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Thursday, September 29, 2016
Mactac® Creates Entirely New Graphic Application Space for Digitally Printed Pressure-Sensitive Media with Launch of New REBEL® X-treme

Offering unprecedented adhesion for permanent applications, REBEL® X-treme provides an untapped realm of opportunity A leading industry innovator, Mactac® Distributor Products is paving the way for an entirely new graphic application space with the launch of its new REBEL® X-treme permanent application print media. Offering customers the first solution of its kind, the new 4.0-mil REBEL X-treme (RB528X) media features a specially blended, clear pressure-sensitive adhesive designed to permanently bond to tough-to-adhere-to applications, such as low-surface energy plastics, smooth to slightly rough indoor and outdoor concrete surfaces or cinder block walls, and in critical permanent applications that may require tamper resistance. It touts ultimate high-tack adhesion with 7-pound quick tacks and reaches up to 10-pounds peel in bond strength on typical surfaces. The extreme adhesive is protected with Mactac’s 90# polycoated two-sided SuperFlat™ release liner and the media’s facestock features a 99 percent opaque, blue-white PVC film – delivering incredibly high levels of color and brightness when printed. Examples of product uses within this new application space, include: • Concrete support pillars or cinder block walls • Low-surface energy plastics like polypropylene, polyethylene and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) • Pebbled surfaces such as trash cans and storage bins • Powder-coated paint • Stainless steel • Nameplates Following suit with Mactac’s other REBEL products, REBEL X-treme has superior print capabilities for many printing platforms, including latex, UV inkjet, solvent, eco-solvent, solvent and UV screen printing, UV flexographic and UV offset, as well as thermal transfer. REBEL X-treme features an outdoor durability of five to seven years with a two-year shelf life. Additionally, all REBEL products, including X-treme, are backed by Mactac’s trusted Open Image Warranty™, which includes any combination of approved printer, ink and laminate or clear coat used with Mactac graphic media. For more information of a printable test sample please contact your IMAC sales rep 800-416-3996

Thursday, September 22, 2016
MUTOH WINS FOUR PRODUCT OF THE YEAR AWARDS AT 2016 SGIA EXPO

Mutoh ValueJet 1628X, 1938TX and 1638UH take home the awards SEPTEMBER 2016 - LAS VEGAS - 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." A recap of the 2016 SGIA Expo - including the complete list of Product of the Year winners - will be available online at SGIA.org after the show ends.

Monday, July 25, 2016
EFI Reports Record Second Quarter Revenue of $246M, Up 21%

FREMONT, Calif., July 25, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (Nasdaq:EFII), a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, today announced its results for the second quarter of 2016. For the quarter ended June 30, 2016, the Company reported record second quarter revenue of $245.7 million, up 21% compared to second quarter 2015 revenue of $202.7 million. GAAP net income was $5.2 million or $0.11 per diluted share, compared to $7.7 million or $0.16 per diluted share for the same period in 2015. Non-GAAP net income was $26.7 million or $0.56 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $22.9 million or $0.48 per diluted share for the same period in 2015. For the six months ended June 30, 2016, the Company reported revenue of $479.8 million, up 21% year-over-year compared to $397.3 million for the same period in 2015. GAAP net income was $7.3 million or $0.15 per diluted share, compared to $13.0 million or $0.27 per diluted share for the same period in 2015. Non-GAAP net income was $52.9 million or $1.11 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $44.4 million or $0.92 per diluted share for the same period in 2015. "The EFI team delivered a solid quarter despite the disruption caused by global events during the last week of the quarter," said Guy Gecht, CEO of EFI. "At the same time, EFI's market position at the drupa tradeshow validated both our strategy and product roadmap, and we're particularly encouraged by the exceptional reception to our new Nozomi platform. The drupa momentum is feeding into the strength we are seeing in the Industrial Inkjet and Productivity Software segments which keep us on track to deliver our stated goal of $1 billion in revenues for the year."

