You’ve been grinding away on press for untold hours, churning out trendy shirts for bratty kids, yard signs for scumbag politicians, and other jobs that make you cringe—especially when something goes wrong.
You’re burned out and need a remedy. I suggest taking a trip to another shop in your area to see what drags them into the gutter you call a day of work. But switch it up a bit. If you print garments, drop in on a graphics guy. Or go completely off the reservation and visit a commercial printer.
The cutting edge of visual technology is once again centered on 3D, and it looks like it is here to stay. Consumers are excited by 3D, as we’ve seen with the recent box office success of 3D movies and the explosion of 3D television programming. Add to that video gaming, consumer video and still cameras, and smart phones, and you have a trend with no apparent end. Naturally, designers and brands want to exploit 3D technology for print campaigns, too.
EFI, Foster City, CA, recently announced that it has acquired privately held Cretaprint S.L., for approximately $31 million and an earn-out of up to $21 million based on growth targets for 2012 and 2013. Cretaprint, with headquarters in Castellón, Spain, is a developer and supplier of inkjet printers for ceramic tiles.
The company expects the transaction to be accretive to 2012 earnings and immaterial to first quarter 2012 earnings. Cretaprint is expected to contribute approximately 5 to 7% to EFI's 2012 revenue.
The Cincinnati, OH-based American Sign Museum, founded in 2005 by Tod Swormstedt, former editor and publisher of Signs of the Times magazine, is set to relocate its more than 3,800 cataloged items to a larger home.
MACtac Graphic Products (www.mactac.com) has expanded its wall-graphics-media offerings with the addition of DecoArt, a line of interior, pressure-sensitive products. DecoArt DecoSatin DA012, a fabric-based material, is first to launch in the DecoArt line. It is a white woven-polyester textile that is coated with a clear, repositionable, acrylic pressure-sensitive adhesive. DecoSatin meets ANSI / NFPA Class A and IBC Class A specifications for flame spread and smoke density. The product is intended to be used with eco-solvent, solvent-based, latex-based, and UV inkjet printers.
The 18 x 18-in (457 x 457 mm) Super Seca flash cure unit from Workhorse Products (www.workhorseproducts.com) features a ceramic IR heating panel that’s engineered with three heat reflectors to trap heat and provide enhanced edge curing. The head can be rotated 360°, and the angle of the panel can be adjusted by a knob. The unit stands on a five-leg base and can accommodate designs up to 16 x 16 in. (406 x 406 mm).
I recently read an article by Bob Coleman in The Coleman Report that claimed that more small businesses fail due to lack of cash flow than for lack of profit. When business owners concentrate on increasing sales to achieve profitability and growth, but forget about regular cash flow, they may get into trouble. Converting sales into cash takes more time, especially in these times when customers stretch out payments as long as possible to avoid their own cash-flow problems.
Now that it’s winter and the air is dry, we all get zapped by static electricity. Any time you rub two materials together, that sliding friction stirs up static electricity, and ZAP, electrostatic discharge (ESD) gives you a little wake-up charge.
Interlam Bio from Drytac (www.drytac.com) is a line of certified biodegradable laminating films (Din EN 13432:2000-12) with a water-based adhesive. Interlam BioGloss and BioMatt are derived from wood pulp, which Drytac describes as a sustainable and biodegradable resource. The company notes that the laminates break down easily in the recycling process, allowing for more eco-friendly disposal and recycling options for laminated graphics.