Avery Dennison has added textured wall films Pure Canvas, Crushed Stone, and Natural Stucco to its MPI 2600 line of wall media. The calendered films are offered in permanent (MPI 2630) and removable (MPI 2631) options. They are 6 mil thick, durable up to 2 years (4 years unprinted), and printable with solvent, eco-solvent, latex, and UV inks. Available in 54- and 60-in. widths.
Ryonet has added Sgreen Stuff to its line of eco-friendly screen-printing consumables. The two-in-one biodegradeable degreaser and dehazer features an abrasive pumice, designed to remove all oils and contaminants from screen mesh while reducing the risk of pinholes. It can be used on screens with leftover plastisol, water-based, and discharge inks.
Mimaki has unveiled the 128-in. UJV55-320 superwide UV-LED printer, featuring 6 colors + white. The machine’s UV inks are cured immediately, enabling multilayer printing for backlit and double-sided applications. An LED-lit panel on the front of the printer also allows users to check the backlit effect of a graphic as soon as it comes through the machine; the light can be turned on or off for frontlit applications, as well.
Nazdar has launched the 705 series of UV inks, designed for use in HP’s FB500/700 printers using 250 Series inks. Nazdar reports the inks can be switched one color at a time and do not require flushing, purging, or reprofiling.
Roland has launched the TrueVis VG series of eco-solvent printer/cutters, available in 54- and 64-in. models. The TrueVis brand leverages four newly developed FlexFire printheads, designed to more flexibly control the metallic plate attached to the ink chamber for a higher firing frequency, with three droplet sizes and a 25% wider print swath as compared to previous Roland models.
SGIA is offering an all-access education pass for the 2016 SGIA Expo in Las Vegas, September 14-16. The pass grants entry into more than 40 educational sessions from four tracks: Graphics and Sign, Garment Decoration, Business Management, and Color Management and Workflow. For attendees who register before August 24, the pass is free for SGIA members or $99 for non-members.
Semper International has released the second quarterly survey of 2016, reporting mixed feelings on the state of the industry from its respondents. Participants include large, midsize, and small commercial printers, advertising agencies, and media companies.
Henkel Adhesive Technologies’s Electronics division has reached a distribution agreement with plastic film and adhesives provider, Tekra. The latter will provide sales, technical consultation, and post-sale service for Henkel’s conductive inks, thermoformable products, force sensing materials, PTC formulations for heating elements and transparent coatings, and more.
Big Picture magazine, a sister publication to Screen Printing that serves the wide-format digital printing industry, has opened the inaugural Women in Print Awards for nominations. Six winners in the digital printing industry that exemplify innovation, entrepreneurship, and philanthropy will be honored in the magazine’s September issue.
Whether your production is analog, digital, or a combination, efficiency is only half the battle in terms of staying competitive and profitable in today’s market. The axiom “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link” applies in graphics shops as it does in any other operation and, increasingly, that link tends to be in the post-printing phase.