evaluate entries at SGIA Headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia, in advance of the 2017 SGIA Expo.

Winners will be announced before the 2017 SGIA Expo!

When you win an SGIA Product of the Year award, the industry will recognize your product as the best new product of 2017. And because of the earlier timeline, you can work your winning status into your pre-show marketing.