COLORIP Upgrade for Roland printers

March 1, 2008

The Wasatch COLORIP Upgrade offers additional capabilities and compatibility to Roland owners, providing users with the latest file formats and operating systems, third-party media profiles and premium features such as 16-bit color, direct-to-layout workflows and pre-RIP nesting. The new color pipeline maintains color data to produce more output that’s more faithful to the original image, …

Lincoln Fabrics contributes $1 million for cancer center

Niagara Health Systems, Ontario’s largest multi-site hospital system, called its $40-million fundraising campaign for the Walker Family Cancer Centre “It’s Our Time.” The Howes family, owners of Lincoln Fabrics Inc., St. Catharine’s, Ontario, Canada, decided it was their time, donating $1 million to the campaign. Lincoln Fabrics, led by David Howes, has been in the …

High-performance solutions defend fabric

The Defense™ line provides protection from harmful manmade and environmental threats such as UV rays, mildew, stains and wear. Consisting of five individual solutions that can be used alone or in any combination, it maximizes performance and minimizes impact to the fabric’s hand and appearance. Solar Defense provides printed fabrics with outstanding sun exposure resistance …

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Solara ion now available in Midwest

St. Paul, Minn. based Midwest Sign & Screen Printing Supply Co. has announced that Gerber Scientific’s new Solara ion has been added to its product offerings. The Gerber Solara ion is a roll-to-roll and flatbed printer designed for durable, vivid outdoor graphics. Equipped with GerberCAT Cationic Inks, the ion offers vibrant colors, a greater adhesion …

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Astrup president retires

The Astrup Co., Cleveland, Ohio, announces the retirement of Jeffrey W. Kirk, Astrup president and chief operations officer of the newly created distribution division of Glen Raven. Kirk, a fourth-generation member of the founding Astrup family, served more than 32 years with the company. He was named president and secretary in 1999. In October 2005, …

Solutions for daily printing

3P InkJet Textiles Corp.’s media solutions facilitate your daily printing business, offering premium lines developed for particular ink technologies. Collection of TruColor media was specially designed for optimizing output with solvent and eco-solvent printers to achieve the highest possible printing results. 3P also offers the economical Value line, recommended for either direct or transfer sublimation …

Eco-friendly tubing keeps displays fresh

Tension fabric displays that have lost some of their pizazz can mutate into new life forms—if they are part of a KSK Tension Fabric System. KSK Digital Printing Solutions, Troy, Mich., introduced the new product line in January. It features eco-friendly aluminum tubing and extrusion frames with grand format dye-sublimated printed fabric graphics that are …

Tools, fasteners and accessories

The newly redesigned catalog from Rowley Co. for 2008 features approximately 2500 items, including grommets of all sizes, setting tools and presses, and a wide variety of items for the upholstery, marine and interior decorating industries. SOURCE The Rowley Co.

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Roland releases eco-solvent ink and new printer/cutter

Roland DGA Corp., Irvine, Calif., has introduced white ECO-SOL MAX ink, the company’s most advanced eco-solvent white ink to date, into its product line. Formulated specifically for use with Roland’s high-performance 54-inch SOLJET PRO III XC-540 ink jet printer/cutter, White ECO-SOL MAX ink prints provide improved highlights, graphics and text, and can be printed as …

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NECPA announces 2008 officers

North East Canvas Products Association announces its 2008 officers. Serving as president, first vice president, and second vice president, respectively, are David Randa, owner and co-president of ViewPoint Sign & Awning in Marlboro, Mass.; Tonya Ricketts, owner and president of The Canvas Lady in Warwick, R.I.; and Scott Massey, owner and president of Awning Cleaning …

Communicating color

Colors are difficult to describe because everyone visualizes them differently—but critical to the design and creation of any material. Acrylics USA LLC, a manufacturer of cell cast acrylic sheets, has developed a new, patented tool to make colors easier to create and share: the Peacock Color Creation Tool™. Contained in a small binder, it contains …

Snap-on panels improve hospital privacy

Recuperating patients at the Palm Beach, Fla., Veterans Affairs Medical Center won’t have to watch out for falling housekeeping staff. Health regulations require facilities to change and wash privacy curtains if even a small portion is soiled. Unhooking the curtains from ceiling tracks can be treacherous, and endless washing is expensive. Woman-owned Cubicle Curtain Factory, …

