Mactac Sustainable Film Products

Mactac’s (Stow, OH) graphics division has launched a new line of sustainable film products under the company’s Simply Sustainable initiative. The first to be released is Crystal Cling, a 4.0-mil gloss clear removable PVC-free polyester (PET) film intended for short- to medium-term advertising on glass surfaces such as windows, displays, and signboards. Compatible with UV and latex inkjet printers, Crystal Cling features a 3.0-mil polyester traction back release liner.



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Roland DGA Introduces Texart XT-640S Direct-to-Garment Printer

Roland DGA (Irvine, CA) has launched its Texart XT-640S, a multi-station, direct-to-garment printer.

With new features and a specialized RIP software, the XT-640S was developed for screen printing operations that want to accept short-run orders and also have the ability to ramp up production during busier times, the company said in a release.

The sliding baseplate and platen flatbed operation give users the flexibility to customize a variety of cotton and cotton-blend products, including specialty apparel items, accessories, gifts, interior décor and more. The XT-640S also offers a digital workflow with pre-defined print environments.

The XT-640S uses CMYK and high-density white INKU Eco Passport-certified DTG inks, which were formulated to produce vibrancy on white or colored garments, the company said.

For more information on the new printer, visit

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PSP Partners with In America Flags to Remember COVID-19 Victims

Left: Minuteman Press, Bethesda; Right: In America: Remember exhibition

In America: Remember was a public art exhibition held at the National Mall that displays 660,000 white flags to honor the people in America who have been lost due to COVID-19. Minuteman Press in Bethesda, Maryland, was a partner for the exhibition (which ran through October 3), providing printed message cards from people all over the country who are paying tribute to loved ones through the In America website.

“We [were] glad to be able to do our part to help this art exhibition,” says Leslie Klein, owner, Minuteman Press, Bethesda. “Every day, we received all of the messages that were submitted through the In America website and printed them 8-up on 11-by-17 sheets to create 4.25-by-5.5 cards. Every night, I dropped off the finished cards to one of the volunteers, and then they were transcribed onto the flags by another group of volunteers.”

Leslie adds, “This [was] a total team effort, and we [were] proud to be partners in such an important and moving exhibition. Our hearts go out to those who have been lost and their families.”

The In America: Remember exhibition was designed by artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg.

—Press Release

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Make It Count with Alliance Franchise Brands Virtual Conference

As part of the ongoing business education and support provided to its franchise members, Alliance Franchise Brands is hosting a virtual sales conference on November 3-4, aptly themed “Make It Count.”

A leading franchisor of marketing, print, sign and graphics brands, the company and its network of independently owned and operated locations have been making each day count by finding innovative ways to meet customers’ needs during a period of unprecedented challenges.

“Our locations partnered with businesses, manufacturing facilities, schools and nonprofit organizations to communicate new policies and procedures through signage, graphics and direct mail while also being a source for essential PPE and acrylics that helped many to operate safely through some tough months,” said Vice President of Business Development Jessica Eng. “This sales conference allows our franchise members and their sales professionals to redirect some of their energies and focus on new opportunities and growth solutions for the businesses in the communities where they live and work.”

Ongoing training is a vital component of an organization whose core values include empowering success through high-impact programs and support. “As market opportunities evolve and the sales and marketing landscape changes, we believe that one thing remains constant: delivering a five-star customer experience,” said Eng. “Bringing our collective sales force together, sharing successes, and embracing our customer-centric approach is valuable for seasoned sales pros and rising stars alike.”

Alliance Franchise Brands has a gateway to join its network for independent printing, signage and graphics business owners who may looking to access a range of proven business processes plus sales, marketing, and operations support. Entrepreneurs who are seeking business ownership can also find opportunities in Alliance Franchise Brands through the company’s resale program or by purchasing an independent company and bringing it into franchise network.

