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Unique and Unconventional Vinyl Wrap Applications

Digital Print Media Staff : April 12, 2017 4:16 pm : Digital Print Media News, Vinyl Wrapping

We gathered several creative examples of unique and unconventional wrap applications:

The folks at image 360 in Wyndmoor, PA wrapped their flatbed printer. They call it “The Beast”

Another angle of “The Beast”

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Spaceship-themed wrapped MRI machine in Childrens Hospital

Portraits of Hop project using Mactac IMAGin® B•free® PSA Vinyl

Yellow submarine wrapped MRI machine, via Pinterest

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HP Latex 300 Series Technical Review

Digital Print Media Staff : April 3, 2017 8:53 am : Digital Print Media News

Updated 4-3-17: The HP Latex 300 Printer Series includes three models aimed at the small to medium-sized print service provider, as well as sign shops, quick printers and organizations looking to bring printing exclusively in-house. All three models utilize HP 831 Latex Inks designed for scratch-resistant output, as well as the company’s HP Latex Optimizer, engineered to rapidly immobilize pigments on the surface of the print to allow for higher productivity, reports the company. All three Latex 300 models feature a CMYKcm inkset and a top resolution of 1200 dpi. The three new HP Latex 300 Series models include:

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Are you using the right laminates for your floor graphics?

Digital Print Media Staff : February 24, 2017 9:53 am : Digital Print Media News, Floor Graphics

Photo Credit: http://www.mactac.eu

Why is it important to use an overlaminate for floor graphics?

Although there are a variety of floor graphic media types that do not require overlaminates, however most standard vinyl require lamination to be suitable for floors. Using overlaminates provides protection against scuffing, abrasion, moisture, and UV light. This important protective layer will seal the graphic, making it suitable for heavy foot traffic. Overlaminates also make the image pop and add depth to the graphic.

These overlaminates are specifically engineered for use with pressure-sensitive floor graphic films and meet or exceed various public safety requirements and industry standards for slip resistance.

Photo Credit: http://www.mactac.eu

MACtac offers several overlaminates specifically designed for floor graphic applications:

MACtac® PermaFlex PF6400 – 3.75-mil clear, glossy, textured, and slip resistant polyolefin film. Perfect for any indoor application.

MACtac® PermaFlex PF6500 – 4.3-mil textured vinyl

MACtac® PermaFlex PF6300 – 5.0-mil clear vinyl film with a textured lustre finish that helps eliminate glare and provides a very unique and pleasing viewing surface. Perfect for any indoor application

PERMACOLOR® FloorGrip PP6600 – the ONLY ANSI/NFPA B101.3 certified laminate on the market. 6.0-mil clear matte polycarbonate film

For more information on overlaminates by Mactac, contact DaVinci Technologies

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Alpha Imaging Acquired by Grimco

Digital Print Media Staff : February 2, 2017 10:21 am : Digital Print Media News

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Grimco Inc. has acquired Alpha Image Technologies, Inc.

FEB 1, 2017 — Grimco Inc, a distributor of sign supplies, has announces its acquisition of Alpha Imaging Technologies, Inc., a distributor of equipment and supplies for the wide-format printing market. Alpha Imaging Technologies, Inc. is based out of Lowell, MA.

“Alpha Imaging has always looked for ways to better serve our customers.” says Jim Mertes, owner of Alpha Imaging Technologies, Inc. “Grimco’s broad product line, web presence, logistics and focus on customer experience allow us to take our customer experience to the next level. We are proud to be a part of this well run, highly successful company.”

“Grimco is excited to welcome the employees, customers and suppliers of Alpha Imaging. This acquisition better positions us to assist our customers in the Northeast. Our goal is to continue to provide and expand the great service and products provided by Alpha Imaging,” says Keith Pittillo, president of Grimco – U.S. Division.

 

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New Magnetic Receptive Print Media Available at DaVinci

Digital Print Media Staff : January 31, 2017 10:11 am : Digital Print Media News

JANUARY 30, 2017 —  DaVinci Technologies has announced the availability of 3 new magnetic receptive print media products. Signetics Select, Signetics LTX, and Signetics Duo offer effortless installation across a wide variety of applications including menu boards, retail POP, POS graphics, directories, and decorative wall graphics.

