Drytac has redesigned its Interlam Pro Emerytex, a 5-mil vinyl overlaminate with a pressure-sensitive acrylic adhesive. Designed to be both more durable as well as more uniform, Emerytex features a heavier coat weight and an anti-glare matte finish. It is also now compatible with UV inks in addition to aqueous, solvent, and latex.
FESPA is calling on all printers with an interest in garment decoration to FESPA Fabric 2015, taking place within FESPA 2015 Global Expo from 18-22 May 2015, in Cologne, Germany.
FESPA’s new interior design showcase event, Printeriors, will host a dedicated conference in Rheinsaal 3 at Koelnmesse, on Thursday 21 May 2015 focusing on print for interior design. Wayne Hemingway will take centre stage in the keynote session where he’ll talk about the emotional impact of print, how it affects us and the inspiration it can offer.
[Continued from High-End UV Flatbeds and the Changing Dynamics of In-Store Marketing.]
The current need to develop web, digital, and mobile platforms has reduced the total amount of money marketers spend on printing. Today, many large buyers of retail graphics expect full service from their print providers. They don’t want to go to one PSP for large graphics and another company for small-format prints.
Designed to be adapted for a variety of applications, the Super ROI screenprinting press from Systematic Automation allows users to purchase a one-color model and add additional colors (up to five) when needed. Users can also reconfigure the printer and add pretreatment stations. Based around the company’s 20-in. screen-printing station, the press can print flat or cylindrical glass parts and is driven by a servo motor. Substrates are transported in a linear fashion to minimize substrate handling and simplify printing and curing. LED curing is optional.
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.