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
EFI, SpeedPro Partnership Moves Ahead

Several of its franchisees are benefitting from installing the EFI H1625 LED printer, according to Denver-based large-format franchise company SpeedPro Imaging. SpeedPro had signed a partnership agreement with Fremont, California-based EFI in 2015 to help its franchisees grow with the 65-inch printer. That was after an extensive testing and validation process conducted at SpeedPro headquarters. The hybrid roll/flatbed, mid-level production inkjet printer is designed to maximize image quality at an affordable price, with four-color grayscale imaging at resolutions up to 1200x600 dpi and EFI’s white ink as a standard feature. According to the company, users benefit from extended media versatility on a wide range of flexible and rigid substrates up 2 inches thick with energy-saving, “cool cure” LED technology that gives users the ability to print on substrates that cannot withstand the heat of other drying or curing methods SpeedPro Imaging’s franchise network of more than 120 studios currently operates in 31 states, with a Canadian affiliate that has locations in eight provinces. The SpeedPro-certified EFI LED printer has been available to the network since mid-2015, with six units installed to date and two more coming on line this quarter. “We saw an opportunity in the marketplace because this hybrid printer is really attainable to our franchise partners at a good price point, and it opens a lot of doors with the types of applications we can deliver,” says Boris Katsnelson, CEO of SpeedPro Imaging. “We like the white ink on board, which is a strong feature, and the printer itself also is a really efficient machine. EFI has been a great partner for us as well.”

Monday, November 2, 2015
Onyx Graphics announced ONYX 12 Software

Onyx Graphics, Inc., announced ONYX 12 software, the next generation of the company’s wide format workflow and RIP products. Built on the proven platform of ONYX 11 RIP software and ONYX Thrive workflow software, ONYX 12 software delivers faster RIP performance, a simplified user interface and advanced finishing tools to do more in less time. Specifically developed to make printing more predictable, ONYX 12 software enables print operators to print jobs right the first time. ONYX 12 software will be available for the full ONYX software product line including ONYX Thrive workflow software, and ONYX ProductionHouse, ONYX PosterShop and ONYX RIPCenter RIP software. “With ONYX 12 software, the increase in RIP speed is incredible. We went from a file taking almost a minute to RIP to now only taking nine to 15 seconds,” said Corey Nicolaisen, Print Technology Support Specialist for West Canadian Digital Imaging Inc. (Calgary, AB). “In addition the more graphical interface has Onyx Graphics’ meeting the expectations that users have of their software platforms in today’s market.” ONYX 12 software delivers better utilization of memory and hardware when running the latest Windows OS to maximize the system investment with a modern, proven platform. It utilizes the complete 64-bit platform throughout – in the RIP as well as modules – to harness full processing capabilities, delivering not just faster speeds but greater responsiveness as well. ONYX 12 software delivers RIP speeds twice as fast as ONYX 11 software and a more responsive user interface.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
CADlink: UV printing version of Digital Factory RIP Software

CADlink Technology is pleased to announce that a UV printing version of Digital Factory RIP software is now available. The UV Edition includes a specific feature set that addresses the unique print production workflow requirements introduced by the advancement of UV digital print technology. Digital Factory UV Edition includes the following key features: Automated underbase features including support for .pdf and .eps workflows; Advanced color management including handling of white ink as well as clear coat ink application; Specialised production plug-ins directly within the RIP; Automated black background "knock-out" feature that literally blends black artwork components into black substrates, increasing print quality while reducing white ink consumption; Supports both bitmap as well as vector files; Print directly from any design application, or drag and drop files to Digital Factory queues without having to prepare underbase layers; Currently supports Mutoh, Mimaki and Roland printers as well a selection of third-party custom solution provider printers. “UV digital printing has introduced new complexities to job preparation and production”, states David Evans, CADlink Director of Research and Development, “the common use of white as well as clear inks within day to day production workflows requires that print files are prepared in such a manner that correctly and efficiently address how, when and where white or clear inks are applied to a particular job. Digital Factory UV Edition addresses these issues and simplifies the UV print production workflow”.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015
EFI Wins Nine Must See 'Ems Awards at Graph Expo 2015

