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Hit Promotional Products Mourns CEO

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Bill Schmidt passed away April 9.

Bill Schmidt, the CEO of Hit Promotional Products (Largo, Florida), passed away on April 9 at the age of 73. Born in New York on August 3, 1942, Schmidt is survived by his wife, Liz, and his sons, Bill Jr. and CJ.

He purchased the company from his father in 2001, changing its name and mission to focus on promotional products exclusively. They have since claimed the fifth-largest supplier spot in the industry, according to the Advertising Specialty Institute.

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Resources Across the Wearable Electronics Industry

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Interested in learning more about wearable tech? Find education, startups, and more.

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IDTechEx
This organization conducts research, offers consulting services, and organizations conferences and trade shows that can help companies profit from emerging technologies. IDTechEx conducted the Printed Electronics USA show and the Wearables Technology USA conference.

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OE-A Predicts 11-Percent Sales Increase for Printed Electronics

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Survey respondents expect growth into 2017.

OE-A released its semiannual Business Climate Survey for the organic and printed electronics industry at LOPEC 2016. The survey projects an 11-percent increase in sales revenue for 2016 – roughly 7 percentage points lower than what was forecasted in December of last year.

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ASI Show Returns to Chicago

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Keynote from Matalin, Carville focuses on politics and entrepreneurship.

The ASI Show Chicago will set up shop in McCormick Place, July 12-14, with a trade floor comprised of 4000 distributors and 700 suppliers from across the promotional product and garment decoration industries. Visitors can also attend a variety of networking and educational events, with topics such as:

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InPrint: Collaboration Key for Advancement of Industrial Printing

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The industrial print show reveals a white paper in advance of its third iteration.

The InPrint industrial print show’s newest white paper “What is the Future of Industrial Print” explores the pace of and factors behind development in this rapidly growing market. Authored by Mark Hanley of IT Strategies and Marcus Timson of InPrint, the paper is based on survey results collected from 150 respondents around the world in January 2016.

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Prepping for a Quality DTG Print

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Garment selection and prep aren’t just important in screen printing. They are also key when using direct-to-garment technology.

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• Your best bet is a natural fabric; 100-percent cotton is ideal, although there are other options, such as bamboo. It’s possible to use some synthetic blends, but the quality that’s achievable varies in indirect proportion to the percentage of cotton in them – the more natural fiber, the better the print. This is because synthetic fibers are not as absorbent and ink has a harder time penetrating them. Also, there is a tendency for dye migration to occur when heat is applied to synthetics.

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How Pigments Prevent Fading

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The ITMA textile show saw an explosion in fade-resistant ink technology, but how does this phenomenon work?

Colorants, sometimes called “chromaphores,” are molecules that cause color to reflect from dyes and pigments. A chromaphore is a group of atoms and molecules with alternating single and double bonds. Imagine this: When white light strikes a chromaphore, electrons within its atoms absorb photons with specific wavelengths. We see the other photons – those vibrating at wavelengths the electrons aren’t tuned to absorb – reflected as color.

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SGIA Opens Annual Student Printing Competition

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Entries due by June 30.

SGIA has announced that the annual ASDPT Tom Frecska Student Printing Competition is now accepting entries. Named for the late editor of Screen Printing magazine, the competition “challenges students to print their best work,” says Erin Nuss, SGIA’s associate manager of education, in a release.

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Workhorse Offers Mid-Level Automatic Press

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Cutlass SE features touch-screen controls, remote communication.

Designed for shops with more production capabilities than an entry-level press but are not yet ready for a high-end automatic model, the Cutlass SE from Workhorse Products features pneumatic printheads and an electric indexing system. Each printhead has unlimited multiple-stroke capability with automatic printhead stop and start. The press can be integrated with Workhorse’s Flashback and Plug N Go flash curing units and allows for multiple flash settings.

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Tekra Adds Latex Backlit Film

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Widths offered up to 87 inches.

Tekra has released JetView Latex Backlit Polyester, an 8-mil latex- and, with some printers, UV-printable film for long-term signage applications. The film is scratch and water resistant and is said to offer high ink adhesion. Additional features include immediate dry time and a bright, cool white color. Available in up to 87-in. widths.

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