Innovation Inspired Us at SGIA Expo 2017

The weather may have threatened, but that didn’t stop the SGIA Expo from going on! And we were so glad that it did. We found inspiration everywhere we looked around the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. With 600 exhibitors and more than 19,000 people in attendance, the power of printing — on nearly every conceivable surface — could be heard loud and clear.

Walking the show floor, we were thrilled to see some of our partners featuring and launching some great new products. From HP, we we learned about the upgraded HP PrintOS Mobile, which not only helps printers stay on top of printer data, job history, KPIs and service calls, it allows their supplier to track their needs, too. A great tool to enhance those relationships and keep production running right on time.

We couldn’t help but stop in our tracks when we came across the Fredrix Canvas booth, where they made pillows with Fredrix Natural Raw Canvas printed with latex technology, and cool customized coasters fabricated with Fredrix 575 Tempo Canvas and finished with a Marabu top coat. At Fredrix, they are really changing the way we think about printing everyday products.

Over in the Kornit booth, where they specialize in direct-to-fabric printing, they featured new neon and pink inks that really broadened their color gamut for high-vibrancy prints … the likes we’ve only seen in dye-sub printing before.

Speaking of dye-sub, our partners at ChromaLuxe, who manufacture the popular aluminum panels, are going to be bringing a new, two- to three-year durable panel that can be displayed outside. We can’t wait to see those in action!

In the LexJet booth, we know that new products are awesome … especially when they come with proper training. Our team held daily demos for ChromaLuxe panels, GOframe stretcher bar systems, LexJet Simple Grip Backlit mounted on glass, LexJet Print-N-Stick Fabric on the countertop and EnduraFab Stretch latex-printed fabric installed in an SEG frame with all new LexJet Adhesive Backed SEG Keder Tape. We had a great time chatting with and educating everyone who stopped by!

If you stopped by the LexJet booth, don’t forget: Our Show Specials are still available through Oct. 31. Give us a call at 800-453-9538 for details!

 

Give Custom Walls Personality with the Right Wallcovering Product

Gone are the days of choosing from a few wallpaper options that may ­– or may not – match your style and personality. Creating custom artwork for your home or office is one of the new trends for wall décor. From kids’ rooms to board rooms, we’ve rounded up a variety of solutions that are tailor-made for you.

Check out some of the ways our customers added personality and life to their wall mural projects:

Wall Murals That Go with the Flo: If you are doing a project that will be displayed for a few months or several years, LexJet Simple Flo Wrap Vinyl, with its air-egress liner and repositionable adhesive, makes installation a breeze. When John Toth from Triad Creative Group was tasked with bringing the past to the present, he opted for Simple Flo – laminated with LexJet Simple Flo Wrap Gloss UV Laminate (2.4 Mil). For this project, some of the murals were displayed on different substrates, including primed MDF and Sintra, while others were applied directly to the display walls. Toth knew that the applications would be bubble-free due to the air-egress liner and that the repositionable adhesive would allow him to fix any misaligned panels during installation. The wide color gamut of the Simple Flo contributed to the authenticity of the project by bringing out subtle nuances in the historical images.

What Lies Beneath: When you use LexJet Print-N-Stick Fabric, creating photo-realistic wall murals is as simple as printing the image and then sticking it to the desired area. It’s a popular product with Bradenton, Fla. based Soicher Marin, who works with discerning clients like Ken Gemes Interiors for specialty décor. When a 15-foot by 9½-foot wall mural was commissioned to breathe some life into a conference room, the designers at Soicher Marin knew that the Print-N-Stick would be the best option. The eight-panel graphic, Man Under Water, was installed by Gemes and his team and went up without a hitch. Having a product that is repositionable, removable and re-usable means that it is in high demand for professional and novice installers, alike.

School Murals That Make the Grade: Creating interesting graphics that are durable and environmentally sound can be difficult in areas, like schools and hospitals, that have very specific requirements regarding décor. In such sensitive environments, it is vitally important that products that are Type II (ASTM F793) compliant are used. Such is the case with HP PVC-free Durable Smooth Wall Paper when paired with latex inks. In addition to meeting Type II requirements, the PVC-free wall papers also meet FSC®, REACH and UL GREENGUARD certifications, which is why Pat Walker of 4Walls offers it to business-to-business customers who are looking for a heavy-weight material that is certified. While adding a liquid laminate is often requested for their large jobs, Walker is surprised by the durability of the HP product without the added expense of lamination. Being able to remove extra steps along the way saves time and money and helps 4Walls add value to their clients’ projects.

