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Canon Solutions America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., Inc., has announced the successful installation of a Canon imagePRESS C10000VP Color Digital Press at industry mainstay TigerPress's Massachusetts facility. The company's newest installation supports its mission of providing customers with next-generation digital print solutions.

Today at Graph Expo 2016, HP Inc., announced new HP PrintOS capabilities and extended compatibility to additional digital press models, allowing more print service providers (PSPs) to enjoy the benefits of automated print production. HP also announced strong worldwide adoption of the PrintOS platform and MLI Marketing Solutions as the 1,000th PrintOS customer.

Mactac® Distributor Products announces the launch of several new product constructions to its legacy IMAGin® PrintVinyl promotional media series—offering customers the most popular configuration options for any wide-format graphic application.

Baird & Warner Real Estate's “Easier” themed campaign by Chicago's award-winning Jacobs Agency has been launched through a series of OOH executions that bring to life the message of easier through engaging graphic treatments and simple copy using Baird & Warner’s black and yellow logo colors. 

From showing how easy it is to solve an all-yellow Rubik’s Cube to finding a giant needle in a haystack, the campaign communicates how Baird & Warner takes a process that is perceived as extremely difficult and makes it so much easier.

Rollem International recently installed a new IS5 Die Cutter at Studio 1 Distinctive in Rancho Cucamonga, California.  The company focuses on providing the highest quality portraits for ID Cards, Underclass, Seniors, Dances, Sports, Panoramics & Graduation Day.

Student submissions in the Tom Frecska Student Printing Competition were honored at the 2016 SGIA Expo in Las Vegas for displaying advanced printing ability and knowledge of their craft—proving that the upcoming wave of imaging professionals will make a mark on the industry.

Companies interested in diversifying their print product portfolios all share at least one requirement: color must be consistent throughout all print processes. Projects printed on any traditional or digital press must match today, and a year from now. At Graph Expo, GMG, the leading developer and supplier of high-end color management software solutions, will show the wide range of color management tools it demonstrated during drupa at the ColorHQ booth, #2267. ColorHQ, a GMG reseller, is a color management solutions company that provides both products and services to the print industry.

"We know color. It's not just any slogan. It's our promise to deliver precise and reliable answers to questions involving color," says Joe Varone, GMG Americas President. "We deliver color management solutions based on superb technology that respond to the challenges facing the entire printing industry."

GMG ColorServer: The reliable way to easily optimize images from different sources for different printing methods
Projects for a brochure, large-format banner, or packaging have at least one thing in common: customers demand that color must be exact. GMG ColorServer provides fully automated color conversions, guaranteeing consistent results for a variety of print processes and substrates. Separation and conversion is no longer associated with an enormous amount of work. Supporting GMG ColorServer is GMG SmartProfiler, a software-wizard that allows any user to calibrate, recalibrate and profile digital, large format, and traditional printing systems easily and without advanced knowledge of color management. With a centralized color management system, different front ends, RIPs and printing processes no longer need to be individually configured and synchronized—whether digital or analog.

GMG OpenColor: Reliable proof profiles for packaging printing
GMG OpenColor, a recipient of a Flexographic Technical Association Technical Innovation Award and an InterTech™ Technology Award will also be a highlight. With the increasing use of multi-color printing and different combinations of inks, substrates, screening, and other variables, packaging printing has become a costly process that involves a lot of color fingerprints and profile tweaking. GMG OpenColor provides a proofing technology that precisely predicts the color appearance of printed inks, particularly spot color ‘overprints’—inks printed on top of each other without requiring extensive fingerprinting. GMG OpenColor's user interface provides easy to use connectivity to measurement devices. GMG OpenColor has been an indispensable tool for both major, and smaller, package printers. A new feature in GMG OpenColor is the ability to calculate profiles for halftone proofs.

With GMG ColorPlugin, Adobe Photoshop users are able to carry out operations that were previously only possible with the help of complex workarounds and a lot of manual intervention. They can apply GMG OpenColor profiles specifically to individual levels or masked areas. In addition, the Pro version of GMG ColorPlugin also allows users to utilize their own profiles and the color reduction functionality already familiar from the GMG InkOptimizer tool. A special version for the packaging industry adds further features to offer maximum quality levels.

