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Kornit has introduced the Avalanche Hexa, a direct-to-garment printer that features a 7-color inkset – CMYKRG + white – and an expanded color gamut.
The machine features the company’s water-based NeoPigment inks, which can print on multiple fabric types and offer high elasticity and non-cracking attributes; the inks also contain no animal byproducts and are vegan-friendly, Kornit reports.
Print area: up to 23.5 x 35 in.; 600-dpi print resolution.
GMG has showcased its GMG Production Suite v2, an update of its production solution for wide-format print work. Comprising a variety of software modules – including prepress/preflight, PDF file editing, job prep/color management, RIPing, printing, and cutting – Production Suite v2 features a new SmartProfiler for accurate profiling. Also available is GMG ProductionSuite Focus Edition, an entry-level version.
Onyx Graphics has released Onyx 11 software, designed to make color more predictable. Based on its X10 RIP software and Onyx Thrive workflow software, Onyx 11 features: a color swatchbook tool for color matching; integrated job ticketing; job previewing and simplified job-sizing and cropping tools; ChromaBoost to increase color intensity; spectral calibration to ensure color consistency; specialty and spot-color ink restriction; and more. Onyx 11 is available for the entire Onyx software product line.
The ASI Show and ST Media Group International (parent company of The Big Picture) have announced an agreement to cooperate on the launch of a new Signage + Decoration Pavilion at ASI’s Chicago tradeshow, which takes place July 15-17, 2014 at McCormick Place.
Durst’s 5-meter Rho 512R UV rollfed printer and Rhotex 322 UV soft-signage printer made their North American debut at SGIA. Both printers are equipped with the company’s new 12-picolitre Quadro Array printheads and its Variodrop printing technology, which controls drop-size modulation by “multipulsing” – delivering two voltage pulses, with the second pulse pumping a precise amount of ink into the droplet before it detaches from the head’s nozzle plate, the company reports.
Visual Magnetics introduced the latest addition to its MagnaMedia Specialties Collection: VM-Ecoten, a magnetic-receptive, cellulose-based substrate. The 10-mil media is FSC- and Greenguard Gold-certified and features a durable resin finish and an ultra-smooth, semi-matte, natural white print surface. VM-Ecoten is designed for producing high-resolution photo and artwork reproductions, environmental graphics, and P-O-P signage,. In 48-in. widths.
Bordeaux Digital Printink launched its new environmentally friendly Eden ST Textile Transfer Dye inks. The high-density, water-based inks are specially formulated to prevent bleeding and dye migration as well as paper cockling, the company reports. For printing on polyester fabrics and polyester-coated rigid surfaces. For Roland, Mutoh, and Mimaki printers with Epson piezo (DX4, DX5) printheads; in CMYKcm.
LexJet has previewed three new instant-dry photo papers for solvent, low-solvent, UV-curable, and latex printers. Engineered for print shops, sign companies, point-of-purchase and exhibit producers, and fine-art reproduction companies, the new photo papers are now available in 36-, 54-, and 61-in. widths, and include:
In late November 2013, Inca Digital announced the launch of the next scaleable-architecture platform for the Onset UV printer. In a press event in Cambridge in the UK, Inca and distribution partner Fujifilm explained how its new Onset Scaleable Architecture will use a modular design, developed by Inca, enabling Onset users to evolve the productivity/color specifications of their printers onsite to match their budget and changing business needs.