With dual staggered printheads, the new 64-in. ValueJet 1638X is the fastest machine in Mutoh America’s (www.mutoh.com) line of ValueJet eco-solvent inkjet printers.
The 1638X offers a choice of 10 print modes ranging from 360-1440 dpi, with a maximum print speed of 1012 sq ft/hr. The machine uses an Intelligent Interweave feature to minimize banding and can print in CMYKx2 or CMYKLcLmLk color schemes using 220- or 440-ml cartridges. An optional bulk-ink adapter enables 1-l bags of ink to be used, reportedly saving up to 27% in ink costs.
The International Sign Association (ISA) reports that its 2014 Sign Expo, held April 24-26 in Orlando, broke attendance and exhibit-hall records for that locale. Attendance topped 18,110, up more than 10 percent versus 2012, the last time the show was held in Orlando. Total exhibit hall space, at 198,900 square feet, was also a record-breaker for Orlando, up five percent from 2012, the association reports. More than 580 companies were represented on the show floor.
Verne Harnish, known as “the growth guy” and one of the top business consultants in the world, has a great piece of advice in his book Mastering the Rockefeller Habits. In explaining a principle he calls “The Rule of One equals Three,” he contends that you may have to pay 50-100% more to get the right person for a job, but they will produce three times more than an average candidate. The point he’s making is that price does not equal cost.
Signs and screen printing are like two kids from the same colorful, wacky family. Although they have the same parents (communication and commerce), one is way bigger, older, and more mature, if you can call getting draped around the exterior of a high-rise building 100 feet in the air “mature.” The sibling, “silk screening,” is younger and more adventurous, with interests in consumer electronics, T-shirts, and decorative arts, to name but a few growing segments. Both are practiced by few, yet found everywhere, on everything, in everything.
The Big Picture, sister publicatino to Screen Printing, has launched The Big Picture Premier Printer Guide – its new online platform that allows print service providers to access in-depth data and specs on wide-format printers across the marketplace, and evaluate that hardware for use in their operations.
With a compact design that can fit onto a table or utility cart as small as 30 in. square, the D-1000 IR conveyor dryer from Vastex International (www.vastex.com) touts the ability cure more than 110 plastisol-printed or 50 discharge-printed garments per hour.
Epson (www.epson.com) has expanded its SureColor F-series line of wide-format dye-sublimation printers with the F7170 for roll-to-roll fabric printing and soft signage applications.
Corel has introduced CorelDraw Graphics Suite X7, the latest version of its flagship graphics suite. CorelDraw X7 features multi-core and native 64-bit support (allowing users to run multiple applications and process large files) as well as a redesigned and customizable user interface, plus enhanced fill capabilities.
Specific features include:
• Workspace selection: Users can choose between six pre-set workspaces – Lite, Default, Classic, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Advanced Page Layout, or Advanced Illustration.
Graphics screen printing most likely originated with retail displays more than a century ago, but that doesn’t mean this sector is staid or safe. New retail construction tailed off even before the Great Recession and may never recover. Amazon and other online-only merchants have taken an astounding share of the consumer’s budget in a very short time. Marketing strategies have been turned upside down as retailers seek new ways to leverage the vast information they have accumulated about their customers and develop highly targeted promotional campaigns.
At my company, our team continually struggles to find the best mix of materials and methods to complete each job in a responsible manner while remaining competitive in the marketplace. It isn’t always easy. If we’re honest with ourselves, large-format digital printing has a substantial impact on the environment. The raw materials we use (plastics, metals, inks, laminates, etc.) don’t always do well in landfills. These components are a huge part of our manufacturing process, and because we work in large formats, we produce a lot of them.