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Choosing the right printer

January 1, 2008

Understanding the technologies is key to incorporating the right digital printer into your business. By Rick Scrimger According to Boston-based IT Strategies, the market for wide- and grand-format digitally printed fabric graphics is expected to grow from 2,300 printers producing 9 million square feet in 2005 to 5,000 printers producing 2.1 billion square feet in …

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Mutoh names general manager

Mutoh America Inc. of Phoenix, Ariz., manufacturer of large format commercial inkjet printers, has promoted Randy Rickert to general manager. Rickert previously served as Mutoh’s director of sales, service, and marketing and has been with the company for more than 10 years. Rickert has worked in the ink jet printer market since 1981, and his …

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Finding the right training in the printed graphics industry

Universities, suppliers, and associations provide educational opportunities in an industry where what you need to know is constantly changing. By Lou Dzierzak The skills required to conceive, design, produce, and deliver an award-winning exhibit design, building wrap, or point-of-sale display come from long hours of studying processes and trial-and-error. With the industry’s fast-paced innovation in …

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SEAL® brand supports eco-friendly manufacturing

Neschen Americas’ SEAL® brand is supporting the development and implementation of earth-friendly manufacturing processes and products within the sign and display industry through a comprehensive program the company calls Eco-Logic Manufacturing™. The Elkridge, Md., company defines Eco-Logic Manufacturing as a philosophy and methodology based on sound business logic and environmental responsibility, encompassing research and development, …

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10 tips to “green-up” your business practices

By Jamie Swedberg Green. The word is being spoken more frequently than ever before. Whether your customers are driving you or you are already focused on green, the movement is driving the industry. Here are some tips to “green-up” your business practice. Get lit. Swap traditional fluorescent or incandescent lights for energy efficient T8 fixtures. …

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New textile testing lab opens in Massachusetts

New World Textile Testing Laboratory is open for business in Fall River, Mass. New World is an independent textile testing lab that provides a broad range of services including, but not limited to, abrasion, flammability, colorfastness, xenon weathering, fabric appearance, dimensional change, infrared reflectance, military testing, and specialized tests such as Water Vapor Transmission (ASTM …

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Neschen introduces more than 15 new products

Neschen Americas has introduced more than 15 new products under its SEAL® and Neschen® brands. Neschen® AccuCure™ Elite UV Gloss—Liquid laminate for AccuCure UV coating systems. Offers rapid drying and high-durability for virtually instantaneous display-ready prints. SEAL® 62 Base—62-inch laminator with heat-assisted top roller. Features include a roll-to-roll laminating option and an automatic release liner …

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Gandinnovations partners with CIT Group Inc.

Gandinnovations, Mississauga, Canada, has partnered with CIT Group Inc. to provide exclusive leasing programs to its customers globally. The program will provide Gandinnovations customers with immediate access to equipment financing through CIT, a global provider of commercial and consumer finance solutions. “We are pleased to partner with CIT and its innovative financing capabilities,” notes Hary …

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Duro Textiles releases line of fabric protection solutions

Duro Textiles, Falls River, Mass., has released Defense™—a complete line of protective solutions for residential and commercial fabrics. The Defense line provides protection from threats such as UV rays, mildew, stains, and wear. Consisting of five individual solutions that can be used alone or in any combination, Defense minimizes impact to the fabric’s hand and …

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Aurora announces key developments in graphics business

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Inc. (ASTG) of Aurora, Ill., announces several key developments in its graphics business that are indicative of ASTG’s long-term commitment to the graphics industry. The product line has been expanded to 23 styles of treated and coated fabrics for digital, dye sublimation, screen, and offset litho printing. Andy Hilgartner has joined …

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B&P Graphic Systems introduces transfer-free textile printer

B&P Graphic Systems, Chertsey, England, has introduced the transfer-free d.gen Teleios textile printer. This wide-format photo-realistic system doesn’t involve a transfer process, making it a space-saving solution for the production of banners, flags and soft signs, clothing, wallpaper, and more. Designed to print at speeds of up to 38 square meters/hour direct to polyester-based materials, …

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Inflatable Shrek welcomes shoppers in NYC

By Jill C. Lafferty The project. The 2007 holiday season awning at Macy’s on West 34th Street in New York City. The character. The world’s most beloved ogre, Shrek. The company. Inflatable Images, a manufacturer of cold-air inflatables, owned by Scherba Industries Inc. of Brunswick, Ohio. The company has been creating inflatable products for 27 …

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Color card assists customers in choosing colors and products

Arlon, manufacturer of pressure-sensitive cut vinyl, illuminated signage, and print media films, has released a new color card. The card allows customers to view product color film samples, and provides product information. The product detail assists customers in choosing the right color and the right product for their application. The card includes Arlon’s new Series …

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3D shapes present growth opportunity for graphics market

By Lou Dzierzak The days of rigid trade show signs proclaiming “Welcome to our booth” are long gone. Exhibitors, retailers, and designers are moving quickly to eye-catching, show-stopping, three-dimensional structural displays covered with printed fabric. “Printed fabrics can take as many different shapes as you can imagine,” reports Mike Rigby, director of operations and product …