Textile transmitter

Textronics Inc., manufacturer of the NuMetrex brand of sports and fitness apparel, has designed a new transmitter that improves accuracy and applicability of the heart-rate monitoring system. The transmitter snaps into a tiny pocket in the NuMetrex sports bras and shirts, where it receives the heart rate signal from textile sensors located across the chest …

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KSK introduces tension fabric systems

KSK Digital Printing Solutions, Solon, Ohio, has announced a new product line to complement its existing graphic imaging and installation services. KSK’s Tension Fabric Systems combine eco-friendly aluminum tubing and extrusion frames with grand format dye-sublimated printed fabric graphics to create unique display structures. “This new product line is a logical complement to KSK’s dye …

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Shepherd Color Co. and Shepherd Chemical Co. form legal entity

The Shepherd Color Co. and The Shepherd Chemical Co., Cincinnati, Ohio., have jointly formed a legal entity, Shepherd Europe Ltd., to serve as an only representative for Reach pre-registration and registration of its non-European manufactured products. This new service company is backed with proficiency in Reach compliance and expertise in the pigment and chemical industries. …

Special events decor

The new Moss Events line includes columns, walls, arches, themed backdrops and functional decor, all available for either rental or purchase. Themed photographic backdrops, available in 26 different graphics from beach scenes to cityscapes, are printed on wrinkle-resistant recycled Moss Green Knit fabric. Moss Mosaics is a line of modular shapes, designed to clip together …

Green spending to double in 2008

Consumers answering the 2007 ImagePower Green Brands Survey plan to double spending on green products and services in 2008, an estimated $500 billion in sales. “This wave of research very clearly indicates an uptick in purchase intent…particularly those that are relatively simple to implement, such as installing environmentally friendly lighting and upgrading to energy-saving appliances,” …

Tracking curtain hardware

A new Duratrack Inc. curtain system can be used to create privacy and partitions in a wide range of settings. Galvanized steel system includes a range of products that suspend and anchor the curtain system, as well as a variety of trolleys that allow the curtains to move along the track, which is sold in …

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Trade Show Emporiums launches new trade show display

Trade Show Emporium, Denver, Colo., has launched the new Alumalite trade show display. Alumalite is a portable modular display system that raises a company’s brand image while lowering its shipping, install, and dismantle costs. An entire Alumalite system can be assembled quickly and easily and weighs less than 200 pounds. An 81-inch-wide by 84-inch-high central …

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Freudenberg Evolon to demonstrate printing substrate at FESPA 2008

Freudenberg Evolon will be demonstrating its Evolon printing substrate on stand H21 at FESPA Digital Printing Europe 2008. Evolon is an environmentally friendly media, designed for a multitude of indoor and outdoor printing applications, that include signs, graphics and other digital printing projects.

Tax savings for ADA compliance

It has been 17 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. Although many specialty fabric products businesses still fall short when it comes to making their businesses—and their business premises—ADA compliant, others have used the financial and tax incentives created to help ease the cost of complying with the ADA …

Unbreakable, rust-free hooks

Problem: Hooks that move privacy curtains break or rust in damp indoor or outdoor environments. Solution: The JEFBeam Curtain System designed specifically for indoor and outdoor use features hooks that are unbreakable and rust-free. The curtain system rocks for custom gazebos, patios and drapery, and rolls for hospital privacy and shower curtains. SOURCE J. Ennis …

Replacing sandbags with flood tubes

It’s a city famous for its stellar university, but parts of Oxford, England, were underwater in January as the Oxford City Council tried to stave off historic flooding. The fire service deployed 15 water-filled vinyl-coated polyester tubes approximately eight feet high and 100 feet long to prevent inundation of residential areas. Any emergency manager could …

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Industry professionals define “green”

These answers indicate the real complexity of the issue. “This is a very complex and unclear issue. There are different levels of green. Obviously there are the three R’s: reduce, reuse, and recycle. Going green involves the product line and business practices—the company’s power source and use, waste products, consumables used in business, emissions, and …

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PROLABdigital IMAGING capable of printing on eco-friendly BIOflex

PROLABdigital IMAGING, Culver City, Calif., announces its capability to print vinyl banners on eco-friendly BIOflex, the newest bio-degradable vinyl substrate. The company’s printing capabilities allow it to print up to 16 feet wide by any length, or tiled together to create even larger mega-banners in quantities from one to thousands of units. The life expectancy …