Signetics Select is a cost-effective magnetic receptive media option. Available roll sizes include 54” x 165′, 60” x 165′ and 74” x 165′. Signetics LTX features enhanced engineering for Latex printers and is available in 54” x 115′ and 60” x 115′ roll sizes. Printable on both sides, Signetics DUO is available in two roll sizes including 54” x 115′ and 60” x 115′.

Signetics™ by Ultraflex is the new standard in magnetic receptive media offering an easy to install, cost-efficient solution in magnetic receptive graphics. Signetics features an impressive array of benefits including effortless, on-site installation, no-edge chipping, and exceptional durability. Products are easy to clean with no lamination required.

Further information is available at https://davinci-technologies.com/product-category/inkjet-media/magnetic-media/

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ClingZ Acquired by Nekoosa

Digital Print Media Staff : January 30, 2017 9:48 am : Digital Print Media News

On January 5, 2017, Nekoosa acquired the business and assets of ClingZ, Inc., a Rio Rancho, NM based manufacturer of premium graphic media. The addition of ClingZ expands Nekoosa’s specialty products portfolio for customers worldwide and extends its technology platform to drive product innovation. The ClingZ operation will be integrated with the Nekoosa, Wisconsin facility in the second quarter of 2017.clingz-window-graphic

Paul Charapata, CEO of Nekoosa, commented “The ClingZ acquisition is directly aligned with our mission of bringing something NEW to our customers and employees. The ClingZ products are a technological marvel, serving an array of print platforms including offset, digital, and wide format. With the support of Wingate Partners, this is our 5th significant transaction in just over 4 years of partnership. I am excited about the ClingZ customers and products becoming part of Nekoosa’s portfolio and growth story. We will take great care of all employees throughout the business integration process.”

Moritz Schlenzig, CEO of ClingZ, Inc., added “Nekoosa is a great partner to build on ClingZ’s strong franchise and to support future growth by offering expanded manufacturing scale and innovative product development. I look forward to working with Nekoosa to support our valued customers and employees through the integration process, and driving growth for ClingZ product lines globally.”

About ClingZ, Inc.: ClingZ, Inc. is the worldwide leading manufacturer of adhesive-free, electrically charged graphic media and premium low –tac films, for temporary marketing and signage applications. ClingZ is committed to nontoxic, PVC-free products that are eco-sensitive, and recyclable. www.clingz.com

About Nekoosa: Headquartered in Nekoosa WI, Nekoosa is comprised of 3 business units – Nekoosa Coated Products – known for 45 years of innovation in carbonless paper technology and more recently an expanding line of specialty products. The portfolio of specialty products includes: Synaps® OM and XM, premium synthetic papers from AGFA; ThermaTac, a new digital removable vinyl signage product; Thermanent®; a premium digital polyester; Indigo Durable Synthetic; MagneCote, the world’s first magnetic paper; a full line of FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council) digital coated papers, and other specialty papers. Nekoosa Coated Products was acquired by Wingate Partners of Dallas, Texas in October, 2012. www.nekoosacoated.com

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HP Latex 110 vs 315

Digital Print Media Staff : November 30, 2016 10:26 am : Digital Print Media News

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What is the difference between the HP Latex 110 and 315 (formerly the 310)? This is a common question among individuals interested in these two entry-level HP Latex Printers. Both 54″ printers are designed for small spaces and lower volume print runs. Additionally, the 110 and 310 offer the same high quality HP Latex printing technology. There are several major differences to consider though, and we will compare them here:

Key Differences:

Ink Capacity

HP Latex 110 – (6) 400ml Latex Cartridges + HP Ink Optimizer

HP Latex 315 – (6) 750ml Latex Cartridges + HP Ink Optimizer

Installation

HP Latex 110 – Self installation

HP Latex 315 – Professional installation

 

Key Similarities:

Print Resolution – Up to 1200 x 1200 dpi

Print Speeds

  • Prints indoor quality at 129 sqft/hr.
  • Prints outdoor plus quality at 174 sqft/hr.
  • Max print speed of 517 sqft/hr.

