DURST TO SHOWCASE RHO 1000 PRODUCTION SYSTEM AT DRUPA

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The Rho 1000 is a fully automated inkjet production system which is ideal for integrating into production workflows of screen printers. It offers screen printers the opportunity to capitalise on faster turnaround, high flexibility, optimised production efficiency and reduced labour and fixed costs.

The Rho 1000 is the flagship of the Durst Rho range and offers a production output of up to 500 boards per hour (125 x 80cm) while maintaining optimum quality. In addition to its exceptional high output, the Rho 1000 offers a level of flexibility unique in its class.

Benefits include:
– Automated printing of boards with four levels of automation for maximum flexibility.
– Minimum set-up times (no ‘masking’ required).
– Highest material flexibility (sheets, heavy boards, roll media).  
– Fast media change enables the printing of a whole campaign using different media in one operation.
– The Rho 1000 can be loaded and unloaded using screen printing methods and systems.
– Outstanding reliability for 24/7 production.

ONYX GRAPHICS LAUNCHES WIDE FORMAT PLUG-IN FOR DESIGN APPLICATIONS

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The company has launched the SmartApps VehicleWraps Plug-in for Adobe Illustrator Software which simplifies and accelerates the set-up of vehicle wraps for wide format printing. The product gives users the ability to combine design and paneling of vehicle wraps within one application to streamline print production and finishing. 

SmartApps VehicleWraps is the newest addition to the SmartApps line of products focusing on wide format plug-ins for design applications.

‘Lack of preparation tools available today force print service providers producing vehicle wraps to fragment their design and prep workflow, significantly increasing turnaround times,’ said Kevin Murphy, President and CEO of ONYX Graphics, Inc. ‘The SmartApps VehicleWraps plug-in simplifies and combines design and preparation to create a more cost-efficient and productive workflow in an application that is already familiar to them.’

Reduce file preparation time and costs

Designers using Adobe Illustrator software to create vehicle wraps have access to easy-to-use tools including third-party vehicle templates for image and text placement. However, they lack the proper tools to prepare print-ready panels for the RIP. When the file arrives at the print station, production staff must then utilise generic tiling tools in the RIP to prepare panels for printing. Tiling functionality in RIP software is not specific to vehicle wrapping and may not provide tools needed to edit individual tile overlaps and bleeds, name each tile, or create tiles for windows and body panels at the same time. The result is often a dual overlap: a duplication of effort for both the designer and print production staff, plus added back-and-forth communication – all of which increases preparation time and creates a more error-prone workflow.

The SmartApps VehicleWraps plug-in provides designers with the necessary tools from within the design programme that help eliminate the overlap and streamline production. Designers can easily specify necessary set-up items such as tiles and bleeds so when the print production staff receives the file, no additional preparation is necessary.

In addition, the SmartApps VehicleWraps plug-in can help reduce overhead costs by decreasing the time spent preparing vehicle wraps for print. Reduced media costs can also be realised with the ability to individually edit bleeds and overlaps for each panel.

Streamline installation

Lack of proper tools to facilitate communication between print service providers and installers can make it difficult for installers to know exactly where each panel should be placed and is a common reason for redoing a print job. The SmartApps VehicleWraps plug-in offers tools to create tile maps to easily communicate panel placement and print names on each panel to help identify them. This feature simplifies communication, helps streamline installation and greatly reduces the risk of a job reprint.

SmartApps: RIP-independent and platform-friendly

The SmartApps VehicleWraps plug-in is the third in the new SmartApps toolset that help cut production time and costs by optimizing workflow using existing design applications. Designed to help those who prepare files for wide format printing, SmartApps plug-ins are application-specific, operating system independent (can be used on Macintosh® or Windows® platforms), easy to use and affordably priced. They are complementary to any wide format RIP software – ONYX® RIP software is not required to use the plug-ins.

Availability

The SmartApps VehicleWraps plug-in will be available in May 2012 with the ability to evaluate it as a 30-day full-version trial. For more information, visit www.smartappsplugins.com/vehiclewraps.

