21 Oct 2019

About Megaprint Inc - Large Format Printing Specialists

 

Megaprint Hq

MegaPrint operates out of Plymouth, NH., a small college town of 4000 in the Lakes Region, close by the skiing and hiking of the White Mountains. Lots of rock climbers, skiers, and hikers work here! It's a really happy place, too. We've been in business for 15 years.

The movie "On Golden Pond" was filmed just a few miles from our shop. We think we're very fortunate to live in such beautiful surroundings. Our company employs 16 people, four have been here for 10 years or more. We have a 17,500 square foot facility designed specifically for wide format printing. It's all we do, and we are really good at it.

This is our third building, and we've added on three times since we built it in 1998. Having a specific purpose, climate controlled facility allows us to produce your job beautifully, quickly, and efficiently.

What makes us really special is our people. Our output team of eight graphic designers has a combined 58 years in the business. The four people in our finishing department have 32 years! We have the experience to do your work on time, affordable, and beautifully.

Try us once - we'll make you happy! We guarantee your satisfaction, and our promise is to tear up the bill if we don't.

 

Call Megaprint on Tel: 800-590-7850, (603) 536-2900, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit their website at www.megaprint.com - Megaprint also maintain an excellent Blog which you can read at blog.megaprint.com

Megaprint Team

 

Exhibitors and Sponsors Flock to FESPA 2010 as Market-leading Imaging Event

FESPA 2010

FESPA 2010 on track to be the largest ever industry event with a host of debut exhibitors and companies committing to their biggest ever stands

Exhibitor bookings for FESPA 2010 (22 – 26 June, Messe Munich), FESPA’s flagship global event for screen, digital and textile printing, continue to build momentum with 25,000 square metres of exhibition space already contracted. More than eight months before the show, over three quarters of the total exhibition area is now committed.

Expected to be the largest event for the image makers, FESPA 2010 has halls dedicated to screen printing, garment decoration and digital printing technologies. The exhibitor list includes a raft of first-time exhibitors, particularly amongst finishing and display companies including Elitron, Expo Concepts, McDisplay, Promic, Schilder, Showshop Display, VHF and Zemat.

The digital area at FESPA 2010 is on track to be the biggest digital exhibition in Europe, already greater in size than FESPA Digital 2009. The space allocated to digital exhibitors is already 80% contracted, with companies such as 3M, Durst, EFI, Epson, Fujifilm Sericol, HP, IGEPA, INX Digital, Mimaki, Orafol, Roland, and WP Digital, taking their biggest stands ever.

FESPA Fabric will be a specific event within FESPA 2010 focussing on garment decoration in particular. The event is rapidly gaining momentum and has spurred interest from associated decoration disciplines such as embroidery, laser-cutting, and rhinestone applications. FESPA Fabric exhibitors include first-time participants such as Anvil, E-nygma, Magna Colours, QCM, Secabo, and Stamion, as well as established FESPA exhibitors which have taken their biggest stands to date: Kornit; Falk & Ross; Polyone Wilflex, San Roque and Sawgrass. Screen printing guru Charlie Taublieb and Scott Fresener, owner of T-Biz Network International have confirmed key showcase sessions at FESPA Fabric.

FESPA 2010 sponsors renew support

Past sponsors of FESPA, including HP, EFI and Kiian have renewed their support for FESPA 2010 as Corporate and Platinum Sponsors respectively. Xaar will continue its relationship with FESPA as its Global Technology Partner for the event, and Durst will be FESPA’s first ever Innovation Sponsor. FESPA Fabric will enjoy the sponsorship of Kornit and Falk & Ross.

Frazer Chesterman, Managing Director FESPA, comments: “In this challenging climate, the fact that we are 25% up on bookings compared with the same period ahead of FESPA 2007 in Berlin is testament to FESPA’s market-leading position and indisputable reputation as a world-class exhibition organiser. With each show, FESPA attracts new exhibitors and visitor audiences and FESPA 2010 is on track to be the most important and largest global event the industry has seen.”

“FESPA continues to grow in importance, which is why, for the fourth year running we are supporting the event as Corporate Sponsor,” said François Martin, marketing director, Graphics Solutions Business EMEA, HP. “It is an ideal place for sign and display print service providers and suppliers to do business, network with their peers and attend informative seminars and conferences. We are looking forward to another successful FESPA and to sharing HP’s latest technology with the visitors to the show.”

