Friday
Oct082010

Recycle it- participate in manufacturer recycling programs

IT Supplies has had several requests over the years from eco-concious customers regarding more information on manufacturer recycling programs. We urge all of our customers to participate in manufacturer programs. Recycling a great way to help the environment and helps drive down the cost of new raw materials needed for manufacturing a variety of different items. Recycling not only trims the amount of technology waste, but passes savings along to customers.

 

Epson Hardware Recycling Information: Epson’s recycling program allows participants in their hardware recycling program to send back printers, scanners and projectors.

Epson also offers participants an environmentally responsible way to recycle their used Epson branded inkjet cartridges.

Simply follow the steps below:

1. Package your used inkjet cartridges in an appropriate shipping envelope or box. Ensure there is no leakage from the cartridges.

2. Mail your package to:

Epson America, Inc.
Attn: Recycling Center
18300 Central Avenue
Carson, CA 90746

Click here for more information regarding Epson’s Eco-Friendly initiatives and recycling program.

 

Canon has made conservation efforts in regards to recycling since the early 1990’s. Canon recycles an assortment of different products which include: camcorders, lenses, cameras, printers, projectors and more.

For more information on recycling Canon specific hardware click here.

To participate in Canon’s ink cartridge return program click here.

 

HP has taken huge steps in environmental programs in over the past decade and has made steps to conserve and re-use technology waste, even integrating recycled materials into new products.

HP recycles hardware, large format media and ink and laser cartridges. (click respective links for more information)

For more information regarding HP’s program and materials that HP will recycle and re-use click here.

To Participate in HP’s Planet Partners Program click here.

Monday
Oct042010

Introducing the all-new Epson Stylus Pro 4900

One of the hottest items at this year’s Graph Expo 2010 is the Epson Stylus Pro 4900!

The new Stylus Pro is basically an Epson Stylus Pro 4880 on steroids. The new Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Printers are twice as fast as the Stylus Pro 4880 Series and utilize the Epson UltraChrome HDR ink set. The biggest hype surrounding this product is it’s ability to execute remote proofing applications. The Epson Stylus Pro 4900 (SP4900HDR) truly allows users to expand their print applications with a 17” Printer with its use of three-level black ink technology and use of an expanded high capacity ink system. The Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Designer Edition (SP4900DES) comes bundled with EFI eXpress RIP Software, which allows users to enhance printing workflow for contract quality color & design comp applications. IT Supplies will carry the new line of Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Printers, shipments are expected in December 2010 (SP4900HDR) & January 2011 (SP4900DES) respectively, currently we are taking pre-orders for Epson’s new Stylus Pro 4900 Printers.

 Epson Stylus Pro at Epson’s Graph Expo Booth 2010

Pre-order your Epson Stylus Pro 4900 today at itsupplies!

Sunday
Oct032010

IT Supplies at Graph Expo 2010

IT Supplies will be attending Graph Expo 2010, which happens to be right in our back yard at McCormick Place South in Chicago Illinois, from October 3-6. For the first time ever IT Supplies will be exhibiting at this great event, occupying booth 240. We will be demonstrating the latest in Aqueous, Eco Solvent, Packaging Printers from Epson, Canon and HP. We will be posting daily Graph Expo updates to our blog, so stay tuned for details.

Additionally, we will have a host of medias on hand from vinyl, canvas and repositional products. If you’re looking to see a demo up close and personal this is your perfect opportunity. Come stop by our booth and say hi as we always enjoy meeting our customers in person.

Be sure to stop by the Epson booth to see the new Epson Stylus Pro 7900 Computer-to-Plate (CTP) System. Which will be supported by Epson and IT Supplies in early 2011.


Imagine a computer-to-plate solution that’s actually a joy to use. Imagine no more chemicals to deal with, no more processor maintenance, no more expensive monthly electrical and maintenance bills.