MIPS TECHNOLOGIES (+27 11) 451 8600 mipstech@iafrica.com

AVERY DENNISON LAUNCHES 900 SUPERCAST OPAQUE FILMS

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The company has launched its 900 Supercast films which give the ultimate in conformability, durability and high gloss and provide exceptional performance for screen and cut applications.

AVERY 900 Supercast Opaque Permanent Kraft
This is the company’s most durable and conformable cast films in 112 colours, ideal for long-term outdoor sign making applications.

AVERY 900 Supercast Opaque Permanent StaFlat™
High conformability, a glossy finish and 10 year durability combine with the company’s permanent adhesive and StaFlat liner to create a film perfect for OEM transportation graphics and architectural graphics.

AVERY 900 Supercast Opaque HiTack StaFlat™
All of the benefits of high durability and conformability, in combination with the company’s HiTack adhesive for ultimate adhesion to hard-to-stick-to surfaces such as high surface energy plastics or powder-coated finishes.

AVERY 900 Supercast Opaque Long-Term Removable StaFlat™
Demanding truck-side fleet graphics applications are a great match for the best cast film when you need an initially repositionable film that is permanent and removable.

AVERY 900 Supercast Opaque Permanent Easy Apply™
The highest performing cast film, combined with an air egress liner that delivers ease of application for architectural graphics, general sign making and transportation markings.

AVERY 900 Supercast Opaque Long-Term Removable Easy Apply™
Choose from 12 stock colours in the best cast film engineered for easy application and long-term performance for fleet graphics programmes of all sizes. Ask about custom colours.

AVERY 900 Supercast Window Films
The Etchmark and Frosted Sparkle special effects films are ideal for transforming window graphics when used alone as cut graphics or in combination with our opaque, translucent and specialty films.

Please contact Sean Marelich to find out more or for assistance in placing a non-stock order via your preferred distributor.

XANTÉ TO SHOWCASE RANGE OF DIGITAL EQUIPMENT AT DRUPA

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Xanté will show its new Excelagraphix 4200, powered by Memjet as well as a range of new solutions at drupa.
 
Robert Ross, Xanté Founder and CEO, said, ‘There is literally something for everyone at drupa this year. Schedule a meeting with us and we’ll help you target your direct needs with one of our cutting edge, affordable digital solutions.’
 
A sampling of technology on the Xanté drupa menu includes: Excelagraphix 4200, powered by Memjet

The Excelagraphix 4200 changes everything the market knows about high speed, wide format printing because it prints high impact, full colour, large format pieces on a wide range of substrates at ‘screaming fast’ speeds, and at a price point that’s affordable for fast ROI. The product is the first commercial solution in the world specifically powered by Memjet wide format colour printing components and technologies.
 
The Excelagraphix 4200 is a 107cm (42-inch) wide inkjet printing system that also brings this unrivaled speed, performance and affordability for short-run and variable data colour printing to packaging, including folding carton and corrugated cardboard. Xanté’s exclusive substrate support gives customers the ability to print indoor signage and design graphics through a simple print path height adjustment on the system. Xanté anticipates that first commercial shipments will be in June of this year.
 
NEW iQueue 6 digital workflow technology
A leading pre-production workflow designed specifically for Xanté digital colour print systems, iQueue 6 is especially optimised for the new Memjet-powered Excelagraphix 4200.
 
The iQueue 6 possesses the most advanced colour intelligence available for Memjet-powered output, and makes it easy to manage multiple projects, make independent CMYK/density adjustments, match critical spot colours; and select the desired feed, media type, resolution, linescreen, and dot shape. Users can also track press consumables, multiple run counts and job cost from a single user workstation.
 
Ilumina Series: Ilumina 650 Digital Production Press
Xante’s Ilumina 650 GS Digital Color Systems are complete print solutions that foster production of high volume full colour sheets, cards, envelopes, brochures, banners and more. The machines can print on a wide variety of media, from text weights to extremely heavy card stocks (up to 32pt), textured stocks, metallics, and label stocks. Ilumina 650 GS Systems are available in two production models, and are driven by the automated iQueue Color Smart Workflow.