Power Source / Plug Requirementsnema-6-20p-240v-20a-non-locking

  • Input voltage (auto ranging) 200 to 240 VAC (-10% +10%) two wires and PE; 50/60 Hz (+/- 3 Hz); two power cords; 3 A max for printer and 13 A max per curing
  • Plug type: NEMA 6-20P, 240 V, 20 A, non-locking

 

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3D Vehicle Wraps – Application Spotlight

Digital Print Media Staff : October 26, 2016 9:47 am : Digital Print Media News, Vinyl Wrapping

Graphics that give the illusion of anything more than 2D are becoming more common in the advertising industry. The reason behind this is simple – anything that causes a double take is effective marketing. 3D vehicle wraps are wraps that make the viewer believe there is something more going, either inside or out of the vehicle. We gathered some images of what we believe are the most effect 3D vehicle wrap designs.

At first glance, it appears this bus backed into a street sign. Advertisement for Specsavers. a British optical retail chain.

At first glance, it appears this bus backed into a street sign. Advertisement for Specsavers. a British optical retail chain.

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Excellent example of the “see-through wrap” effect for this Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. It appears that boxes are stacked perfectly to fit inside this van.

Wrigley’s Spearmint Chewing Gum Truck – Wrapped in vinyl, designed to mimic a opened pack of gum.

FedEx truck wrapped in a graphic that features a competitors delivery truck trailing behind.

As the doors on this bus open, it appear you are entering the mouth of a shark. Advertising for National Geographic.

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Application Spotlight – 3D Floor Graphic of Bottles in Ice

Digital Print Media Staff : October 6, 2016 11:29 am : Digital Print Media News, Floor Graphics

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This 3D floor graphic advertisement was commissioned by Lech Beer of Poznań, Poland. The graphic is situated in an outdoor patio setting and was installed on concrete using Alumigraphics GRIP. Made of pliable aluminum foil, the product features a 1 year expected life performance. It is designed to withstand heavy foot traffic and harsh weather conditions such as rain, snow, and exposure to sun. This product features built-in characteristics that eliminate the need for an overlaminate.

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HP Latex Unveils 315, 335 and 365 at 2016 SGIA

Digital Print Media Staff : September 27, 2016 4:15 pm : Digital Print Media News

HP Latex 315LAS VEGAS, Nevada – HP Inc. has unveiled a new upgraded line of HP Latex 300 Printer series at SGIA 2016.

The new HP Latex 315, 335 and 365 Printers help graphics professionals, from small sign and copy shops to high-capacity print service providers (PSPs), gain affordable access to sign and display market opportunities across more indoor and outdoor applications.

“With the introduction of the HP Latex 300 Printer series, HP disrupted the low-volume market with a completely new platform featuring a range of price points, sizes and production levels, making it possible for more print service providers (PSPs) to enter sign and display printing,” said Xavier Garcia, general manager, Large Format Printing division, HP Inc. “Today, HP is introducing new, key capabilities to this market-leading portfolio, inviting even more customers to take advantage of HP Latex technology and identify new avenues for growth.”

Building on years of third-generation HP Latex technology innovation, the new HP Latex 315, 335 and 365 Printers offer the same superior image quality, productivity and durability, as well as eco-friendly benefits and industry certifications, now synonymous with water-based HP Latex Ink Technology.

The New HP Latex 300 series Printers offer:

High-quality at production, printing up to 64 inches wide at speeds up to 334 ft.2/hr. (31 m2/hr.) for outdoor applications and at 1200 dpi, enabled by the HP Latex Optimizer and HP Optical Media Advance Sensor (OMAS). OMAS capabilities are included across the new HP Latex 300 series Printers. Features to help customers keep running costs low, such HP Custom Substrate Profiling for automatic ICC profiling and an i1 embedded spectrophotometer, both available on the HP Latex 365 Printer. Additionally, the HP Latex 315 and 335 Printers offer optimized profiles with HP Quick Substrate Profiling as well as the FlexiPrint HP Edition RIP, which is included in the box. Continuous printing capabilities, helping customers gain productivity and reduce time between jobs as well as achieve same-day delivery.

The new HP Quick Solutions application designed for the HP Latex 365 Printer, which is accessible from the front panel touchscreen for fast troubleshooting and to easily optimize image quality directly on the printer. Increased media versatility with the ability to handle a variety of substrates from self-adhesive vinyls and backlits, to wallcoverings and textiles. Additionally, new online training tools are available for operators to get the most out of their HP Latex equipment.

An automatic x-axis cutter for efficient cutting to finish and deliver prints immediately, which is included across all new HP Latex 300 series Printers.

The new HP Latex 315, 335 and 365 Printers are now available at DaVinci-Technologies

Press Release via HP

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