Alliance Franchise Brands serves the multi-billion-dollar market for marketing, print, sign, and graphics communications services and is considered a leader in franchise training, technology and implementation.

About Alliance Franchise Brands LLC

Alliance Franchise Brands LLC and its subsidiary, KK Printing Canada ULC, are the franchisors of more than 600 locations in North America operating the company’s brands: Allegra Marketing Print Mail, Image360, Signs Now, Signs By Tomorrow, KKP, Insty-Prints, American Speedy Printing Centers and RSVP.

Independently owned and operated franchises provide national, regional, and local businesses and organizations with a one-stop resource for technologically advanced solutions for their printing, marketing, signs and graphics communications.

—Press Release

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Two Roland DGA Customers Win Premier PRINT Awards

VIVAS Inc., took Best-of-Category honors in the Wide-Format Printing/Décor category for interior wall graphics produced for their client TURO.

Two Roland DGA customers—San Francisco-based VIVAS, Inc. and Alberta, Canada-based Wide Open Throttle Graphics—have won coveted 2021 PRINTING United Alliance Premier PRINT Awards for their outstanding graphic design and print work.

The complete list of PRINTING United Alliance Premier Print Award winners, which was officially released on September 14, 2021, recognized and honored excellence in 71 different categories across a wide range of print production, including screen, offset, digital, wide-format, flexographic, gravure, and more. While the PRINTING United Alliance received thousands of entries in this year’s competition, only sixty-four award winners were selected.

VIVAS Inc., took Best-of-Category honors in the Wide-Format Printing/Décor category for interior wall graphics and an elevator wrap produced for their client TURO on a Roland DG TrueVIS VG2-640 eco-solvent printer/cutter as well as interior window graphics printed for the same client on a VersaUV LEJ-640 hybrid UV printer.

Wide-Open Throttle Graphics won the Wrap Installer Best-of-Category award for its themed “Abominable Voodoo” wrap project designed for a client’s RAM 1500 Sport pickup truck, Cross Traxx Sled Deck, and Ski Doo Summit Snowmobiles—all printed on a Roland DG TrueVIS VG2-540 eco-solvent printer/cutter.

Wide-Open Throttle Graphics won the Wrap Installer Best-of-Category award for its themed “Abominable Voodoo” wrap project.

“We were excited, but not surprised, to learn that these talented Roland DG users were recognized by the PRINTING United Alliance for their exceptional graphics work,” said Roland DGA Marketing Director Dan Wilson. “The quality of their award-winning prints is testimony to the outstanding creative abilities of these accomplished print professionals, but also to superior imaging capabilities of their advanced Roland DG devices.

“In both cases, the end-users took full advantage of the incredible color and vibrancy made possible by our next-generation, wide-gamut TrueVIS series printer/cutters and TR2 inks.”

The PRINTING United Alliance Premier PRINT Awards competition honors excellence in quality, creativity and innovation, exemplifying the very best in the printing industry. It was born from the convergence of the most advanced awards programs within the industry: SGIA’s Golden Image Awards, Printing Impressions’ Gold Ink Awards, Packaging Impressions’ Excellence Awards, and the Print Industries of America Benny Awards.

According to the PRINTING United Alliance, these awards programs laid the foundation for industry’s most prestigious competition—the Premier PRINT Awards—recognizing the “best of the best” in graphic communications.

—Press Release

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October 2021

sign builder illustrated october 2021The Sign Builder Illustrated October 2021 issue features stories on vehicle wraps, digital signage, vinyl graphics, and a special feature on customization and personalization.

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LexJet to Distribute Printers with Pigment Fluorescent Ink

LexJet (Sarasota, FL) is distributing four new models of Canon U.S.A.’s imagePROGRAF series of printers. The printers will include fluorescent pink pigment ink, which LexJet says is an industry first for aqueous printers.

