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How Digital Technology Is Killing Innovation

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Times of change can be roads to revenue or ruin. Coudray describes how you can evaluate your situation and aim for growth.

I love technology, always have. But we’re fast approaching the point where even techno geeks can’t keep up with the awesome display before us. There was a time when I couldn’t wait to see what was new. Over the last decade or so, the speed at which technology has accelerated has changed my perspective.

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Media for Screen and Digital Printing

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MACtac

MACtac’s (www.mactac.com) Rebel RB599H is designed for screen and digital printing applications that call for a high-gloss, clear facestock for borderless graphics and a high-tack adhesive. Rebel RB599H is a 4.0-mil, flexible, PVC film designed for medium- to long-term outdoor advertising and promotion on flat or slightly curved surfaces. It is coated on one side with a acrylic, pressure-sensitive adhesive and features a 90-lb SuperFlat C2S polycoated liner. The film offers outdoor durability of five years and indoor durability of up to seven years.
 

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Aluminum-Composite Material

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Graphic Solutions Group

Alupanel Ultrawhite is a new aluminum-composite material from Graphic Solutions Group (www.gogsg.com). It’s designed for flat signage, vinyl application, P-O-P displays, and short-term displays for outdoor use. According to GSG, Alupanel Ultrawhite features a paint finish that supports color vibrancy and improved ink adhesion. GSG says a newly formulated mixture of compounds used in Alupanel Ultrawhite has increased the product’s rigidity by more than 25% compared to the company’s Ecopanel.

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Spray Adhesives and Screen Cleaners

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RhinoTech

RhinoTech's (www.rhinotechinc.com) RhinoClean Green² product group features RhinoBond RBA2 Adhesive Mist, RhinoBond RBA3 Adhesive Web, SO100 Screen Opener, and RhinoClean SO105 Screen Opener. RhinoTech describes RhinoBond RBA2 Adhesive Mist as a pressure-sensitive, environmentally responsive formula that offers many uses per application, is repositionable, and retains strength. It is formulated to retain tack over numerous screen passes and bond a variety of materials without transferring to the fabric.

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SGIA: The Aftermath

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Most people looked for a specific thing, something they needed to improve their businesses.

New Orleans itself is so over-the-top that many of us had a difficult time concentrating. There was a jester waving a doll, a green lady with painted-on decorations, alligators in everything including your soup, cars being wrapped, educational sessions in progress behind curtains and doors, LEDs lighting up pathways, and pictures piled on every surface after flowing out of inkjets. There were so many press conferences (five to six each day) that the SGIA suggested that members of the press just stay in the press room so that we wouldn’t miss anything innovative.

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Inkjet Inks

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Nazdar

Nazdar (www.nazdar.com) recently launched Lyson 213 Series Inks for Roland AJ-1000i and AJ-740i large-format inkjet printers. The company bills the ink as a true alternative to the OEM EcoXtreme Ai3 inkset. According to Nazdar, 213 Series ink is color matched, thereby eliminating the need to profile in most situations, and displays longevity performance that matches the OEM ink. Lyson 213 is available in 1000-ml cartridges.

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Mesh

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Murakami Screen USA

Murakami Screen USA (www.murakamiscreen.com) says its new LX Mesh for plastisols, water-based formulations, and discharge printing is designed to meet the demand for prints with a soft hand. LX Mesh uses proprietary thread technology to create a mesh that Murakami says has more open area, thinner mesh fabric, minimal mesh knuckles, and improved printing properties. According to the company, LX Mesh yields brilliant white solid areas along with detailed line work or halftones that typically are difficult to print well together.

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Direct-to-Garment Inkjet Printer

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AnaJet

AnaJet’s (www.anajet.com) new mPower is a direct-to-garment inkjet printer that features a closed-loop ink delivery system that enables ink recirculation for all channels, control of ink flow and ink-drop size, and imaging resolutions up to 1200 dpi. The system prints AnaJet’s PowerBRIGHT water-based, pigmented CMYK+W inks on cotton, cotton blends, and general-purpose printing substrates. According to AnaJet, the mPower mP10 prints a typical color graphic in about 34 seconds; the mP5 requires about twice that time.
 

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Rutland Holdings Acquires QCM

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Rutland will continue to produce QCM inks using the same formulas and specifications as in the past.

Rutland Holdings, LLC acquired QCM, a screen-ink business, on July 18, 2011. The QCM ink business has been relocated to Pineville, NC. Rutland will continue to produce QCM inks using the same formulas and specifications as in the past.
 

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