NEXCOM LAUNCHES NEW DIGITAL SIGNAGE PLAYERS

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The NDiS Series incorporates solutions ranging from low-cost products aimed at single/dual screen deployments, right through to high-end platforms capable of supporting four independent displays. All platforms in the NDiS range are based on cutting-edge AMD/Intel technology and offer superb performance, flexibility, reliability and extreme value for money. 

In short, NDiS platforms are perfect for hosting most types of Digital Signage Software and for displaying even the most vibrant of Digital Signage Content.
 

NDiS 126 Digital Signage Player
– Intel® Atom™ processor D2700
– Low power consumption
– Compact and fan-less
– Dual GbE LAN
– Hyper-Threading support
– Intel® GMA 3650 Integrated Graphic Engine
 
NDiS 125-L Digital Signage Player   
– Cost-Effective Media Player
– Intel® Atom™ D525 Dual Core CPU
– Powerful NVIDIA® ION2 GPU
– Optional Wireless Connectivity
– Low Power Consumption
– Fan-less, Compact Design
– Supports 1080P Video Playback
 
NDiS 166 Digital Signage Player
– High Performance Media Player
– Intel® 2nd Generation Core™ i5/i7 CPU
– Integrated Intel® Graphics Engine
– Fan-less, Compact Design
– Optional Wireless Connectivity
– Supports Dual Independent Display
– Supports 1080P Video Playback
 
MPPC 2120T Multimedia Panel PC   

– 16:9 21.5″ Fan-less Panel Computer
– Intel® Atom™ D525 Dual Core CPU
– Touch Screen Display
– Optional Wireless Connectivity
– Supports 1080P Video Playback
– Panel Mount/ VESA Mount Compliance
– Ideal for Kiosk/ Self Service Deployments
 

ANTALIS MCNAUGHTON LAUNCHES COALA COLLECTION FOR LFP

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Antalis McNaughton unveiled its Coala range of commodity, speciality and environmentally-friendly Large Format Printing (LFP) products at Sign & Digital UK.

The Coala collection includes 20 products for water-based ink and 54 for solvent, UV and latex ink. It provides printers with the versatility and performance they need to deliver premium quality print jobs to end customers, under a single brand.

The collection contains substrates for both indoor and outdoor applications including a broad range of papers, self-adhesives, banners, textiles, wallpapers and speciality media. Particular attention has been paid to the development of products for latex ink.

The Coala collection has been sourced from leading European suppliers, primarily from Germany, that have undergone a rigorous selection process. Only those suppliers offering optimum performance combined with value-for-money and market relevant products have been selected.

Strong environmental credentials were also an important consideration and Coala includes a large selection of PVC-free products such as films, textiles and FSC or PEFC certified papers.

Richard Champion, Marketing Director at Antalis McNaughton said, ‘This launch underlines the importance Antalis McNaughton places in the international development of its sign and display activities, a key area of commitment for the company going forward.’

Coala is also one of the cornerstones of Antalis McNaughton’s Digital-to-Business (d2b) initiative. This initiative aims to help customers leverage the many business opportunities provided by the emergence of highly innovative digital technologies and applications.

The visual communications market is currently growing year-on-year with the flexible media segment in particular demonstrating enormous potential. This potential is linked to the diversity of substrates that can be used (paper, vinyl, adhesives, film, textiles etc.), the ease of application and therefore the quick return on investment for printers investing in LFP machines. The Coala collection will allow printers to leverage this potential and boost their profitability. Antalis McNaughton will continue to work with suppliers to extend the collection even further with new, innovative media.

SIGN & DIGITAL UK ANNOUNCES 2012 AWARD WINNERS

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The Sign & Digital UK awards celebrate the best creative talent in the sign industry. Award winners were announced at the Sign & Digital UK Awards & Networking Event at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham on 28 March.

