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Film for Backlit Graphics

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Ultraflex

IllumiSol BL from Ultraflex (www.ultraflexx.com) is an 8.5-mil PET film that’s coated on one side and compatible with solvent, eco-solvent, and UV inks. Its glossy topcoat is formulated to diffuse light for backlit graphics. IllumiSol BL is available in roll widths of 86 in. (2184 mm).
 

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Wide-Format Inkjet Printer

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Xanté

Xanté’s (www.xante.com) Excelagraphix 4200 is a five-color (CMYKK), 42-in. (1067-mm) inkjet printer that features Memjet Waterfall technology. It uses five Memjet printheads, accommodates media up to 0.375 in. (9.5 mm) thick, and prints at speeds up to 6 in./sec (152 mm/sec) at 1600 dpi.
 

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Dye-Sub-Transfer Printers

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Epson America

Epson America (www.epson.com) recently entered the dye-sub-transfer market with the 44-in. (1118-mm) SureColor F6070 and the 64-in. (1626-mm) SureColor F7070. SureColor F-Series printers can be used for soft signage, promotional items, apparel, and more. Both models can print at speeds up to 618 sq ft/hr (57.4 sq m/hr), image at resolutions up to 720 x 1440 dpi, and come standard with a 1.5-l bulk-ink system. The SureColor F models use Epson UltraChrome DS inks (CMYK).

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LexJet and Tara Materials Partner

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LexJet is now the exclusive distributor of Tara Materials' Fredrix Print Canvas line.

LexJet and Tara Materials Inc. recently entered into a partnership whereby LexJet is now the exclusive distributor of Tara Materials' Fredrix Print Canvas line.

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A Fun Read

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Yes, there are poems dedicated to printers and printing.

Poetry is among the oldest of the arts. As such, myriad topics have been covered over the years: love, nature, war, loss, grief, joy ... you name it. But printing? Yes, there are poems dedicated to it. One volume, in particular, is entitled "Songs of the Press: And Other Poems Relative to the Art of Printers and Printing." Click here to read it online via Google Books. You might find some inspiration within—or some much needed sympathy!

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CustomInk Celebrates T-shirt Centennial

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A Website, fundraising campaign, and more are part of the activities.

CustomInk, a Web-based custom T-shirt company, recently launched a nation-wide celebration for the 100th birthday of the T-shirt. The garments were first issued to the U.S. Navy in 1913, and given the significance of the T-shirt in American society, CustomInk has planned a tribute to the apparel.

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Making the Cut

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This article provides an overview of digital flatbed and laser cutting systems and highlights what’s available on the market.

Digital imaging in the screenmaking department and wide-format inkjet printers on the production floor have enabled graphics screen printers to enter new markets and take on a wide array of jobs profitably, including prototypes and one-off pieces. But what’s available when it comes to finishing the short-run work and handling the big job runs? Let’s take a look at digital and laser cutters, two solutions for finishing graphics printed on a vast assortment of substrates and in just about any quantity.

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P-O-P Primer

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This discussion centers on forward-looking best practices for producing effective P-O-P campaigns and examines the value of forging valuable partnerships with customers and suppliers.

In the world of graphics manufacturing, how does one define P-O-P, besides using the words point-of-purchase? Perhaps the most effective way to define this fluid and ever-changing category is Shopper P-O-P, the eight-feet-and-below-eye-level signage—programs that must immediately draw shoppers to a particular product or brand. P-O-P means connection, education, and action.

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Media for Roland Inkjet Printers

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Roland DGA

SoftSign Woven Polyester, WallFlair Removable Fabric, and WallFlair Removable Vinyl are among the newest substrates from Roland DGA (www.rolanddga.com). SoftSign Woven Polyester is 100% polyester, compatible with eco-solvent printers, and available in 100-ft (30.5-m) rolls in widths of 30 and 54 in. (762 and 1372 mm).WallFlair Removable Fabric is a 6.7-mil, fire-retardant, 150 x 150-denier material with an adhesive back. It’s available in 50- and 100-ft (15.25 and 30.5-m) rolls in widths of 20, 30, and 54 in. (508, 762, and 1372 mm).

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Display Structures

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Vista System

Vista System (www.vistasystem.com) recently introduced the Vista Expand series of large-format solutions for signage. The display solutions are for indoor and outdoor applications and range in size from 2.3-4.6 ft (0.7-1.4 m) wide and up to 13 ft (4 m) tall. Products in the series include Pylons XL, Landscape and Portrait XL, and Post & Panel XL signs. Vista says the displays accept many types of insert materials and are very easy to install and update.
 

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