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February '18

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14 • February 2018 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S Mutoh Announces New Education Series Phoenix-based wide-format printer and cutter manufacturer Mutoh America announces a new educational series of training programs it intends to make available both online and in person in the coming year. The sessions will be coordinated by Mark Rugen, the company's director of training and education, along with product training manager Mike Springan. Throughout 2018 the pair will be covering a wide variety of topics that include FlexiSIGN software, color management, working with low-resolution images and the basics of wide- format printing. The company advises to keep an eye on its website for upcoming opportunities. On the top of the homep- age at www.mutoh.com, click "Company" and then, underneath, "Events." Summa Partners with Antalis to Aid Cancer-Fighting Charity Belgium-based Summa, pro- viders of Summa-branded vinyl cutters, flatbed cut- ters, thermal printers and related media and materi- als, announces a partnership with France-based paper manufacturer Antalis to raise money for charity. Summa supports an orga- nization called "Music for Life," which is backed by the Belgian radio station, Studio Brussels, and the Red Cross in Belgium. One annual event by Music for Life is the campaign "de Warmste Week—the Warmest Week." To help Antalis raise money, Summa has cut out about a hundred large deer heads using the company's F Series flatbed cutting system, the F1612. The deer heads were cut out of 5 mm forex lite material with the single edge Cutout tool, and Antalis is selling them to employees, their relatives, and customers to raise money for the cause. This year Antalis is supporting the charity "Kom op tegen kanker," —which, roughly translated, means "Campaign Against Cancer." Orbus Works with Donco on Cardboard Core Recycling Woodridge, Illinois-based trade show display and exhibit manu- facturer Orbus Exhibit & Display Group announces that through the first 10 months of last year, it had recycled 77 percent of its total waste. To assist the company's efforts, it recently partnered with Donco Recycling Solutions to recycle cardboard cores left over after the company's dye-sublimation printing process. Orbus prints more than 26,000 square feet of display graphics every day, resulting in a large quantity of leftover cardboard cores from the rolls of paper used in the dye-sub process. The size and weight of the cores made it difficult to find a suitable recycling situation. Since May 2017, Orbus has recycled over 180,000 pounds of cores, which have been turned into book covers, board games and boxes, according to Donco Solutions. FASTSIGNS and Apple Pie Capital to Offer Debt Financing Carrollton, Texas-based sign shop franchisor FASTSIGNS International Inc. announces that it is partnering with San Francisco-based Apple Pie Capital to offer new and existing franchisees access to up to $20 million in debt capital to drive franchise expansion across the U.S. "2017 has been another record year for FASTSIGNS, in every metric. We are experiencing continued growth both in the U.S. and abroad," says Catherine Monson, its CEO. "As we look toward future growth, with both new and existing franchisees, ApplePie Capital is the ideal partner to support our aggressive expansion goals." To date FASTSIGNS has opened 35 centers across the U.S. and Canada and signed 44 franchise agreements, with plans to open an additional 45 centers in 2018, the company says. Epson Announces Winners in International Pano Awards Contest Epson announces the winners of its eighth International Pano Awards, a contest dedicated to the art and craft of panoramic photography. "Advances in digital photography and editing software have resulted in an ever-increasing rise in the popularity of image stitching, especially in the panoramic format. VR 'immersive' photography also continues to excite and develop at a rapid pace, and panoramic film photography remains alive and well," the company writes in introducing the winners of the global contest. Prizes include an Epson SureColor P-7070 printer; an Epson SureColor P-5070 printer; an Epson EB-1776W ultra-slim projector; and $22,000 in cash, with the top cash prize in one category being $5,000. In all, the contest awards more than $55,000 in cash and prizes. Wojciech Kruczynski of Poland won the 2017 Carolyn Mitchum award for this photo, "Eye of Stokksnes, Iceland."

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