Paul Cripps, Managing Director EFI Europe, comments: “Following a very impactful launch of our new VUTEk GS super wide format printers at FESPA 2009 in Amsterdam, EFI is really looking forward to FESPA 2010 in Munich. EFI has once more decided to extend its Platinum Sponsorship of FESPA, which remains one of the world’s most powerful marketing and sales events in the industry. The team at FESPA works with us closely to give us the best possible return on our investment. The innovations we launched this year at FESPA Digital used the best possible marketing platform available. At the tail end of the economic downturn, hopefully by June next year, we are confident that we will once more see a big return on investment in terms of sales at FESPA’s main event.”

Mark Alexander, Director of Marketing, Xaar, comments: “We’re thrilled to continue our relationship with FESPA as its Global Technology Partner for the third year running at FESPA 2010. FESPA’s events always provide us with the strongest platform to engage with existing and potential OEM partners and to speak to the industry’s movers and shakers to find out first-hand about the market’s inkjet technology needs and how Xaar can most effectively meet them.”

Cancer charity event beats the banner thieves thanks to GTMS

GTMS logo

A leading branding and event company has stepped in at the eleventh hour to help a cancer support group after thieves stole its banners on two occasions.

Hampshire firm GTMS designed, printed and installed a new banner for the Ovarian Cancer Support Group in Portsmouth which had teamed up with a local pub to hold a fundraising week for the Eve appeal in Partnership with Ovacome – a gynaecology and cancer research fund.

But two banners outside the pub promoting the event were both stolen and when Dominik Short, GTMS’ Director of GTMS read about the theft in the local newspaper, he acted immediately.

“We wanted to help despite time being tight so we offered to design and print a new banner free of charge,” said Dominik.

The new 3m x1.5m banner was ready and in place the day before the final event, a fundraising swinging 60s party, took place raising £2,000 for the charity.

“We are very used to working to very tight timescales – but at less than 12 hours this was probably the tightest yet!” said Dominik. 

Ovarian Cancer survivor Dorothy Petty, who set up the local support group earlier this year, was delighted to receive GTMS’ offer.

“When GTMS called and said they could print a new banner, I was thrilled. We were shocked and disappointed when the original banners were stolen but GTMS’ generosity has really made up for it. It shows that there are people out there willing to help,” said Dorothy.

GTMS provides exceptional print services for large scale and complex projects, in addition to offering branding and event production. With 25 years’ experience under its belt and a wealth of prestigious clients – including the BBC, e-on, Bacardi, Marks & Spencer and Fat Face, GTMS takes care of every aspect from the initial design through to the production and installation by its expert team.

The forward-thinking team of 22 employees operates from under one roof – a 38,000 sq. ft purpose-built site complete with offices, workshops and warehouse.

Woodrow Press discovers diversity and dividends with integrated Roland print-and-cut solution

Roland SolJet Pro III XC-540 

Before investing in its SolJet Pro III XC-540, an integrated printer and cutter, London-based Woodrow Press had a solid portfolio of clients whose typical requests included lithographic and digital production. It was the desire to cater to these larger demands, and to evolve its services into a one-stop offering, that has given Woodrow the true hybrid mantle it can claim — and nobody has been more receptive than the clients, who can now take advantage of the company’s wide-format, precision cutting capability.

Being able to offer a broader range of output methods means that Woodrow Press has extended its range of chargeable services for customers, who are mostly marketing outfits who require campaigns across several formats and media. Extending into wide-format has helped the company accrue more of their spend, with its ability to produce indoor and outdoor banners, signs, vehicle wraps, decals and POP displays to a phenomenally fast and accurate standard.

“The Roland SolJet PRO III XC-540 is an excellent extra source of revenue and has turned out to be a very successful investment,” explains Paul Ramsay, Sales and Marketing for Woodrow Press. “It was a natural extension for us. We’re heavily experienced in digital and offset print and feel there’s no sense in restricting ourselves to a single output method. On top of that, we have always found that our clients appreciate being able to buy their print from a single supplier that they trust and have an established relationship with.”

“The majority of the work we produce on the SolJet is for point-of-sale purposes and this is where the cut function really comes into its own,” adds Ramsay. “Profile cutting graphics adds a lot of value in the eyes of the customer and it will cut to almost any shape.” With the print and cut functions integrated on the XC-540, the need to incorporate a separate printing unit is avoided, and has speeded up Woodrow’s production process.

