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Sawgrass Adds to Virtuoso Line

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Reportedly the first printer of its size manufactured for dye sublimation.

Sawgrass Technologies (www.sawgrassink.com) has added a 24-in. dye-sublimation printer to its Virtuoso line. In collaboration with Mutoh’s ValueJet print technology, the printer features Sawgrass’ SubliJet-HD sublimation ink. It is designed for large images and high-volume production, featuring dual CMYK and 8-color configurations, an expanded line of ink colors (including fluorescents), as well as CreativeStudio cloud-based design software and color manager.

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Graphics Installers Report Confidence

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SGIA industry survey reveals growth for installation sector.

SGIA (www.sgia.org) has investigated the state of the graphics installation industry with a survey of 46 companies that provide installation services across a wide range of applications. Keep reading on our sister site to find out what product areas are most served, and which trends point to industry expansion.

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Five Rules to Live By for DTG Printers

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Can you do shirts for that?

Industry consultant, Screen Printing columnist, and 2 Regular Guys podcaster Terry Combs (www.terrycombs.com) is an “idea-a- minute” guy when it comes to marketing. Well, not exactly: He never quite reaches the promised number of niche market ideas he intends to share with audiences when he speaks on this subject, as he did at last year’s ASI Show Chicago and in a recent SGIA-sponsored webinar. (He’ll be covering the topic again at the Graphics Central Pavilion at ASI Chicago, at 1:15 p.m.

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Performance Package Available for Xerox Wide Format IJP 2000

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For advanced image-quality management.

Xerox (www.xerox.com) has designed a performance package option for the IJP 2000, a 42-in. single-pass inkjet printer with a quoted print speed of up to 4520 sq ft/hr. The package corrects streaking and banding that may result from variations in printhead performance, according to the company, and includes Xerox 7742 Scan Solution. The 42-in. scanner, which allows documents with handwritten notations and amendments to be scanned and printed or filed, has an optical resolution of up to 1200 dpi.

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SGIA Studies Garment Decoration Industry

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Business-to-business sector grows; DTG equipment popular.

SGIA (www.sgia.org) has conducted a survey of 99 garment decoration businesses, revealing an increase in business-to-business customer base (62 percent) and reliance on multiple technologies (70 percent). The median number of employees at participating companies is six; the median annual revenue is $782,069. Eighty-eight percent of these companies utilize screen printing for garment decoration, three-fourths use embroidery, and 60 percent use digital printing.

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Rhinotech Heat Transfer Papers

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For custom gifts.

RhinoTech (www.rhinotechinc.com) has added several new heat transfer papers for creating custom gifts with photographic images to commemorate special occasions or recognize special achievements. SingleJet and premium SingleJet II heat transfer papers are recommended for use on the Epson 1430 inkjet printer. SingleJet Opaque paper can be used to reproduce images into dark T-shirts, hats, and other garments.

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Taking Promotional Products to the Streets

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ASI Promocar makes eight-day cross-country trek.

To Dawn Marie, advertising should be more than an interruption during a football game or part of the scenery on your morning commute. The public relations manager for the Advertising Specialties Institute (ASI, www.asicentral.com) believes in promotional products, which she says can be fun, personal, and functional all at once.

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Graphics and Sign Community Reports Growth

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SGIA industry report looks at equipment purchases, new product areas, and more.

SGIA (www.sgia.org) has released its 2015 Industry Survey of 193 primarily digital graphics and signage providers. Equipment purchases and sales figures are increasing; find out what product areas you should be keeping an eye on, and which you might want to avoid. Keep reading on our sister site.

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Peyton Manning to Deliver Keynote at ASI Show

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“Lessons from the line of scrimmage.”

Five-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning will headline this summer’s ASI Show, July 14-16, in Chicago. The Denver Broncos quarterback’s free keynote, “Lessons from the Line of Scrimmage: Become a Leader in Life,” will take place at 8:30 a.m. on July 16, and will reveal how Manning used dedication, discipline, and leadership on and off the field.

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Expert Apparel: DTG Gets Serious

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Early technology problems have been largely solved, making DTG an attractive and reliable decoration option for many shops.

Direct-to-Garment (DTG) printing has had a brief history in our industry as a viable decoration method. Though there was some prior experimentation, machines capable of producing repeatable and salable products have only been available for a decade. Let’s take a look at this brief history and where we stand with DTG today.

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