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