In 2015, Roland is once again offering a complete schedule of comprehensive, two-day Born-to-Wrap workshops for vehicle wrap professionals, along with a wide variety of informative online webinars available to both owners and non-owners.
The three Born-to-Wrap workshops Roland held last year attracted attendees from all over the country, while Roland Academy webinars, delivering useful tips from Roland product managers and other industry experts, were also extremely popular with more than 7,800 registrations.
Workhorse Products has released the Freedom Express, an entry-level automatic garment press with a compact diameter of less than 10 ft. The press features Workhorse’s cloud-connected operating system, a touchscreen control panel, and Flashback printheads that enable single print stations to be used for printing, flashing, and cooling capabilities. Other standard features include foot-pedal operation, shirt-skip feature, independent print/flood speed controls at every printhead, and quick-release platens with three-point leveling system. The press supports 20 x 24-in. and 20 x 28-in.
Aquastrip 21 is a new stencil and ink remover from MacDermid Autotype, designed to be environmentally friendly. Aquastrip 21 can be diluted at a 1:10 ratio and used in a dip tank to remove plastisols and general textile inks while simultaneously reclaiming the stencil, and is designed to wash off screens with water. The remover, which reportedly contains no VOCs, can also be used manually at a stronger concentration and with a brush.
MacDermid Autotype has released Plus Midi, a blue, one-part photopolymer direct emulsion for large-format graphics. Plus Midi is resistant to solvent-based and UV inks, and has been formulated specifically for computer-to-screen direct exposure, high-power projection exposure units, and conventional exposure systems, according to the company.
3A Composites has added white and natural options to its line of Fome-Cor ValuBoard media, intended for 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 3/16-in. thickness in standard 48 x 96-in. sheets, or by custom order.
Drytac has redesigned its Interlam Pro Emerytex, a 5-mil vinyl overlaminate with a pressure-sensitive acrylic adhesive. Designed to be both more durable as well as more uniform, Emerytex features a heavier coat weight and an anti-glare matte finish. It is also now compatible with UV inks in addition to aqueous, solvent, and latex.
FESPA is calling on all printers with an interest in garment decoration to FESPA Fabric 2015, taking place within FESPA 2015 Global Expo from 18-22 May 2015, in Cologne, Germany.
FESPA’s new interior design showcase event, Printeriors, will host a dedicated conference in Rheinsaal 3 at Koelnmesse, on Thursday 21 May 2015 focusing on print for interior design. Wayne Hemingway will take centre stage in the keynote session where he’ll talk about the emotional impact of print, how it affects us and the inspiration it can offer.
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The current need to develop web, digital, and mobile platforms has reduced the total amount of money marketers spend on printing. Today, many large buyers of retail graphics expect full service from their print providers. They don’t want to go to one PSP for large graphics and another company for small-format prints.
Designed to be adapted for a variety of applications, the Super ROI screenprinting press from Systematic Automation allows users to purchase a one-color model and add additional colors (up to five) when needed. Users can also reconfigure the printer and add pretreatment stations. Based around the company’s 20-in. screen-printing station, the press can print flat or cylindrical glass parts and is driven by a servo motor. Substrates are transported in a linear fashion to minimize substrate handling and simplify printing and curing. LED curing is optional.