Printing Impressions' Across the Nation Commercial Printing Industry News for March 2009
IF YOU had an opportunity to attend SGIA or Graph Expo—or both—last month, I hope you took the time to see what is new in the world of wide-format ink-jet. There have been lots of exciting advances that commercial printing businesses should consider taking advantage of to diversify their businesses and drive revenue growth.
MISSISSAUGA, ONT—September 19, 2008—Gandinnovations, a world leader in grand format digital printer innovations is setting new standards for productivity, color accuracy and image fidelity. It will be showcasing a special presentation seminar in their booth at both the SGIA and GraphExpo shows where customers will see this incredible new RIP software in action with the Jeti range of digital printers.
FLATBED MODELS are currently a hot trend in the wide-format ink-jet printer segment and were spotlighted by exhibitors at Drupa 2008 earlier this year. This technology puts the emphasis on volume production for more everyday applications, not the spectacular building and vehicle wraps done roll-to-roll. Particularly with dimensional point-of-purchase (POP) materials, productivity is enhanced by the capability to print directly on rigid substrates, rather than mounting/laminating printed sheets to a backing material in a separate production step. Teaming a flatbed printer up with a digital cutter further speeds turnaround of completed pieces. UV ink-jet technology dominates this product category because of the substrate
JERUSALEM—June 30, 2008—Leading lenticular 3D software developer, HumanEyes Technologies, has declared drupa a resounding success with a record number of leads and sales taken during the show. HumanEyes Technologies partnered with industry heavy-weights Fujifilm Graphics, Océ, HP, KBA-Metronic, Gandinnovations and Presstek Europe to offer live lenticular printing and to promote HumanEyes’ latest lenticular workflow solution, Producer3D, demonstrating first-hand the versatility and additional revenue streams the technology can offer. Ronen Sobel, VP, Graphic Arts Sales, HumanEyes Technologies said: “The reaction towards our new product Producer3D at drupa was phenomenal. Interest in HumanEyes’ range of products in particular has shown there is a definitive trend
Kodak’s Graphic Communications Group has made a contribution of $85,000 to the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (NOAHH). The contribution provides funding to build a house in an area that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Kodak employees and customers were invited to volunteer to help build the new home. Wausau Paper has opened a new East Coast distribution center in Allentown, PA, enabling it to offer overnight and same day delivery service to a geographically broader group of customers across the region. As a result of its acquisition of Stora Enso North America, NewPage Corp. has taken steps to restructure and streamline
From building wraps to fine art reproductions, digitally printed extra-large products have provided a path to new profits and opportunity for printers and other specialists all over America. The Wide Format Pavilion at GRAPH EXPO has been a key catalyst for this trend. About two dozen leading firms are taking part in the Pavilion this year, including Gandinnovations, Fujifilm Sericol USA, Inc., Mimaki USA, MacDermid ColorSpan and Gerber Scientific/Gerber Innovations. In addition to exhibits, a popular feature of each annual Wide Format Pavilion has been the free educational sessions offered throughout the show at the Wide Format Theater right in the Pavilion. Adjacent to
Here’s an exclusive, PRE-SHOW PREVIEW showcasing new products submitted by many of the exhibitors that will be displaying their wares next month in Chicago. Colter & Peterson will showcase the BASA 3, which features an automatic jogging system that can automatically form layers of printed sheets, align them accurately and transport them to the subsequent cutting process. The BASA 3 is appropriate for paper from 16-lb. bond to 125-lb. tag, and is effective when combined with a modern, rear-table-feeding system. Existing gripper transport systems can be retrofitted. Visit www.piworld.com/infocenter: enter #377 MBO America will introduce the Super KTZ, featuring a knife-folding unit that
CHICAGO—June, 2007—From building wraps to fine art reproductions, digitally printed extra-large products have provided a path to new profits and opportunity for printers and other specialists all over America. The Wide Format Pavilion at GRAPH EXPO, which returns in September for its 5th year, has been a key catalyst for this trend. The Pavilion has showcased for GRAPH EXPO’s tens of thousands of participants the flexibility and appeal of wide format output using inkjet and other digitally-driven technologies. Many of the products and tools first seen in the Pavilion have since become familiar on the larger show floor of America’s premiere graphic communications exhibition.