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Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Mutoh America, Inc. Wins Product of the Year Award at 2014 SGIA Expo

Mutoh ValueJet 2638 wins solvent/latex over 96" category October, 2014 - 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 2638 - 104 inch grand-format printer in the Test Print Shoot Out Poster Size, Solvent or Latex Ink over 96" category. The competition recognizes the latest equipment and supplies currently on the market that are advancing the specialty imaging industry. This is the second time the VJ 2638 has won the award. "I am extremely proud of our products and the Mutoh team," said Brian Phipps, VP and general manager of Mutoh America, Inc. "The SGIA Product of the Year Award for receives entries from the best companies in the industry, so winning an award for the second time is quite an achievement. I believe the award is a testimonial to the quality and state-of-the-art engineering of our ValueJet printers." Mutoh's ValueJet 2638 - 104 inch Eco-solvent printer incorporates a staggered dual-head design, allowing for speeds up to 1,168 sqft/hr. The VJ 2638 is perfect for creating high quality banners, posters, vehicle wraps, POP displays, trade show graphics, billboards and much more. The printer even includes Mutoh Smart Printing technologies such as Intelligent Interweave, one year on-site limited warranty, Mutoh edition FlexiSE software and heavy duty take-up system.All for only $56,995. "The Product of the Year Award Competition showcases the best printers, technologies and consumables from the specialty imaging community," said Ray Weiss, SGIA's Digital Imaging Specialist. "Whether they were a seasoned company or an industry newcomer, each and every entry came to win, and they gave the judges a real run for their money."

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Mutoh VJ1638X & VJ1624 Earn IDEAlliance' G7 certification

Mutoh America reports that two of its ValueJet printers were the first inkjet devices to earn G7 certification from the IDEAlliance prepress organization earlier this month. We've been working on this achievement since last year, and the timing could not be better, says Marketing Manager Dave Conrad. In addition, Mutoh's ColorVeryify software was certified last week. Our G7 calibrator has passed all of the tests for G7 certification, Conrad notes. This is big news for Mutoh in the offset printing market, and perfect timing for GRAPH EXPO!The two G7-certified models at GRAPH EXPO 14 are: ValueJet 1638X Media/Substrate: Arlon DPF 6000 XRP Specify system controller/DFE: FlexiPRINT Mutoh Edition USA Cloud ValueJet 1624 entry-level printer Media/Substrate: Magic GF PHOTO 240 Specify system controller/DFE: FlexiPRINT Mutoh Edition USA Cloud These wide format inkjet printers meet and exceed IDEAlliance requirements for color reproduction to ISO 15339 standards; color accuracy to CRPC6 (GRACoL 2013) reference standards; grayscale reproduction (ANSI/CGATS-TR015); color gamut, print uniformity and repeatability (ISO 12647); and registration and light fastness (ASTM D3424). Both systems use Eco Ultra ink, CMYK.

Friday, September 12, 2014
MACtac Distributor Products Announces REACH Compliance for MACmark Color Vinyls

In order to comply with new REACH safety regulations coming into effect in 2015, MACtac Distributor Products has updated its MACmark line of color vinyls by replacing heavy metal-based pigments with fully compliant alternatives. The MACmark line maintains the same color consistency that customers expect from the products but now with improved health and environmental impact. "MACtac has followed REACH processes since its inception and progressively works to comply with their current regulations," said Amy Swaile, associate marketing manager, MACtac Distributor Products. "We are committed to continually making products better, especially from an environmental standpoint. We're pleased to announce our compliance ahead of the regulatory deadline for the benefit of our customers." REACH is an internationally accepted safety regulation for Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals. The organization aims to improve protection of people and the environment from risks that can be posed by harmful ingredients.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
EFI's 11 MUST SEE 'EMS wins set a new, all-time record