2015 Contest Recognizes Advanced Fiery Innovations, Integrated MIS Automation and Inkjet Inks in EFI's Fifth Consecutive Year as the Top Must See 'Ems Honoree EFI earned 9 awards this year in the annual Must See 'Ems graphic arts technology competition - the most presented to any company this year. The Must See 'Ems competition recognizes the most compelling new products to be presented at North America's largest annual graphic arts trade show, Graph Expo. This year, EFI received three times more Must See 'Ems awards than any other vendor. This is also the fifth consecutive year that EFI has earned the most Must See 'Ems Awards. EFI's awards recognize EFI Inkjet, Productivity Software and Fiery® products that print service providers can use to drive higher production efficiency and increased productivity while developing new revenue opportunities. EFI's history of award-winning product innovation helps customers optimize their production operations. One customer, Los Angeles-based Color OnDemand Printing, benefits from using several EFI technologies that have received Must See 'Ems Awards over the past five years. "EFI helps Color OnDemand Printing address productivity, automation and high-quality imaging challenges in nearly every aspect of our digital printing operations," said Color OnDemand President Ray Benjamin. "The Fiery DFE, Pace MIS and VUTEk inkjet graphics production technologies we have from EFI make us much more competitive with an integrated, end-to-end digital production workflow. We partner with EFI because they are the only technology company in the graphic arts that delivers that full range of best-in-class products. They help us be efficient and delight our customers." See the newest advancements at McCormick Place EFI's 2015 Must See 'Ems Award-winning products, with categories shown in parenthesis, include: • EFI Fiery Smart Estimator for Specialty Toners (Sales and Order Entry) • EFI Fiery Job Parallel HyperRIP Technology (Prepress and Premedia) • EFI Metrix® Layout Engine for EFI Pace™ Software (Prepress and Premedia) • EFI Fiery CMYK+ Technology (Color Management and Quality Control) • EFI DirectSmile Cross Media Software, version 7 (Variable, Transactional and Multi-Channel) • EFI SuperDraw Ink (Pressroom: Wide-Format) • EFI VUTEk® H2000 Pro Clear Ink (Pressroom: Wide-Format) • EFI PrintFlow® Software for Packaging (Management Systems) • EFI Fiery Final Fix Software (The Future of Print). "We have been fortunate to win 44 Must See 'Ems Awards during our five-year streak as the leading technology provider in this highly respected competition, and I believe it reflects something very positive about EFI's culture as a customer-focused developer of leading-edge products," said Ghilad Dziesietnik, EFI's chief technology officer.

