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New Scotchcal overlaminate from 3M protects from acid dew and intense UV rays

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3M Commercial Graphics introduces Scotchcal Gloss Overlaminate 8528. This new overlaminate is specifically designed to withstand harsh environmental conditions, including extreme temperatures, ultraviolet rays and acid dew common in Los Angeles and other west coast cities. In regions subject to intense heat, these conditions can lead to spotting and other discoloration in overlaminates.

"Our new overlaminate means longer-lasting graphics that stay vibrant, which helps make the most of our customers' investment and can set them apart from the competition," said Tim Boxeth, business manager for 3M Commercial Graphics. "The glossy finish gives that wet-paint look that customers are demanding."

Scotchcal overlaminate 8528 offers customers peace of mind with the industry's first published warranty for horizontal surfaces – two years for horizontal surfaces and up to seven years for vertical surfaces.


Colourgen launches new print & cut solution

Colourgen Print And Cut

By combining products from leading manufacturers Epson and Mutoh, Colourgen has created a very competitive 55” print and cut bundle.   The solution, which costs approx £18,995 SRP comprises Epson’s 64” Stylus Pro GS6000 eco solvent printer and Mutoh’s 55” Kona 1400 cutter

Melanie Enser, Product Marketing Manager for Colourgen, comments, “With increased demand for low cost, quality print and cut bundles, the Stylus Pro GS6000 and the Kona cutter are a great solution for users wanting to produce high quality window displays, decals, labels, vinyl stickers, car stickers, point of purchase material and packaging elements. The combination of the print quality of the Stylus Pro GS6000 lends itself very well to customised indoor print solutions and along with the Mutoh Kona cutter, will certainly increase the broad range of applications that customers can support.”

The Mutoh Kona cutter has been developed with ease of use and cutting quality and accuracy in mind. It offers speeds that are comparable with cutters at the top end of the market, which match the proven quality of the Epson Stylus Pro GS6000.

The bundle is available immediately from authorised Colourgen resellers.

Atech launch new Bobis affordable flatbed multi-applicator/ laminator

Atech Bobis

Atech has launched a new Bobis affordable flatbed multi-applicator/ laminator. 

All signmaking and graphic display companies that work with self-adhesive vinyl will see huge benefits from using a Bobis Multi Applicator.  By using the Bobis Multi Applicator, you will apply a job in a third of the time it would normally take to do the same job manually.

The Bobis machine is a true workhorse and can be used for all types self-adhesive applications including banners, signs, glass manifestation application, colouring of large areas and application on all kinds of substrates up to six centimetres thick. The large flat bed provides an ergonomic work station that is easy on your knees and back – no more climbing and knee bending when applying to very large signs, thereby helping create a safer and healthier working environment for your creative team.


Graphics One and Kala Finishing Systems announce a strategic alliance

Kala Mistral

Graphics One LLC has announced its new collaborative effort with Kala Finishing Systems of Nouvoitou, France. The Graphics One-Kala strategic alliance brings all the Kala product line distribution to North America and South American markets.

Kala is a European manufacturer of cold and hot laminators which offer new ideas and design friendly performance. Starting at $3,995 for a 30-inch printer and with the most expensive high end advanced system for less than $20,000. Additionally, Kala is the manufacturer of GO's Kala direct-to-fabric and dye sublimation 67-inch calender system.

According to Laurent Bouchard, Managing Director, Kala, "We are pleased to partner with Graphics One as they launch our product line in the Americas. With our outstanding success in over 50 other countries, we are pleased to now offer leading price and performance laminators to markets in the Americas."

"The partnership is great for the overall wide format printing industry with pricing which allows outstanding quality with very competitive performance and pricing. The GO / Kala collaboration offers an immediate opportunity for our customers to take advantage of the high quality and cost effective solutions offered by Kala," added Dan Barefoot, President of Graphics One LLC.


Indiana-based commercial printer integrates digital print solutions from Fujifilm

Fuji Acuity Advance

Fujifilm North America Corporation has announced that commercial printer Excell Color Graphics of Fort Wayne, IN, has installed digital production and wide format solutions as part of its strategy to remain competitive since the turn of the economy, which has spurred the demand for short-run printing. In October 2010, the printer installed a XeroxColor 800 Press to accommodate quick turnaround, short-run jobs that are replacing traditional, high-volume, offset work orders. To compete even more aggressively, Excell Color Graphics has also entered the wide format printing space with the December 2010 installation of a Fujifilm Acuity Advance HS UV flatbed press, enabling the traditionally offset printer to produce posters and signage for customers.

"The shift in the economy prompted us to start implementing digital solutions into our workflow to supplement the loss of offset volume," said Tom Parrot, president, Excell Color Graphics. "Currently, 20 percent of our volume is printed digitally, but 40 percent of the jobs that come through the shop is now printed digitally."

In 2007, Excell Color Graphics began to explore how digital printing could impact business with the installation of a Xerox DocuColor 5000 Digital Press, the first piece of digital equipment the company had ever purchased. It was an entry level way for the offset printer to experiment with digital.