Imagine freeing-up more shop floor space and now having the ability to print high quality proofs and posters.  Imagine final press print quality that will blow your customers away.  And, imagine producing true aluminum printing plates at a significantly lower total cost of ownership than your current polyester solution. Make your Epson Stylus Pro 7900 an absolute workhorse. With CTP technology you’ll get the added modification benefits of the computer-to-plate system plus you’ll still have the production poster printing capabilities that the Epson 7900 is known for. The Epson 7900 Computer to Plate System (CTP) will allow you to expand the horizons of your business and allow you to expand your marketing efforts to a whole new customer base. All supported by Epson and IT Supplies. 

  • Epson Aluminum Plate technology is capable of on press resolution up to 175 lpi, and run lengths up to 20,000 impressions.
  • The plates are created without the use of chemicals, thus eliminating hazardous waste disposal, cleaning and re-batching a plate processor.
  • Final cost per plate is cheaper than current polyester imaging systems, while being significantly easier to produce. 
  • No platesetter maintenance or expensive service contracts.
  • Epson is bringing true aluminum plate technology to even the smallest commercial printing companies.

Expand your options with the Epson Stylus Pro 7900 and new Computer-to-Plate System (CTP) System from Epson. This amazing computer-to-plate system will be available in early 2011 at IT Supplies. For additional information, samples, or a demonstration, please contact Allen Dunn 847-213-5596 or via e-mail.

Sunday
Oct032010

Epson's redefining the future, again, with its new line of Stylus Pro Printers

Epson has just announced its new line-up of Stylus Pro printers. We’ll give you the down low on the information Epson has released, here on our blog. For more information please visit respecitve product pages on our website, we have extensive information listed on this new line of Stylus Pro Printers from Epson.

EPSON Stylus Pro 4900 17” Printer & EPSON Stylus Pro 4900 Designer Edition 17” Printer

The Epson Stylus Pro 4900 is the newest in 17” Printers to hit the market. The Epson 4900 will include the latest in technology and quality. The Stylus Pro 4900 is an achievement in its own right with its professional-level ink jet technology. By combining the precision of our MicroPiezo ® TFP ® print head with the extraordinary performance of Epson UltraChrome® HDR Ink the Epson Stylus Pro 4900 will cover the highest color gamut ever from a Stylus Pro Printer.

The Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Designer Edition Printer will include EFI eXpress RIP Software, while the standard edition will not. EFI eXpress RIP Software will allow 4900 Designer Edition users to enhance workflows and get more accuracy with prints giving users the ability to get the perfect printing workflow for contract quality remote proofing and designer comps. When the optional SpectroProofer® 17 is driven by the latest front end RIP software users can automate color management workflows.

For more information on Epson’s Stylus Pro 4900 Series Printers please feel free to give us a call or visit our website for more a more extensive listing of information. The differnce between the Epson Stylus Pro 4900 and the previous Epson 4880 model is the use of Epson UltraChrome HDR ink set and the Epson 4900’s super fast printing capabilities. For more information on the Epson Stylus Pro 4900 HDR and Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Designer Edition Printer please feel free to visit the IT Supplies website.

EPSON Stylus Pro 7890 24” & Epson Stylus Pro 9890 44”

 

 

The new Epson Stylus Pro 890 Series includes the Epson Stylus 7890 24” and Epson Stylus Pro 9890 44” Printers. These new and innovative printers from Epson include the lastest in engineering and photographic ink jet technology, with an eight-color Epson UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta, this printer defines epsons unprecedented technology. In comparison to the Epson Stylus Pro 7880/9880 Printers the Epson Stylus Pro 7890 and Stylus Pro 9890 Printers have and expanded ink set with the Epson K3 UltraChrome ink set the new Epson 890 Series printers can use 150ml, 350ml and 700ml ink cartridges. In comparision to the Epson 880 model printers the new 890 series printers from Epson print at much faster speeds allowing users to print at higher speeds than ever.

