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Memjet-Powered Inkjet Solutions Create New Opportunities for Packaging Suppliers and Manufacturers

In the competitive e-commerce marketplace, manufacturers and retailers are increasingly looking for ways to improve their customers’ experiences. Today, these businesses have found a powerful customer-relations tool in an unlikely place: the package that holds and ships the product. To satisfy this demand for packaging that performs, manufacturers and packaging suppliers are turning to Memjet’s inkjet technology. Using Memjet powered solutions, these businesses can easily create highly customized, customer-centered packaging on demand.

3M Expands Envision Line

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Plus, a film for low-surface energy plastics and stainless steel.

3M has announced the launch of Envision Print Wrap Film 480mC, with two versions available for UV/solvent and UV/latex printers. The film features Comply Adhesive, micro technology, improved liner release, and the capability to stretch 150%. The company reports it is engineered without PVC, phthalate, chlorine, or halogens. Available in 48-in. and 54-in. widths.

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Fastsigns Reports Unprecedented Growth with Record Signing of 63 New Franchise Agreements in 2016

FASTSIGNS International, Inc., franchisor of FASTSIGNS®, the leading sign, graphics and visual communications franchise, announced today that it has signed 63 franchise agreements in 2016 with new and existing franchisees in the U.S., Canada and U.K. In the third quarter alone, the brand inked 22 new agreements, including 13 locations in western and midwestern states, such as California, Florida, Texas, Kansas, New Mexico and Washington.

Wide-Format Panoramas Honor Battle of Waterloo

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Belgian photographer and lab memorialize battle with digital print.

To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, photographer Emmanuel Verjans teamed with Labo JJ Micheli to produce Waterloo XXL, a series of panoramas as large as 32.5 x 6 feet.

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Padres Hall of Fame Exhibit a Grand Slam

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Backlit graphics depict legendary Padres players.

Chérie Morgan, principal of Morgan Design, had a vision for the new San Diego Padres Hall of Fame: 8-foot-tall displays of legendary Padres rising seamlessly, glowing, from the floor. It didn’t take the team at Artisan Colour (Scottsdale, Arizona) long to recognize that direct-to-substrate UV printing and carefully gradated white ink could turn that visualization into a reality.

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Ricoh Acquires Avanti Computer Systems

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Looks to cover end-to-end printing workflow.

Ricoh has announced the acquisition of Avanti Computer Systems, a supplier of Print MIS software. Having acquired MarcomCentral in 2014, Ricoh aims to supplement its web-to-print, marketing asset management, and variable-data offerings, and provide workflow capabilities from end to end.

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Paradigm Introduces New Large-Format Scanner

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Engineered for mobile scanning applications.

Paradigm Imaging Group is now distributing the Graphtec DT530 large-format desktop scanner, a 36-in.-wide model with a 600-dpi optical resolution and a 9600-dpi max. resolution. The company reports the scanner is designed for processing photographs, complex maps, GIS, document archiving, and AEC/CAD drawings. The Graphtec DT530 utilizes a Luxios scanning engine, a 48-bit color sensor output, 16-bit gray sensor, and two software packages (Scanning Master Pro Color and Scanning ARTS2), according to Paradigm Imaging.

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Print Takes on Public Service

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2016 OBIE winners mash creativity with social responsibility.

The National Park Foundation’s 2016 ad campaigns urged viewers to “find their park,” securing a Silver OBIE and finalist nod from the OAAA for the two-part effort. Other finalists in the Public Service category addressed issues ranging from animal cruelty to homelessness and celebrity death to bias.

Silver OBIE: Find Your Park Phase II Mash-Ups
Creative agency: GREY New York
Advertiser: The National Park Foundation

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Color-Logic Certifies Mark Andy Digital Press

Color-Logic has announced the certification of Mark Andy Digital Series hybrid presses for use with the Color-Logic process. Discussing the certification, Color-Logic Director of Sales and Marketing Mark Geeves commented: "The combination of the Mark Andy Hybrid Digital Press and our Process Metallic Color System provides unlimited opportunities for printers and their brand clients to differentiate themselves from their competition.

Specialty Media: Ready to Branch Out?

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Contributors give advice for first-time specialty media producers.

Print shops everywhere are looking to expand their specialty application offerings, so we rounded up seven examples of unique floor graphics, fine art prints, magnetic media applications, and specialty windows. Then, we asked all of our contributors the same question: What would you say to someone who has never produced this specialty application before?

Floor Graphics

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