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Roland DGA's VersaEXPRESS RF-640

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Eco-solvent inkjet printer includes an ink-switching system that allows for unattended operation.

Designed to provide exceptional print quality and productivity at an affordable price, the VersaEXPRESS RF-640 eco-solvent printer from Roland DGA Corp. (www.rolanddga.com) is a 64-in. machine with top speeds of 521.9 sq ft/hr. The printer uses the company’s Eco-Sol MAX 2 inks, which have been GREENGUARD Gold certified, as well as Intelligent Pass Control to precisely control dot placement and eliminate banding.

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PolyOne's Non-Phthalate Mixing Base

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Compliant with CPSIA standards and compatible with the Wilflex Ink Management Software

Wilflex Epic Amazing Base from PolyOne (www.polyone.com) is a non-phthalate mixing base designed for printing vector-art designs onto 100%-cotton or cotton/polyester-blend substrates using manual or automatic screen-printing equipment. Compliant with CPSIA Sections 101, 108, and 1303, Epic Amazing Base is designed to help garment decorators meet performance goals and compliance standards while improving productivity. It has a matte finish to provide a soft appearance.

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Dubuit's Automatic Inkjet Printer for Cylindrical Substrates

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UV LED machine can print up to 800 pieces per hour.

Dubuit’s (www.dubuit-usa.com) new 9150 automatic UV-LED inkjet printer for cylindrical objects can print up to 800 pieces per hour, depending on the dimensions and material of the substrate. Designed for short-run production of bottles, containers, and a broad range of other applications, the five-color (CMYK + White) printer features grayscale printheads with a native resolution of 360 x 360 dpi (720 x 720 dpi apparent resolution).

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SGIA 2014 Exhibit Space Sold Out

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Preregistration reported to be ahead of previous years

SGIA has announced that booth space for the SGIA Expo 2014, to be held Oct. 22-24 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, has sold out with more than 500 exhibiting companies. In a press release, Michael Robertson, president and CEO of SGIA, said that attempts were being made to create exhibit space for a short list of companies on a waiting list. Robertson also said that registration numbers were ahead of previous years.

 

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Using Facebook to Find and Create Precise Target Audiences

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How to find the people most likely to buy your products and services.

I wrote a column for the September 2013 issue of Screen Printing about the social media revolution we are experiencing. For a business owner, the real value of social media is its opportunity to have direct engagement with your customers. You can access the massive consumer and behavioral data and the associated analytics behind virtually every single click that has taken place on a given social-media platform. Used properly, social media allows you to really understand your target market, competitors, customers, and potential prospects.
 

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Tying Together Random Thoughts in the Digital Space

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Equipment shifts, dye sub, and media among the important trends.

Infotrends is updating our global forecasts as I am writing this column. Several things are jumping out at us at the lower-end of the market:

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An Update on DTG Printers

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If you’re considering buying a DTG printer, you now have an incredible variety of options.

Direct-to-garment (DTG) printers have come a long way since the first models were introduced at the 2004 SGIA Expo. Engineers, software developers, and chemists have made remarkable advances in printheads, equipment design, inks, workflow, and software.
 

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Inca Digital's R40i UV Flatbed Inkjet Printer

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Users can modify the machine to print from four to seven colors, including white.

The Onset R40i UV flatbed from Inca Digital, distributed exclusively by Fujifilm (www.fujifilm.com), uses Fujifilm Dimatix Spectra printheads, delivers a 14-pL drop size, and is based on the company’s Onset Scalable Architecture platform. The R40i is available in several color configurations: CMYK, CMYKLcLm, CMYK + White, and CMYKLcLm + White. Users can modify their machine from a four-color configuration to five, six, or seven colors (using up to eight ink channels, two for white ink).

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M&R's Transformer & Blu-Flash Flash/Drying System

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Modular system can be configured to do flash curing or conveyorized drying using the same equipment.

Designed for small and startup screen-printing businesses, the Transformer & Blu-Flash system from M&R allows users to do flash curing and conveyor drying from the same equipment. The system is based around the Blu-Flash flash-curing unit, with an IR panel and a variable-percentage power control (from 1-100%) that provides rapid, consistent curing. Users can combine up to three Blu-Flash units with the Transformer conveyor belt to create an electric IR conveyor dryer, adding or removing Radiant panels simply by moving them.

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Ulano's Platinum Pure Photopolmer Emulsion

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Ready-to-use emulsion designed for textile applications.

The new Platinum pure-photopolymer direct emulsion from Ulano (www.ulano.com) is an SBQ-sensitized, ready-to-use system for imprinted sportswear and other textile applications. Designed to expose very quickly, Platinum permits printers to use less costly white mesh without losing fine lines and details in the image, according to Ulano. Platinum is suitable for CTS exposure systems and reportedly offers good wet strength, exposure latitude, and durability. It has a high solids content to allow for better mesh bridging and good edge definition.

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