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From the Editor: Investing in Students of Printing

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Struggling to find good employees? It's going to take more than just a 'help wanted' ad.

I’ll bet that finding skilled production staff is a constant headache for your business. You’re not alone, and unfortunately, things aren’t likely to improve soon. Over the past few years, a number of colleges that offer coursework and degrees in printing – schools that have traditionally provided solid candidates for these positions – have cut back or discontinued their print-related curriculum.

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Political T-Shirt Shop Featured on ‘The Daily Show’

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Desi Lydic tours St. Louis’ Politically Punny.

The October 6th edition of “The Daily Show” featured Amy Spetner Doughty, owner of Politically Punny in St. Louis. Host Desi Lydic toured the shop as part of the show’s segment “Sexism Sells: Building a Brand with Misogynistic Political Humor.”

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Florida Graphic Supply Hosts 25th Anniversary Event

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Including a live ‘Vehicle Wrap Duel.’

Florida Graphic Supply has announced a celebration commemorating its 25th anniversary will take place on Friday, November 18, from noon to 7 p.m. Bill Watts founded Florida Graphic Supply in 1991, offering only a few products such as application tape and carbide blades. Today, the company offers a wide range of equipment and consumables for the signage and graphic industries, including wide-format printing equipment and more. The event will feature music, door prizes, guest speakers, food and drinks, and a live Vehicle Wrap Duel between two state finalists.

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New HP Latex 300 Additions

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54- and 64-inch models round out entry-level offerings.

HP has added the HP Latex 315, 335, and 365 printers to its entry-level 300 series. Applications include self-adhesive vinyl, backlit graphics, wallcoverings, and more. The trio images up to 334 sq ft/hr at up to 64 in. wide; max. resolution is 1200 dpi. The company’s Optical Media Advance Sensor is included across the series. Each model also offers 7 colors: CMYKcm and the company’s Latex Optimizer.

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Fisher Adds Canvas Media and More

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4 new textiles for fabric printers.

Fisher Textiles has rolled out four new fabrics for digital textile printing:

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Cyrious Reveals New Dataset, Artwork Approval for Control Software

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Integrates pricing and client workflow.

Cyrious Software has launched the v3 Dataset for its Control business management system. The dataset is designed to simplify job setup and pricing, with screens for wide format, vinyl signs, commercial screen printing, textile screen printing, vehicle graphics, advertising specialties, and more.

In addition, an artwork approval app for the suite has been released. The program allows customers to approve artwork from their smartphones, tablets, or computers.
 

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Bordeaux’ End-to-End Textile Printer and Universal Pigment Ink

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New Velvet Jet system spans pre- and post-treatments.

Bordeaux has revealed its new Velvet Jet direct-to-textile imaging system, offering a modular system encompassing a pre-treater, printer, heater, and takeup unit. Each machine can be set up individually or as part of a full production line, which spans approximately 20 ft. The platform runs on the company’s Eden PG pigment ink, engineered to print on any type of textile; applications include short- and medium-sized fashion and decorative jobs.

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Aurora Specialty Textiles Hosts Grand Opening

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Reveals new facility and re-envisioned brand.

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group held a grand opening earlier this week to commemorate both a new textile 124,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and a new logo and mission statement. One hundred customers, staff, affiliates, and community leaders gathered in Yorkville, Illinois, to witness the event.

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Water Filtration System Available from Ryonet

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Sgreen system safeguards plumbing, minimizes environmental impact.

Ryonet has announced the Sgreen water filtration system, a six-step tool to filter tape, ink and ink solids, and emulsion particulates as small as 20 microns to prevent them from going down the drain. The system fits under washout sinks as small as 30 x 24 in. The kit includes three 20 x 24-in. printing screens; two 20-micron filters; two 75-micron filters; high-output sump pump; and three filter mats. The filtration unit also comes with a cart and casters with mounting hardware.

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Pröll’s UV Screen Ink for Plastic Cards

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Designed for use with PVC and PETG films.

Pröll has unveiled NoriCure CCI, a UV-curable and laminable screen-printing ink designed for PVC and PETG films used in manufacturing identity and consumer cards. The ink is said to have good lamination properties and peel strength when used on coated and uncoated PVC overlay films at temperatures greater than 285 F. The ink is supplied press-ready and is offered in 4 transparent shades – yellow, red, blue, and green – as well as clear, white, and black.

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