At the ISA Expo show in Las Vegas in early April, 3M Graphics (www.mmm.com) announced that Daren Merkle of Shadow Graphics in Indianapolis won its 3M Wrap to Win contest. Merkle, of Shadow Graphix in Indianapolis, won a trip to Bora Bora.
The 3M Wrap to Win contest, held between November 2014 and March 2015, asked graphic manufacturing companies to showcase their skills with their best applications of 3M Envision Print Wrap Films and 3M Envision Wrap Overlaminates—non-PVC films that provide high-performance technology with a sustainability edge.
Many of you will soon be receiving the April/May edition of Screen Printing magazine, and you’ll experience an overwhelming sense of déjà vu when you get to page 18 – which, in fact, will be completely understandable. Due to a production snafu, the PDF for this page was accidentally replaced with the same content (the opening page of Tim Greene’s “The Digital Dimension” column) that appears in the same issue just four pages earlier.
ASI (www.asishow.com) has announced that its ASI Chicago trade show, to be held July 14-16 at McCormick Place, earned a ranking on Trade Show Executive (TSE) magazine’s list of 50 fastest-growing shows in the US based on the growth of net square feet of paid exhibit space.
“The Fastest 50 awards and summit is not only a tribute to the sizzling numbers these show organizers produced, but also spotlights their ingenuity and skill in thriving during unprecedented growth spurts,” said Darlene Gudea, TSE president.
In its quarterly Sign Industry Quarterly Economic Report, covering the first quarter of 2015 with forecasts through 2016, ISA (www.signs.org) anticipates above-average growth for 2015 and 2016. The report also finds that the outlook for all segments – large-format printers, dynamic digital signage, electric signage, and wayfinding – has improved since the last quarter of 2014.
Today, I had the privilege of interviewing the VP of operations of a company active in the wide-format digital printing market. It’s always very interesting to hear what the people who own and run these businesses are thinking and what challenges they face. For me, one of the most interesting aspects of the interview was his opinions on the technology his company has invested in and why.
Roland DGA (www.rolanddga.com) has introduced premium-quality Texart Sublimation Transfer Paper, designed for use on the firm’s Texart RT-640 dye-sublimation printer. The uniformly coated, 95-gsm paper reportedly holds ink well and dries quickly, allowing for immediate winding on the printer’s take-up reel without causing the inks to smear or run. It also has high ink-release characteristics to help ensure a high-resolution end product with vibrant colors, crisp lines, and strong details.
Mimaki (www.mimakiusa.com) has released ES3 eco-solvent inks for use in the company’s JV300, JV150, CJV300, and CJV150 series printers. The inks are designed to be highly scratch-resistant in high-traffic applications such as vehicle wraps, window graphics, static clings, and magnetic signs. They are also low in odor, for use in shared working environments without special ventilation.
At the Glasstec 2014 exhibition in Dusseldorf last winter, Marabu (www.marabu-inks.com) introduced a screen-printable UV primer compatible with hot stamping, designed to create metallic effects on glass without the use of ceramic inks. Users print the design with Ultraglass UVGL primer, which also functions as a hot-stamping cliché. The foil adheres only to the area of the glass that was treated with the primer, producing high-gloss gold and silver effects at significantly less cost than conventional ceramic inks.
Designed for short-term advertising on uncoated, textured surfaces, Orajet 3943 from Orafol Americas (www.orafolamericas.com) is a 2-mil, high-gloss film with enhanced stretching capabilities for use on textured surfaces such as brick, concrete block, and poured concrete. The film is compatible with latex, solvent, eco-solvent, and UV inks and available in 54-in. widths.
Designed for short-run and on-demand printing of promotional products and plastic industrial parts, the fJetXL flatbed inkjet printer from Engineered Printing Solutions (www.epsvt.com) can image products up to 5.9 inches tall. The 1200-dpi LED UV-cure printer has a maximum print area of 39.8 x 22.4 inches and can reportedly print a full-sized bed in CMYK + white x2 in less than 2 minutes. An optional clear coat is available.