Friday, August 21, 2015
Onyx Graphics announces release of ONYX 12 software

Onyx Graphics, Inc., has launched ONYX 12 software, the next generation of the company's wide format workflow and RIP products. Built on the proven platform of ONYX 11 RIP software and ONYX Thrive workflow software, ONYX 12 software delivers faster RIP performance, a simplified user interface and advanced finishing tools to do more in less time. Specifically developed to make printing more predictable, ONYX 12 software enables print operators to print jobs right the first time. ONYX 12 software will be available for the full ONYX software product line including ONYX Thrive workflow software, and ONYX ProductionHouse, ONYX PosterShop and ONYX RIPCenter RIP software. With ONYX 12 software, the increase in RIP speed is incredible! We went from a file taking almost a minute to RIP to now only taking nine to 15 seconds, said Corey Nicolaisen, Print Technology Support Specialist for West Canadian Digital Imaging Inc. (Calgary, AB).In addition the more graphical interface has Onyx Graphics meeting the expectations that users have of their software platforms in today's market. ONYX 12 software delivers better utilization of memory and hardware when running the latest Windows OS to maximize the system investment with a modern, proven platform. It utilizes the complete 64-bit platform throughout in the RIP as well as modules to harness full processing capabilities, delivering not just faster speeds but greater responsiveness as well. ONYX 12 software delivers RIP speeds twice as fast as ONYX 11 software and a more responsive user interface. Updated RIP engines, including the latest Adobe PDF Print Engine 3.6 in ONYX Thrive software, boosts performance and delivers optimized end-to-end PDF workflows. A redesigned user interface displays a visual, interactive job list enabling operators to easily find jobs, view printer information, and quickly make edits. Complete job information including thumbnails is displayed and can be customized to suit each operations needs. Live, color-managed previews display job edits as they happen: users can see exactly where grommets, marks, tiling, crops, cut paths, spot colors and mirroring are placed before processing. This intuitive feature saves time and reduces waste by eliminating guesswork and proof reprints. Quick Sets production templates that streamline routine tasks have been redesigned so they are easier to build, navigate and save. Users can ensure consistency throughout the production floor by sharing Quick Sets between printers, and easily change Quick Sets for an existing job without the need to re-open it. Print service providers can easily produce a variety of new applications, and improve the workflow for existing applications, with the new Bleed function. For example within ONYX 12, users can add borders for wrapped canvas prints, pole pocket trim for banners or top/bottom extensions for pop-up stands without the need to redesign the original artwork. Users can combine the Bleed function with Automatic Cut Path Generation to eliminate white space in print-and-cut jobs for perfectly finished pieces without artwork adjustments. New finishing tools enable automatic grommet and mark placement for creating prints that are ready for finishing. Grommet marks are accurately placed without manual measurement. Grommet mark size, style and spacing can also be customized. New page and offset controls assist with placement of images for a variety of roll-to-roll and flatbed applications. The new offset functions enable full-roll finishing when using roll cutters such as those from Fotoba and Zund, and provide added control in rigid flatbed applications. These features eliminate manual positioning calculation, speed throughput and reduce waste. You can view the ONYX 12 promotional video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDbSohBllr4

Saturday, August 1, 2015
IMAC moves to new spacious facility in Woodbridge Ontario

IMAC is happy to announce that we have completed our Head office move to a newly renovated 3000 ft2 facility located in Woodbridge, Ontario. The address of our new office is 19-180 Trowers Rd., Woodbridge On. L4L 8A6. Our phone number remains the same. Please feel free to stop by for a cup of coffee and visit our new, expanded demonstration room where we are showing the latest in RIP and printing technology any time you are in the area.

Thursday, February 26, 2015
MacTac improves Permacolor laminates

MACtac Distributor Products improves PERMACOLOR LUV with the original ColorGard adhesive, resulting in the new industry standard PERMACOLOR ColorGard LUV intermediate laminates. The ColorGard platform is a proven adhesive that outperforms the competition and is now paired with the superior LUV facestock. This merge of properties was developed in response to customer feedback. PERMACOLOR ColorGard LUV was developed to improve the efficient processing through cold roll lamination techniques, without the need for heat, drying or messy coating operations for MACtac customers. The adhesive wet-out over all inkjet prints improves laminated applications such as POP displays, retail, trade show imaging and wall mural installations. “We realized the PERMACOLOR LUV was a great product, but our customers were asking for more,” said Jason Yard, marketing manager, MACtac Distributor Products. “We developed an improved product that brought together the strengths of our facestocks with the advantages of our ColorGard adhesive to allow for a better bond to latex, solvent and especially UV prints to satisfy the needs of our customers.” The improved blended laminate can be used on a variety of photographic prints, transparencies, UV screen printed images and latex, solvent-, eco-solvent, water-based and UV inkjet prints to impart protection from abrasion, moisture, UV light and other potentially damaging effects in both indoor and outdoor environments.

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