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Ribbon provides wayfinding with an aviation theme

By Janet Preus The project. Imperial War Museum, Duxford Airspace, Monmouthshire, United Kingdom. The company. Architen Landrell Associates Ltd. Designed by Fraser Randall. The task. The project was charged with providing wayfinding, to guide visitors around the museum space, while seamlessly tying in the aviation theme. The challenge. The design needed to be fluid, dramatic, …

The textile industry in China

Li Ying Lu: The China Textile News (CTN) is the only authorized national newspaper on the textile industry in China. Would you please give us some background on your newspaper? Mr. Chi: CTN started in 1986, and is 22 years old this year. The fundamental mission of this newspaper is to offer comprehensive information services …

Shears that stay sharp longer

Problem: Cutting material with glue or adhesive backing clogs shears and leads to rust and corrosion. Solution: Clauss 8-inch and 9-inch Titanium Bonded Ultraflex Shears feature precision razor-knife edges, ergonomic nylon comfort bows and adjustable tension. Titanium-bonded blades stay sharp longer and resist rust, corrosion, glues and adhesives. SOURCE Clauss Cutlery

Building dikes with geosynthetics

TenCate, Pendergrass, Ga., manufactures the Mirafi® line of geosynthetics, used by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build a rock dike at the Calcasieu River in Louisiana. The dike, 70 feet wide at its base and five miles long, used Mirafi HS900PP, a woven polyester and polypropylene hybrid, and Mirafi FW404, a high-flow separation …

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Printed foil scrim creates a fitting memorial

By Janet Preus Just over a year ago, the Spanish royal family inaugurated a memorial to honor the victims of the March 11, 2004 terrorist bombing attack at three Madrid train stations. The blasts took the lives of 191 and injured 1,824 more. One might ask how it is possible to adequately represent the sadness …

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Bannerbags.co.uk recycles banners to make bags

Bannerbags.co.uk, the only United Kingdom manufacturer of fashion bags crafted from recycled advertising banners, is launching a new line including totes, handbags, sports bags, courier bags, weekend, and laptop bags—all bearing the Liverpool European Capital of Culture official logo. The accessories are made from wholly recycled street banners, and each item is one-of-a-kind. Paul Gilbraith, …

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Reusable bags carry custom messages

By Jill Lafferty The canvas tote has been around forever, but convincing consumers to carry it anywhere but the beach has been a challenge. Until now. A worldwide movement to ban the plastic shopping bag is creating new opportunities for reusable shopping bags, in particular well-designed, custom-printed bags. “I saw this trend probably seven or …

Water, energy savings for textile mills

Two innovative technologies recently developed by A. Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG, Germany, have been recognized by the All China Printers and Dyers Association for the important contributions they can make to energy and water savings in textile mills. Monfort’s E-Control process for continuous dyeing, as well as the company’s latest heat recovery system …

Repel dirt, water and sun

Problem: Rough-duty acrylic and canvas products sustain heavy sun damage and abrasion, leading to seam leaks. Solution: Spray-on SolarGuard® by Solarbloc repels dirt, grease, water, oil and sun, increasing fabric life by up to 15 percent, according to the manufacturer. The product creates a self-healing shield and holds up successfully to thousands of abrasion tests. …

The luxury lifestyle, outdoors

Hearst Brand Development has unveiled a licensing agreement with Jardin de Ville, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to design and distribute a distinctive line of branded outdoor home furnishings, bringing a high level of luxury to the sophisticated home market. The first of several Jardin de Ville Town & Country collections debuted at North Carolina’s High Point …

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Crisis management

By Roy Katz The phrase “What if” is usually associated with financial spreadsheets; however, managers must carefully look at all aspects of their business and constantly ask themselves “what if…?” You can fill in the blanks, since all sorts of unplanned events happen all the time. “Crisis management is doing everything we can to prevent …

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Super signage featured at Super Bowl

Big Ben Jumbo Graphic Solutions provided large signage for Super Bowl XLII. The Big Ben division of Ben Franklin Press of Tempe, Ariz. printed 64-foot-tall, x 32-foot-wide vinyl banners and worked with the Tempe company, Rhino Staging and Event Solutions, to hang them near the University of Phoenix Stadium, in Glendale, site of the 2008 …

NECPA elects officers for 2008

The North East Canvas Products Association (NECPA), a trade association dedicated to helping member companies by generating interest and demand for products made from outdoor fabrics, has announced its newly elected officers for 2008. David Randa, owner and co-president of ViewPoint Sign & Awning, Marlboro, Mass., U.S.A., will serve as president of the association. Tonya …

Reduce tent window scratches

Problem: Tent windows of clear PVC expose flow lines, bubbles or other imperfections in screen printing. Solution: DAF Printed Window encapsulates windowpane print between 16 mil double-polish clear PVC vinyl, eliminating most imperfections and reducing scratches. SOURCE DAF Products Inc.

