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Fisher Textiles releases two new fabric lines

November 7, 2007

Fisher Textiles has introduced the Direct Disperse fabric line, for direct dye sublimation printing. These fabrics have a special coating that allow for direct printing onto the fabric and do not require heat transfer paper. The coating chemically reacts with the printer’s ink droplets to keep them in place, allowing for better ink penetration and …

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Working with seams for outdoor applications

November 1, 2007

How do you work with seams when applying graphics to an outdoor fabric? On vinyl We either paint or apply vinyl decal on vinyl fabric. We are careful to make sure we get over the stitches or against the bar seal as tight as possible with either process, using the applied vinyl as a decal …

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Wrap celebrates rugby

Since the eve of the competition kick-off, Capgemini headquarters in Paris, located on Place de l’Etoile, transformed its façade during the 2007 rugby world cup. Capgemini, a major consulting, technology, and outsourcing services company, is the official IT and consulting sponsor of the rugby world cup and the exclusive provider of IT systems for the …

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Fabric Images participates in the evolution of exhibits

By Jill C. Lafferty Patrick Hayes had spent years working in the marching band market when he saw both his future and the future of exhibits: using the very products he was selling—banners and flagpoles—to create exhibits for trade shows. But the fabric printing industry had a way to go to realize this vision. When …

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Hewlett-Packard Co. purchases ColorSpan Inc.

MacDermid ColorSpan Inc., a Minnetonka, Minn., manufacturer of wide-format digital inkjet printers, has been sold to Hewlett-Packard Co. Hewlett-Packard purchased ColorSpan from a unit of privately held MacDermid Inc. MacDermid acquired ColorSpan for an estimated $50 million in 2000. In 2006, U.S. Business Review reported ColorSpan’s revenue at $100 million. The company employs about 200 …

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Choosing the right color to communicate your message

Use color to communicate your message. By Marti Naughton Pick a color, any color. Now, think about that color and what it means to you. Is it powerful? Energizing? Soothing? Refreshing? Welcoming? Dependable? Color is universally understood and is a critical design element for graphics, especially those used in outdoor applications such as awnings, banners, …

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Océ appoints new marketing director

Océ Display Graphics Systems announced the appointment of Dale Mortimer as director of marketing for Océ Display Graphics Systems. Mortimer assumes the marketing responsibilities previously held by Dante DiPasquale, who now focuses on developing OEM relationships and programs in his position as senior director of business development for the company. Previously, Mortimer served as vice …

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Printed awnings get customers in the door

Printed awnings can portray an image, communicate a message, or create a mood. By Lou Dzierzak Although awnings have welcomed consumers through the doors of America’s small businesses since the Civil War, recent advancements in inks, fabrics, installation techniques, and graphics have created a new boom in awning sales. The modern day awning buyer is …

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DuPont ink sets availability of Artistriâ„¢ digital ink technology

DuPont Digital Printing has announced that effective early 2008, Dupont™ Artistri™ digital ink technology, previously available only as part of the Artistri digital textile printing system, will be available broadly through select OEM partners and others. The move is intended to position Dupont Digital Printing more effectively in the rapidly growing digital textile printing market. …

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The ins & outs of outdoor fabrics

Advances in fabric engineering and improvements in digital imaging technologies are catalysts for growth. By John Evans The use and application of outdoor fabrics for graphics applications has expanded at what some have called a mind-boggling rate over the last several years. There are a number of reasons for this market growth, including recent advances …

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MACtac teams with VASM

MACtac Graphic Products has signed Value Added Sales and Marketing Inc. (VASM) of Sanford, Fla., to represent its line of graphics products, including IMAGin digital media, Permacolor mounting adhesives and overlaminates, MACmark sign vinyls, and MACscreen print media in the southeast. VASM representative Brad Michael will cover Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina; Ben Strickland …

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Deciding to buy or lease equipment

The advantages of buying or leasing major equipment purchases. By Vince Cahill When a business owner makes a capital equipment purchase, the decision to buy or lease may be as complicated as selecting which piece of equipment to buy. Some owners prefer to pay cash and would not miss the liquidity that having cash affords. …

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Dickson partners with Ernest Green & Son

Dickson announced a partnership with Ernest Green & Son. Ernest Green & Son distributes Dickson Coatings’ premium PVC banners and its Evergreen line of eco-friendly fabrics. Ernest Green & Son is Canada’s largest independent national distributor to the graphic communication industry. The 57-year-old Ernest Green & Son has made a substantial investment in the wide-format …

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KAPCO offers new backlit film

KAPCO Graphic Products has added a water-resistant, 5 mil front print backlit film to its solvent media product line. The single-sided solvent printable media is applicable for indoor and outdoor light box and backlit signage applications. Compatible with OEM and mild solvent inks and printers, the product is maximized for HP9000s and HP8000s. Wound PSO …

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TA Associates invests in Gandinnovations

TA Associates, a leading growth private equity and buyout firm, announced that it has completed a significant minority investment in Gandinnovations. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Gandinnovations has a worldwide installed base of more than 1,000 printers, operating in more than 50 countries. The company has headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, with offices …

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Astrup Co. offers Vivitex line of printable fabrics

The Astrup Co. now offers Vivitex, Glen Raven’s line of printable fabrics. Specifically designed for use on solvent-based printers, the Vivitex line features five different weights and constructions for use in sign and banner applications. Vivitex is the new brand name for Glen Raven’s growing collection of inkjet printable fabrics. Glen Raven’s Vivitex fabrics feature …

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Fabric Graphics promotes growing marketplace

