Canon U.S.A., Inc., a company active in digital imaging and office solutions, today unveiled five imagePROGRAF large-format printers--the iPF9400, iPF9400S, iPF8400, iPF6450 and iPF6400- that deliver superb color quality, color consistency and output speeds. Designed for use by photographers, artisans, proofers and print for pay users, the imagePROGRAF models help complete the lineup of professional imaging products offered by Canon.
With the highest UV output of any low energy UV system, E2C promises sufficient energy at high production speeds without compromising print quality. Delivering dramatic savings in energy consumption and costs, users can expect increased efficiency and profitability per job and less substrate waste from inadequate curing or heat damage. The low energy system also gives a 42% CO2 reduction in environmental performance that resonates with legislation and supports good business practice.
Drytac has launched Viziprint, a clear, UV printable, self-adhesive polyester window film that can be installed by anyone.
Similar to Drytac's WindowTac adhesive, ViziPrint uses a specially designed, embossed release liner that imparts micro grooves in the adhesive allowing for air evacuation using just a felt burnishing pad. The proprietary adhesive is removable and repositionable, making installation simple and eliminating professional installation costs.
Kornit (www.kornit-digital.com) recently introduced the Paradigm Printer, a digital add-on solution for manual and automatic carousel screen presses. According to Kornit, Paradigm is capable of handling a large variety of textile applications, variable data, four-color process, spot combinations, and more. The unit is equipped with Spectra Polaris printheads. It uses pigmented solvent or water-based ink, supports a maximum image size of 16 x 20 in. (406 x 508 mm), and images at resolutions up to 630 dpi.
Mutoh America’s (www.mutoh.com) 4-l ink-pack adapter that accommodates four 1000-ml Eco-Ultra ink bags (CMYK). The Eco-Ultra ink bags are compatible with the ValueJet 1324, 1624, and 1638 printers. According to Mutoh, adapter users will see an increased cost savings in just a few uses, with up to a 27% savings, depending on cartridge size. Mutoh also notes that minimal material use and increased capacity of the 1-l bags, compared to smaller cartridges, means less materials used and, as a result, a more environmentally friendly working environment.
We have chosen a profession that is by its nature a capital-intensive industry, and that can present a problem.
Graphic software to take in clients’ files requires on average a thousand dollars of upgrades every other year, and the actual workstation (Mac or PC) needs to be replaced every three or four years. Naturally, the newer software is optimized on the newest boxes. You can almost hear the cost accumulating: cha ching!
The regulatory aspect of business is a pain in the you-know-what. As much as we would like it to go away, that simply will not happen. Noncompliance is not an option, but this doesn’t mean you have to submit to every arbitrary whim and directive that’s thrown at you. You have two choices when dealing with regulators and inspections: comply on your terms or comply on theirs.