Agfa Graphics has introduced Duratex PolyFab, a polyester-coated fabric that is water-repellant, lightweight, and stretchable for expansion over frame systems. The first fabric in the Duratex line for UV-curable, latex, solvent, and eco-solvent inkjet printers, PolyFab is 100% knitted, crease-free, and coated; it can be cold cut. Geared toward indoor and outdoor signage, inflatables, light boxes, tradeshow displays, tents, display frame and pop-up display systems, plus outdoor umbrellas. In 59- and 118-in. widths.
Sihl Digital Imaging, in conjunction with Green Surface Technologies, has launched Permovable outdoor graphic film – a vinyl-free, self-adhesive, digitally printable sign and advertising graphic media for use outdoors on rough, porous surfaces. Once installed, the printed film conforms to the structure underneath.
The 2-mil, pressure sensitive film with gloss finish is non-slip, water/scratch-resistant, and easily removable. Available in 24- and 50-in. widths.
The LED UV Viper from Gandy Digital is a digital pad printer capable of handling materials up to 12-in. high. Featuring a 24 x 24-in. print area, the Viper uses a 6-color configuration driven by Ricoh Gen 4 printheads, which deliver a 6-pl droplet (a 2- or 3-droplet/pixel mode is also available). Color options available for the Viper are: CMYK; CMYKcm; CMYK + clear; CMYK + W + clear; and CMYK + W + W.
The Inca ReporterPro from Inca Digital Printers (incadigital.com) is an analytics application designed to give users a clearer understanding on the productivity and efficiency of installed Inca Onset and Spyder printers.
The Signage Foundation has announced its 5th annual National Signage Research & Education Conference (NSREC). Scheduled to take place at the University of Cincinnati, October 9-10, the two-day event will focus on “Signage as Advertising.
EFI has acquired the assets of privately held printLeader, the Florida-based provider of print MIS software products.
The printLeader MIS products will become integrated into EFI’s PrintSmith Vision product line, part of EFI’s EPS group. EFI reports that it will also continue to support the existing printLeader client base, which consists of more than 800 commercial and in-plant printing operations across North America.
Durst Image Technology has introduced two new printer additions to its lineup: the Rho 1012 and Rho 1030.
Mimaki USA’s new UJV500-160 LED UV printer utilizes LUS-200 UV inks (CMYK) jointly developed with 3M for applications with curved surfaces. When applied onto 3M media and using 3M guidelines, the inks carry the 3M MCS Warranty. The 64-in. rollfed printer provides a high-end print speed of 645 sq ft/hr; top resolution is 1200 dpi. Other features on the UJV500-160 include: Mimaki Advanced Pass System (MAPS), to reduce banding; nozzle recovery system; a vertical tension takeup system; three-way intelligent heater; and more. MSRP: $139,995; available in early summer.
Seiko Instruments USA has announced the Jetrix 1212FK UV flatbed.
Manufactured by Korean-based Inktec (www.jetrix.co.kr), the Jetrix 1212FK is a 4 x 4-ft flatbed that can reach print speeds of up to 284 sq ft/hr and offers a resolution of 1440 dpi; the CMYK + White printer features six Konica 1024 printheads, 6-picoliter drop sizes, three-layer white capability, and more.
Seiko is the exclusive distributor for this printer in North America, as well as other new Jetrix models.
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.