Winning products reflect continuous commitment to innovation from EFI on display at Graph Expo 2014 EFI earned 11 awards in the annual MUST SEE 'EMS graphic arts technology competition - winning the most honours ever presented to a single company for the fourth consecutive year. EFI's MUST SEE 'EMS awards recognise EFI Inkjet, Productivity Software and Fiery products that fuel printing companies' success, giving them the power to optimise their operations and profitably win new business. The MUST SEE 'EMS competition recognises the most compelling new products to be presented at North America's largest annual graphic arts trade show, Graph Expo. EFI's 11 awards are the most ever presented to any company, surpassing the eight MUST SEE 'EMS that EFI was awarded in 2013. The technologies earning awards this year drive value for print professionals seeking new paths to more profitability. For example, one 2014 MUST SEE 'EMS-winning product, the hybrid roll/flatbed EFI H1625 LED printer, is an entry-level, LED-based production wide-format device that offers higher-value printing. Users benefit from EFI's industry-leading white ink and its LED inkjet capabilities, which give them the ability to print on a wider range of substrates thanks to energy efficient "cool cure" technology. One of the very first EFI customers to operate this new printer, Gregg Kruse, owner of the FASTSIGNS franchise in Gladstone, Missouri, USA, can print backlit displays and full-colour aluminium composite street signs more efficiently because the printer does not require swapping out inks to run jobs that require white. "The EFI H1625 is faster than our last hybrid printer and it prints more accurately," Kruse said. "I know other businesses that have white ink capabilities on their printers but do not use it because of the time they lose switching to white ink. Our new EFI printer solves that problem." An award-winning portfolio of products coming to Graph Expo EFI's 2014 MUST SEE 'EMS-winning products, with categories shown in parenthesis, include: - EFI CRM for Monarch ERP software (Sales and Order Entry) - EFI IQuote (Sales and Order Entry) - EFI Fiery proServer for Cretaprint, version 1.4 (Prepress and Premedia) - EFI Fiery Color Profiler Suite, version 4.6 - Express Profiler (Colour Management and Quality Control) - The EFI H1625 LED printer (Pressroom: Wide-Format) - The EFI VUTEk GS2000LX Pro printer with UltraDrop Technology (Pressroom: Wide-Format) - The EFI VUTEk HS100 Pro UV inkjet press material edge guide system (Pressroom: Wide-Format) - The EFI Monarch Mailing Module (Imprinting, Mailing, Shipping and Fulfilment) - EFI SmartLinc software (Imprinting, Mailing, Shipping and Fulfilment) - The EFI Enterprise Automated Workflow (Management Systems) - EFI Fiery Digital Embossing (The Future of Print) "Standing still is not an option for businesses in the graphic arts industry, considering the continuous change printing companies face today in their clients' marketing needs," said Guy Gecht, CEO of EFI. "That is why EFI is so committed to our extensive R&D. We are thrilled and honoured that the MUST SEE 'EMS judges deemed these 11 products as worthy of this prestigious award."

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Affordable Anti-Graffiti Dry-Erase Laminate @ IMAC

Imaging Alignment Corp. is proud to continue its relationship with Vandal Guard as the exclusive distributor of Vandal Guard Anti-Graffiti and Dry-Erase Laminate in Canada. Vandal Guard is a specially formulated 1-mil PSA film designed to protect images and screens from a wide variety of stains, and chemicals including paint and permanent marker. Graffiti is easily removed using everyday cleaners without damaging the laminate surface. IMAC Sales Manager Al Whittaker explains how Vandal Guard is, “designed for indoor and outdoor applications and can also be used on flat window perforated graphics.” For more information on Vandal Guard or IMAC’s wide range of stocked products or to place an order, please call (905) 760-7623 or visit our website

Friday, July 5, 2013
New Affordable Solvent Cotton Canvas Arrives

IMAC is proud to announce the addition of a new solvent cotton canvas to its growing inventory. This 16mil satin finish inkjet canvas is designed for long-term fade-resistant productions. IMAC Sales Manager Al Whittaker explains how, “the polyester/cotton blend has a specifically designed coating, which delivers outstanding colour gamut and great resolution at prices well below $0.80/sq.ft.” IMAC is currently stocking this 75’ long product in 36”, 54” and 60” widths in an effort to give its customers a roll long enough to reduce constant switchovers, unlike the common 40’ rolls. For more information on IMAC’s wide range of stocked products or to place an order, please call (905) 760-7623 or visit our website

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