Much like the Epson Stylus Pro 900 series, Epson has developed a partnership with X-Rite. When the Epson Stylus Pro 7890 and 9890 are run by the latest front-end RIPS, the in-line SpectroProofer can automate virtually any color management processes within your workflow. Expect Epson’s new Stylus Pro 7890 and 9890 Printers to set the market standard yet again with its excellence in redefining what’s possible from photographic inkjet printing.

For more information on the new 890 Series Printer please feel free to call one of our friendly customer service representitives or visit the IT Supplies website for more information.

Monday
Sep272010

From phone to printed memory

Recently, I had the chance to make the trip out to Denver, Colorado for a quick weekend getaway. Being from Illinois (as flat as land gets) I wanted to capture some landscape photos of Denver’s mountain burb of Morrison, home of Red Rocks Amphitheater and beautiful sunset red canyons and other landscapes that a “flat-lander” like myself would consider mountainous. As we arrived all three Illinoisans look at each other and ask amongst themselves, ‘hey, who’s got a digital camera?’ Blank stares amongst the three of us as we look to our recently converted Denverite (Illinoisan by heart) tour guide who also announces that she now sees this kind of stuff all the time and thought we’d likely bring at least one camera. Simultaneously the three of us reached into our pockets and realized that we were armed with 5-8 Megapixel camera phones. Now I know all of the photographers reading this are scoffing, “A camera phone…really? So typical from the 24 year old tourist,” but read on. This may be of interest to you when your camera’s battery is dead, the perfect photo op presents itself and all you have is your trusty iPhone.

The first location we shot was the amphitheater, which was beautiful and a piece of art in itself. But we wanted more raw landscape so we decided to go on a short five mile trek on the Red Rocks trail. Instantly I noticed a sharp cliff with rolling hills capping in the background. So, I pull out my First Generation Motorola Droid (5MP camera) and snapped the photo, making sure I had a stable hand and settings adjusted to auto-light & auto-focus. I then decided to take a look at the photo on my phone’s screen, realizing I got a decent picture for the hardware I was using, which can be viewed below.

Photo taken with First Generation Motorola Droid about 1 mile from Red Rocks Amphitheater Morrison, Colorado

This picture was the best phone capture of the trip, so once I arrived in Chicago, I transferred the photos from my phone to my computer via e-mail, realizing the quality of the photos really weren’t too bad. I figured since the image was of decent quality I’d try to pull some editing magic with the NIK Software Complete Collection I was provided after product training and see if I could further enhance my favorite picture of the trip. First, I opened Photoshop Elements and the NIK Plug-in for Sharpener Pro 3.0. Using simple pre-sets, as I have minimal photo editing experience I auto-enhanced the photo, making sure the background was enhanced as much as possible. At this point the photo looked pretty good, but I soon realized the color and shadows could really use some attention.

I saved my work from Sharpener Pro and opened the Plug-in for Color Efex Pro 3.0. This is where I realized the power of NIK tools and its compatibility with the ‘photo newbie’ webmaster. I clicked amongst the pre-sets and was instantly drawn in by the Colorize option. A few clicks in editing shadow & light detail within the Colorize Pre-set and I had my end product, a beautiful image that looks like it came from a decent point & shoot with some quality photo editing. In reality the photo was taken with a 5MP camera phone and less than 10 minutes of photo editing. The results of my quick edits can be seen below.

Original photo above edited with NIK Sharpener Pro 3.0 & NIK Color Efex Pro 3.0

For those of you who may have limited resources at the time of an epic photo capture, know that there are options for bringing your pictures back to life, even if you have minimal experience in editing photos, you just may need to improvise. Although the quality may not be that of a DSLR capture I was able to convert a camera photo into a printed memory by simply using a 5MP camera phone, e-mail, editing software and a Canon PIXMA IP4000. If you wish to test out some of the editing tools from NIK for yourself click here and download a free 15-day trial, even if you’re not big into photo editing the tools are pretty cool to play around with!

Happy Printing,

Ryan- IT Supplies, Inc