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Fueling Customer Success at FESPA: EFI Shows New Industrial Textile, Soft Signage, LED, and Superwide MIS/ERP Solutions

Higher levels of productivity, opportunity and growth that fuel customer success reflect the key advantages on display from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (Nasdaq:EFII) at this year’s FESPA exhibition, May 8-12 in Hamburg, Germany. New products include the EFI™ Reggiani ReNOIR FLEXY, an industrial textile printer making its worldwide debut.

From the Editor: Turning Passions into Lucrative Print

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How can your shop seek out print opportunities that you and your employees are especially excited about?

I’ve always loved to write, read, and edit. And I’m quite lucky in this digital day and age – where 140 characters is a news story – to have made a career out of my passion. But the wide-format digital print industry isn’t the only topic where I’m able to put this passion to work. I’m a bit of a foodie and travel enthusiast in my spare time, and as a freelancer I’ve been able to monetize those interests writing for independent restauranteur and adventure travel magazines. Why not do what you love, and make some money doing it?

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Inx Digital Unveils New Inks

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Eco-solvent and solvent inks added to Triangle line.

Inx Digital has announced three new Triangle brand inkjet inks. OKS eco-solvent ink is designed to run on OKI ColorPainter H3-104s solvent printers and is anticipated to be available in 8 colors. The company reports XCS is engineered for high-volume printers and inkjet heads with large drop size. LV8 is reported to be a flexible and multipurpose ink designed to jet through multiple mid-sized drop volume printheads.

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3M Adds Ultra-Removable Wrap Film

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Expands IJ180mC family.

3M has expanded its Print Wrap Film IJ180mC family with the addition of IJ180mC-10UR removable film. The film is engineered for removal without the use of heat or chemicals, allowing graphics to be moved or replaced quickly.

3M reports the film offers slideability for positioning panels, initial tack optimization for wraps, and Comply Adhesive micro technology for a smooth finish. Applications include vehicle wraps and general signage.

Available in 54-in. rolls.
 

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New Adhesive Films from Aslan

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Designed to hinder reflections.

Aslan has added two new films to the WrapTheHouse line of films, engineered for low reflectivity. Aslan DFP 55 is a white variant, while Aslan DFP 65 is transparent. Both films have a matte finish with a weatherproof adhesive that doubles as a protective laminate. The films are durable for at least three years and can be easily removed after an application time of up to six months, according to the company.

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HP Adds Flexible Media Loader for Scitex 17000

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Expands applications for corrugated press.

HP has released the Flexible Media Loader for its Scitex 17000 Corrugated Press for printing outdoor applications such as city light posters, bus shelters, and billboards, and indoor projects including metro signage, retail posters, and display units. The machine images corrugated flute measuring up to 63 x 126 in. and 1 in. thick. Features include an automatic loader, edge-to-edge printing, simultaneous sheet printing up to four sheets, and more. Caldera’s GrandRIP+ or Onyx Thrive software is included.

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Trailer Turned Pop-Up Boutique

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Big Ink uses creative print to transform an old trailer into a trendy mobile shop.

After finding an old trailer on Craigslist, Big Ink created a unique retail space, dubbed Trailer-Trash, with exterior graphics, a tent top, and more. The mobile boutique’s graphics were printed onto 3M Controltac 180C and Fisher Textiles Waterfall fabric using the shop’s Océ Arizona 660 XT, Evo33 DS, and HP DesignJet Z6800 printers.

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Smithers Pira Reveals Agenda for Packaging Event

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Featuring real-world case studies and more.

Smithers Pira has released the agenda for the Digital Print for Packaging conference June 6-7 in Atlanta. The event will feature a tour of the HP Graphics Experience Center and presentations of case studies from packaging converters using digital print. These include “Designing for Digital” with Georgia Pacific Digital Solutions, “Real-Time Customization and Personalization at the Point of Customer Engagement” with Datalase and Havi Global Solutions, and more.

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STS Inks Reveals Prismat-Ink

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Engineered for glass and non-absorbent surfaces.

STS Inks has launched Prismat-Ink, designed for printing directly on glass, aluminum, stainless steel, and other non-absorbent surfaces. The company reports the ink is designed with a special resin for durability up to 10 years.

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Mutoh Adds Four-Head Dye Sub Printer

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The ValueJet 1948WX offers up to eight colors.

Mutoh’s new ValueJet 1948WX dye sublimation printer spans 75 in. and leverages four staggered printheads for speeds up to 2199 sq ft/hr. The machine is designed for applications including custom apparel, blankets, tradeshow graphics, soft signage, promotional items, and more. Features include dual heaters for shortened dry times and adjustable pressure rollers for media handling.

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