The Xerox Color 800 Press has now replaced the Xerox 5000 system and has integrated seamlessly into the shop's workflow because of its 2,400 x 2,400 dpi, offset-like image quality. It has streamlined production with production speeds of up to 80 pages per minute and has also given Excell Color Graphics more flexibility since the device can print on thicker sheets, perform duplex printing and offers a clear ink option that promotes new and creative techniques for unique, eye-catching output that particularly appeals to the company's advertising agency clientele. The device's primary function in the shop is to fulfill orders for short-run marketing collateral including post cards and proposals as well as four-colour printed envelopes that would normally be printed offset and would need to then be converted.

"A perfect example of how this device is ramping up production for us is that this afternoon I received a call at 1pm to produce 100 28-page photo books by 5pm," said Parrot. "Before installing the Xerox 800, I would not have been able to do this, but now I can offer our customers enhanced services for quick turnaround, short-run fulfillment."

A survey of Parrot's customers also showed a unanimous need for a wide format solution which prompted the printer to install the Fujifilm Acuity Advance HS UV flatbed press, which boasts speeds of up to 430 square feet per hour and helps commercial printers expand their business with high-quality flatbed printing. While Parrot admits they are still experimenting with the capabilities of the device and the substrates it can print on, he is confident that the Acuity is going to open the door to new markets as well as offer his current customer base new printed products not previously possible with offset equipment. Already Parrot has seen immediate results, as the Acuity has increased the quality of the posters Excell Color Graphics can produce for its customers with its photographic print quality, precise registration and edge-to-edge printing. In the past, when the shop received an order for a poster, they would print it offset and mount it to foam core.

"While these are large investments, in today's climate this digital equipment will play a significant role in our strategy to meet the needs of the market," Parrot explained. "If I'm going to stay in business, I better find some cool ways to print, and unique substrates to print on, to keep our customers interested. The digital devices are giving us this competitive advantage, keeping us relevant, and are also putting us on the cutting edge of the industry."

"Traditional offset printers are finding ways to remain competitive in this changing print landscape,' said Todd Zimmerman, vice president of sales and marketing, Graphic Systems Division, Fujifilm North America Corporation. "Those who are adopting digital and wide format solutions to their workflows will flourish because they are adjusting their business strategy to the current needs of the marketplace, which are and will continue to be short-run, fast-turnaround, high-quality printing."

Excell Color Graphics has been in business since 1990 with a focus on colour separations and film production. By 1997, the company's focus widened to include print production. Today, Excell Color Graphics operates out of 27,000 square foot print facility.

"Our goal since opening in 1990 up shop has been to provide outstanding customer service and quality work," said Parrot. "The investments we make support this promise to our customers and we are looking forward to what the future has in store for our business as we start exploring new opportunities that only digital printing can deliver."


Océ to show latest Arizona UV flatbed printers for Sign & Digital UK

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Market-leader Océ will be demonstrating a diverse range of applications on its multi award-winning flatbed printing systems at Sign & Digital UK at the NEC in Birmingham from 12-14 April 2011.

The Océ Arizona 550XT and Océ 350 GT systems, both part of the Océ Arizona family, the world’s best-selling UV flatbed printers for the display graphics market, will star on Océ’s stand D10 at show in Halls 17 and 18.

Océ is also planning to have significant customer interaction for its stand that will also include state-of-the-art technologies and products being showcased.

The Océ Arizona 550 XT UV curable flatbed printer is twice as large and nearly twice as fast: the Océ Arizona 550 XT printer, delivering the same award-winning print quality. It will have pride of place alongside the Océ Arizona 350 GT UV curable flatbed printer, both powered by ONYX® Workflow Software X10 Océ Edition market-leading RIP software.

Other products at Sign & Digital UK will include the Océ ColorWave® 600 poster printer, which incorporates Océ CrystalPoint® technology that uses toner pearls. Solutions for creating durable graphics on coated and uncoated media will also be shown.

Once again at the show, Océ, an international leader in digital document management and delivery, will be partnering Zünd Plotting Systems (UK) Ltd, the UK distributor for Zünd Systems Technik AG, the Swiss manufacturer of digital flatbed cutters. The two companies will be displaying the Zünd G3 L2500 digital cutting system. Products from Océ Imaging Supplies will also be shown, and Océ will host daily competitions, in which prizes will be awarded to visitors.

Océ and its partners will use the event to demonstrate the latest labour-saving innovations, designed to reduce waste and increase productivity. There will also be online access to the popular Océ Media Guide, which provides detailed advice and guidance that helps printing professionals select the best media for their printers and applications.

Derek Joys, Océ UK’s Display Graphics Systems’ Programme Manager, said: “Once again our stand will be a must-see part of the show experience for all our customers and prospects, as well as other visitors. Sign & Digital UK is an important platform for us to demonstrate with world-leading technologies our commitment to this all-important market sector.”

Visit Océ on stand D10, Hall 17-18 at the NEC, Birmingham from 12-14 April 2011