GMG ColorProof: The preferred solution for proofing
GMG ColorProof offers uncompromising color fidelity and is compliant with globally accepted printing standards (such as ISO 12647, PSO, GRACoL and SWOP). Its reliability and remarkable performance make it an indispensable tool among leading color management experts. GMG ColorProof comes pre-loaded with color profiles of all common standards, so users can get started right away. Select the printer, calibrate it, and users are ready to print their first proofs in just a few seconds. Using GMG ProofControl, a proof label and control strip guarantee quality control for any proof. Information about a proof's color accuracy is always available—important for consistent reproduction and vital for legally-binding contract proofs.

To support GMG ColorProof, the successful GMG proof media range is being reorganized: GMG ProofMedia brings seamless quality and reliable contract proofing. GMG's new media portfolio also includes matte proofing media with high OBAs (optical brightening agents), which is a perfect choice for proofing uncoated production paper.

"GMG's variety of color management solutions is perfect for any print facility. Our solutions assure that artwork produced on any printer is consistent," notes Varone. "We look forward to showing visitors at Graph Expo how to get the greatest accuracy—and most consistency—out of their presses."

Kett Tool provides manufacturers and contractors with superior flexibility for making complex straight and curved cuts in flat or corrugated steel with the elongated neck and one-handed maneuverability of the KL-2030 Long Neck Electric Nibbler.

Mutoh America, Inc., an industry leader in wide-format printers, was recently honored with the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association's (SGIA) Product of the Year award for the ValueJet 1628X - 64 inch printer in the Solvent or Latex Ink Under 80" category, the ValueJet 1938TX - 75" direct to textile printer in the Roll-to-Roll Disperse Ink on Textilecategory and the ValueJet 1638UH - 64" UV-LED hybrid printer in both the Flatbed/Hybrid Under $100k and Roll-to-Roll UV Under 80"categories. The competition recognizes the latest equipment and supplies currently on the market that are advancing the specialty imaging industry.
 
"I am extremely proud of our products and the Mutoh team," said Brian Phipps, president of Mutoh America, Inc. "The SGIA Product of the Year Award receives entries from the best companies in the industry, so winning Product of the Year consecutively for the past six years is quite an achievement. I believe the award is a testimonial to the quality and state-of-the-art engineering of our ValueJet printers."
 
The competition judged submissions across 19 categories for output devices and 29 categories for non-output devices. Conducted during the 2016 SGIA Expo (Las Vegas, September 14-16, 2016), this year's event was one of the most challenging in recent history.

"We are really thrilled with the participation from exhibiting companies, and we even doubled the product categories to correctly acknowledge all of the possible technical accomplishments honored in this competition," said Ray Weiss, SGIA's Digital Specialist. "The award winners have been extremely enthusiastic about their wins, understanding just how competitive the field was this year."

Whether you’re seeking savings or an item you haven’t seen around for a while, GSG has launched a Web site, www.gsgsurplus.com, that may have just what you’re looking for.

GSG is a consumable and equipment wholesale distributor for the apparel decorating, digital printing, electrical sign, and commercial sign markets. The new site, an adjunct to GSG’s primary site, www.GoGSG.com, makes it easy to check out screen printing, digital, sign and embroidery products available from GSG surplus headquarters in seven cities.

You’ll also be able to view the demo or used equipment available in each location with the click of a mouse. From inks to digital films and papers to threads and tweezers, GSG Surplus Headquarters online is a great new resource for apparel, sign and digital decorators.

 

The new Vivid Pixel is the most advanced LED Neon Flex fixture yet. It combines the convenience of flexible LED linear neon lighting with the ultimate control of DMX512. Architects and lighting designers will appreciate the vast amount of colors available—16.7 million—and the ability to utilize an integrated circuit (IC) for discrete DMX control of 125 mm units. After undergoing rigorous testing, the new fixture is UL listed, and CE and RoHS compliant. It is ready to be specified for many applications, both interior and exterior.

Jeff Brazin has been appointed vice president of National Accounts for Principal LED. Brazin will be responsible for further growth of the LED portfolio and will focus on regional and national accounts in the sign and related industries. His primary focus will be launching P-LED’s new Fusion Freedom™ product line. Having spent the past three years selling for P-LED, Jeff has been instrumental in acquiring new business and providing substantial growth for the company. He brings over twenty-nine years of signage and high-end display experience along with a degree in graphic design to further promote P-LED.

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