Ryonet is now offering CryoCoat in its Green Galaxy System line, a single-part photopolymer emulsion designed for long runs using water-based, discharge, and plastisol inks. CryoCoat is designed to eliminate the need to chemically harden screens for long runs, which can make them difficult to reclaim; it is suitable for either manual or automatic production. It also features a high solids concentration for improved EOM ratio and stencil quality.
Mimaki’s new TS500P-3200 is a superwide dye-sublimation printer designed for oversized textile applications such as home furnishings, hospitality fabrics, and soft signage. The machine prints up to 129 in. wide; for comparison, a king-size bedspread measures 120 x 120 in. The TS500P-3200 is engineered with 12 high-gap printheads in three staggered rows; the head gap design works to eliminate the risk of media wrinkling and consequent head strikes.
Nazdar has launched 130 Series and 183 Series Digital Solvent Inks as an alternative to Mimaki’s OEM SS21 and BS3 formulations. The 130 Series is designed for use in the Mimaki JV33, CJV, JV300, and JV150 printers, while the 183 Series is modeled after the BS3 ink and is offered in 600-mL or 1- or 2-L packages. Nazdar reports the inks are color matched to the OEM product and can be switched one color at a time.
Digital technology, specifically inkjet printing, was forecast by many to be the death knell of screen printing when the first systems were first showcased at the SGIA Expo in the early 1990s. While inkjet has taken much of the large-format graphics market and DTG printers are extending their reach into textiles, inkjet has not forced screen printing into obsolescence. In fact, the two disciplines seem to complement each other, giving screen printers more choices and variety of services to sell.
SGIA has announced the recipients of the 2016 Sustainability Recognition Program Award, a yearly initiative promoting the adoption of sustainable business practices across the specialty imaging industry. Award recipients are required to submit a sustainability policy and adhere to specific program standards. This year’s honorees include:
Van Straaten and Heytex have teamed to develop three 16-foot dye-sublimation fabrics. Read more on our sister site.
InPrint: The Industrial Print Show has announced a North American edition of its fledgling expo, to take place April 25-27, 2017, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Currently in its third year, the European show draws exhibitors, educators, and attendees from the industrial, specialty, digital, inkjet, and 3D-printing fields.
I was walking the aisles of the Globalshop retail design expo in Las Vegas last month when I decided to shoot a colleague a quick birthday greeting – in Spanish, because she happens to be bilingual. Not an easy task for my sausage-shaped fingers on the 4-inch screen of my smartphone, and virtually an impossible one with Apple’s wondrously unpredictable spell checker factored into the equation.
A lot of shop owners get down on themselves when errors happen in production, forgetting that a certain amount of variability comes with the territory. Especially when you do a lot of custom screen printing, the art, job setup, and printing parameters can be different on every order you do. When no two jobs are the same, it’s not really a surprise if the artwork doesn’t come out well a certain percentage of the time and it doesn’t necessarily mean you have a problem in your art department.
The European Specialist Printing Manufacturers Association (ESMA) will host two pavilions dedicated to functional and industrial printing at the upcoming drupa tradeshow in Düsseldorf, Germany.