Innovation on Display in New Orleans
Sakurai emphasized its Maestro Series and SC-AII Series screen presses. Maestro, an automatic rotary, stop-cylinder press, comes in three models and supports a maximum image size of 41.5 x 28.8 in. SC-AII cylinder presses come in three sizes and support a maximum image size of 44.6 x 30.75 in. Both systems are billed as high-speed, high-precision solutions for graphics screen printing.
Sawgrass Technologies put its emphasis on Sublim sublimation ink and M Ink. Sublim is formulated for vibrant color and fast drying. M Ink is billed as a UV-, water-, and scratch-resistant formulation that’s compatible with a variety of applications.
Seiko Instruments highlighted its new ColorPainter V-64s, a 64-in. inkjet printer that uses low-solvent inks and prints at speeds up to 322 sq ft/hr. The six-color printer (CMYKLcLm) features three-way, independently controlled heat.
SignTronic promoted its StencilMaster computer-to-screen system. It features automated frame loading and unloading to support inline screen production, automatically adjusting frame-clamping bar, 100/1000-Mb Ethernet interface to any RIP for 1-bit TIFF, color-separated files, and a UV exposure bar that exposes the screens at resolutions up to 1270 dpi and at shuttle speeds up to 20 in./sec.
Sihl displayed a variety of films for aqueous inkjet printers. Sihl 3172 is a 10-mil, co-extruded, white polyester film with a 100%-light-block layer on the reverse side to eliminate image washout caused by light diffusion. Sihl 3170 is a 7-mil, white, opaque polyester film with a glossy finish. Vision clear film 3162 is designed without a side stripe and has a 4-mil polyester base. The 3488 matte PVC-free scrim banner is a 17-mil product for outdoor banners.
Spartanics centered on its M-500 punching and diecutting system, 400 Series Stak-Kounter, Finecut laser cutting system, Spartanics/Systec sheet and web contact dryer, and Spartanics/Systec Fineprint flatbed screen-printing line.
Stahls’ ID Direct focused on CAD-PRINTZ digital transfers, the Hotronix MAXX heat press, CAD-CUT heat-applied materials, and pre-spaced graphics and transfer papers.
Sun Chemical highlighted SunSpray UVSPG UV spray coating for industrial and decorative glass applications. It’s formulated for water and mechanical resistance. A range of colors are available, including SunSpray UVSPG-Frost, which simulates an acid-etched appearance.
Sustainable Green Printing Partnership shared its mission of raising awareness of green practices in the graphics-printing industry. The company also described its requirements for certification as an SGP Printer.
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