HOW TO KEEP GRAFITYP FILMS IN OPTIMUM CONDITION

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Grafityp has done in-depth research into cleaning and waxing products and outlines which products keep the matte and structured films in optimum condition.

The matt and structured films from the GrafiWrap Automotive & Deco range should be treated with colour-less liquid polymer wax immediately after application. Thereafter, wash the films every week with a good car shampoo and clean regularly with a melamine sponge. A further wax treatment each time you use the melamine sponge will give the films the necessary protection once again.

ROLAND HOSTS AFRICAN DEALER AWARDS IN KENYA

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Roland hosted its African Dealer Awards in Mombasa Kenya. Sign Africa was there to attend the ceremony, held on 1 December, at which it was given the Roland Africa Rigel Award 2012 for ‘inspiring and developing a diverse industry that keeps the forces of energy flowing’.

Other award winners included:

The Roland Africa Sirius Award 2012
Maizey Plastics, South Africa, for consistent and solid value to Roland users throughout Southern Africa. The brightest star in the Roland Accessory Dealer Category, as well as best overall performing dealer.

The Roland Africa Canopus Award 2012
Indisol of Cape Town, South Africa, for their consistent performance and constant energy as a Full Service Dealer.

The Roland Africa Alpha Centauri Award 2012
X-sign Professional, Angola, for their pure energy at creating a winning combination of technical expertise and marketing inspiration that has the Angolans reaching for the stars.

The Roland Africa Arcturus Award 2012
X-sign Professional, Angola, for explosive growth, and unlimited energy in exposing Angolans to the potential of Roland in liberating them on a path of creating their own wealth.

The Roland Africa Vega award 2012
WIP, South Africa, for exceptional growth, and great customer care.

The Roland Africa Capella 1 award 2012
Transpaper, Tanzania, for its consistent massive year on year growth.

The Roland Capella 2 award 2012
Maxes Office Machines, Namibia, for amazing growth in a low population density country.

The Roland Africa Procyon Award 2012
Emirates computers, United Arab Emirates, a contributor to Roland’s success by force of circumstance. They have shown they are adaptable and clever.

The Roland Africa Quasar Award 2012
Telpro Durban, South Africa, for consistent growth and getting on with the job.    

KEYS COMMUNICATIONS UNLOCKS ALTERNATIVE OUTDOOR MEDIA

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‘Township Media Specialists’, Keys Communications, gives brands access to the growing township market and ensures growth and upliftment in the communities it serves. The township outdoor media owners give big brands/products and services access, positioning and noting in South African Townships. This is done through High Definition production finishes on township wall media.

Established in July 2009, the company is the brainchild of owner Anisa Kale and Kabelo Kale. Anisa had a mission to occupy all township streets with the relevant marketing from big brands that want to access the township growth market.

The company has done work for Nike SA, Supersport , Nedbank, Wimpy, Nestle  (JV with another Agency), the Department of Water Affairs, Strepsils, Coca Cola SA (Powerplay Energy Drink), Guinness Draught Beer, Eskom and AMKA’s Soft n Free GroHealthy.
 
Keys Communications uplifts communicates through the Keys Communications CSI Model (Assets Based Community Development Model) that uses existing township walls for advertising purposes, which results in income for the use of the wall empowering brands to empower communities.
 
The giant outdoor layouts, including wall wraps, township house wall media, boundary wraps, and other alternative outdoor advertising offerings draws attention to products and ensures that brands stand out.
 
The business helps budding artists by displaying their talent to the public and the organisations that have bought wall space for advertising. This has helped improve the image of township walls all over the country and in return for the advertising space, Keys Communications pays home owners selected for advertising on their properties.
 
‘In this way we give back to the community. There is freedom in owning your own company, said Anisa. ‘It is also difficult because income is not always stable and changes according to how well Keys has performed during that month, but I stay driven, passionate and motivated because of the support of the people around me, and my husband, Kabelo.’
 
Kabelo is a communications strategist and contributes his expertise to the business as a knowledgeable professional.

You can follow the company on Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/cjpvgac

SEAL LAUNCHES 65 PRO MD LAMINATOR

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The SEAL 65 Pro MD had its European launch at Viscom Frankfurt 2012 (25-27 October). This 165cm (65″) wide laminator is the first device to have an Easy Operator Interface (EOI). Users tap a touch-screen to quickly and intuitively enter control commands such as temperature, work speed and direction, cooling fans and roller distance. It is therefore possible to monitor a work process completely from start to finish.