Ehmke brings honors to Philadelphia

One of very few industrial textile companies left in Philadelphia, Ehmke Manufacturing Co. Inc. continues to thrive in its niche as a supplier of fabric products for military markets. The Boeing Co., Chicago, Ill., conferred the 2007 Performance Excellence Award on Ehmke as an exceptional supplier among the approximately 10,000 companies that provide products for …

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Olympus Flag & Banner seizes new opportunities

By Lou Dzierzak Founded in 1893, Olympus Flag & Banner printed its first American flag in 1914. More than a century later, the company continues to respond to new business opportunities on the horizon. Located in Milwaukee, Wisc., Olympus Flag & Banner has embraced digitally printed fabrics by investing in printing equipment, employee training, and …

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Neschen and CeeLite join forces

Neschen Americas, Elkridge, Md., has an agreement with CeeLite, LLC, Blue Bell, Pa., to be a certified supplier of textile printing media for use with CeeLite™ Light Emitting Capacitor (LEC) technology. Neschen Americas, manufacturer of Neschen® brand textile media for digital printing applications, and CeeLite, LLC, the world’s first commercial manufacturer of LEC technology, have …

ARA volunteers honored

The American Rental Association (ARA) recognized a number of members for their volunteer services to the association and the industry during The Rental Show last month in Las Vegas. Receiving awards during the ARA’ annual recognition ceremony: J. Barry Ghiglione, Handyman Rental Centre, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, received the Meritorious Service Award, which honors an ARA …

Tarp quick fix

Problem: Truckers want to repair damaged tarps or other polyvinyl chloride (PVC) coated or laminated products on the road without resorting to gluing on a patch (a sloppy operation) or heat-sealing the cut (hard to do on the fly). Solution: The new Super Kwik Patch allows users to simply peel and press adhesive material over …

Carbon nanotubes rebound bullets

Most bulletproof vests work by spreading the force of the missile, blunting its impact. Those wearing such protective gear can sustain severe bruising or blunt-force trauma to internal organs. Australian engineers at the Centre for Advanced Materials Technology at the University of Sydney hope to change this dynamic with a carbon nanotube (CNT) material that …

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Using color

Color speaks first to the audience. By Sara Klomp Color plays an important visual role in communication, because it speaks to us in subtle but powerful ways. Color delivers visual interest and can set a sense of order. Using too many colors can reduce readability. Colors should enhance and support an idea but not distract …

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Glen Raven Inc. unveils name for new distribution division

Glen Raven Inc. unveiled the name for its new distribution division: Tri Vantage LLC. Last May Glen Raven acquired The Astrup Company and John Boyle & Company, two of the nation’s largest distributors of fabrics, hardware and finishing supplies forthe awning, marine, sign, and casual furniture industries. “We are very pleased to move forward as …

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New materials for architectural innovation

A fountain of light-filled fabric is the center of The Soft House, one of 15 architectural innovations created for the 2006 Intelligent Living by Design exhibit at Germany’s Vitra Museum. The futuristic vision by Kennedy & Violich Architecture (KVA), Boston, Mass., invites visitors to bask in a glowing world of curves, curtains and translucent screens. …

Reduce stretch on boat covers

Problem: Boat covers with fabrics that stretch too much sag, pool, leak and eventually develop mold and mildew. Solution: The patented finish on Nautex Premium, which is both breathable and waterproof, dramatically reduces stretch (less than 0.5 percent), prevents growth of mold and mildew, and reduces rust and corrosion. SOURCE Sattler North America Corp.

First Choice Armor migrates to textile belt

In September 2007, First Choice Armor opened its new operation in Spindale, N.C., announcing that it would relocate from Brockton, Mass., and create 398 jobs during the next three years. After hearing about the business climate in Rutherford County, N.C., from one of their suppliers, First Choice Armor, manufacturer of protective body armor for military …