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‘Gripper’ Attachment for Jacket Printing from Workhorse

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Holds down two-ply garments.

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.

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Sawgrass Adds Fluorescent SubliJet-HD Inks

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For use in the Virtuoso Product Decorating System.

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.

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Avery Dennison Redesigns Supercast Film Series

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Plus, corresponding overlaminates.

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.

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Low-Bleed White Ink from International Coatings

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Blaze 7042 designed to flash quickly.

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.

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ROQ Introduces Tunnel Conveyor Dryer

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Offering a range of customizable options.

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:

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DTG Printing: Life in the Fast Lane

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With higher productivity solutions hitting the market, how will the industry respond?

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.

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Print, Flash, and Rock 'n' Roll

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Musicians and screen printers are often one and the same.

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.

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3M Sponsors ‘Engines for Epilepsy’ Drive-A-Thon

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Twenty-car fleet treks through California.

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.
 

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Printed Electronics Symposium Returns at SGIA Expo

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Sessions feature textile electronics, medical sensors, and more.

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.

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From the Editor: Small Talk, Big Industry

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Drupa 2016 proved print is anything but dying.

Everyone reading this, raise your hands.

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