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Decorative Dye Sub Experts: Colorchrome

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This Atlanta company creates dye sublimated metal prints, tabletops, and more.

In her article "Why Hard-Surface Dye Sublimation Is Heating Up," Eileen Fritsch explores the growing popularity of dye sub on rigid substrates. Here, she shares how one shop is embracing the trend.

Colorchrome is an Atlanta-based art, graphics, and signage company that began as a commercial photo lab 34 years ago. They now offer a wide range of large-format digital printing and photo processing services, including dye sublimation.

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New ColorTrans Window Film from Mactac

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Featuring a self-wetting, removable adhesive.

Mactac’s new PermaColor ColorTrans CT2500 film is designed with a self-wetting, removable silicone adhesive for second-surface mounting. The adhesive is designed to create an optically clear appearance with wet or dry installation. Durable up to three years outdoors, the material will remove cleanly from glass, Plexiglas, and acrylic for up to six months, according to the company. It is resistant to water, detergents, alcohol, and UV light. Available in 54-in. widths.

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Roland, Caldera Release Mac-Friendly PrintStudio

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New RIP and print management software.

Roland and Caldera have partnered to launch Roland PrintStudio by Caldera, a RIP and print management software system for Mac users. Features include Adobe PDF Print Engine, ICC profiling tools, an Application Guide tool for numbering tiles and creating summary PDFs, and more. Operators have support for RAL, HKS, and Pantone color swatches, access to the Roland Color and Metallic System Libraries, and the ability to create their own ICC profiles and output templates.

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GPA Releases Updated Digital Catalog

GPA proudly announces the release of their updated Digital Product Catalog, which contains an unprecedented collection of substrates for HP Indigo and dry toner presses. Initially previewed at Dscoop Phoenix earlier this year, this new version represents the unique value that GPA provides to the digital printing community, and their commitment to offering distinctive substrates that give print service providers a competitive advantage.
 

Industry Compensation Survey Begins

Printing Industries of America (PIA) and its U.S. Affiliated Organizations will begin a nationwide survey of industry compensation practices during the summer. In 2016, data from over 17,000 individuals comprised the survey results, making it the largest survey of its kind in the industry. The survey includes data from a broad variety of commercial, in-plant, and packaging firms. Published results are reported by region of the United States as well as company size. Survey results are available to PIA Affiliate members at minimal cost.
 

Action Engineering’s Pallet Paper Changing System

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Prevents machine shutdown to increase productivity.

The Pallet Paper Changing System from Action Engineering is designed to replace paper on screen printing platens without shutting down the press. The system utilizes 24-in. rolls in order to accommodate different pallet sizes.

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Systematic Automation’s Cylindrical Screen Press

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Offering gear- and friction-driven methods.

Systematic Automation has launched the Model F1-DC screen printer for imaging a variety of cylindrical products ranging from shot glasses to growlers. The machine offers two methods of operation: gear-driven, designed for quick changeover between products, and friction-driven, which requires more time for setup but is more versatile.

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Workhorse Adds Photosharp Exposure System

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Featuring an instant-start system.

Workhorse Products has introduced the Photosharp metal halide screen exposure system. The unit features a 1000-W dual-spectrum light source and an instant-start system. Workhorse reports the dual-spectrum lamps enable curing of diazo and photopolymer-sensitized emulsions.

Additional features include an integrated digital time control with an automatic shutoff and repeat function, a vacuum with hold-down blanket, and the capacity for extra large screens. Two models are available: 115 V and 230 V.
 

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Caldera Acquired by Dover

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Joins MS Printing and JK Group in printing division.

Dover has acquired software developer Caldera Graphics in a $39 million deal. Caldera is based in Strasbourg, France, and has provided image processing, color management, and workflow software for the digital printing industry for the past 25 years. The company will join MS Printing Solutions and the JK Group in Dover’s Printing and Identification platform.

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Film Insert Molding: Combining Form and Function

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3D printing may get the hype, but manufacturers looking to streamline decorative and functional printing steps have another option to consider that is much more suited to high-volume production.

Film insert molding (FIM) can be an excellent method for integrating printed graphics into plastic parts. Such parts are used in many applications, including automotive, consumer electronics, industrial, white goods, and medical devices. The greatest benefit of FIM, however, may lie in using it as a platform for integrating printed electronics and decorative printing into a single molded part that is both functional and durable. Manufacturers are beginning to incorporate circuitry created with conductive inks and encapsulate discrete semiconductor chips within molded, decorated parts.

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