The imagePROGRAF GP-4000 (44-in.) and GP-2000 (24-in.) use 10 colors, including red, orange, green and violet ink, plus the new fluorescent pink ink. The imagePROGRAF GP-300 (36-in.) and GP-200 (24-in.) use five colors plus fluorescent pink ink.

The new printers include “radiant infusion” technology, which layers the fluorescent pink ink with other inks on the paper surface, enabling bright and soft color reproduction.

The imagePROGRAF GP Series will be available from LexJet in October, with shipping planned for November.

For questions regarding the imagePROGRAF GP Series, contact a LexJet sales specialist at (800) 453-9538. For more information, visit

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Soofa’s Solar-Powered Digital Signs Debut in California

After expanding across the Eastern seaboard, Soofa (Cambridge, MA), a provider of solar-powered digital signage, has entered a new market in California, the company recently announced.

The cities of Eastvale and San Jacinto – part of the Los Angeles metro area – installed their first Soofa signs that will display city announcements, public health information, transit updates and other real-time information.

In San Jacinto, a polling feature will offer residents a chance to lend their voice, as the city will use the tool to collect feedback and ideas from passersby.

More information about the company and its signs can be found at

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EFI ProGraphics UV LED XA Ink Now Available for EFI Wide Format Flatbed and Hybrid Printers

EFI™ ProGraphics™ XA high-adhesion ink – a versatile UV LED display graphics inkjet ink from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. suitable for a wide range of rigid and flexible media – is now available for EFI Wide Format flatbed and hybrid roll/flatbed printers. ProGraphics XA ink delivers superior results on corrugated plastics and other substrates with adhesion challenges.

EFI™ ProGraphics™ XA
“EFI’s new ProGraphics XA high-adhesion ink does not chip during cutting and is ideal for yard signage applications.

EFI customer Kurt Kahmnke, owner of Fenton, Missouri-based Payler Signs & Graphics, has gained greater adhesion and durability on rigid substrate prints he produces on his company’s new EFI Pro 30h hybrid wide-format printer. The ink gives Payler Signs superior results compared to the UV inks the company uses on a flatbed inkjet printer.

“We’ve tested prints produced with the ProGraphics XA ink in our EFI Pro 30h printer in a variety of modes on Coroplast®, acrylic, aluminum composites and other challenging materials by spraying them with water, leaving them outside in the heat, and stacking them ink side to ink side,” said Kahmnke. “We are very pleased with the ink’s adhesion, quality, and performance and are confident that we made the right choice.”

The ProGraphics XA ink does not chip during cutting when used on standard acrylic, corrugated plastic or other fluted polypropylene media. Plus, ProGraphics XA ink is flexible enough for 180-degree heat formingapplications. Bringing this advanced ink to the EFI Pro 24f, Pro 30f, Pro 16h and Pro 30h wide-format printers gives sign and display graphics operations more capabilities in the range of applications they offer to customers.

“We are pleased to bring this exceptional high-adhesion ink to our Wide Format printer owners,” said Ken Hanulec, EFI’s vice president of worldwide marketing. “We continually strive to increase the value of EFI investments, and now customers will have the benefit of ProGraphics XA ink’s versatility, durability and flexibility to extend the range of substrates and surfaces they can print on.”

When purchasing an EFI Wide Format printer, customers can choose the ProGraphics Series UV LED ink set that best meets their application needs. Other ProGraphics inks include:

EFI – 3M™ ProGraphics UV LED ink for flexible applications, including those that need to be stretched or heated or require the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty;

EFI ProGraphics UV LED POP ink for rigid board and flexible media printing of indoor and outdoor applications;

EFI ProGraphics UV LED Rigid ink provides the best surface mar resistance and is ideal for printing on specialty rigid media, such as lenticular lenses, steel, aluminum, and wood;

EFI ProGraphics UV LED Ultra ink for a highly diverse range of flexible and rigid media applications, such as banners, exterior signage, retail signs, interior architectural design, and those that need the best outdoor weathering performance without lamination.

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