American Ultraviolet has redesigned its line of Spectra-Coat UV coating machines, available in five models with optional feeders and stackers. The machines can be set up with one to three separate UV tanks and pumps, and can run substrates up to ¼-in. thick (1-in. thick optional). The coaters feature a three-roll coating system with a closed-loop recirculation system to reduce the chance of coatings being contaminated. An easily removed applicator allows users to switch between aqueous and UV coatings. Five widths are offered: 20, 25, 30, 36, and 40 in.
Roland DGA is billing its new CAMM-1 GS-24 cutter as its most advanced desktop model yet. The GS-24 features a redesigned cutting carriage and blade holder, 10x overlap cutting capability, new LCD control panel, and 40% increase in downforce that allows users to cut materials from 2.0 to 27.5 in. wide, including thick, dense substrates. Powered by a digital servomotor, the cutter can handle vinyl, paint mask, twill, heat-transfer materials, magnetic materials, card stock, and more. It can also perform perforated cuts for producing labels and decals. Cutting speed is 20 in./sec.
Sefar now offers its Sefar PME mesh, previously sold in the electronics market for close-tolerance applications, in larger-width rolls to help graphics screen printers achieve highly precise results on large-format screens. The mesh is now offered in 62- and 92-in. widths for large-format applications. Sefar PME is woven with a new yarn with high tensile strength and low elongation, allowing for smaller threads to be used on larger screens without sacrificing strength while providing more open area and better ink flow.
It seems a bit crazy, writing these words before the New Year, to think that by the time you read them you’ll be well into 2015. But columnists have editors, and editors have deadlines, so I’m playing along and pretending it’s the future now even though it’s the past. A good start for this month’s topic, because I want to revisit the past and look to the future. (Confused? I know I am.)
It’s hard to believe that it’s only been about 15 years since the first flatbed inkjet printers to use UV-curable inks hit the market. So much has changed since 2000, both for firms that started out as screen printers and their clients in retailing and brand marketing.
Durst (www.durstus.com) has announced the creation of VetroCer, a joint venture in New Delhi, India, with local sales partner Ceradecor (www.ceradecor.in). Working together for the past three years, Durst and Ceradecor have installed more than 40 Gamma ceramic printers, along with an 18-man service team, across the Indian market.
ClipArtBoom.com has launched a new pack of 50 design templates and 50 clipart images geared toward charities and fundraisers. Templates cover events from book drives and bake sales to music festivals, and causes such as leukemia, pet adoption, bullying, and school pride. Clip-art images range from symbolic ribbons to baked goods and sports graphics. The pack also includes six flyer templates.
Printing Industries of America (PIA, www.printing.org) has announced the second annual 2015 Print Leadership Summit, to be held May 18-19 at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center. The agenda will highlight topics from sales growth and marketing strategy to digital media integration.
“SGIA strives to create awareness about the need to maintain a safe working environment,” says Marci Kinter, VP of government and business information at SGIA.
The recipients are:
The Organic and Printed Electronics Association (OE-A, www.oe-a.org) has announced that it will display 19 notable submissions from its fifth annual Demonstrator Competition at its booth at the LOPEC tradeshow (www.lopec.com) next month in Munich.