Sigmajet, the Czech Republic manufacturer of wide-format hybrid and flatbed UV printers, announced the transatlantic expansion of its business with the opening of a brand new U.S. office. The company, formerly known as Grapo Technologies, was acquired by a group of private investors late last year, giving them the financial backing to significantly strengthen their position in the global wide format print market.
Roland DGA Corp. has announced a new rental program for its line of inkjet printers and printer/cutters. Available to customers in the United States only, the new Roland Rental Program provides flexible financing options for customers with short-term equipment requirements as well as businesses that do not qualify for traditional financing programs.
Arlon Graphics announced the launch of two new Polyolefin eco-friendly products. Arlon's DPF 204 is a 4-mil (100 micron) flexible white eco-friendly polyolefin film with a high tack removable adhesive. This film was designed to offer a more opaque greener option for interior and exterior POP applications. The high tack adhesive system offers an initial repositionability to allow for an easier installer friendly application, while maintaining a strong bond to multiple substrates such as painted walls. DPF 204 is available in 54" x 50 yd rolls.
There are lots of awards for talent at a young age, but one of my favorites is the Tom Frecska Student Printing Competition. Tom O. Frecska was Screen Printing magazine's editor for many years and earned respect industry-wide for his devotion to the advancement of the screen-printing process and specialty graphics. He passed away unexpectedly in 2009. The Academy of Screen Printing Technology (ASPT) paid tribute to his dedication by renaming its student printing competition in his honor.
Pad Print Machinery of Vermont (www.padprintmachinery.com) recently unveiled is multi-head UV-ink test printer. Its ink-management array includes ink-storage containers engineered for quick changeouts for sampling multiple ink types. The system is designed to enable printers to match different combinations of UV inksets to their substrates and determine the best fit for their applications.
FineEye Color Solutions Inc. (www.iceitcolor.com) has issued ICEit! 2.0, a color-separation solution delivered as a Photoshop plug-in. The company says ICEit! captures more of the original RGB image’s color gamut during the CMYK conversion, resulting in cleaner, brighter images that require less color editing. The plug-in supports GRACoL and SWOP specifications and is offered as a base product and a professional version that includes additional functionality. For example, ICEit! Pro allows users to place ICEit!
Value Vinyls (www.valuevinyls.com) recently debuted its line of Rio PET Sign Media. The scrimless products feature a matte finish that is compatible with screen printing, digital printing, and pressure-sensitive lettering. They're intended for long-term indoor and short-term outdoor display usage and engineered to provide low-curl when producing hemless signs. Rio PET 16-oz Opaque Ultra Smooth can be printed on one or two sides and is compatible with latex inks. Rio PET 13-oz Backlit can be printed on one side and is engineered to provide vibrancy print when backlit.
Before you know it, drupa, held May 3-16 in Düsseldorf, Germany, will be happening. To make it easier for attendees, entrance passes for drupa 2012 are now available online at www.drupa.com. This represents the first time that passes have been offered as eTickets. Attendees can purchase their ticket online, print it out, and travel to the trade fair by bus and train free of charge.
The UV LED Curing association has recently published its inaugural UV LED Glossary of Terms. The organization was formed by Integration Technology Limited, Lumen Dynamics, and Phoseon Technology in November of 2011. Since the association formation, these three companies have worked to define and established agreed-upon UV LED-based guidelines for curing applications. The UV LED Glossary of Terms consolidates and standardizes curing terminology specific to UV LEDs and can be found at www.uvledcuring.org.
Most plastic sheets perform superbly in a wide range of graphics applications and can be used to create weather-resistant signs, displays, or P-O-P materials. Their smooth surface is ideal for all types of graphics, and they require little surface preparation or treatment. This article focuses on polycarbonate (PC) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC), both of which are commonly used for signage and graphics.