Two fall events provided opportunities for Fabric Graphics magazine to promote the growing marketplace for digitally printing on fabric. IFAI’s Fabric Graphics Symposium Five companies presented on site demonstrations for participants of the Fabric Graphics Symposium sponsored by Fabric Graphics magazine and the Fabric Graphics Association at the Industrial Fabric Association International’s annual Expo. Participants …

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US Sublimation introduces 2 new printers at IFAI Expo

Two new Velotex printers introduced at the IFAI Expo in Las Vegas feature a patented system of synchronized cylinders for controlled media feeding and a unique built-in heat fixation module that, based on the ink used, either sublimates or cures the color on the fabric as it exits the printer unit. Both treated and untreated …

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X-Rite acquires Pantone

X-Rite, a global provider of computer-based color measuring and matching systems, has agreed to purchase Pantone Inc. for $180 million. Pantone, based in Carlstadt, N.J., sells its color matching system to the design, graphic arts, digital technology, fashion, home, plastics, architecture and contract interiors, and paint industries. Pantone will become a business unit with X-Rite, …

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Digital imaging bundle improves color fidelity and image control

Pantone Inc. and onOne Software Inc. have introduced a new digital imaging bundle that improves the color fidelity and image control for design projects. The bundle includes PANTONE® hueyPRO, a member of Pantone’s huey family of display calibration products, and onOne Software’s Genuine Fractals 5, an Adobe Photoshop® plug-in for image scaling. hueyPRO offers color …

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ORACAL USA appoints new sales team managers

ORACAL USA announced the appointment of Ernie Logerquist and Trip Harris to its sales team as territory managers for the southeastern United States. Logerquist joins ORACAL with years of sales success with companies such as Vutek, Durst, Ilford Imaging, Xerox, and Lexjet. He will serve ORACAL distributors and end users in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, …

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Gandinnovations improves Graphic User Interface (GUI) software

Gandinnovations has improves its Graphic User Interface (GUI). The new software now offers operators access to a faster and more powerful program that will drag and drop files, as well as manipulate and manage artwork files. New features include a “Jobs” program. “Jobs” allows the operator to create a new image layout and setup, while …

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Midwest Sign sponsors ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”

Midwest Sign and Screen will be a sponsor of ABC’s 100th episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” filmed in Minnesota Aug. 21–27. Teaming with Signs of Perfection, Midwest donated more than 6,000 square feet of banners and other supporting materials, which Signs of Perfection used to create signage for the show. The signage recognized the …

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Flatbed printer features three-zone vacuum-controlled system

The Jeti 3148 UV flatbed printer table from Gandinnovations has a three-zone vacuum-controlled system that eliminates any masking or area covering when printing. The pin registration system allows for fast and accurate substrate loading and unloading; this can be preformed by one person because the print area is very accessible on the flatbed table. A …

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Evaluating digital color

By Jean Dilworth Advances in technology shifted the responsibility for high-quality color reproduction from printers to graphic designers, photographers, and prepress operators. Part of consistent color reproduction is objectively determining what colors you are actually reproducing. Any staff member directly involved in creating the color workflow can learn the skills. Start the learning process by …

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Océ introduces eco-solvent inkjet printer

Océ has introduced the Océ CS9060 eco-solvent inkjet printer for creating indoor and outdoor display graphics prints. The Océ CS9060 printers support customers entering the digital printing market or companies that are already active in this market and want to expand their production capacity. Applications include point-of-purchase displays, transit advertising, exhibit graphics, banners, museum graphics, …

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Awnings help re-brand historical Chicago landmark

By Lou Dzierzak The company. In 2008, Chesterfield Awning Co. will mark its 50th anniversary of servicing customers in the Chicagoland area and surrounding suburbs with two locations in Chicago and in the southern suburbs. The task. A company involved in re-branding the Marshall Field’s State Street store to reflect Macy’s, the new owner of …

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Astrup expands Solair line

The Astrup Co. has added two new Solair brackets to its hardware line that allow for new, larger widths and projections on Solair Retractable Awning Systems. Available fromAstrup in white, desert sand, brown, and mocha colors, the new SolairXP Slider Bracket is longer than standard Solair brackets and is used on one end of the …

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Fabric lights the market

By Lou Dzierzak Businesses operate on a 24-hour clock today. Capturing the attention of customers once the sun goes down requires ingenuity, creativity, and staying abreast of new technologies. Since commerce after dark is too big of a market to ignore, cutting edge technologies are offering new solutions to traditional backlit applications. ORACAL USA, Black …

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METALgrommets.com introduces line of self-piercing brass grommets

METALgrommets.com has introduced a full line of self-piercing brass grommets for manufacturing textiles, tents, awnings, and banners. The self-piercing grommets are compatible with most popular grommet presses and eliminate the need for separate hole punching. Featuring heavier gauge construction and a sharper edge than traditional sheet metal grommets, thebrass grommets create a superior finish and …

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Good writing is the key for effective case studies

By Heidi Strand Casablanca. The Godfather. Citizen Kane. All of these classic, top-ranked movies have the same thing in common: superior plots. Their scripts flow effortlessly from beginning to end, with the bulk of the plot filled with enough problems, drama, and action to pack a punch and pique interest. And, by the time the …

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DigiFab Systems unveils grand-format electrical heat press

DigiFab Systems has introduced the grand-format DigiHeat 136132-X3 electrical heat press for transferring dye sublimation prints to polyester and poly-blend fabrics. The latest addition to the DigiHeat family of electrical heat presses reaches up to 132 inches in width and features a Teflon®-coated carbon drum that delivers uniform heat dispersion for superior color consistency from …