Sun Chemical has created an Advanced Materials division with new products tailored to industrial markets. Formed in conjunction with Sun Chemical’s parent company, DIC, the new portfolio of products will serve the automotive, inkjet, electronics, architectural and industrial coatings, aerospace, printed circuits, photovoltaics, printed electronics, plastic cards, water degassing, and plastics markets.
SGIA has planned a series of workshops for the coming year, with education tailored towards both the graphic- and garment-producing communities. Attendees will travel to SGIA’s lab in Fairfax, Virginia, for the following sessions:
Enfocus has released PitStop 13 update 1, the newest version of its PDF workflow software for sign and display, packaging and label, and digital and commercial printers. The company reports processing speed has increased by up to 20% with the new version, with customers who use physical hard disks experiencing the biggest improvement. Additional new features allow users to copy and repeat frequently used “graphic actions,” such as the placement of grommets. Other changes include:
The Information Management Institute (IMI) has released its event schedule for the first quarter of 2016, with four events planned for February and March. Each will navigate various new opportunities for digital printers as President Al Keene presses attendees to adapt with developing technologies:
Mimaki has released the UJF-7151 UV-LED flatbed printer, a multipurpose machine designed in part to help screen printers transition into the digital market. With three available ink options, the 28 x 20-in. flatbed printer is intended for versatility; users can choose from a chemical- and abrasion-resistant ink set, flexible inks for use on banners and vehicle wraps, or thermoforming inks, each available in CMYK, white, clear, and primer. It can also print on materials up to 6 in.
Kiian Digital has introduced the Digistar Sublisonic line of inks, designed for sublimation transfer printing with the newest generation of Panasonic printheads. Suitable for use on polyester fabrics in applications such as performance apparel, promotional products, flags, banners, and interior décor, the Sublisonic inks are engineered for quick drying and a wide color gamut.
Enfocus and Tilia Labs have developed the Phoenix Plan Configurator, a connection between Enfocus Switch automation software and Tilia Labs’ Phoenix job planning application. The configurator collects individual print orders and associated data as they enter Enfocus Switch and sends them to Phoenix for analysis; Phoenix then plans the most cost-effective method of production. Ultimately, the workflow is designed to reduce prepress time, automate error correction, and maximize media usage.
The Organic and Printed Electronics Association’s (OE-A) biannual Business Climate Survey has reported that nearly 80 percent of participants expect a significant increase in sales revenue across the printed electronics industry. The survey polls OE-A members, who span material suppliers and end users of printed electronics in the consumer electronics, medical and pharmaceutical, automotive, and energy industries.
Continued from The Challenges of Functional Inkjet Printing.
All types of inkjet technologies – CIJ, TIJ, and PIJ – present some fundamental limitations that developers must overcome for industrial work. These include the diameter of nozzle openings, fluid viscosity required for jetting, frequency of drop generation, drop volume, and fluid and substrate surface tension.
SGIA announced the winners of the annual Tom Frecska Student Printing Competition at the 2015 SGIA Expo earlier this month. The contest, named for the late editor of Screen Printing, recognizes secondary and post-secondary students working across more than 25 printing categories.
The best of show winner at the secondary level was Jade Ochoa with her digital “Most Wanted Poster.” Ochoa studies at Eagle Rock High School under instructor Glenn Laird.