The EOI is mounted on a swivel pendant arm that moves easily from front to back. No matter which side of the laminator you are working from, the swivel pendant provides the ultimate flexibility in the control of the laminator. The laminator can perform thermal and cold lamination and mounting consecutively as a result its bi-directional operation design. All four material supply shafts are cantilevered and swing out and away from the laminator so that films and adhesives can be loaded quickly and easily without any obstructions.

‘Our Easy Operator Interface makes working with this wide-format laminator really simple,’ said Marc Hansing, Technical Services Manager at finishing and laminating specialist Seal, praising the new revolutionary functionality. ‘The EOI is a state-of-the-art touch screen control panel which grants the operator ultimate control and full access to the main functions of the laminator.’

The high-performance laminator reliably processes materials with a thickness of up to 50mm. The laminator operates at 4.25m per minute.

AVERY DENNISON SIGNS UP AS PLATINUM SPONSOR FOR 2013 SIGN AFRICA EXPO

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Sign Africa organisers, Practical Publishing, are proud to announce Avery Dennison as its platinum sponsor for the 2013 Sign Africa Expo. This is the ninth year that Avery Dennison has sponsored the event and its continued support signals the company’s commitment to a long term association with the leading Sign, Display and Digital Graphics Expo in Africa.

The expo is the gateway into Africa, becoming well known internationally and receiving excellent support from visitors from all over Africa. Over 5850 visitors attended the 2012 expo, with more visitors, including those from all over the African continent and other international visitors, expected to attend in 2013.

The expo is the ideal platform for Avery Dennison to showcase its innovative range of display graphics, labeling and packaging materials and retail graphic embellishments as well as its variety of solutions for the Graphics Arts industry.

Each year, Avery Dennison, in partnership with Roland, holds the extremely popular Speed Wrap Challenge where visitors flock to see contestants racing against the clock to wrap a vehicle door or an entire vehicle, in a bid to be crowned the ultimate wrap-off champion.

‘The Sign Africa Expo offers exhibitors a comprehensive platform to promote and educate the market on graphic solutions and it also allows one to create meaningful relationships with partners, convertors and end users alike. It is undoubtedly the place to be seen if you are serious about the industry or want to be taken seriously. We have enjoyed tremendous success by exhibiting at the shows and we look forward to partnering up with Roland once again in 2013,’ said Sean Marelich, Business Manager Graphics, Avery Dennison.

‘We are extremely proud to have the leading international brand Avery Dennison on board as a sponsor and believe this further enhances the expo’s reputation as the leading expo in Africa,’ said Dyelan Copeland, Sign Africa Expo organiser.

RIGHT STUFF GIVES FIVE STAR BRANDING TO SCHOOL

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As schools prepare for summer in the year ahead, Trinity House chose to brighten their branding using the Right Stuff 10m closed side, digitally printed Star Shade Gazebo… this also helped South Africa’s future pride and joy keep cool during the summer time.

Here’s what the proud owner of his brand new Star Shade Gazebo had to say “Thanks for the gazebo delivery. Thought you might like to see it up. The CEO was here when I was setting up and he was very impressed. Thanks again for all your help!”

ROLAND LAUNCHES VERSAWORKS 4.8 RIP SOFTWARE AND ECO-SOL MAX INK

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Roland has launched its VersaWorks® 4.8 RIP Software, featuring new built-in PANTONE libraries, as well as the Eco-Sol MAX 2 White Ink, designed exclusively for the SOLJET Pro 4 XR-640 printer/cutter and optimised for the Pro 4’s eight-channel print head.

VersaWorks Version 4.8

With the new version of VersaWorks, Roland has added a total of six libraries from the PANTONE PLUS and Goe™ product lines, valuable design and production tools for high-end graphics and any application where precise colour matching is vital. These libraries allow users to automatically convert a specific PANTONE spot colour in the design file to a CMYK value that can be reproduced on a Roland inkjet device. This simplified workflow significantly reduces the amount of time required for colour matching and enables quick output of specific colours when working with properly profiled media.

