GeoJango Maps: Bringing the World (of Maps) to Everybody

Debbie Dennison and the team at GeoJango Maps in Pleasanton, Calif., have one mission: to help people learn more about the world. As a former employee of SOCOM in Tampa, Fla., and Livermore National Lab in California, Dennison is well trained in the art – and science – of mapmaking. With master’s degrees in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Environmental Science, Dennison decided to take her passion for maps and share it with the world.

While still working full-time, she started producing maps on the side. “I discovered I really enjoyed making maps for the public,” she says. “Once that business took off, I had to decide if I was going to continue a career in sciences or start my own business.”

GeoJango was officially launched in 2017. Once Dennison and her team opened the office, they began researching printers, inks and materials. That’s when they discovered LexJet. “My partner is an engineer and a scientist, and he knows how to research and find the right product for the right job, no matter the industry,” she says. “He’s the one who found your website. He likes that all the documentation is right there. That’s one reason why we started using LexJet.”

Having valuable information at hand is not the only thing that’s important to Dennison. “The quality of a product is paramount. We need to be consistent with our products and make sure that materials are available and easy to get. As a growing company, it matters how people perceive and review our products,” she says.

Dennison refers to her maps as a “happy purchase.” “When people buy a map, they do it because they want to learn more about the world, or they have a bucket list,” she says. The US maps include national parks and historical places so adventurers can plan and track their trips. The world maps are perfect for children who want to learn about global locations, events and facts.

Providing so much information requires the perfect media matched with the right printer to ensure all the finite details can be clearly read and understood. “We’ve done a lot of testing with different inks, printing methods and materials, and we’ve found the right ones. The customers are thrilled with the results.”

What is unique about some of their maps is that they are “push pin,” which allow kids of all ages to trace where they’ve traveled across the country, around the world or even which sports stadiums they’ve visited. With these maps, there is no glass protecting the image and Dennison says the ink and paper are critical ensuring the integrity of the map, even without protection. After extensive testing, the team at GeoJango chose HP Everyday Instant-dry Satin Photo Paper as the media for all roll-up maps.

When she first started ordering from LexJet, Dennison realized that the company is based in Sarasota, Fla., her hometown. On a recent trip to visit family, Dennison decided to visit LexJet headquarters. “I was blown away,” she says. “Wesley [Britton, LexJet representative] gave me a nice tour of the facility and the showroom. While I was there, we looked at some new products that we are testing and hope to launch next month.”

One of the contributing factors to the growth of her company is the availability and quality of the products she uses. “We keep the media in storage and I’m not always aware of when we are running low. Occasionally, the situation gets critical, but the ordering process is easy and LexJet ships from many different places across the country, so I receive deliveries quickly. I am in charge of the quality all the way – from data research to presentation to printing to shipping. It’s important that I get consistent materials in a timely manner.”

If you are interested in learning about new products for your business, please call a LexJet sales specialist at 800-453-9538 or visit us at LexJet.com.

Consider Earth-Friendly Eco-Solvent Inks

As your customers’ and the industry’s attention continues to turn toward sustainable and eco-friendly print options, and with Earth Day right around the corner, it’s a good time to consider eco-solvent inks. Epson’s UltraChrome™ GS3 ink offers an alternative that addresses those concerns while also providing the print speed, durability and excellent color precision you demand from your solvent printer.

The new technology offered in Epson’s GS3 inks solve one of the biggest annoyances of solvent-based printing: the 24-hours needed for out-gassing. These inks will dry quickly and allow printers to add lamination when needed on the same day. And while the production speed of the Epson SureColor S-Series printers are a huge benefit for high-run projects, the GREENGUARD Gold certification adds another major benefit: Environmental responsibility.

GREENGUARD Gold is a nationally recognized certification that ensures that the tested product is safe to use in sensitive environments like schools and hospitals because they emit low chemical emissions while also complying with the State of California’s Department of Publish Health Services Standard Practice for Specification Section 01350. This gives designers and architects an edge to earn credits toward a LEED Green Building Rating — a big help when choosing canvas wrap materials and wallcoverings. The UltraChrome GS3 inks also meet the French-VOC A+ Class criteria for low chemical emissions.

Because Epson’s GS3 inks meet these stringent requirements, there is also no need for special ventilation or air purification required when operating the Epson SureColor S-Series printers.

“We’ve heard more and more from our print service provider customers that eco-friendly is in high-demand,” says our OEM product specialist, Shauna Malgieri. “I expect to see more sustainable products to come from our manufacturing partners this year, so stay tuned!”