The Awards’ Winners

Individual Sign Project of the Year 1-9 employees:
1st place  – Allen Signs Ltd – Chameleon Design & Print
2nd place Highly Commended – Signs Express (Leeds) – Floating Illuminated Signage for Hush Puppies
3rd place – ID Signs & Graphics Ltd – Baskind Pharmacy
 
Individual Sign Project of the Year 10+ employees
1st place – Signbox – Blackrock
2nd place – Piggotts Company Ltd – GAP Signage
3rd place – Amber & Green – IBM Southbank Forum Refurbishment
 
Multiple Sign Project of the Year 1-9 employees
1st place – The Grain Sign Company – Longleat Safari Park
2nd place – Create – Mshed Bristol
3rd place – Signs Express (Leeds) – Bridgewater Place
       
Multiple Sign Project of the Year 10+ employees
1st place – Graffiti Design Limited – Amex Community Stadium
2nd place Highly commended – Piggotts Company Ltd – Hong Kong Asolay
3rd place – Image Technique Ltd – Westfield Stratford City
 
Vehicle Wrapping Project of the Year
1st place – Raccoon – 2011 Gumball 3000 Rally Wraps
2nd place highly commended – Wrap Kings – Promotional Van Wrap
3rd place – Principle Reprographic Services Ltd – PRS Van Wrap
 
Wide Format Print Project of the Year
1st place – Signbox – Expedia
2nd place – Service Graphics Ltd – National Museum of Scotland
3rd place – Hollywood Monster – Banner Display – Westfield Shopping Centre
 
Green Award – Sponsored by DS Smith Recycling
1st place – Aggregate Industries – Using the Ground to Improve the Environment
2nd place highly commended – The Grain Sign Company – Sandblasted Cedarwood Signs          
 
Rising Star Award
1st place – Sign Vision – John Matthews
2nd place – Service Graphics Ltd – Chris McIntosh
3rd place – Fusion Print – Gemini Katwa
 
Wide Format Printing Company of the Year
1st place – Hollywood Monster
2nd place highly commended – Service Graphics Ltd
 
Sign Company of the Year
1st place – Signbox
2nd place – Graffiti Design
3rd place – Sign 2000 

BRIGHTSTUFF LAUNCHES LED MOOD LIGHTING

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The LED Mood Lighting tape or strip lighting is easy to install and the lighting tape can be used in alcoves, under or over cabinets, behind glass panels or anywhere that requires a splash of colour. These tape lights are widely used by interior designers to create that perfect mood or ambience.

You have a choice of waterproof or non-waterproof LED tape lights. The non-waterproof type has an adhesive backing for easy installation. The tape lights are available in various single colours (single and Tri-LEDs) and RGB which is colour changing.

The popular RGB tape lights are suitable for both indoors and outdoors use. Together with the RGB controller and wireless remote control, you can select different lighting modes including speed of colour change. You can also select static display and scroll through the different colours and stop at the colour and shade you fancy at the time. Accessories include power supplies, dimmers and wireless colour controller modules.

The lights are popular for residential and commercial applications and are the perfect solution for mood lighting in clubs, shops, pubs, restaurants and bars.

Enhance any space using our flexible LED mood lighting.
• Total flexibility, cut intervals from 5cm.
• Indoor and outdoor (IP65) tape light available.
• Adhesive backing (indoor tape only).
• Wide beam angle 120 – 140 degrees.
• 650lm per metre soft white tape light using tri-chip technology.
• Power supplies, dimmer and colour changing modules are available.
• Perfect for commercial and residential lighting.

SPIRIT DISPLAYS ADDS SPIRIT-TEX FABRIC SYSTEM TO RANGE

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Spirit Displays, the London-based manufacturer of banner tensioning systems, has launched Spirit-TEX, which has been developed in response to market demand for sturdy, easy-to-use frame solutions for lightweight textiles, and is designed to address challenging sizing and finishing issues.
 
The innovative textile tensioning system, which has a patent pending, is the only system to offer a choice of three finishing options for the printed fabric, allowing users to reduce or even eliminate the need for finishing. Available in a number of profiles, including wall-mounting, free-standing and back-lit, Spirit-TEX has also been successfully tested for compatibility with dye-sublimation, UV-curable and latex printing systems, making it one of the most flexible fabric display options on the market.
 
