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.”
SA International (SAi) has introduced a new interface for large format print providers to operate the HP WallArt 3.0 custom wall covering application.
WallArt 3.0 helps large format print providers with HP Latex Printers, wall covering manufacturers and designers to work more closely with interior decoration stores and eCommerce sites. Creation of wallpaper designs can be made from any location via the cloud-based HP WallArt application. Customers and designers can place images and patterns to create custom wall coverings that accommodate doors, windows and other architectural features of individual rooms. Designs are uploaded to the Cloud from where large format print providers download PDF files for printing on their large format printers. WallArt 3.0 is free of charge for HP Latex printer owners.
SAi Flexi interface 'enhances job processing and manageability'
Once a new wallcovering design is uploaded, large format print providers log on to the HP WallArt dashboard where they review and download jobs for printing. This process is 'simplified and accelerated' through the power of SAi Flexi’s 'user-friendly' new interface. Jobs are displayed with a preview in the Production Manager tool, a dashboard where the operator manages the queue and output device(s), checks job status and selects the order of files for printing.
“The SAi Flexi interface delivers fast, easy workflow management with the assurance of smooth, high-speed RIPing for WallArt users,” said Gudrun Bonte, Product Director, SAi. “The interface is the latest solution of our continued collaboration with HP to provide outstanding software for integration with its large-format printers.”
Ritrama, who make self-adhesive materials, have a complete range of highly conformable PVC films for wall decorations. RI-JET DECO WALL materials, with a thickness of 50, 75 and 100 microns, are the perfect solution for indoor as well as outdoor applications, according to the company.
RI-JET DECO WALL is the professional solution for the coverage and the wrapping of any kind of surfaces such as rough brick walls, even with deep grouting. These films can be used from malls to hotels and offices, but also in restaurants, cafès and even residential properties.
"Very interesting results can be achieved when tailor-made concepts and artworks are combined with the proper film, in order to obtain a unique and authentic look," says a spokesperson.
"They are easy to replace, and allow customers an easier and cost-effective indoor living renewal compared to traditional decorative materials. RI-JET DECO WALL series ensures the maximum results even on outdoor highly uneven walls."
RI-JET DECO WALL, which is part of the Ritrama Large Format Digital Range, consists of three different products depending on the type of applications and surfaces:
RI-JET DECO WALL 50: 50μ gloss white CAST PVC film, for outdoor and indoor applications with an outdoor durability up to five years. Designed to cover non-conventional raised surfaces, this film combines an extra permanent adhesive with an extreme conformability that offers 'outstanding' adhesion performance on rough brick wall surfaces, also in presence of deep grouting. This film can be printed using eco-solvent, solvent, latex and UV ink-jet technologies.
RI-JET DECO WALL 75: 75μ polymeric PVC film with a gloss white finish for indoor and outdoor applications with a durability up to five years, maintaining an optimal dimensional stability. This film was designed to cover outdoor non-conventional raised surfaces, thanks to an extra permanent adhesive. It is also an 'excellent' solution for interior decoration such as on rough walls, plastered walls, plasterboards and partition walls. It can be printed using eco-solvent, solvent, latex and UV ink-jet technologies.
RI-JET DECO WALL 100: 100μ monomeric PVC film with a matt white finish, specifically developed to decorate a variety of finished surfaces, such as plastered walls, lacquered walls and plaster boards, with a durability up to four years. Suitable for ink-jet printing with eco-solvent, solvent, UV and Latex inks. The matt finish of this product is 'perfect' for indoor applications as light reflection won’t be an issue. RI-JET DECO WALL 100 is recommended for customised decorations, particularly for shop interiors where tailor made walls can be used for short term promotional campaigns.
Quality Print Services (QPS) is to make the new Roland RT-640 dye-sublimation printer available to its customers from April 2015.
Designed for sports equipment, athletic clothing, fashion apparel, interior decor and soft signage, the Roland RT-640 features: 'optimised' print control technology; front and rear media feed adjusters for even tensioning; and a vacuum fan for transfer paper flatness, to achieve sharp image quality and fine detail.
The RT-640 can reach maximum print speeds of 32.6sqm/hr and production quality print speeds of 22sqm/hr, bringing 'greater efficiency' to textile print rooms.
"The Roland RT-640 sublimation printer is an ideal machine for graphics companies or existing textile print houses to expand their product offering," says Chris Bailey, Managing Director, QPS. "As it is engineered for sportswear graphics, end users can be sure of achieving sharp, durable prints on whatever they choose to produce.
"Our team of UK-based specialists will also be on hand to provide assistance to new RT-640 users to ensure they get the most from their printer."
QPS will supply the Roland RT-640 together with a choice of RIP software – either the Roland VersaWorks to simplify operation or the ErgoSoft Roland Edition, designed specifically for textile printing – plus a one-year RolandCare Silver Warranty.
QPS will be exhibiting a range of wide-format direct and dye-sublimation printers at Sign and Digital UK. Experts will be on hand to discuss printing technology, alternative inks, materials and service options.