The National Association of Print Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM) will host its 97th Annual Convention April 6 - 9, 2013. The event, held at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort in Bonita Springs, Florida, assembles ink-manufacturing executives and suppliers throughout the industry.
SAi International (thinksai.com) showcased its new logo and re-launched company website. The company’s new logo features a hub design that “highlights SAi as a central force that has many moving parts that interact with outside forces, and is an essential part to a constantly evolving industry,” reports SAi. The new website – thinksai.com – offers up a refreshed look and feel, enhanced functionality, in-depth information on SAi’s portfolio, details on key sectors served by SAi, informative videos and tutorials, and more.
Ilford (ilford.com) previewed one new product and one new technology for the sign and display market within its Omnijet family: Ilford Omnijet Trans and Ilford Omnijet NanoSolvent.
Esko (esko.com) showcased full details of Automation Engine 12 for prepress workflow automation, a major component of its Suite 12 software for the packaging, label, signmaking, and display industries (launched at drupa 2012). Also available as a standalone product, Automation Engine 12 is engineered to provide full workflow automation for jobs that combine multiple printing techniques, integrating interactive applications, RIPs, and Web tools.
MCT Inc. (mc3t.com) debuted the MasterCut MultiTech cutting system, manufactured by UK-based Blackman & White (blackmanandwhite.com; MCT is the US distributor). Designed specifically for digitally printed or dye-sublimated textile graphics and soft signage, the MasterCut MultiTech features: an industrial-class CO2 liquid-cooled laser; rack-and-pinion drive system; auxiliary head with dual tangential tool positions; camera vision registration system; and more. In three cutting widths (82-, 126-, and 197-in.) and three cutting lengths (126-, 197-, and 394-in.); custom sizes available.
Roland DGA (rolanddga.com) introduced three new media: SoftSign Woven Polyester, WallFlair Removable Fabric, and WallFlair Removable Vinyl. All of the new media products are profiled for Roland’s VersaWorks RIP software and made for use with the company’s Eco-Sol Max and Eco-Sol Max 2 inks.
Océ has announced four new models in its Océ Arizona 400 Series of UV flatbed printers: the Arizona 460 GT, Arizona 460 XT, Arizona 440 GT, and Arizona 440 XT printers. They join the Arizona 480 GT and Arizona 480 XT models, which were introduced at SGIA Expo last fall (see January/February issue). All four new printers are designed for mid-volume production.
Mutoh America has announced its new RJ-900X printer. Building on the company’s previous RJ-900 model, the 42-in. rollfed RJ-900X is designed to offer advanced features for print shops looking to compete in the graphics and CAD markets.
Epson America has entered the dye-sublimation printing market with the announcement of two roll-fed dye-sub transfer printers – the 44-in. SureColor F6070 and the 64-in. SureColor F7070.
Dave R. (“Reid”) Swormstedt, Jr., died January 17, 2013, at age 83. He served as president of then Signs of the Times Publishing Co. (now ST Media Group Intl.) from 1979 until his retirement in 1994. The company is the publisher of Signs of the Times, The Big Picture, Screen Printing, Industrial + Special Printing, and several other B2B magazines. A 1951 graduate of Cornell University, Dave – affectionately known by his middle name, Reid – joined the company in 1954, after having served in the US Army medical laboratories during the Korean War.