In taking advantage of the SolJet’s ROI capability, the printer has discovered the cost-effectiveness of wide-format and its ability to plug in next to existing services. Wide-format is a lower capital outlay than lithographic and other digital production technology and starts to make its money back immediately — a vital and necessary advantage to have over competitors in belt-tightening economic times.

“The SolJet PRO III XC-540 is reputable for its ease of use and we recommend it as an ideal first wide format machine for commercial printers,” advises Mat Drake, Print Product Manager at Roland DG (UK). “Printers with experience in the digital and off-set markets won’t find the learning curve extraordinary but those keen to get the absolute best from the machine should investigate the complementary Introduction to Digital Print course at the Roland DG Academy, which is included with each purchase.”

Woodrow Press is one of several XC-540 owners who has taken advantage of a free upgrade to Roland’s Intelligent Pass Control technology. The addition allows for enhanced gradients and flawless image quality at greater production speeds, lending new versatility to an already gutsy unit. Automatic take-up and advanced media feed can be upgraded with an optional dryer/blower unit, and the printer itself can be supplied as a 5-colour model. This configuration equips the SolJet with white ECO-SOL MAX ink, creating bold white graphics for packaging comps, window graphics and POS purposes.

“Woodrow Press is proof that wide format inkjet provides commercial printers with the perfect opportunity to increase revenue and move one step closer to becoming a true one-stop solution,” offers Drake. “The demand from an established customer base is already there for commercial printers. In an industry where profits are being squeezed relentlessly this technology presents a real opportunity for improved margins through genuine growth rather than stringent cost cutting.”

“The output quality is exceptional and the machine has been able to do everything that’s been asked of it, with absolutely no hint of any downtime yet,” considers Ramsay, whose machine was supplied with Roland’s standard one-year silver warranty. “Simply put,” he concludes, “the XC-540 has allowed us to offer more to our existing clients and thus resulted in a significant boost in revenue. ”

Find out more, and calculate the running costs of the Roland SolJet PRO III XC-540 printer, at www.rolandpro.co.uk

AJ-1000i increases versatility at Irish display producer

Inc Design and Display Roland AdvancedJet 1000i 

On paper, Inc Design and Display is a young company and a relative newcomer to the Irish display market, having been formed two and a half years ago by directors Paul Byrne and Paul Hogan. But don’t be fooled: they have a combined thirty years of experience in sign production, with talents including vehicle wraps, exhibition banners, modular signs and pop-ups.

They’re proud to count among their clients Dublin’s musical instrument mega-store, Xmusic, and the remainder of their portfolio ranges as broad as banner production and fascias. A more recent job has seen a large amount of vinyl banner produced for the high profile Taste of Dublin food festival.

Byrne and Hogan knew that growing the company rapidly could only come from strategic investment in machines that offered productivity and excellent turn-round. “We wanted to be able to compete with the best in terms of speed and quality right from the start,” explains Hogan as he remembers the first machine at Inc Design – the Roland SolJet Pro II.

The successor to the Pro II, the Pro III XC-540, handles smaller-format print-and-cut jobs at the Dublin site. Inc Design is particularly fond of the print-and-cut machine’s handling of contour cutting, making vehicle wrap production significantly easier, and eco-solvent inks mean that interior signs produced on the Pro III are odourless.

After only a few months Inc Design realised that it needed to accommodate larger-format work at a greater capacity to win bigger contracts. The business partners performed extensive research, deciding finally to stay with Roland DG because the Advanced Jet AJ-1000i offered the best throughput possible with its 2.6m width complemented by durable, high quality results. The printer was installed at their premises over Christmas 2007 and it's now in daily use for both indoor and outdoor graphics, on an ever-growing range of flexible materials.

“We looked at flat-bed technology before the purchase of the Pro III, and again when investigating the AJ-1000i, but decided that roll-to-roll was the better choice, offering more in terms of output quality and the range of compatible substrates. Additionally, this machine had a much smaller footprint and a more reasonable capital outlay,” says Byrne.

Hogan explains that investment in the Roland AJ-1000i felt like the next natural step in growing the company. “Although still a very young business, we had reached a stage where we needed to expand capacity and improve turnaround times – we knew from experience that these are the key areas in which the big contracts are won.”

