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Shop Talk: From Small Beginnings

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Print is far from dead for these ever-expanding screen printing operations.

We’re lucky people, getting to play with squeegees all day. Returning to Austin for the Flatstock 65 concert poster exhibition at SXSW in March, I was surrounded by screen printers and screen printing – and yes, even a bit of digitally printed stuff. An enterprising local sticker shop cut deals with the poster artists and offered DTG shirts printed on the spot: Pick your shirt, pick a design.

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PIA Adds Adobe-Focused Courses to iLearning Center

Printing Industries of America recently launched two additional course options that will sharpen prepress skills for Adobe InDesign and PDF creation. The courses take under two hours to complete and are included in the offerings made available to Printing Industries of America printer members as an included, free benefit.
 
The first new course, Creating PDFs for Print Production, focuses on PDF creation as the cornerstone of the prepress file workflow and bolsters fundamental knowledge of presets and settings optimal for digital and offset printing projects.

AIPIA Summit USA: Road to Discovery for Augmented Reality, Blockchain, and Internet of Packaging

Already the Big Brand interest in the new AIPIA Summit of the Americas (4/5 June Jersey City) is demonstrating how much disruptive technologies, such as Blockchain, AR and the Internet of Packaging (IoP), are gaining traction. All the major food, beverage, healthcare, cosmetics & health and beauty care producers- as well as the leading packaging converters and suppliers - need to add value for their customers, improve security and enhance connectivity along the supply chain.
 

Mutoh Adds UV LED Roll-to-Roll Printer

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Wide-format machine offers spot varnish and multilayer printing.

Mutoh’s 64-in. 6-color ValueJet VJ-1638UR UV LED roll-to-roll inkjet printer offers a staggered dual printhead design and dual UV lamps for higher productivity. Features include Mutoh’s “Cool Technology” for printing on heat-sensitive media, i-Weave UV intelligent interweave print technology, an automated sheet-off function, ink mist control, automated media registration pin system, a four-zone vacuum table with blowback feature for simple handling and positioning of heavy media, and more.

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Jerzees Introduces Dri-Power T-Shirts

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With moisture-wicking and odor control features.

Jerzees has expanded its active collection with the addition of Dri-Power Ring-Spun T-Shirts. The 100%-cotton shirt is positioned as an active, casual T-shirt with moisture-wicking and odor control Dual Defense technology. Available in 15 colors in adult sizes S-3XL.

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Hotronix Unveils Fusion Sleeve/Leg Platen

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Quick-change platen for shirt sleeves and pant legs.

The 6 x 20-in. Hotronix Fusion Sleeve/Leg Platen is designed for transfer printing onto shirt sleeves and pant legs ranging from youth to adult sizes. The quick-change platen includes a Quick Slip Lower Platen Protector to aid with threading the garment onto the platen for heat application. Compatible with all models of Fusion heat presses.

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GMG Announces CoZone 2.2

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A cloud-based image-approval software platform.

GMG has released the CoZone 2.2 cloud platform, which gives users to ability to approve content and images via the cloud. This version’s image resolution has been increased to 7000 pixels, but users working in large format or who need to review image data in detail can display image data at 15,000 pixels; zoom extends to 500%.

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WFX Releases All-Star Session Schedule

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Three days of educational sessions, networking events, and interactive discussions.

WFX: Wide-Format Exchange, a brand new conference scheduled for May 21-23 in Minneapolis, aims to provide wide-format leaders insight into the future of print. Educational sessions, networking events, and interactive discussions throughout the three-day program will explore business strategies and technologies in an evolving market.

The event will be held at the newly renovated, historic Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot, in the center of downtown Minneapolis. Special discounted room rates are available until April 26.

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SGIA Launches FP3: Functional Printing, Process, and Products Conference

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New event for the industrial applications and printed electronics community.

Registration has opened for SGIA’s new FP3: Functional Printing, Process, and Products conference that will be held June 4-6, 2018 at the Westin Chicago Northwest Hotel in Itasca, Illinois.

The event, which is geared toward the industrial applications and printed electronics community, will include three educational tracks focused on industrial technologies, business strategies, and printed electronics. In addition to the educational sessions, attendees will have a chance to network and attend a small tradeshow.

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The Big Score: High-Stakes Hot-Market Printing

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It takes a certain amount of skill, planning, and luck to get commemorative championship game T-shirts from screen to store to happy fan overnight.

BEEP, BEEP, BEEP.

The hotel alarm goes off and one thought runs through my mind: Game day.

It’s January 8; tonight is the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship game. In less than 12 hours, the Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide will battle it out for that coveted national title at Mercedez-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

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