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M&R HQ Moves to Roselle, Illinois

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Expects to double manufacturing capacity.

M&R Companies has officially relocated its headquarters to a new 320,000-square-foot facility in Roselle, Illinois. Initially announced in June, the move “affords us the unique opportunity to streamline production and introduce new computerized and robotic design, machining, and assembly tools,” says CEO Rich Hoffman in a release.

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Custom Inkjet System Developers

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These 11 companies will build customized systems for industrial clients.

Ardeje (Valence, France) develops and integrates chemistries and processes for industrial manufacturing systems using primarily inkjet technology, jetting functional fluids for organic photovoltaic, lighting, smart textile, plastronic, biological, consumer product, and plastic applications.

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Vastex International Offers Intermediate and Advanced Education

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10 sessions announced for 2016.

Vastex International has announced its 2016 training schedule. Taught by industry consultant Douglas Grigar, the “Screen Printing A to Z” and “Advanced Art Seminar” courses are held at the company’s headquarters in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

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Sun Chemical Forms Advanced Materials Division

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Will serve a variety of industrial markets.

Sun Chemical has created an Advanced Materials division with new products tailored to industrial markets. Formed in conjunction with Sun Chemical’s parent company, DIC, the new portfolio of products will serve the automotive, inkjet, electronics, architectural and industrial coatings, aerospace, printed circuits, photovoltaics, printed electronics, plastic cards, water degassing, and plastics markets.

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SGIA Announces 2016 Educational Schedule

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Hands-on workshops for the graphics and garment communities.

SGIA has planned a series of workshops for the coming year, with education tailored towards both the graphic- and garment-producing communities. Attendees will travel to SGIA’s lab in Fairfax, Virginia, for the following sessions:

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Enfocus Updates Workflow Software

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PitStop 13.1 offers faster speeds and finishing tools.

Enfocus has released PitStop 13 update 1, the newest version of its PDF workflow software for sign and display, packaging and label, and digital and commercial printers. The company reports processing speed has increased by up to 20% with the new version, with customers who use physical hard disks experiencing the biggest improvement. Additional new features allow users to copy and repeat frequently used “graphic actions,” such as the placement of grommets. Other changes include:

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IMI Announces Early 2016 Schedule

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Four conferences for Q1.

The Information Management Institute (IMI) has released its event schedule for the first quarter of 2016, with four events planned for February and March. Each will navigate various new opportunities for digital printers as President Al Keene presses attendees to adapt with developing technologies:

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Mimaki Launches New UV-LED Flatbed

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The multipurpose UJF-7151.

Mimaki has released the UJF-7151 UV-LED flatbed printer, a multipurpose machine designed in part to help screen printers transition into the digital market. With three available ink options, the 28 x 20-in. flatbed printer is intended for versatility; users can choose from a chemical- and abrasion-resistant ink set, flexible inks for use on banners and vehicle wraps, or thermoforming inks, each available in CMYK, white, clear, and primer. It can also print on materials up to 6 in.

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New Digistar Offerings from Kiian Digital

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Designed for synthetic transfers.

Kiian Digital has introduced the Digistar Sublisonic line of inks, designed for sublimation transfer printing with the newest generation of Panasonic printheads. Suitable for use on polyester fabrics in applications such as performance apparel, promotional products, flags, banners, and interior décor, the Sublisonic inks are engineered for quick drying and a wide color gamut.

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Enfocus and Tilia Labs Partner

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New configurator automates job estimating and imposing.

Enfocus and Tilia Labs have developed the Phoenix Plan Configurator, a connection between Enfocus Switch automation software and Tilia Labs’ Phoenix job planning application. The configurator collects individual print orders and associated data as they enter Enfocus Switch and sends them to Phoenix for analysis; Phoenix then plans the most cost-effective method of production. Ultimately, the workflow is designed to reduce prepress time, automate error correction, and maximize media usage.

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