Vastex (www.vastex.com) has expanded its line of V-1000 screen-printing presses with a six-station, six-color version. Model V-1000-66 features all-heads-down printing, rubber-coated steel platens, and a floating head design with tool-free micro-registration and six-way head leveling to deliver multicolor registration accuracy. A redesigned rotor hub increases the rigidity of the platens and arms while allowing for more than 100 Vastex platens including oversized (20 x 24 inch) and heavyweight vacuum platens used for transfers, signs, and flat stock.
Epson America (www.epson.com) has introduced a textured canvas media with a semi-gloss satin surface, a bright white point, and expanded color gamut for photographic and fine-art applications. Designed for use on Epson’s SureColor S-Series solvent printers, GS Canvas Production Satin is 16-mil, acid- and lignin-free, heavyweight cotton-polyester blend that can be stretched for display applications such as gallery wraps and framed prints. The media is offered in 150-ft roll lengths in widths of 24, 36, 54, and 60 inches.
Mutoh America (www.mutoh.com) has entered the direct-to-garment inkjet market with the ValueJet 405GT, a five-color, 1200-dpi machine that was launched at the ISA Sign Expo in April. The 405GT features a small footprint, can fit onto a tabletop, and prints in CMYK + white, allowing dark garments to be decorated. Mutoh reports that the machine has a sleep-mode cleaning function and white ink recirculation to minimize downtime. It also features a large LCD touch-screen control panel.
At the general assembly meeting for ESMA in March, Wilfried Kammann, the executive director of Kammann Spezialmaschinen & Steuerungstechnik (KSM), received the inaugural Honorable Ambassador award. ESMA (www.esma.com), the European Specialist Printing Manufacturers Association for industrial, functional, and specialist screen and digital printing technology, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
At the ISA Expo show in Las Vegas in early April, 3M Graphics (www.mmm.com) announced that Daren Merkle of Shadow Graphics in Indianapolis won its 3M Wrap to Win contest. Merkle, of Shadow Graphix in Indianapolis, won a trip to Bora Bora.
The 3M Wrap to Win contest, held between November 2014 and March 2015, asked graphic manufacturing companies to showcase their skills with their best applications of 3M Envision Print Wrap Films and 3M Envision Wrap Overlaminates—non-PVC films that provide high-performance technology with a sustainability edge.
Many of you will soon be receiving the April/May edition of Screen Printing magazine, and you’ll experience an overwhelming sense of déjà vu when you get to page 18 – which, in fact, will be completely understandable. Due to a production snafu, the PDF for this page was accidentally replaced with the same content (the opening page of Tim Greene’s “The Digital Dimension” column) that appears in the same issue just four pages earlier.
ASI (www.asishow.com) has announced that its ASI Chicago trade show, to be held July 14-16 at McCormick Place, earned a ranking on Trade Show Executive (TSE) magazine’s list of 50 fastest-growing shows in the US based on the growth of net square feet of paid exhibit space.
“The Fastest 50 awards and summit is not only a tribute to the sizzling numbers these show organizers produced, but also spotlights their ingenuity and skill in thriving during unprecedented growth spurts,” said Darlene Gudea, TSE president.
In its quarterly Sign Industry Quarterly Economic Report, covering the first quarter of 2015 with forecasts through 2016, ISA (www.signs.org) anticipates above-average growth for 2015 and 2016. The report also finds that the outlook for all segments – large-format printers, dynamic digital signage, electric signage, and wayfinding – has improved since the last quarter of 2014.
Today, I had the privilege of interviewing the VP of operations of a company active in the wide-format digital printing market. It’s always very interesting to hear what the people who own and run these businesses are thinking and what challenges they face. For me, one of the most interesting aspects of the interview was his opinions on the technology his company has invested in and why.
Roland DGA (www.rolanddga.com) has introduced premium-quality Texart Sublimation Transfer Paper, designed for use on the firm’s Texart RT-640 dye-sublimation printer. The uniformly coated, 95-gsm paper reportedly holds ink well and dries quickly, allowing for immediate winding on the printer’s take-up reel without causing the inks to smear or run. It also has high ink-release characteristics to help ensure a high-resolution end product with vibrant colors, crisp lines, and strong details.