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FESPA Opens Print Census

Aims to gain insight into market trends.

FESPA has launched the second edition of its Print Census, open until the end of the year. FESPA aims for the survey to provide insight into key industry trends, opportunities and challenges for printers, and more. The Print Census will focus on sustainability, as well as trends that emerged from the previous 2014/2015 survey: optimism, customer demands, changing product mix, digital technology as a change enabler, textile print growth, and the future of sign and display.


Mutoh America, Inc. Appoints Jim Maffeo as Eastern & Canadian Sales Engineer

Mutoh America, Inc., a leading manufacturer of wide-format printers and cutters, welcomes new hire Jim Maffeo as Mutoh America, Inc.'s sales engineer for the Eastern and Canadian territories. Maffeo's extensive background in wide-format printer sales, technical support and color management make him a perfect fit for his new position.

Orafol Develops Laminate for UV Prints

Designed to eliminate silvering.

Orafol’s new Oraguard 215DU laminate is designed to eliminate silvering (insufficient bond between the adhesive and the ink surface) when applied to UV printed graphics. The film is available with matte and gloss finishes in 54- and 60-in. widths.


Ryonet Release ‘Stampinator’ Inline Heat Press

For multimedia decorating, controlling fibrillation, and more.

Ryonet now offers the Stampinator 480, an inline heat-seal machine that can cure plastisol and water-based inks in addition to heat-applying decorative materials. The Stampinator attaches to an automatic press in place of a screen in order to add numbers, letters, and other multimedia (including vinyl, twill, and rhinestones). Temperature ranges from 32 to 600 F.


Brother DTG Releases AccuLine Camera System

Utilizes 13-MB pixel camera for automatic registration.

Brother DTG has released the AccuLine Camera System for the Brother GT-3 digital direct-to-garment printer. The system includes an HD 13-MB pixel digital camera and software that allows operators to drag and drop designs. The camera system stands 32 in. above the printer and is said to place designs within 1 mm to reduce errors and minimize ink waste. It is compatible with a variety of prints, from small pockets up to 16 x 18-in. spaces.


Printavo Podcast: The Story Behind Ryonet - Leadership, Persistence, and Self-Investing

We're big on education at Printavo so we launched our blog Lessons & Learnings ( Within that blog, we started a bi-weekly Podcast ( where people can hear from fellow shop owners, executives and industry experts about how they've grown, knowledge tips and more.
Learn how printing t-shirts turned into a supply empire. In Printabo's latest Lessons & Learnings podcast we bring you the behind the scenes story of Ryonet ( We'll cover:

Madeira Webinar Features Two Techs Talking Machine Maintenance

On Wednesday, March 29, Madeira USA will host a webinar for embroiderers that will feature certified machine techs, Brian Chase and Marcia Chabot. With combined embroidery experience of over 50 years, each will be sharing information with listeners on the topic: Basic Machine Maintenance: Little Things Make a Big Difference…and May Save Big Bucks! Both technicians currently offer installation, service, maintenance of and training on embroidery machines. The webinar will include information on:

How to Escape the Commodity Trap

Why do things become commodities? More importantly, how can you prevent your business from becoming a commodity? It all starts with understanding your customer.

It happens to every business, in a cycle that’s taking place more rapidly now than ever before. I’m talking about being commoditized, when buyers lump your company in with every other player or poser in your market. Customers don’t know any different, and that’s the problem. It’s a trap, but fortunately, it’s one that you can escape.


Shell to Lead ASTM Task Group

Johnny Shell, Vice President of Technical Services, SGIA, has been named chairman of ASTM Task Group D01.56, “New Printing Inks.” This ASTM task group stems from Committee D01, “Paints and Related Coatings, Materials and Applications.”
The task group is charged with developing test methods and standardizations for printing ink and other related coatings. Its charge also applies to the preparation of surfaces to which such coatings are applied, coating-substrate systems and paint application tools.

International Coatings Celebrates 60 Years

Plastic compounder looks to the past and the future.

International Coatings, founded in 1957, celebrates its diamond anniversary this year. The company was launched by Herbert Wells, a chemist who had helped engineer Elmer’s Glue. He began by making custom industrial plastic and adhesive compounds, and the company has since expanded to offer textile screen printing inks, vinyl and urethane plastics, specialty coatings and adhesives, and traffic paint.