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Wide-format philanthropy

Feb 1, 2010 12:00 AM, By Denise Kapel

Springfield, MO, sign printer nPrint Graphix had just started using a new HP (Palo Alto, CA) Designjet Z3200 Photo Printer when the TV show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition came to town. When nPrint Graphix CEO John Fugitt heard about it, he got in touch with the show's producers and interior designers to discuss wide-format inkjet projects that could be used inside the house they were building for

Wide angle

Nov 1, 2009 12:00 AM, By Susan Pinta

Specialty imagers are finding an edge in today's marketplace by entering the wide-format litho and wide-format digital printing markets

SGIA report

Nov 1, 2009 12:00 AM, By Susan Pinta

The 2009 SGIA Expo took place October 7-9 in New Orleans, with 405 exhibitors on the 170,000-sq.-ft. show floor. While the show was smaller and its attendance lower than in past years 14,245 registrants vendors reported a high level of interest among this year's attendees. The trend on the high end is clearly about the tools that make up solutions and help customers build and operate their wide-format

Specialty Graphics New Products

Sep 1, 2009 12:00 AM,

:Dotrix does it all Agfa's : Dotrix Modular is an industrial full-color UV inkjet press built for folding carton, flexible, POP and industrial labeling applications. This press can print on a wide variety of common packaging substrates as well as paper, multi-wall, biodegradable plastics, PE, PP, BOPP, PET, and heat- and pressure-sensitive materials. Traditional UV flexo printing stations can be added

Expanding horizons

Sep 1, 2009 12:00 AM, By Susan Pinta

Finding success in today's marketplace requires a broader scope of imaging technologies that deliver quality solutions and can meet a diverse range of customer needs. Utilizing wide-format digital printing is a first step toward improving production efforts and increasing profitability. Wide-format digital printing offers solutions that add value and help commercial printers foster new business growth,

Inkjet web innovations

Jul 1, 2009 12:00 AM, By Denise Kapel

This May, HP (Palo Alto, CA) Inkjet Web Press user O'Neil Data Systems (Los Angeles) hosted an open house to demonstrate this new technology. O'Neil is the site of the first HP Inkjet Web Press beta installation and began commercial production on the press earlier this year. The company demonstrated variable, color newspaper production, running a special edition of Investor's Business Daily during

Inkjet & toner

Mar 1, 2009 12:00 AM, By Patrick Henry

American Printer speaks to some leading vendors representing inkjet, electophotographic (EP) and offset technologies about inkjet and toner

InnerWorkings acquires in-store display provider

Oct 7, 2008 12:00 AM,

InnerWorkings, Inc. (Chicago), a global provider of managed print and promotional solutions, is aquiring Atlanta-based Origen Partners, a print management firm specializing in point-of-purchase displays, signage and other in-store merchandising materials

Inkjet products

Sep 1, 2008 12:00 AM,

Eliminating preprinted envelopes At Pitney Bowes' recent open house in Danbury, CT, MCS, (Gaithersburg, MD) MCS teamed with HP and Pitney Bowes to preview a next-generation four-color envelope printing system in line with a high-speed inserter. This system reportedly is the first of its kind to allow full color printing on the outside of an envelope at speeds of 400 fpm. First shown at Drupa, the

Fastest flatbed printer is an InterTech winner

Sep 1, 2008 12:00 AM,

Inca introduced the Onset, a large-format UV digital flatbed printer in 2007. In 2008, it was among a handful of technologies honored with PIA/GATF's InterTech Award. This will significantly change the large-format market and has the ability to take away share from other printing applications, one judge noted. The speed is a significant improvement, and there is great market potential with the diverse

Are you ready for Intelligent Mail barcodes?

Sep 1, 2008 12:00 AM,

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has begun to implement its Intelligent Mail program to improve service and reduce costs. This program promises to improve readability, reduce returned mail, maximize delivery visibility and increase preparation efficiency. As part of this program, mailers will be required to apply the Intelligent Mail barcode (IMB) on automated mail as a replacement for the POSTNET and

Special delivery

Sep 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

Inkjet systems for postpress addressing generally fall into two basic categories: continuous and drop-on-demand. Drop-on-demand (DOD) technology typically has a three- to four-mm throw distance and is therefore better suited for flat addressing applications. Continuous inkjet (CIJ), with a throw distance of 10 to 15 mm away, offers greater flexibility for saddlestitching and other binding line applications.

Briefly noted

Sep 1, 2008 12:00 AM,

Buhrs Americas (Minneapolis) has named Bow D. Smith national service manager. Smith joined Buhrs Americas after more than ten years with inTelmail USA. See www.buhrs.com A PRIMIR (Reston, VA) study, Trends in Inkjet Technologies, reviews inkjet technologies and addresses growth trends and forecasts for adoption of inkjet technologies in selected markets through 2011. See www.primir.org. PIA/GATF's

Printing inkjet labels

Sep 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Patrick Henry

At EFI's 2008 Connect users conference, Ken Stack, vice president and general manager of the company's Jetrion industrial inkjet systems division, detailed the advantages of label printing with the Jetrion 4000 Series UV inkjet label press, a narrow-web (5.5-inch) product released two years ago. Today, said Stack, the press delivers image quality as good as flexo, enabling EFI to penetrate markets

Think big

Aug 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Michael Robertson

Wide-format digital printing is a great example of technology bringing new solutions that add value and help commercial printers foster new business growth. Looking to the future, commercial printers will find it difficult to compete without some kind of digital imaging capability. Diversity will be the name of the game. Customers will increasingly value and expect the ability to provide a wide range

Promising proofers, etc.

Jun 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By AP staff

Inkjet is a hot topic at Drupa 2008, as vendors' R&D efforts toward high-quality, production-speed, digital inkjet presses are coming to fruition. But even as excitement builds for all things MEMS, we've got the scoop on some new proofing equipment and software options that will be on display at the big show. We can't wait to share the newest prepress developments announced during Drupa, so stay tuned!

Drupa hoopla

Mar 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

In January, Drupa show organizer Messe Dsseldorf hosted a conference preview for 130 members of the international trade press. While most of the 11 participating vendors are holding back some news until May, a few tantalizing hints were dropped. Stay tuned! Xerox & inkjet: more to come It's hard to believe Xerox's (Rochester, NY) first Drupa was in 2000, a show that ushered in a host of new digital

Surprise, surprise

Jan 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Jill Roth

After 25 years in the printing industry, it isn't often that a press event surprises me. But that is just what happened when Oc recently unveiled its new JetStream line of high-speed color inkjet presses. Innovation is why we are here, said Joseph Skryzypczak, president and CEO, Oc North America. The rest of the day proved that he meant what he said. The JetStream series joins Oc's VarioStream 9240

Grand times

Jan 1, 2008 12:00 AM, By Sophie Matthews-Paul

At one time, wide-format production was restricted largely to screenprinters, sign makers and digital service bureau markets. But in recent years, the technology has expanded beyond these niches. With Drupa (www.drupa.com) representing a major worldwide platform for new developments, we can expect new inkjet machines and technologies to be shown in Dsseldorf this spring. Trends include a growing shift

Why inkjet?

Dec 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By Frank Romano

Digital printing involves any reproduction process that does not use a replaceable image carrier (such as a plate). Digital printing can use any method that places spots of colored particles on substrates, with toner or inkjet being most common. Of late, new inkjet devices and developments are causing many to project an inkjet future. Inkjet technology is either thermal (heat makes a bubble), piezo