MagX America has announced MagX Magnetically Receptive Systems, a line of magnetic receptive media for creating changeable graphics for retail, P-O-P, trade shows, museum exhibits, and more. The line utilizes MagX Magnetic sheeting with a special mounting adhesive that, according to the company, can be mounted on most smooth surfaces. Magnetically receptive graphics can be easily changed and mounted in up to four layers.
Workhorse Products has launched the Lumitron series of LED screen-exposure units designed to reduce setup time, energy costs, and exposure time. Compared to metal halide bulbs, the LED strips used in the Lumitron units produce lower temperatures and don’t require startup or cool-down times; they deliver the required UV frequency immediately. They also last longer than metal halide bulbs, with a lifespan of more than 50,000 hours, according to the company.
Orafol Americas has announced the Oracal Series 8870 Blockout Film, a 4-mil, 10-year film designed specifically for producing illuminated signage. The opaque cast vinyl is suitable for use with backlit acrylic, glass, and flexible sign face material. Available in 48-in. widths, in white with black backing or black with white backing.
EFI has released an updated version of PrintSmith Vision, a browser-based MIS job management software platform designed to assist small print shops with estimating, P-O-S, account management, production management, receivables, and sales analysis. The update (version 3) features an HTML5 mobile interface and a redesigned dashboard for quick retrieval of information relevant to each specific user. New mobile views allow users to check work in process, view job statuses, or check arriving shipments remotely. Other additions include:
Meech International has announced the 924IPS, an addition to its Hyperion line of static control systems in the form of a compact, short-range, pulsed-DC ionizing bar. Reportedly the first alternative to AC bars of its kind, the 1.26-in. bar is designed for installation in hard-to-reach areas and harsh environments. The system features a four-pin M8 connector and shockless titanium emitter pins – equipped with a cleanliness sensor – as well as adjustable output voltage.
We all use paper money – banknotes, as we say in Europe – and surely every reader of Screen Printing understands that the currency we use is printed somehow by someone, somewhere. As you might expect, those details are among the most sensitive, carefully guarded secrets in all of printing. Since paper money is frequently subjected to counterfeiting attempts, banknote printers use very sophisticated technology to thwart these efforts.
Craig Armiento, director of the Printed Electronics Research Collaborative, has revealed plans for his session November 3 at the SGIA Expo Printed Electronics Symposium. Armiento will speak on the rapidly growing sector of printed and flexible electronics in a talk entitled “Printed Electronics for the Defense Industry: Technology Development Through Corporate/Government/Academic Partnerships” at 8:45 a.m.
FlexTech Alliance will host a workshop focusing on power sources for mobile devices and wearable electronics this September 29-30 at Binghamton University (BU) in Binghamton, New York. The event will kick off on Tuesday the 29th with a tour of the roll-to-roll manufacturing facility at the Center for Advanced Microelectronics Manufacturing – the nation’s first prototype research and development facility in large area flexible electronics, according to a release.
In my role with IDC, I cover three important markets: wide-format printing, digital displays, and 3D printing. Not long ago, I was at a 3D printing trade show in New York City. As I approached a stand where a printer was being demonstrated, I noticed that the booth was slathered in wide-format digitally printed graphics and also featured a digital display advertising the company and its products. For a moment, my three worlds collided.