Many years ago, I got into this industry because the shirts I saw in retail shops fascinated me and made me wonder how the heck they were made. To this day, certain shirts still catch my eye and I ask that same question again. I love the art and mastery of technique that goes into making a shirt that people want because it just looks so cool.
It was only later in my career that I learned the difference between a cool shirt and a production shirt—and, more importantly, how to turn one into the other by creating a blueprint for success in a production environment.
The Koozie Printer from Systematic Automation (www.sysauto.com) features an eight-station rotary indexer for high-speed printing of all types of beverage coolers, including collapsible styles. The unit can print around the entire circumference of the cooler. The operator loads the coolers onto the machine mandrel at the 9 o’clock position. Coolers made of foam are unloaded manually; an assisted take-off unit for foam coolers is available. For collapsible coolers, a servo-driven unloader is available that removes the items and puts them through a compact electric dryer.
Drytac’s (www.drytac.com) Backlit Film is a 7-mil, front-print, matte polyester product that disperses light evenly and consistently across printed graphics. Designed for UV and latex printers, the film has a bright white point to improve print quality and facilitate the reading of registration marks on automatic cutters. The rigidity of the film and its anti-slip and antistatic properties allow printed graphics to be more easily inserted into light boxes.
H76 high-performance UV inks from INX Digital (www.inxdigital.com) are designed for use on the HP 7500 and 7600 printers in applications including outdoor graphics, P-O-P displays, transit signage, and packaging. H76 inks are said to be compatible with the OEM FB225 ink series and are available in six basic colors plus white, light black, and orange. They come in 5-liter bottles that can be installed directly into the printer.
The OE-A (Organic and Printed Electronics Association) is predicting an increase in sales revenue of 19 percent for 2015. The OE-A Business Climate Survey reports that 53 percent of companies believe their incoming orders will increase up to 20 percent; 47 percent want to invest in expanding production; and 78 percent expect general growth of the industry and plan to invest in research and development.
Student imagers were featured on the last day of the 2014 SGIA Expo (Las Vegas, October 22-24) in the Tom Frescka Student Printing Competition. The competition is named for the late Tom Frescka, editor of Screen Printing magazine from 1996-2009.
Last month at the 2014 SGIA Expo (Las Vegas, October 22-24), winners of the Golden Image Competition were honored for achieving imaging excellence and displaying exceptional expertise in their field.
“Receiving one of these awards places the winner at the very top of the world’s leading printers,” says Johnny Shell, SGIA’s VP of technical services. “Achieving such high quality indicates remarkable control and ability.”
Staffing agency Semper International has released its annual “Industry Insight Survey” for the printing and graphics arts markets, showing a year-over-year increase in revenue and the number of companies considering diversification. And unlike the previous decade, no respondents said that they planned to decrease staffing levels. Respondents were culled from Semper clients and prospects.
Budget Inks (www.budget-inks.com) has introduced Eco-Maxx replacement inkjet cartridges for Roland DGA’s SolJet Pro, VersaCAMM, and VersaArt printers. According to Budget Inks, the cartridges don’t require different media color profiles and can be used without flushing the printers. Outdoor durability is said to be up to three years without lamination. The 440-ml cartridges are available in CMYK, Lc, and Lm. Four- and six-cartridge packs are also available.
The Nyala 2 from Polytype Americas is the largest and highest-productivity machine in the firm’s swissQprint line of UV flatbed inkjet printers. It features a maximum print size of 80 x 126 in. and is available with up to 18 printheads and from 4-9 colors. Available colors include CMYK, light shades of all process colors, Pantone colors (orange, green, and violet), white, and special-effect varnish. Four print modes range from Fine Art to Speed (with speeds ranging from 344-2217 sq ft/hr in 2 x CMYK mode).