Pantone has announced Pantone 18-3224 Radiant Orchid – a “captivating, magical, enigmatic purple” – as the color of the year for 2014.
At Screen USA’s Media Day this past October, which took place just prior to SGIA Expo, the company showcased new hardware and initiated some discussions on where the industry as a whole is headed in the future.
Held at Screen’s Demonstration Center in Rolling Meadow, Illinois, the event brought together a few dozen representatives of the trade press and industry analysts, as well as executives and representatives from Screen USA, Inca Digital Printers, and Dainippon Screen in Japan.
Wynit Distribution, a national distributor of wide-format printing products as well as consumer electronics, photo, security, and outdoor leisure and adventure industries, has announced an exclusive relationship with Ink Mill Corporation, the manufacturer of digital inkjet inks.
Under the new agreement, Wynit Distribution will exclusively offer Ink Mill digital ink solutions to authorized resellers in the United States and Canada.
Graphic Finishing Partners has introduced the Gfp 855DH, a dual-heat laminator for mounting, laminating, and encapsulating.
The new machine features dual-heated rollers that can be controlled independently to temperatures up to 266 degrees (ensuring max. adhesion to paper substrates, the company reports). It’s capable of encapsulating paper output up to 55-in. wide using low-melt films (from 1.5- to 10-mil); laminating using PSA cold films; and mounting boards up to 4 x 8 ft., Available with a motorized rear rewind option.
Digital Graphic Systems has introduced the Samurai V-Cut II, its fourth generation of digital flatbed cutters.
Features include: a new heavy-duty cutting head with independent tool motion servo motors (six motors total), new vacuum table system and design; automatic tool-depth sensor; and more. Max. cutting area is 63 in.; max. cutting thickness is 2.3 in.; max. cutting diameter is ¼-in.; max. motion speed is 1000 mm/sec.
Options include Kase-Vision camera-registration system.
Drytac has introduced the Giclée Coater 44, a compact, water-based flood coater designed for fine-art, canvas, giclée, and photo-print producers. The Giclée Coater 44 accepts cut sheet prints of inkjet canvas or fine-art paper right from the printer without any hardware adjustments or changeovers, according to Drytac.
Encore has introduced its series of Fine Art Boards in canvas, cork, and chalkboard foam boards and extreme white for photography. The new Fine Art Boards are designed for prints, digital artworks, logos, patterns, and reproductions of art and photographs. All can be cut by hand or machine.
Central National-Gottesman Inc. (CNG) has agreed for its Lindenmeyr Munroe division to acquire the assets of Bradner Central Company, a family-owned paper merchant headquartered in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.
Esko has introduced the first model in its new Kongsberg C Digital Finishing Systems series, the Kongsberg C64.
The new digital-finishing platform works with 126 x 126-in. substrates and boasts a rigid, carbon-composite traverse beam to ensure precision and support high speed, fast acceleration, high quality creasing, and 3kW milling capabilities, reports Esko. It can accommodate an extensive range of applications and substrates, from paper and textiles to corrugated (up to triple-wall thickness), fluted board, plastics, aluminum composites, and more.
Agfa Pitman has introduced the Anapurna M2500, a 98-in.-wide industrial UV inkjet system that supports rigid and roll-to-roll media.
Designed for sustained higher workloads in indoor and outdoor applications, the M2500 features 6 colors (CMYKcm) plus in-line white ink; automated media-registration bar and head-height adjustment; borderless printing capability; and an automatic four-zone vacuum system.
Max. resolution is 720 x 1440 dpi; top speed is 646 sq ft/hr in Express mode (323 sq ft/hr in Production mode). Max. media thickness: 1.77 in.