Designed specifically for UV inkjet printing, JetView polycarbonate film from Tekra Corp. (www.tekra.com) is offered in 5-, 7-, 10-, and 15-mil thicknesses.
Designed to enhance the adhesion of digital UV inks to polycarbonate without the use of a topcoat, JetView allows adhesives to be applied over printed images without causing subsequent delamination, according to Tekra. The firm reports that test prints have passed the ASTM D3359 cross-hatch tape test for ink adhesion. JetView is offered in a variety of finishes including hard-coated versions.
The 1000-dpi Rho 1012 UV inkjet printer from Durst (www.durstus.com) has a maximum print width of 8 ft and a top quoted speed of 5300 sq ft/hr.
The printer features Durst’s new Variodrop technology, an adjustable binary mode that changes the controls drop-size modulation between 12 to 20 pl and reportedly allows for smoother solid areas in prints while overcoming some of the drop-placement inaccuracies that can occur with grayscale printing.
Combining flatbed and roll-to-roll capabilities, the NQ32 grand-format UV inkjet printer from Polytype America (www.wifag-polytype.com) was designed to provide production flexibility for users who want to produce 40-80 full-sized prints per hour.
Inca has launched the fastest machine in its line of digital flatbed UV inkjet printers with the Onset S50i, with reported speeds up to 7800 sq ft/hr (the equivalent of 144 full-sized sheets).
Distributed exclusively by Fujifilm (www.fujifilm-usa.com), the S50i is the first Inca printer to feature the firm’s Onset Scalable Architecture, a modular design that allows users to change the productivity and color configuration of the machine after purchase. The printer has a dual-CMYK print engine with 224 Fujfilm Dimatix print heads and a top resolution of 600 dpi.
The GS Pro-TF technology from EFI (www.efi.com/vutek) enables direct inkjet printing of substrates for deep-draw thermoforming applications.
It tends to get far too little attention at events like the SGIA Expo and the ASI Shows, and its slice of the pie is often equally small when it comes to publicity in general. You could easily make the argument that it is the Rodney Dangerfield of specialty graphics and screen printing.
Screen printers know the drill: Short runs are rarely profitable, given the amount of time and materials involved in setting up even the simplest job. And forget about one-offs and prototypes.
Garment screen printers continue to feel increasing pressure from clients to turn jobs around in record time. While these demands aren't too tough to meet when the print runs involve one color, the heat is definitely on for shops that handle multicolor and process-color work. Time is of the essence, which means you need to be able to crank out good separations without delay—separations that are production-friendly and compatible with your entire workflow. This discussion focuses on three effective ways to do just that.
Semper International, the placement firm for skilled help in the graphic arts and printing industry, has announced that it has tracked some bright spots in hiring and major purchases in the printing and graphic-arts industries.
EFI’s Connect 2014 users’ conference, held this January at the Wynn Las Vegas, drew an event-record attendance of approximately 1500 customers, channel partners, and other industry professionals, a reported increase of 33 percent from the previous year. The conference featured more than 150 educational sessions, including a new business-development track aimed at C-level executives to complement extensive feature-specific training on EFI products.