Roland’s latest version of VersaWorks also features a new spot colour replacement feature which allows users to automatically replace a defined spot colour in the design file with another from any VersaWorks library, all without reopening the source file. With VersaWorks, users have access to 16 spot colour libraries, including the new PANTONE libraries and the Roland Colour System, Roland’s own spot colour matching solution featuring more than 1500 traditional and metallic hues. Users can also replace the spot colours in their designs with white and clear ink options supported by several Roland inkjets.

‘As a leader in the wide-format printing industry, Roland provides versatile production tools for some of the world’s most creative businesses,’ said Andrew Hatkoff, vice president of technology licensing and business development. ‘We are pleased to partner with Roland to bring all the advantages of PANTONE spot colour matching to these businesses. As the standard for the design and graphics industry, PANTONE provides end users with complete creative flexibility, precision colour matching and enhanced imaging across the applications driving their businesses.’

In addition to shipping with all new models, VersaWorks 4.8 is available to existing Roland inkjet customers free of charge through an Internet connection using the Roland@NET service.

Eco-Sol MAX 2 White Ink

White Eco-Sol MAX ink offers exceptional opacity for high quality white gradations and a wide colour gamut when used as an undercoat for CMYK or metallic inks. Because of its high density, White Eco-Sol MAX ink provides superior coverage for designs with large white areas. Enhanced dot shape control helps eliminate the appearance of small scattered satellite drops. The ink offers even greater opacity and brightness for added impact.

Choose from a wide selection of coated and uncoated media for packaging comps, window graphics, POP, labels and decals. For these and other applications, White Eco-Sol MAX ink prints flawless white floods, highlights, graphics and text.

White Eco-Sol MAX ink is supported by Roland VersaWorks RIP software. VersaWorks recognises the unique properties of files created for white ink and optimises those files for output. VersaWorks advanced profiles ensure quality output when using the high density required for white ink applications.

Formulated specifically for use with Roland eco-solvent inkjet printer/cutters, White Eco-Sol MAX images beautifully across transparent and reflective media for crisp text and graphics with defined edges and smooth gradations. Scratch and chemical resistance adds durability to finished prints.

3DSYSTEMS LAUNCHES CUBE PERSONAL 3D PRINTER

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3DSystems has launched the Cube personal 3D Printer, the first complete 3D printer which features plug and play WiFi connectivity. The printer is easy to use and allows you to create a range of products.

Features include:

  • Customise online with free apps.
  • No design skills required.
  • Get print files online.
  • Use Cubify Invent (or other software) to design your creation.
  • Print in vibrant colours.
  • Print up to 140mm x 140mm x 140mm.
  • The Cube ships with easy to use software that turns all your downloaded models or self-made models into files the Cube can understand.

NEW FLYPAPER SOFTWARE SENDS REAL TIME INFORMATION TO DIGITAL DISPLAYS

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Flypaper™ Studio, Inc. has launched Flypaper Connect for Google Calendar, which empowers anyone to manage and maintain data-based event and appointment content for digital signage programmes easily.

Users can set up a Google account to access the free Google Calendar feature. They can then update their displays with the latest events, appointments and more directly from Google Calendar, without republishing the Flypaper content or requiring advanced technical skills.
 
‘Flypaper Connect for Google Calendar provides Flypaper users with a timesaving tool to keep audiences up to date with the latest event and appointment information,’ said Don Pierson, Founder and President of Flypaper Studio, Inc. ‘Flypaper Connect makes it easy for users to maintain and update their digital displays with calendar-centric content any time, anywhere.’ 
 
Flypaper Connect joins a family of three bundled Flypaper Connect components including: Flypaper Connect for Google Docs, CSV (Comma Separated Values) and Advanced Data Grid. Each Flypaper Connect component offers a unique way to send real time, dynamic data and information to digital displays without republishing Flypaper content.
 

VISTA SYSTEM LAUNCHES ACCESSORIES FOR CUSTOMISED WALL SIGNS

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Vista System International has launched accessories to create custom designed wall signs that fit any project.

The new accessories take advantage of the extreme flexibility of Vista System’s Modular Curved Frame Technology (MCFT) products to create new designs: a wall frame featuring a decoratively cut aluminium inserts that protrude out of the frame to create unique designs, and a decorative back plaque made of various materials that attaches to the sign frame to create eye catching wall frame designs. 
 
MCFT offers the best of both worlds by offering the advantages of a modern modular system with the ability to provide a highly customisable solution that meets the unique requirements for each sign project.