Vectric Ltd. announced a major new release for Aspire, its flagship design and CNC-machining software program. Aspire V8 includes significant enhancements and completely new features for the drawing tools, 3D modeling functions and toolpath creation, according to the company.
Zeta Specialist Lighting and Portland Lighting have together developed the ECOLUX SOLAR. The new product innovation is the industry's first LED trough lighting system that’s entirely powered by solar. It has been designed to use in retail and commercial signage, and to illuminate advertising billboards.
The Walsall-based specialist sign lighting manufacturer and Bicester-based Zeta, who design, develop and manufacture LED and solar powered lighting systems, have collaborated to develop this next-generation energy and cost saving sign illumination solution.
The technology behind this new innovation is similar to that used in Zeta’s bespoke Solar Signage Kit widely used in totems and monoliths, and which was voted as Sign Product of the Year at the 2014 British Sign Awards.
“The ECOLUX SOLAR provides an optimum solar powered LED lighting solution for outdoor signage where mains-fed lighting isn’t an option,” said Zeta’s Sales and Marketing Director Adrian Dennis.
The ECOLUX SOLAR incorporates discreet and flexible PV solar panels which harness the sun’s energy throughout the day; long life maintenance-free batteries; and Zeta’s innovative Energy Management System (EMS) which releases the stored energy and uses it to power the LED trough light and illuminate the sign or billboard. This flexible solution can also include PIR movement sensors for added flexibility, reduces light pollution and comes with easy to fit brackets.
“With the ECOLUX SOLAR we’re offering customers a robust, durable and virtually maintenance-free, lighting solution. It’s a feature-rich and flexible trough lighting system that provides even illumination, is dimmable, can be controlled with a timer and can incorporate a movement sensitive PIR interface,” said Portland Lighting’s Managing Director Dave Harrison.
Adrian said: “Trough lighting is traditionally an inexpensive solution and now with solar, we’re bringing the costs down further, as well as opening up the opportunity to illuminate outdoor signage in settings where there is no on-grid connection or where the cost of laying cabling would be prohibitive.”
Grafityp are continually adding new products to their range of garment films. One of the latest is Tex Print, which is suitable for creating colourful transfers on solvent and eco-solvent printers and print and cut machines such as the Roland VersaSTUDIO BN-20 or VersaCAMM range where you can print and contour cut on one machine.
Tex Print comes in two roll widths, 500mm and 750mm and is a thin Polyester PU heat seal material that results in a matt finish. The transfers can be applied to light or dark coloured garments made from cotton, polyester or a mix of the two, with the use of a heat transfer press. Garments are fully washable at 40°C.
Soyang Europe has increased its wide and grand format textile offering by adding new lines to its product ranges. This comes as printers, designers and marketers 'embrace the commercial, practical and logistical benefits of printed textile over more traditional display media'.
Suitable for printing on almost any dye sub, UV or latex printer, the company’s fabrics are 'renowned for offering high quality solutions' for the indoor and outdoor display sectors in retail, exhibition and soft signage.
Soyang Europe’s managing director, Mark Mashiter explains the current boom in textile: “Creating a large exhibition stand, or a huge retail display from 'traditional' printable materials, PVC banner, rigid board or vinyl, for example, will deliver a very good result but with considerably higher transportation costs than textile. Traditional materials can also be heavy and awkward to handle and however well they're packed, the risk of costly damage is high. A textile graphic on the other hand will fold up into a mailing bag and can be easily installed by one or two people with only minimal training.”
Soyang Europe is the exclusive UK distributor for Endutex, which offers a range of European-manufactured front and backlit graphics; mesh; seamless wallcoverings; and flags and canvases, such as PVC and acrylic coated polyester products, typically printable with UV ink.
The Aurich Textilien range from Germany includes knitted and woven dye sub fabrics, backlit, decorative display, mesh and flag. Impact Prime is one of the 'best sellers'; a backlit, which prints 'beautifully' using the direct dye sublimation process, without any pin-holing – a key requirement for any high quality light box installation.
But the biggest news from the company is the 'substantial growth' in its own So-Tex range. Tim Egerton, Soyang’s Sales Manager for Textile Products said: “Our closeness to the end user and a real understanding of customer needs and expectations, enables us to bring ideas and product development to the table. Soyang Technologies in China has recently invested heavily in new premises, providing over 66,000sq metres of usable production and storage space, packed with state-of-the-art manufacturing technology, as they focus on delivering a wider choice of European-quality textile media at affordable prices.
“Retail chains that aren’t embracing textile run the risk of customers finding the shopping experience in their stores a lot less appealing. In addition to these creative benefits and all the logistical advantages, the ease and regularity with which the message can be changed is likely to create additional revenue opportunities.”
Soyang Europe is also seeing a significant shift towards the use of textile in the exterior signage sector too. “The technical benefits of using textile are a big factor when it comes to building wraps, soft signage and event branding,” says Egerton.
“Minimal rigging and anchorage, coupled with a reduction in wind loading by the use of perforated textiles, whilst still ensuring stability and safety of the installation, has major cost and time benefits.”
Soyang Europe’s textile ranges are available on next day delivery from the 1.3 million square metres of material that the company holds in stock at its recently opened distribution centre in Lancashire.
Stanford Marsh Group Graphics (SMGG), the commercial graphics division of Stanford Marsh Group, has expanded its cutting solutions line with the Colex Sharpcut machine.
Sitting alongside the full range of Fotoba cutters already distributed by SMGG, the 'versatile' Colex Sharpcut Flatbed Cutter System is available with immediate effect.
Steve Guest from SMGG said: “The Colex Sharpcut has been designed to serve all markets with a requirement for mechanised cutting, creasing and routing operations. We’re marketing the machines at a very competitive price-point; which includes standard cutting tools, delivery and installation, so end user customers won’t get any nasty surprises in terms of added extra costs.”
The Colex Sharpcut’s advanced engineered flatbed cutting table is designed for cutting sheet and rigid materials while delivering 'clean, smooth edge quality'. Colex believes that no other cutting table on the market can compare in terms of price and quality.
Steve said: “Buyers of the Colex Sharpcut can benefit from the same level of accuracy and reliability they might expect from more expensive machines – for £55K. The Sharpcut is robust, has incredible build accuracy and is highly reliable.”