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November '12

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Product Review CONTINUED COATING SAMPLE KITS Marabu North America, Charleston, S.C., intro- duces two new sample kits of their best-selling ClearShield laminates: The ClearShield Original and the ClearShield Type C for canvas. The kits include everything you will need to get started with ClearShield liquid laminates and retail for $22.99 each. The ClearShield Original Sample Kit includes eight ounce bottles of ClearShield Original in both gloss and matte finishes, a roller and tray for application, as well as coated and uncoated vinyl samples for comparison and prac- tice. In addition, application fluids Graffix Gone, Window Juice and Action Tac are also included in the ClearShield Original kit. The second sample kit features ClearShield Type C specifically for- mulated for use with canvas and includes eight ounce bottles of ClearShield Type C in both Gloss and Satin finishes, a roller with a tray and canvas samples. For information, contact Sales Specialist Sarah Perkins by email at sperkins@marabu.com or by phone at 888-253-2778, Ext. 252. WORKFLOW SOFTWARE Caldera, Strasbourg, France, introduces the latest version of its comprehensive workflow solution, Flow+ 1.6. Flow+ 1.6 boasts major enhance- ments to the quoting system, customer relation- ship management and user interface, as well as a number of new tools and a faster processing engine. Improvements in the quoting system include a more flexible quotation builder, designed to assist companies implementing an MIS for the first time by allowing the cre- ation of quotes with a free text field. This will enable sales teams to learn and adjust to the Flow+ system more gradually, while also making for a smoother and quicker integration. In addition, the quoting wizard has been enhanced, meaning that groups of finishing processes can be added to a job. For example, a "Banner Finishing" group could contain "pocket sewing" and "eyelet positioning," helping to prevent work being done without being invoiced. The CRM module has also benefited from a number of improvements, including better filter- ing of customer information to help the sales team identify existing clients and leads to be followed up. For information, visit www.flowplus.net. SUBLIMATION PRINTING SOLUTION Sawgrass Technologies Consumer Division, Charleston, S.C., introduces SubliJet IQ sublimation printing solution for the Epson WorkForce 7010 inkjet printers. SubliJet IQ for the Epson Workforce 7010 is Sawgrass Technologies' latest entry-level wide-format photo-quality desktop sublimation printing solution—ideal for photo-centric busi- nesses in need of handling two different transfer media sizes such as 8.5 x 11 for smaller images and 13 x 19" for larger images With a total capac- ity of 500 sheets, it is even ready take on big jobs. Equipped with a Sawgrass QuickConnect bulk ink system, the WorkForce 7010 SubliJet IQ provides high-quality sublimation, at a low cost-per-print, for a wide range of products. For information, visit www.sawgrassink.com. SOLID-STATE MEDIA PLAYER BrightSign, Los Gatos, Calif., announces the industry's first line of solid-state digital signage media players with PC-class performance. Solid- state players have always been more affordable and much more reli- able than PC-based signage solutions, but BrightSign's new XD product line is the first of its kind to deliver the features and capabilities of PC-based solutions as well. BrightSign's new XD products are the industry's first solid-state players to offer video and other multimedia capabilities that, until now, were only possible with a PC-based solution. This includes the ability to display Live HDTV broadcast content using an ATSC/Clear QAM tuner or HDMI input. The ATSC tuner is used to play cable TV or closed circuit TV broadcasts, and the HDMI input to play any broadcast content—even HDCP- protected content. All models include an advanced video decoding engine with superior scaling tech- nology that delivers pristine 1080p60 video and supports 3D content. The video engine is capable of decoding two 1080p60 videos or several lower- resolution videos simultaneously. All models sup- port HTML5 so content creators can use familiar development tools to create engaging content. In addition, BrightSign's usual touch-screen interac- tivity is enhanced with swipe/gesture control. For information, visit www.brightsign.biz. 88 • November 2012 • SIGN & DIGITAL GRAPHICS MAGNETIC SIGNAGE HANGERS Dean & Co., Minneapolis, introduces MagnaClamps for hanging poster-sized pro- motional materials and banners. MagnaClamps consist of two 60 mm magnets with precisely set contrasting polarity within a flexible hinge. These act as powerful "clamps" to hold all kinds of papers, signs, even large posters, thereby eliminating damage to surfaces caused by tacks, tapes, nails, etc. Place in position and the MagnaClamp will stay for years. Wash or squee- gee over it and it stays. The foam adhesive is unaffected by the heat of the sun or cold winter evenings. For information, call 952-933-1310 or visit deancousa.com. POLYPROPYLENE BLOCKOUT MATERIAL LexJet, Sarasota, Fla., introduces two new lay-flat polypropylene inkjet printable materials that have a gray back coat for additional opacity: LexJet 11 Mil Blockout PolyGloss and LexJet 11 Mil Blockout Water-Resistant Polypropylene. Both can be used as a cost-effec- tive alternative to the typical polyester inkjet materials for trade show and in-store point of purchase graphics, as well as long-term indoor banners and short- term outdoor banners. The water-resistant materials have a bright-white inkjet-receptive coating that yields additional color and contrast. LexJet 11 Mil Blockout PolyGloss is compatible with aque- ous inkjet printers and LexJet 11 Mil Blockout Water-Resistant Polypropylene is compatible with aqueous and latex inkjet printers. Both blockout polypropylene materials are available in 24" x 75', 36" x 75', 42" x 75', 50" x 75' and 60" x 75' rolls. For informa- tion, call 800-453-9538. See our ad on Page 32B

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