Variable-data printing (VDP) has been around for a long time and has become a familiar part of our lives. We’re all familiar with inkjet-printed address labels on magazines, bills, and other direct mail we receive, all generated from variable-data fields. These applications took off in the mid to late ‘90s as the first digital commercial presses hit the market, capitalizing on the technology’s ability to combine multiple types of data to create unique final documents with each print.
Xante has introduced Myriad, a 12-mil, water- and tear-resistant media for customizing license plates. Printable with the company’s Ilumina Heavyweight Digital Print System for thick media, the plates are also equipped with perforated edges that, when removed, leave behind a smooth, rounded edge for full-bleed printing.
The specialty imaging industry heads south this November for the 65th SGIA Expo, an annual tradition since 1948. With whispers of yet-to-be-seen direct-to-garment technology, the lure of burgeoning new industries, and more than 500 exhibitors clamoring for your investment, it’s best to arrive prepared. We spoke with these trusted consultants and Screen Printing contributors to find out what you can expect to see at the show.
Supply55 has released Prime Sublimation Transfer Paper, a printable heat-transfer media for imaging on polyester fabrics such as flags, banners, home décor, performance apparel, and more. The paper is also compatible with polyester-coated materials such as ceramic, metal, and glass, and is designed for high transfer yield and ink absorption. Available in tacky or non-tacky versions, in 44- and 64-in. widths.
Mimaki USA has added Sb54 and Sb310 dye-sublimation inks for higher density printing. Designed with improved ink stability, the inks are intended to simplify daily cleaning, enhance resolvability, prevent color migration, and lower vapor emissions during the transfer process.
The Sb54 inks, packaged in 440-mL cartridges and 2-L packs, are compatible with the following models: JV300-130/160, JV150-130/160, CJV300-130/160, CJV150-107/130/160, JV33-130/160, JV5-130S/160S, and TS34-1800A.
Transitioning from plastisol- to water-based processes will require new routines and techniques, from the screenroom to the dryer. Here is a quick snapshot of some rules to live by as you make the switch:
Rollem International has added the Insignia series of rotary die cutters. Featuring two models, the Insignia5 (max. sheet size 20 x 15 in.) and the Insignia7 (30 x 24 in.), the series is equipped with flexible dies for die cutting, kiss cutting, and cutting/scoring for labeling, packaging, P-O-P displays, and more. The Insignia series produces up to 5000 sheets/hr, features a guide and gripper registration system, and offers an optional folder/gluer and waste-stripping unit.
Insta Graphic Systems has added InstaGrip transfers designed for industrial workwear decoration and labeling. InstaGrip has passed the AATCC Standard Industrial Laundering Tests through 50 wash cycles, features dye bleed resistance, and is compatible with cotton, spandex, Lycra, polyester, rayon, and other heavy fabrics. The transfer media is also non-phthalate and CPSIA compliant.
NPES has announced the ISO approval of ISO/PAS 15339, a publicly available specification that outlines how to use color characterization data to define process-color printing. Characterization data defines the expected relationship between input CMYK electronic data and the printed color on the final product – essentially a step above color profiling. The standardization is intended to eliminate the variable of the printing process and can be exploited universally.