Of the several mounting options, a combination of industry-standard silicone strip application across the top edge of a printed graphic and Spirit Displays’s innovative Spirit-TEX Gripper along the sides and bottom edges offers the best of both worlds. Allowing for easy alignment with a limited amount of finishing to the textile, this method also ensures optimal tension coupled with the maximum tolerance for size variation.
 
With Spirit-TEX Gripper on all edges of the frame, fabric can be printed with a bleed area and the edges tucked into the frame using the Spirit-TEX tool without any further finishing being necessary. This not only removes the issue of precise sizing of the printed fabric – a complex area made more complicated by the typical shrinkage of these substrates after washing – but also allows much larger textile graphics to be tensioned. An 18 x 3m (59 x 9’10”) frame has already been successfully installed at exclusive London department store Selfridges, and there is potential to go larger still.
 
Alternatively, TEX-TAPE from Spirit Displays can be affixed to the perimeter of the printed textile to reinforce the edge. The double-sided tape with textile adhesive does not require any special tools or training to use, and can be used in place of silicone strip. The Spirit-TEX system is also compatible with industry-standard 14 x 3mm silicone keder.
 
In addition to being simple to assemble and enormously flexible, the Spirit-TEX profiles are completely recyclable, making them a truly green solution for fabric display mounting, and are manufactured in the UK. The full range of profiles comprises options for front- or back-lighting and single- or double-sided display, and the frames can hang, or be wall-mounted or freestanding. Spirit-TEX and the popular Spirit-FLEX systems from Spirit Displays are available to the trade only in stock profiles and flat-pack kits, or fully fabricated with LED lighting in the case of light boxes.
 
Hadley Weight, director at Spirit Displays says, ‘The industry has been crying out for a simple, flexible display solution for lightweight fabrics, and we have listened. We are proud to be the first to respond to the demand with Spirit-TEX and we are confident that it will become the most popular product of its kind on the market.’
 
Spirit Displays manufactures and distributes tensioning systems for banners and fabric graphics, and has been trading in the UK since 2003, when Hadley and Alistair Weight brought the popular Spirit-FLEX Tensioning System to the European market from South Africa. Using London as a base to venture into the EU and other international markets, Spirit Displays has seen a steady increase in the use of its tensioned banner systems and continues to develop further variants and create bespoke solutions for the installation of all wide to superwide-format banners.

GSW NEW DISTRIBUTOR FOR MATIC TEXTILE FINISHING SOLUTIONS

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Graphix Supply World has signed an exclusive distributorship agreement with MATIC S.A. MATIC are innovative leaders in providing custom-made finishing solutions for the textile manufacturing sector, amongst others.

MATIC manufactures custom-made machinery with the most advanced technology, always adapting to client’s demands and needs. Internationally, MATIC is a key enterprise of the textile manufacturing sector, present in different industry fields such as: clothing garments, automobile interiors, home textiles, leather goods, curtains, awnings, advertising canvas, sails, nets and composites.

On the MATIC stand, at FESPA Barcelona (21-24 Feb 2012), Roberto Franco, Managing Director of GSW, was present to witness the launch of the new MATIC automatic cutting machine M1. The M1 is a flatbed laser cutting solution for textiles that seals as it cuts, and has been developed to increase and improve productivity as well as optimise cutting time.

The MATIC Cronos V is an ergonomic automated sewing machine workstation for sewing seams on flags, with minimum stops and time wastage through fabric handling. The table is equipped with transport belts that are synchronized with the sewing machine, enabling long seams to be made, and eliminating constant tension on the thread. Two units of the Cronos machine have already been sold in South Africa.

The Ares Plus is an automatic impulse-welding machine, which will be particularly useful as a finishing solution in the print and signage industries for banner welding. The Ares Plus has a folding system for finishing banners, roller shades, blinds, awnings, mosquito nets and more. Pneumatic controlled guides allow fabric to be lined up accurately, saving time and wastage associated with operator faults using manual guides.