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Flatbed UV Printer for Parts Decoration

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LED UV-curing machine can image products up to 5.9 inches tall

Designed for short-run and on-demand printing of promotional products and plastic industrial parts, the fJetXL flatbed inkjet printer from Engineered Printing Solutions (www.epsvt.com) can image products up to 5.9 inches tall. The 1200-dpi LED UV-cure printer has a maximum print area of 39.8 x 22.4 inches and can reportedly print a full-sized bed in CMYK + white x2 in less than 2 minutes. An optional clear coat is available.

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3A Composites' New Foam Boards Options

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White and natural liners among the new options.

3A Composites has added white and natural options to its line of Fome-Cor ValuBoard media, intended for usage use in short-term P-O-P displays, exhibits, kiosks, interior signage, and long-term framing applications. ValuBoard can be fabricated with mounting, laminating, knife-cutting, die-cutting, punching, and embossing techniques, according to the company. New choices include white foam sandwiched between white kraft liners, white foam with natural liners, and black foam with natural liners. Available in a 3/16-in. thickness in standard 48 x 96-in. sheets or by custom order.

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Inca Digital's Upgradeable UV Flatbed Printer

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Different color schemes and upgrade options.

Using the company’s Onset Scaleable Architecture platform, Inca Digital’s new Onset R40LT flatbed UV inkjet printer is designed as a mid-range machine with a flexible configuration that can be upgraded as a business’s needs change. In its most basic configuration, the 63 x 123.6-in. R40LT is a four-color printer with manual loading and unloading and max. print speeds of 2852 sq ft/hr (the equivalent of 40 full-sized sheets). It can also be furnished or upgraded to a 5- (CMYK + white), 6- (CMYKcm), or 8-color (CMYKcm + white x2) model.

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Kornit's DTG Discharge Ink System

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Allows dark garments to be printed digitally without an underbase.

Kornit Digital has introduced a discharge ink designed for its Avalanche DC Pro DTG inkjet printer. Designed as an integrated digital discharge-printing solution, the DC Pro inks allow full-color graphics to be printed on dark garments without a white underbase, reducing the amount of white ink printed and eliminating the need for pretreatment fluids while creating a soft hand on the final print.

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SGIA Offers Student Internship Connection

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Website board designed to help printers connect with interested students.

As part of its Education Connection web portal, SGIA (sgia.org) now offers a Student Internship Board where SGIA members can post available internship opportunities for secondary and post-secondary students. The board will help connect printers with students who are seeking real-world experience in the printing industry at little to no extra cost to the company.

 

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Tracking Downtime on the Production Floor

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Find out what's stopping the presses--and how much money it may be costing you.

I’ve presented many seminars, done onsite consultations, and written several articles over the years discussing the challenge of doubling your screen-printing production in 30 days or less. No matter how efficient and on top of your game you are, I’m sure that you have the potential for this kind of production improvement in your facility. The first step in the process is to track your downtime.

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Six Ways to Sour a Customer Relationship

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Great advice from an experienced licensed product buyer.

One of my best and oldest friends is a promotional-products distributor who has been working in the licensed-sportswear market for the past 20-odd years. He’s been on both sides of the channel, first as a buyer with a major retailer and then as a distributor specializing in pro and collegiate sports merchandise, so he has a nice 360º perspective on what works and what doesn’t in the promotional-products business.

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Graphics Central Pavilion Returns to ASI Show Chicago

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July show to feature exhibits, educational sessions for printers, decorators, and sign companies.

This year’s ASI Show Chicago (asishow.com), to be held July 14-16 at McCormick Place, will again feature the Graphics Central Pavilion for signage, decoration, and graphics professionals. Formerly known as the Signage + Decoration Pavilion, the hub was renamed to reflect the heart at which ASI attendees in the promotional products field meet with sign companies, garment decorators, and other printing professionals.

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Six Ways to Sour a Customer Relationship

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Advice from an experienced ad-specialty buyer

One of my best and oldest friends is a promotional-products distributor who has been working in the licensed-sportswear market for the past 20-odd years. He’s been on both sides of the channel, first as a buyer with a major retailer and then as a distributor specializing in pro and collegiate sports merchandise, so he has a nice 360º perspective on what works and what doesn’t in the promotional-products business.

Graph Expo to Move to Orlando in 2016

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Print show will return to Chicago in 2017.

The Graphic Arts Show Company (gasc.org) has announced that Graph Expo 16 will be held in Orlando's Orange County Convention Center, a departure from the show's traditional location at McCormick Place in Chicago. The dates will be September 25-28, 2016.

"We are pleased to bring Graph Expo 16 to Orlando," said GASC president Ralph Nappi in a statement. "We see Orlando as an ideal destination to maintain and expand our current US audience, and also build our international contingent of attendees, particularly from Latin America."

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