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For Wall Graphics, HP Adhesive Vinyl Saves Money & Improves Results

Tyler Birch of Atchley Graphics in Columbus, Ohio, was browsing the LexJet website looking for an alternative to his current vinyl and laminate solution that would still be compatible with his Latex 360 and 570 printers. That’s when he found the HP Prime Gloss Air GP.

“I called Dave [Grotkiewicz], my LexJet sales representative who is very knowledgeable and helpful, especially with new products. We discussed the product and he sent me a roll to try,” Birch says.

With a mission to provide quality and value to his customers, Birch is selective about the products he uses. “It’s about peace of mind and long-term value,” he says. “You don’t want someone coming back in two years because their graphic failed or they had a bad experience. It comes down to the materials that you use, and the people who are printing, laminating and installing.”

Birch looked at what he was paying for his current materials and realized he could save as much as $100 when buying a roll of each vinyl and laminate. Because it’s not just about saving money, he needed to see how well the product would image. “The print quality is great, profiles are set, and I don’t have head strikes or color issues as compared to my other products.”

Birch wears multiple hats at Atchley — “As a press operator, I knew the product was doing its job, just like Dave told me it would,” he says.

He also finishes projects, which includes laminating graphics or working with print & cut. “The Prime laminated great with the HP Polymeric Overlaminates and the print and cut capabilities are also excellent,” he says. “The adhesive is a little different. It’s a bit harder, which means you won’t see gray adhesive poking out of the edges of a cut application.”

Not only has the new HP Adhesive Vinyl line helped Birch improve his output, but it also helps ensure his customers are benefiting from the increase in image quality and the decrease in cost. “HP Prime Air really helps us provide value to our customers and at a price point that makes us competitive, which is great since we are a small shop,” he says.

With many more projects lined up, Birch is excited to try other products as well, including HP Optimal Gloss Air GRP – a high-performance product that offers a gray repositionable adhesive – and the new Prime Matte Air GR, which offers a gray removable adhesive.

To learn more about the HP Adhesive Vinyl products, visit LexJet.com or call one of our sales specialists at 800-453-9538 to find out which solution is right for your next project.

Don’t Miss Our ISA Show Special on Fisher Textiles

If you’re attending ISA Sign Expo later this month in Las Vegas, be sure to swing by Fisher Textiles’ booth #4017 to learn more about these award-winning dye-sublimation textiles.

Formerly only available in grand-format sizes, we’ve partnered with Fisher Textiles to offer nine fabrics in 61-inch or smaller rolls. You can only purchase these smaller Fisher Textiles rolls at LexJet!

LexJet ISA Show Special:

When you purchase any roll of 61-inch-by-100-foot Fisher Textiles fabric from LexJet, you’ll get 50% off your choice of one roll of LexJet InFuze dye-sub transfer papers:

Please call a LexJet print specialist at 800-453-9538 to learn more about this show special, available April 23 to May 1.

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Fredrix Metallic Pearl & Gold Canvas Now Available at LexJet

We’re excited to announce that the much-anticipated Fredrix Metallic Pearl and Metallic Gold canvases are now available exclusively in the U.S. through LexJet.

These new canvases give photographers and printers all new options for creating glamorous and elegant portraits for engagements, weddings and more, as well as eye-catching retail displays.

Fredrix Metallic Gold Canvas

The shimmering pearlescent finish of Fredrix Metallic Pearl, pictured above, adds a beautiful, ethereal glint that brides and new moms love for their portraits. Fredrix Metallic Gold adds pop to all sorts of displays, especially for artwork and signage in high-end retail environments, and looks especially great with black ink (pictured here).

These new products offer print service providers the ability to create metallic-enhanced canvas wraps, which could only be accomplished previously by using mylar wallcoverings, which are difficult to finish and wrap. The 2-over-1 weave of these Fredrix poly-cotton canvases are easy to wrap around stretcher bars (such as GOframe) and deliver a consistent, subtle texture.

These canvases are compatible with solvent, eco-solvent, latex and UV-curable ink technologies. To learn more ways to put some “wow” into your canvas prints, call a LexJet canvas specialist at 800-453-9538.

April Rebates are in Full Bloom

Are you on the hunt for a new printer or cutter? Check out these rebates from HP, Canon, EPSON and Graphtec.

Not sure which printer is right for you? Hop on one of the free webinars for HP Latex or Canon PRO-Series or read more out about different applications for aqueous, latex and solvent printers on the blog.

This month’s rebate highlights include: Save up to $3,000 instantly on an EPSON F-Series; get $500 cash back on a new HP Z6 or Z9+ 44-in printer with vertical trimmer; Canon is offering up to $1,000 instant savings on imagePROGRAF PRO-Series; mail-in rebates available on select Graphtec cutters.