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Why Industrial Applications Hold Tremendous Promise for Screen Printing

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As traditional commercial markets for screen printing have been squeezed on one end by inkjet and on the other by offset, industrial applications where screen printing’s unique combination of characteristics remains unmatched have flourished.

Our special "SWOT: Changes & Challenges" issue brings industry experts together to consider strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to screen printing. Young headlines the "Strengths" section, championing the use of screen printing in the functional and industrial printing sectors.

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PRIMIR Releases ‘Future of Print’ Study

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US faces ‘rapidly changing environment’ for print.

PRIMIR has released a new research study from The Economist Intelligence Unit, “The Future of Print in the US – Landscape, Implications, and Opportunities.” The study predicts a “rapidly changing environment” for commercial print over the next decade with factors such as big data, mass personalization, product differentiation, and the role of social media playing a part in how content is conceived and taken in.

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EFI Introduces ‘Imaging of Things’ Online Exchange

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Idea forum open to print community and EFI customers.

EFI has cultivated an online community for exchanging digitally printed applications and ideas. Imaging of Things is a forum-style website where EFI customers and other print professionals – including ad agencies, marketers, brand owners, and designers – can post photos and videos of projects produced on EFI inkjet printers or with EFI Fiery software platforms.

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Printable Fabric from 3M

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Release is accompanied by launch of fabric laminate.

3M’s new Printable Fabric 9100 is engineered for creating inkjet-printed exterior graphics subject to wear and tear such as awnings, umbrellas, flags, and other textile signs. The fabric’s launch is paired with that of 3M Scotchcal Ultra-Matte Overlaminate 9025UM, designed specifically to protect the new material; users can qualify for a 6-year 3M MCS Warranty when using the two products together.

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A Partial List of Industrial Applications for Screen Printing

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Screen's foothold is anything but weak in the realm of functional printing; the possibilities, truly, are endless.

Our special "SWOT: Changes & Challenges" issue brings industry experts together to consider strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to screen printing. Zoomer's analysis of one of screen printing's strongest areas, functional printing, includes a partial list of potential applications. Click each link to learn more about some of the most lucrative possibilities.

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Vastex Adds Entry-Level Line of Garment Presses

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Up to four stations, colors available.

Vastex has introduced the V-100 line, a series of tabletop garment screen-printing presses that can be used in mobile operations, home shops, and other restricted spaces. Users can choose from expandable configurations ranging from one to four stations and 1 to 4 colors.

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EFI Launches Armor Range of Coatings

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Four options for increasing the longevity of signage and graphics.

EFI has released four coatings for protecting a variety of signage and graphics, reportedly without yellowing.

Armor UVR is a fast-drying clear roll coat for protecting rigid media up to 3 years. Intended applications include signage, Coroplast, custom countertops, coated metal and aluminum, and gas pump and fuel dispensing enclosures.

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Mutoh Expands RIP Software Package

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FlexiSign & Print available with Eco-Ultra and ValueJet printers.

Mutoh has released Mutoh Edition FlexiSign & Print RIP, a software package for producers of signage and graphics. Available with the company’s Eco-Ultra and UV-LED ValueJet printer series, FlexiSign & Print is compatible with Windows 7, 8, and 10. New features include:

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Heat Transfer Warehouse Adds Custom Houndstooth Patterns

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More than 400 color combinations available.

Heat Transfer Warehouse is now offering customizable houndstooth and puppytooth patterns for the company’s digital heat transfer material. Customers can choose two colors from a total of 21 available; patterns are printed 5 yds at a time.

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ROQ's Automatic Press Humidifier

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Designed to prevent ink drying.

One of the biggest challenges in water-based screen printing is keeping ink from drying in the mesh. First shown at FESPA 2015 in Cologne, Germany, the ROQFog is a specially designed humidifier attachment for ROQ International automatic presses that produces a continuous mist of moist air over the screens, keeping them hydrated throughout the production run or if operators take a break.

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