Drytac’s (www.drytac.com) Backlit Film is a 7-mil, front-print, matte polyester product that disperses light evenly and consistently across printed graphics. Designed for UV and latex printers, the film has a bright white point to improve print quality and facilitate the reading of registration marks on automatic cutters. The rigidity of the film and its anti-slip and antistatic properties allow printed graphics to be more easily inserted into light boxes.
H76 high-performance UV inks from INX Digital (www.inxdigital.com) are designed for use on the HP 7500 and 7600 printers in applications including outdoor graphics, P-O-P displays, transit signage, and packaging. H76 inks are said to be compatible with the OEM FB225 ink series and are available in six basic colors plus white, light black, and orange. They come in 5-liter bottles that can be installed directly into the printer.
The OE-A (Organic and Printed Electronics Association) is predicting an increase in sales revenue of 19 percent for 2015. The OE-A Business Climate Survey reports that 53 percent of companies believe their incoming orders will increase up to 20 percent; 47 percent want to invest in expanding production; and 78 percent expect general growth of the industry and plan to invest in research and development.
Student imagers were featured on the last day of the 2014 SGIA Expo (Las Vegas, October 22-24) in the Tom Frescka Student Printing Competition. The competition is named for the late Tom Frescka, editor of Screen Printing magazine from 1996-2009.
Last month at the 2014 SGIA Expo (Las Vegas, October 22-24), winners of the Golden Image Competition were honored for achieving imaging excellence and displaying exceptional expertise in their field.
“Receiving one of these awards places the winner at the very top of the world’s leading printers,” says Johnny Shell, SGIA’s VP of technical services. “Achieving such high quality indicates remarkable control and ability.”
Staffing agency Semper International has released its annual “Industry Insight Survey” for the printing and graphics arts markets, showing a year-over-year increase in revenue and the number of companies considering diversification. And unlike the previous decade, no respondents said that they planned to decrease staffing levels. Respondents were culled from Semper clients and prospects.
Budget Inks (www.budget-inks.com) has introduced Eco-Maxx replacement inkjet cartridges for Roland DGA’s SolJet Pro, VersaCAMM, and VersaArt printers. According to Budget Inks, the cartridges don’t require different media color profiles and can be used without flushing the printers. Outdoor durability is said to be up to three years without lamination. The 440-ml cartridges are available in CMYK, Lc, and Lm. Four- and six-cartridge packs are also available.
The Nyala 2 from Polytype Americas is the largest and highest-productivity machine in the firm’s swissQprint line of UV flatbed inkjet printers. It features a maximum print size of 80 x 126 in. and is available with up to 18 printheads and from 4-9 colors. Available colors include CMYK, light shades of all process colors, Pantone colors (orange, green, and violet), white, and special-effect varnish. Four print modes range from Fine Art to Speed (with speeds ranging from 344-2217 sq ft/hr in 2 x CMYK mode).
Avery Dennison Graphic Solutions (www.averydennison.com) has launched two new perforated films that allow windows to be decorated with digitally printed graphics without completely restricting vision. Both films are printable with all ink platforms including solvent, eco-solvent, UV, and latex. MPI 3529 has a matte finish, removable adhesive, and 50/50 perforation pattern for use in promotional vehicle applications where increased visibility from the interior is required. MPI 3729 has a 60/40 perforation pattern and is intended for P-O-P, tradeshow, and other flat window applications.
Many of us spend hours in conference rooms discussing new products that we hope will differentiate us from competitors. The reality is that being a large-format printer isn’t unique and it won’t keep your good customers from looking around. However, if you’re able to present opportunities to clients that address the goals of their marketing teams, then you have something exciting to offer.