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A selection of great wide format related articles from around the globe


Vehicle Wraps: Beyond the Installation
By Rick Hartwig, EHS Specialist - Government & Business Information, SGIA for (USA)
The first time I observed a car getting wrapped was impressive. The car was transformed to a completely different color in one session, then in another session the crew installed graphics, logos and images.

Balancing act
Digital Printer (UK)
Going green isn't just worthy; it can also increase your worth as a business. Digital Printer visited Impress Print and spoke to a number of other environmentally-minded companies to find out more.

The Evolving Soft Signage Market

Part 1 of a 3 part series in SGIA Journal written by Aurora staff on the Evolving Soft Signage Market.
The global printing industry has changed dramatically over the past decade. Where vinyl, plastic and paper were once the primary substrates of choice for signage, textiles have begun to take center stage.

Taking the Fear Out of Printing on Digital Textile Fabrics

Part 2 of a 3 part series in SGIA Journal written by Aurora staff on the Evolving Soft Signage Market.

R&D: The Competitive Advantage in Today’s Dynamic PM Market

Part 3 of a 3 part series in SGIA Journal written by Aurora staff on the Evolving Soft Signage Market.

Climate change
Michael Walker for Digital Printer (UK)
The working environment doesn't just need to be comfortable for people, it needs to be right for paper and presses too, learns Michael Walker.

Six Big Mistakes That Aspiring Wide-Format Printers Can Make
By Richard Romano for WhatTheyThink magazine (USA)

Wide-format and specialty and specialty printing are where a lot of the action is today. But expanding into these new areas is not without its pitfalls. Here are some worth avoiding.

Unique and Unconventional Vinyl Wrap Applications
Digital Print Media Staff - Digital Media (USA)
We gathered several creative examples of unique and unconventional wrap applications:

Wide-format Printing: Optimizing colour management
By Bart Fret for Sign Media (Canada)
For a long time, colour management was only seldom used in large-format printing. Sign shop personnel would linearize and then send their cyan, magenta, yellow and key/black (CMYK) jobs to their digital printers. As such, they relied on these devices’ printable gamut, but this led to issues with colour consistency and repeatability.

Suppliers Take Automated Wide-Format Printing to the Next Level
By Bill Schiffner for
The evolution in automation and workflow integration of wide-format printing can lower labor and production costs, as well as the ability to produce more short-run jobs with a quicker turn-around time and in a more cost effective manner.

China: The Second-Largest Advertising Market
Big Picture magazine (USA)
InfoTrends recently dove into the Chinese wide-format printing market in anticipation of the 2017 Shanghai International Ad & Sign Expo. Estimates from eMarketer say the total advertising market spending in 2016 in the world’s most populous nation amounted to $78 billion. Roughly 7 percent of that – $5.5 billion – was spent on print. OOH advertising, the third-largest media type in China, is predicted to grow around 4 percent in the next two years.

More for the Money
By Kiersten Wones for Big Picture magazine USA
Retailers are putting the pressure on graphics providers to offer more than just fast and flawless prints

Standing Above the Competition
By Sino Tour for Big Picture magazine USA
How to attract potential customers and what to offer them

Eco-Solvents: A Vibrant Alternative
by Mike Antoniak  for (USA)
“Many people are unaware of the incredible versatility of eco-solvent printers and inks and all the different types of output they can produce,” says Roland DGA’s Lily Hunter. Case in point: this retail store window banner printed on a Roland SOLJET Pro 4 XR-640 using Eco-Sol MAX 2 inks.

Rolling Out the New Year - Rundown of Rollfed Wide-Format Systems
By Richard Romano, WhatTheyThink magazine (USA)
As we plunge headlong into 2017, let’s kick off the year, as we traditionally do, with a look at the current roll-to-roll printer landscape. Next week, we’ll look at flatbed printers.

Ask the Experts
By Adrienne Palmer for Big Picture magazine USA
6 digital print specialists respond to the current state of the industry and reveal what we should expect in 2017

Material world
Andy Knaggs - Digital Printer magazine
Flatbed printers can handle an incredible range of materials, including the elements of life, food and water, finds Andy Knaggs.

Automation and Wide-Format: Where Are We?
By Richard Romano for WhatTheyThink magazine (USA)
Whether it’s only a select few tasks or an entire production workflow, automation is slowly but surely coming to wide-format printing. How is that possible?

Tips for Maintaining a Clean Printing Environment
From Digital Print Media magazine
Keeping your print facility clean provides a variety of benefits. High levels of particulate matter such as air borne dust mites can damage or shorten the life of equipment and negatively affect the quality of prints. We have compiled a short list of items that can help keep air clean in your printing facility.

3D’s Place in Commercial Printing

An interview with Rainer Gebhardt, by Steve Duccilli for Big Picture magazine (USA)

Visitors to drupa’s Innovation Park were surprised to see a collection of realistic seashells ranging in size from a half inch to more than 5 feet tall, all 3D printed in a variety of materials from plastic to metal.

MIS: Is Your System Working For You or Against You?
By Carol Andersen, Chairman, Enterprise Print Management Solutions for (USA)
Implementing print management systems is not a democratic activity. What you need to become is a dictator to ensure proper implementation. 

Understanding the basic pros and cons of dye sub printing
Magnus Mighall of RA Smart (UK) for Graphic Display World (UK)
Dye sublimation is the most versatile textile digital printing process and while it is not suitable for every textile substrate, it is certainly the best route for signage professionals to dip their toe in the world of printed textiles, and potentially other rigid materials with the same hardware. Here textile printing expert Magnus Mighall of R A Smart explains how.

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