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A Cut Above: An Overview of Flatbed Finishing Systems

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Looking to slice through the competition in a crowded graphics market? The finishing systems described here could give you the edge you need.

Flatbed cutting tables are designed to give graphics specialists the ability to finish prints on a wide range of materials quickly and accurately in a variety of ways. These systems, also referred to as digital cutting tables, are engineered to handle run lengths from one piece to mass quantities and can accommodate prints produced on screen presses, inkjet printers, and other equipment.

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IMI Presents Inkjet Technology Showcase

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Annual event to be held September 8-10, 2010 at the Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel, Baltimore, MD

The Information Management Institute (IMI) will hold the annual Ink Jet Technology Showcase on Sept 8-10 at the Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel, Baltimore, MD. The Showcase program brings current and potential ink jet printing system developers, integrators, and users together to glean technical information and establish professional working relationships with ink jet printing technology providers of printheads, ink, curing systems, materials, and instruments.

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Are You Still Just a Printer?

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The successful integration of screen and digital points to more than the simple fact that people had the wrong idea about the future of graphics production.

Several years have passed since some in the printing industry decided the time had come to write an obituary for the screen process. They claimed that digital imaging would crush screen printing into teeny-tiny pieces, rendering it irrelevant.

They were wrong.

On the other side of the aisle were the screen-printing purists who refused to give wide-format inkjet printing any consideration. They figured digital imaging could only be a threat or hindrance to their businesses.

They, too, were wrong.

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A Show of Fashion

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People want to differentiate themselves and express what they think by what they wear

While sitting in the salon getting my hair styled one Saturday, I was thinking about what might draw attention in Screen Printing’s upcoming editorial calendar for 2011. Let’s see—hot topics include sustainability, lean manufacturing, automation, mobile tagging, UV, and screen-printed special effects clothing, I thought. Then, out of the corner of my eye floated a hair stylist wearing her underwear over her outerwear just to show it off.

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Welcome to MESH blog

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An interactive platform for communicating

Dear readers:

We are always looking to provide more information to you and to give you more opportunities to interact with us. Therefore, we are delighted to introduce MESH blog.

Our next newsletter will introduce the inaugural postings on MESH blog, where we will present conversations from the screen-printing community on all types of informative, controversial, and humorous topics.

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Production-Workflow Software

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ONYX Graphics

Version X10 is now available for ProductionHouse, PosterShop, and RIPCenter from ONYX Graphics (www.onyxgfx.com). As Onyx puts it, X10 dramatically simplifies everyday printing tasks, improves profiling processes, and automates the print-and-cut workflow. Onyx also says the new version also offers an improved native PDF, PostScript, and RIP engine for more reliable file handling and reproduction of images from Mac- and Windows-based creative applications.

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Printable Fabric

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Drytac

The EarthSmart line from Drytac (www.drytac.com) just grew with the addition of Panda Print, a bamboo-fiber fabric that’s compatible with aqueous, eco-solvent, and UV inkjet printers. Drytac reports that Panda Print is 99.6 % biodegradable and certified to be free of harmful chemicals certified to be free of harmful chemicals by the European REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) and Oeko Tex Standard 100 requirements.

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Wide-Format Flatbed UV Inkjet Printer

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FUJIFILM North America

FUJIFILM North America Corp. recently unveiled the Acuity Advance HS-X2 wide-format UV inkjet printer. It supports a maximum print area of 98 x 120 in. (2489 x 3048 mm), comes standard with a a dual zoning system with independent vacuum control, prints at speeds of more than 700 sq ft/hr in the new Express mode, and uses Fujifilm’s Uvijet ink with Micro-V dispersion technology. According to Fujifilm, the Advance HS-X2 is so versatile an operator can prepare rigid material on the flatbed while the roll-media option prints.
 

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Lexjet Redesigns Website

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Company recently relaunched site with new features

After conducting a year-long survey on its previous Website, Lexjet created LexJet 2.0, a redesigned site. According to LexJet, the site offers improved navigation, streamlined ordering, and enhanced product-search capabilities. LexJet reports that after the June 1, 2010 launch, online sales have increased by 100% for its line of wide-format inkjet equipment and digital-imaging supplies.

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FLEXcon and Reflexite Team Up

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Companies will create pressure-sensitive, retroreflective products for vehicles

FLEXcon, a manufacturer of pressure-sensitive-film solutions, and Reflexite, a manufacturer of microprismatic technologies, have decided to work together to create pressure-sensitive retroreflective products for truck and trailer, school bus, and fleet safety graphics for police, fire, and emergency service vehicles. Reflective solutions help save lives by increasing visibility and recognition.

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