Rollem International has added the Insignia series of rotary die cutters. Featuring two models, the Insignia5 (max. sheet size 20 x 15 in.) and the Insignia7 (30 x 24 in.), the series is equipped with flexible dies for die cutting, kiss cutting, and cutting/scoring for labeling, packaging, P-O-P displays, and more. The Insignia series produces up to 5000 sheets/hr, features a guide and gripper registration system, and offers an optional folder/gluer and waste-stripping unit.
Insta Graphic Systems has added InstaGrip transfers designed for industrial workwear decoration and labeling. InstaGrip has passed the AATCC Standard Industrial Laundering Tests through 50 wash cycles, features dye bleed resistance, and is compatible with cotton, spandex, Lycra, polyester, rayon, and other heavy fabrics. The transfer media is also non-phthalate and CPSIA compliant.
NPES has announced the ISO approval of ISO/PAS 15339, a publicly available specification that outlines how to use color characterization data to define process-color printing. Characterization data defines the expected relationship between input CMYK electronic data and the printed color on the final product – essentially a step above color profiling. The standardization is intended to eliminate the variable of the printing process and can be exploited universally.
HP’s new wide-format latex printers include the 54-in., entry-level Latex 110 and the 64-in. Latex 370.
Designed for low-volume production of vinyl, canvas, and P-O-P applications, the Latex 110 offers 6 colors and images up to 517 sq ft/hr with a max. resolution of 1200 dpi. Additional features include automatic maintenance, front loading, and access to the company’s online tutorials, color management library, WallArt software, and more.
Smithers Pira has released “The Future of Digital versus Analogue Printing to 2020,” a market research report indicating that the growth of digital printing’s share in the print and printed packaging markets is due to accelerate over the next five years.
Laurence King Publishing has released a second edition of “Printmaking: A Complete Guide to Materials & Process.” Originally published in 2009, the compilation of guides and illustrations for every type of printing process was written by print artists Bill Fick of Duke University and Cockeyed Press, and Beth Grabowski, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and former president of SGC International.
Essentra Specialty Tapes has engineered two families of double-sided tape specifically for adhering to UV-coated material. Designed to eliminate workarounds like spot coating that are needed to keep areas free for tape, these adhesives have been formulated with UV inhibitors for direct adhesion to UV-treated material.
Epson America has introduced its next-generation SureColor F-Series dye-sublimation inkjet printers. The three models all use the company’s UltraChrome DS ink with a new high-density black ink to improve ink efficiency and density, providing better tonal transitions and grayscale images on roll-to-roll fabrics, customized promotional products, soft signage, cut-and-sew apparel, home décor, and more.
Screen printing as a manufacturing process has definitely arrived. In fact, it walked through the shop door, kicked over your daddy’s hand-print setup, and began seriously flexing its muscles a few decades ago. It used to be (and still is) known mostly as a versatile medium for printing flat graphics as well as the dominant decoration method for fabric. But over the past 20 years, industrial screen printing has helped alter the very foundations of the modern world.
Mimaki USA has released the Original Goods Package System (OGPS), a bundle of products for creating short-run customized goods and packaging prototypes. The bundle features ArtiosCAD DS, a packaging-design software package designed by Esko; the UJF-6042 UV-LED tabletop printer; and the CFL-605RT compact cutting plotter.