The Roland AdvancedJet AJ-1000i is the larger of the company’s two machines, which are particularly suited to high-volume grand format printing for the durable graphics market. It is complemented by the 1.87m AJ-740i for users who want a narrower option. Its resolution of 720dpi produces near photo quality images and its ability to produce solid colours accurately makes it ideal for display producers and sign-makers. The ink formulation has an outdoor durability of up to 3 years, which can be extended with over-lamination where greater longevity is required.

Inc Design’s AJ-1000i has recently benefited from upgrades to its firmware and software, bringing it in line with Roland’s latest product releases. Other key updates include the newly-designed spare ink reservoir and the ability to change the calibration of the machine while it is printing. Byrne and Hogan are quick to promote that this allows for fast adjustments, reduces media waste and prevents time-consuming stopping and starting.

Amongst the first jobs that Inc Design & Display completed with its new printer was Ireland’s largest hoarding, sited at Dublin’s Belmayne housing development. A massive 3km of vinyl film was mounted on to 2.5 x 1.25m composite Dibond panels with an anti-graffiti laminate, printed in batches of up to 600 at a time. “The Belmayne job was completed in stages over a number of months in line with the development’s progress. There is no doubt that without the AJ-1000i we wouldn’t have been able to take it on,” Byrne recalls.

The automation of the RolandAdvanced Jet was a major attraction for IncDesign. Automatic maintenance and head cleaning have greatly reduced servicing and maintenance obligations, while a specialist pump keeps the flow of ink constant through the print-heads. This eliminates banding and means that cartridges can be changed ‘on the fly’.

“The combination of the AJ-1000i’s speed and the durability of its EcoXtreme solvent-based ink is spectacular and its colour accuracy is superb, with easy Pantone matching when required. My favourite aspect of the machine is that it can operate unattended,” highlights Hogan. “We’ve left it printing overnight on occasion - we load up a 100 metre roll of paper and come back in the morning to find the job completed, no problem.”

The AJ-1000i's heavy-duty take-up system supports rolls weighing up to 100Kg, and Roland’s proprietary six-colour EcoXtreme inks include light cyan and light magenta for a wider gamut. The machine is happy working with a wide range of coated and uncoated media for durable, long-life graphics, and has a maximum throughput of 90 sq m/hour.

“Its size and speed have opened up new doors for us and the AJ-1000i is now a core part of our business and production strategy. Both of our Roland machines are highly reliable and obviously well built, but engineers are on hand should we need them. With these two printers there isn’t much we can’t do – big or small,” boasts Byrne.

Progress doesn’t stop here for Inc Design, tactical expansion is again on the agenda, with Byrne and Hogan already considering future development, including perhaps personalisation and Variable Data work for promotional items.
The main thing, Hogan concludes, is to remain versatile: “There is a wealth of opportunity out there and part of our job is to keep on top of changes in the market. It’s important to be able to meet new demands as and when they arise. With its productive and diverse technology, Roland DG has certainly earned our trust in this respect.”

Find out more, and calculate the running costs of the Roland AdvancedJet AJ-1000i printer, at www.rolandpro.co.uk

Hexis enters technical partnership with Oreca

oreca lmp1 

Hexis, manufacturer of self-adhesive vinyl films, and Oreca, the motor racing company, are entering a technical partnership with the aim of further improving the performance of the LMP1 race car (Le Mans Prototype 1). The vehicle body panels will be covered in vinyl film instead of paint for a noticeable weight reduction thus achieving fuel savings and faster laps. Several tests were carried out in 2008 and 2009 with the results pointing in that direction.

For this type of application Hexis supplies ultra-thin adhesive coated vinyl films. As the films are extremely conformable and stretchable they can be applied over curved surfaces and thus completely wrap the vehicle. The Hexis training department provides technical assistance with the application of the films onto the vehicles.

Oreca, set up in 1972, is a race car designer and constructor based in France. 2009 is their second year of participation in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Hexis manufactures a full line of graphic vinyl and digital printing media used for sign making and vehicle markings. The company is based in Frontignan, near Montpellier, France with subsidiaries in Germany, Italy and the United States and with affiliate Hexis companies in the Netherlands, Switzerland and the UK. The group exports some 40% of its turnover to over 40 countries worldwide, while enjoying sales of EUR 37.6 million in 2008.