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ExpoDisplays introduces new portable trade show exhibit

ExpoDisplays, designer and manufacturer of trade show exhibits, custom interior environments, and graphics, has introduced the ExpoSpaceSaver, a new portable trade show exhibit. The ExpoSpaceSaver is a full height, portable exhibit with a custom look. The exhibit’s lightweight aluminum structure supports dye-sublimation fabric graphics or ink jet graphics. Multiple design configurations are available, and it …

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Printos introduces new range of heads and micro valves

Printos of Huntingdon, England, has introduced a new range of DOD, digital, solenoid, valve jet printing/coating heads and micro valves designed to coat/print/dye most substrates using a wide range of fluids. P16 is a highly innovative and unique technology that employs “high flow” micro valve-jets. The P16 is designed to coat, dye, or print onto …

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3M develops UV-flexible ink for new Mimaki printer

3M has developed a UV-flexible ink for the new Mimaki UJV-160 roll and rigid hybrid printer due to be released this spring. The new UV-flexible inks offer high pigment density and minimal volatile organic compounds. Seven color UV-curable inks will be available: C, M, Y, K, Lc, Lm, and white. SOURCE 3M

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Removing VOCs when using solvent inks

Some of the new inks don’t smell, so is ventilation and a fresh air supply still important? Strong solvent inks usually require solvent control systems to meet OSHA and EPA requirements. Manufacturers of solvent printers have a duty to honestly present the hazards created by their systems. Designing safe inks that perform well has been …

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Sinclair releases line of plastic grommets and grommet machines

Sinclair Equipment Company, Diamond Springs, Calif., announces a line of plastic grommets and plastic grommet machines. With these UV-protected plastic grommets you can “see the color, not the grommet.” The company offers a variety of machines, including hand operated, pneumatic, and automatic. These machines cut andset grommets in one operation. Also new, the ST 2000 …

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What to do when a reporter calls

By Roy Katz Today every business has to be media savvy and know ahead of time what to do when a reporter calls. If you keep in mind a few basic rules, you can get your firm’s views across clearly and effectively. “When a journalist calls requesting information, the public relations person should always first …

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FGA invites students to enter design challenge

The opportunity to network, a killer portfolio piece, and a cash award are among the rewards awaiting the winner of the Textiles & Graphics Student Design Challenge 2008. The Fabric Graphics Association of the IFAI invites students enrolled in a post-secondary textile, graphic design, or interior design program to enter. “The goal of the student …

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Color-X adopts new technologies to expand opportunities

By Lou Dzierzak Thirteen years ago, Color-X of New York, N.Y., was producing large-format C-prints for corporate clients. By watching, listening, and reacting to customer needs, Color-X’s business has expanded into new printing and substrate technologies. “In the beginning we had a proprietary inkjet printer that printed on rigid materials before flatbed printers were introduced,” …

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FESPA introduces new digital textile conference

FESPA, the global support organization for screen and digital printers, is introducing a new digital textile conference to run alongside its FESPA Digital 2008 exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland, in April. Organizers say the new conference is in response to exponential growth in the use of wide-format digital printing technology for textile applications. “The conference, Digital …

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Simple rules for solid design

Solid graphic design can get you noticed. By Sara Klomp Have you ever wondered why one advertisement is better than another? Why does one design grab your attention first? Good graphic design makes the difference. It enhances, simplifies, and clarifies a message while supporting an idea or product. Good design is so seamless you don’t …

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PrintVillage Inc. forms agreement with Sensient Imaging Technologies

PrintVillage Inc., distributor of US Sublimation branded wide-format dye-sublimation inks and papers, has formed a strategic manufacturing and distribution agreement with Sensient Imaging Technologies. Sensient will provide Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based PrintVillage with advanced research and manufacturing capabilities aimed at developing innovative specialty inkjet products for the dye-sublimation market. PrintVillage will focus on the development of …

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Customized interior markets expand

Can you give your clients what they want, when they want it? By Janet Preus It’s a growing trend. We want what we want when we want it—in our clothing, our music, our coffee, and even our environments. Customization is a permanent element in our day-to-day lives, both at home and at work. While the …

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NuSign Supply changes relationship with d.gen International

NuSign Supply has announced a change in its relationship with d.gen International, manufacturer of Teleios direct textile printers. For the past year, NuSign has been the sole distributor of the Teleios in the United States and Canada. At the culmination of the contract period, d.gen decided to begin directly selling and servicing its printers in …

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Being solvent savvy

Solvent inks offer durability and performance for a wide range of applications. By Vince Cahill After the Turkish army ended its siege of Vienna in 1529, it left behind its many magnificently decorated tents with walls depicting gardens and fantastic designs. With that in mind, one can imagine that the promise of inkjet printing can …

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AW Specialty Papers welcomes new sales team member

AW Specialty Papers, Elk Grove Village, Ill., announces the addition of Paulette St. John to its sales team. St. John will be responsible for sales of their screen printing and desktop digital transfer paper product lines globally. She has 20 years of experience in the industry, having previously worked at Midland Corporation, where she headed …