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EFI Introduces Midmarket Print Suite 4.0

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Increased automation hones application-specific capabilities.

EFI has released a new edition of its Midmarket Print Suite, based around the company’s Pace MIS platform and integrated with its Fiery DFE systems. New features include:

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Direct-to-Textile Printer from Mutoh

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ValueJet 1938TX engineered for high production.

Mutoh has announced the ValueJet 1938TX direct-to-fabric printer for high-speed production of applications such as custom apparel, home furnishings, tradeshow graphics, soft signage, flags, upholstery, and more. The 75-in. machine is engineered with dual staggered printheads, a heavy duty media feed and take-up system, and a built-in ink trough for printing open fabrics. It is also compatible with closed, face-in, and face-out roll media.

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Arlon Launches New Automotive Film

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DPF 6100XLP engineered for better curve adhesion.

Arlon Graphics has developed DPF 6100XLP, a new cast wrap film for vehicle wraps and graphics. The film features a smooth finish, low-profile air egress liner, and improved bond in channels and compound curves. It is printable with latex, solvent, eco-solvent, and UV inks, and available in up to 60-in. widths.

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3M Adds Clear Film to Controltac Line

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Offering up to 7-year durability.

3M’s Controltac Print Film 40C is now available in clear, designed for applications such as window, wall, and partial vehicle graphics. The 40C-114R film has been engineered with advanced slideability, tack, and snap-up to simplify installation, according to the company, and offers up to 7-year indoor and outdoor durability. Available in up to 60-in. widths.

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A Printer's Predictions

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Our industry’s crystal ball says to focus on value-added services that put a premium on knowledge, skill, and experience.

Here we are in the second quarter of 2016, and I still need to know what this year will mean for our industry. Will it be a boom or a bust? What markets will be hot? What products and print technologies should we focus on? Who will be our next president? Will his or her influence stimulate our economy? If Trump is president, do you think he’ll want graphics on that wall?

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Print Brings Color into Accounting Firm

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HNS Signs wraps the walls to bring an office to life.

Magma Chartered Accountants in Rugby, UK, “wanted to show the world that not all accountancy firms lacked creativity and color,” says Michelle Henry, founder of HNS Signs. After a visit to the firm to get a sense of their personality and, of course, measurements, the HNS team spent 10 hours designing custom wallpapers to brighten up the office space. Printed on the shop’s Roland Soljet Pro 4 XR-640 onto Hexis VCR3001WT textured monomeric vinyl with ultra-high-tack adhesive, the graphics spanned nearly 1800 square feet.

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Entry-Level Dye-Sublimation Printer from Mimaki

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Designed for first-time users and customized short runs.

Mimaki has expanded its TS line of dye-sublimation printers to include the entry-level TS30-1300 in addition to the high-speed TS300P-1800 and recently launched superwide TS500P-3200. The TS30-1300 is a 54-in. model designed for first-time users of dye sublimation or shops outputting short runs, samples, and custom work.

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PanAm Games Feature Stunning Backlit Exhibition

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Robert Young, McRae Imaging collaborate to print 'World Faces' photography.

When Robert Young photographs a woman for his Young World Faces exhibit, he asks them “to find in themselves what it would look like if this image could wipe away all poverty, all violence, all distressing issues in their nation.” The artist has been shooting portraits of women with their faces painted in the colors of their native flags since 2009, but when the Pan American Games (a major summer sporting event held among athletes from nations of the Americas) came to his hometown of Toronto in 2015, Young saw the perf

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Wall Graphics Transform 'Inception' Set into Office Building

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Signbox takes Astellas Pharma HQ from chilling to cheery.

Visitors to the Surrey, UK, headquarters of Astellas Pharma Europe today would never guess the building served as the set for the chilling film “Inception” just a few years ago. The $10.2-billion company has local print provider Signbox to thank for the office’s transformation, with more than 10,000 square feet of bright, motivational graphics adorning the interior. The work was printed with Signbox’s Durst Omega 2 UV-LED printer onto the shop’s proprietary Optically Clear and Digital Frost films.

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From the Editor: Fond Farewell

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Robin Donovan offers parting words of advice for digital printers.

The secret is out: I’m leaving Big Picture. I’ve accepted a position leading Signs of the Times, our company’s flagship publication. Our wonderful editorial staff is more than capable of serving you in my absence, and a search for my replacement has commenced. But there’s much more to say.

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