Color management can be a challenge for screen printers, because the media that we print is constantly changing. A printer may have different shirt colors, different fabrics, strange garments, and a huge variety of art sources that are provided to color match.
Before the actual inks on the press can be matched to the art sources from a customer, a few steps can be taken to ensure that colors can be properly dealt with and that time won’t be wasted by making assumptions prior to the actual method of ink-to-screen matching.
With economic conditions in the U.S. gradually improving, print executives who forestalled capital investments through the depths of the recession are increasingly analyzing their long-term technology decisions. In August, Fujifilm North America hosted leaders from 32 printing companies at its training and demonstration center in Kansas City, Kansas, for a two-day Tech Summit that examined the analog-to-digital adoption rates in wide-format and the strategies companies are using to adapt to changing customer demands.
Hotronix (www.hotronix.com) bills its new Air Fusion as a unique, auto-open, auto-swing-away heat press in a tabletop version. The heat press is powered by an air compressor and features Auto Adjust Pressure, which allows for up to four pressure and time settings to be programmed. Hotronix says this function makes it easy to switch between garments of different thickness, such as T-shirts and hoodies. Other features include auto on/auto off, an energy-saving sleep mode, and a production-cycle counter.
Canon Solutions America (www.csa.canon.com) recently debuted four Océ Arizona 600 Series flatbed UV inkjet printers.
RadTech recently announced the schedule for a webinar about UV LED. The event, set for September 13, 2013, will give an overview of the technology. According to RadTech, anyone who attends the webinar will receive $50 off of their registration to attend the UV LED Summit taking place at uv.eb EAST 2013, October 1-2, in Syracuse, NY.
Happy 100th birthday, screen printing! Although that’s not technically true, it’s close enough. Not too many manufacturing processes last 100 years in this fast-paced and ever evolving world. Ours remains endemic in human culture, used in the manufacturing of consumer products from T-shirts to touchscreens and everything in between, so there’s no danger of it disappearing from use any time soon, regardless of what the digital prophets and their salespeople tell everyone. Ever wonder where and how it all started?
For years, ink-management systems have been available to printers in the form of solutions for ink mixing. Most print shops evaluating these systems are looking for help with color matching in production. While color matching is a very important aspect of these systems, the incredible control and cost savings that an ink-management system brings to overall print-shop operations are actually the most valuable benefits.
Roland DGA (www.rolanddga.com) bills its XF-640 as one of its most revolutionary large-format digital printers to date. It features dual eight-channel piezo inkjet heads with 180 nozzles/channel. According to Roland DGA, the printheads are offset to promote image quality and create a larger print swath that dramatically increases speed—up to 1098 sq ft/hr (102 sq m/hr). Roland DGA says the XF-640's newly designed printhead produces smaller droplets and, by firing a finer dot, delivers rich, bold color and deep image saturation on a much broader range of media.
Onyx Graphics, Inc., recently announced that Jeffrey (Jeff) L. Despain has been named director of R&D. Jeff oversees the engineering teams dedicated to producing the company’s workflow-software products.
Despain comes to Onyx Graphics from Digital Gateway, a business-management and enterprise-resource planning-software company, where he served as director of product development and solutions architect.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Weber State University. Despain is based at Onyx Graphics headquarters in Salt Lake City, UT.
Onyx Graphics, Inc., recently announced that Jeffrey (Jeff) L. Despain has been named director of R&D. He oversees the engineering teams dedicated to producing the company’s workflow software products including ONYX Thrive print workflow software; ONYX ProductionHouse, ONYX PosterShop, and ONYX RIPCenter RIP software; and the SmartApps line of plug-ins.