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EFI Unveils SmartSign Analytics System

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Also introduces new thermoforming inks, plus inks for corrugated plastic printing and more.

EFI has unveiled its SmartSign Analytics (SSA), a system that automatically captures and analyzes signage viewership and engagement data. Conceived and shown as a technology demonstration by EFI’s Online Print Solutions (OPS) unit, SSA is designed to help signage providers and retail marketers better measure and understand the effectiveness of their efforts. A single SSA unit includes a webcam attached to a sign, which is connected to a computer or tablet running facial-recognition software and EFI’s SSA software for data organization, analytics, and reporting.

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Designjet L26100 Printer from HP

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Also: New HP FB225 Orange Scitex Ink, metallic-colors-effect application, and more.

HP has introduced the Designjet L26100 printer, designed for small print service providers and modeled after the Designjet L26500. The 61-in. printer features: HP 792 Designjet Latex Inks; 1200-dpi resolution; a print speed up to 246 sq ft/hr; and a CMYKcm inkset. A 61-in. Take-Up Reel with front tensioning system is optional.

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Textile Printing’s Transformation

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Nine things you must know about the textile market and its opportunities.

Many stakeholders across the textile supply chain are evaluating the use of digital textile printing systems as a way to mitigate risk, increase production and fulfillment cycle times, lower costs, and become more environmentally considerate. These changes are transforming the textile-printing industry and driving demand for new digital textile-printing systems.

Although the digital textile-printing market is very small in comparison to the entire textile industry, it’s growing at a rapid rate. Some of the key trends that are driving this growth include:

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Explorer - May

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Wide Format Around the Globe

1. Brazil – For a self-promo campaign, print company Art Center (www.artcenter.com.br) produced and delivered pizzas to their ad clients. But these weren’t your run-of-the-mill pizzas: Art Center printed faux toppings directly onto 400 pre-treated pizza crusts, and then output custom-designed boxes with the message, “We also print on paper.” The shop used its Inca Onset S20 and Spyder 320 printers for the output, which included wraps for delivery cars.

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Taking the Fine-Art Plunge

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Four companies embracing fine art and artists.

“Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together,” said John Ruskin, the leading English art critic of the Victorian era.

Similarly, fine-art printing involves the hand, the head, and the heart as well, but also the scanner or camera, the printer, the media, the laminate, and the right team for the job.

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Rock-n-Rollfeds

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The venerable rollfed printer remains a critical output tool.

Rock-and-roll music came about in large part because the right technology was in place to allow it to happen. The electric guitar had been developed, along with the amplifier and the microphone, coupled with the advent of the 45-rpm record. Without these technologies in place, rock-and-roll (aka “rock-n-roll”) might never have happened.

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Agfa Ceases Development of M-Press

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The company will continue to sell through its existing M-Press inventory and support the installed M-Press base.

Agfa reports that it is ceasing development of its current M-Press platform. Doing so, says the company, will enable it to focus on and develop a new technology and strategy that will address the industrial-printing market served by the M-Press as well as the graphics markets served by Agfa’s Anapurna and Jeti lines.

The company will continue to sell through its existing M-Press inventory and support the installed M-Press base.

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The Incredibly Important Install Bay

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Tips on how to make an efficient install area.

In Arizona, our shop is fortunate enough to have pretty nice weather all year long – but even with our near-perfect climate, we can't install outdoors. So we were forced to build a functioning install bay to provide the space, the tools, and the environment that suits the needs of our craft.

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Becoming Graphically Fit

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Apple Visual Graphics wraps 18 shipping containers for Reebok's CrossFit campaign.

For the global launch of “The Sport Fitness” Reebok CrossFit campaign, Apple Visual Graphics (www.applevisualgraphics.com) wrapped 18 shipping containers in Red Hook, a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. Over the course of six weeks, the containers were shipped to nine major international cities: New York, Mexico, Delhi, London, Paris, Berlin, Milan, Barcelona, and Moscow.

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