Is Wall Décor Vexing? Take a Look at Vescom: Unveiled earlier this year, Vescom Digital Media is a true PVC vinyl wall paper that meets multiple environmental certifications, including being phthalate- and formaldehyde-free. With its variety of finishes (nine, to be exact), Vescom is a great option for commercial, educational and medical projects. Mike Speeney of Limitless Walls in King, N.C., is familiar with the variety of wall décor options on the market and uses the Matte finish for his clients because of the minimal glare. Speeney also notes that many of his clients are restaurants – and other public spaces – which often have strict building codes when it comes to wall décor applications. With Vescom being one of the “cleanest” vinyl wallcoverings on the market, it’s an easy choice for anyone who is looking to turn a bland wall into a piece of art.

Prints That Win: Misty Morning

Last November, photographers Kathryn and Gary Meek were vacationing in China, when one misty morning, they spied a junk boat moored to just a little wisp of a dock on the Yangtze River. Even though it was at rest, Kathryn Meek said she was struck by the serenity of the scene. She pulled out her camera and started shooting. One of the images she captured would later become “Misty Morning,” winner of the Sunset Print Award – Illustrative category in the PPA Southwest District.

“It is one of my favorite shots. The trip was a cool experience and I was able to get a really cool shot,” she says.

To properly convey the ethereal feeling of the scene for the print, she used LexJet Sunset Photo Metallic Paper. “It really made the image pop,” she said of the award-winning paper.

Now Available: Stock & Roll for Easier Media Storage

Free up space in your shop and make storing and moving media rolls easier than ever with the new Stock & Roll media storage station, now available at LexJet. This compact, lightweight storage system not only saves space, but keeps rolls better organized and free from dirt.

If you’re at SGIA this week, swing by LexJet booth #745 to see Stock & Roll in action.

With this innovation, made in France, you’ll have a compact and secure way to store up to six rolls of varying heights with 2- or 3-inch cores. Because rolls are locked into place and elevated on a platform, you won’t have to worry rolls falling over or getting dirty, which will save you money, over time. While the station can handle lots of heavy-weight rolls, it is still easy to transport with six high-performance wheels with a lightweight base that’s just 2-feet in diameter.

Stock & Roll can also be used at trade shows to house media rolls or even wall paper samples, as pictured above. Create a dynamic trade show display with multiple Stock & Roll units.

SGIA Special: Free shipping available through Oct. 31, 2017.

It’s Back: 0% Interest on Canon imagePROGRAF Printers

If you are considering a new Canon imagePROGRAF printer, don’t miss out on the opportunity to get 0% financing available through the end of the year. Canon is offering 12-, 24- and 36-month lease terms, with $1 and FMV (Fair Market Value) purchase options on all imagePROGRAF printers.

The financing promotion can be combined with mail-in and instant rebates that are running through the end of November. To take advantage of these savings and financing opportunities, call a LexJet print specialist at 800-453-9538.

You can learn more about Canon’s newest imagePROGRAF PRO-Series printers here:

For Good Measure: Yes, There’s an App for That!

If you’re looking for a way to make site inspections just a little bit easier, we’ve found Photo Measures, a smartphone app that allows you to save and share measurements and dimensions on photos taken with your phone’s camera.

Instead of using a rough, hand-drawn sketch with notes, Photo Measures lets you:

  • Take photos and draw measurements and details directly on the picture
  • Zoom in and out of your photo when you need to be more precise
  • Edit measurements with just a touch
  • Quickly add text as comments when more info is needed
  • Easily organize your photos by category
  • Export measurements in hi-res by email or to your photo library (PDF or JPG)
  • And import photos of any size and aspect ratio

It’s available for both Android and iOS devices. The Android version is currently $4.99 and the iOS is $6.99.

There’s also a free version of this app called: Photo Measures Lite, and this version is pretty helpful, too. However, it has a few limitations compared to the full version:

  • You’re limited to only 2 photos at a time
  • The photos you export will have a watermark

We’ve put together a quick video, above, to show Photo Measures in action. Check it out and let us know how this app and other on-the-job apps make your life easier.