Workhorse Products has released Gripper, a device for holding down two-ply garments and other slippery fabrics such as jackets. The attachment pulls the image area taut across a 16 x 16-in. print area; it features an adjustable lock-lever system and is compatible with a variety of manual presses.
Sawgrass has added two fluorescent hues to the SubliJet-HD ink selection for its Virtuoso 25-in. 8-Color Product Decorating System. The new fluorescent yellow and pink inks are designed for applications such as sports products, corporate logos, promotional products, safety products, high-visibility signage, and more. They accompany a CMYKcm configuration. A 16-color fluorescent color palette for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and CorelDraw is included.
Avery Dennison has revealed a new generation of its Supercast film series and corresponding overlaminates. MPI 1105 Supercast films are designed to be ultra-conformable for applications including vehicle wraps and outdoor graphics. The series features a long-term removable adhesive, Easy Apply RS and Easy Apply liner technology for simpler installation, and a gloss finish. Available in 60-in. widths.
International Coatings has announced Blaze Low Bleed White 7042, a screen-printing ink for imaging on poly/cotton fabrics via manual and automatic presses. According to the company, the ink is designed with high bleed resistance, fast flash, low tack, and high opacity. It offers a matte finish.
The new ROQ Tunnel is a customizable conveyor dryer for automatic screen printing lines. Available exclusively in North America through Ryonet, the Tunnel allows users to tailor the following features to suit their individual shop’s needs:
Much has happened in direct-to-garment (DTG) inkjet printing since we last examined the technology two years ago. Newer inks provide better color gamut, improved washability, and adhesion to a growing range of pretreated fabrics. Big inkjet players have jumped in, first with Epson (left) and then Ricoh (through its recent acquisition of Anajet, right) marketing DTG systems.
I have a question for you, screen printers: Why is it every time you flip a squeegee over, you find a musician under it?
This may be my imagination, so possibly SGIA needs to include it in the next industry survey to identify the trend and get some solid numbers. I would bet if you put our people up against any other identifiable industrial sector workforce – I’m talking doctors, electricians, plumbers, or politicians – you will find more guitar, drum, bass, keyboard, horn players, and even singers, plus an equivalent number of music hounds.
More than 20 cars wrapped in 3M Wrap Film Series 1080 drove from San Francisco to Santa Barbara, California, in a fundraising effort for The Epilepsy Foundation last month. The three-day drive-a-thon was organized by nonprofit Rallye California and raised more than $15,000.
“Epilepsy is one of the most common diseases in the US, but it is also one of the most underfunded,” says Rallye’s Tsubasa Michishita in a release.
SGIA has revealed the details for the 2016 Printed Electronics Symposium, a pre-expo event featuring sessions from industry experts such as Neil Bolding (MacDermid Autotype), Ray Greenwood (Hazardous Print Consulting), and members of IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries.
Everyone reading this, raise your hands.