Primos, PA (PRWEB) December 18, 2013
AMPRO, a Philadelphia-based screen-printing and embroidery company specializing in custom apparel and promotional items, recently announced a series of major equipment upgrades to their production and packaging departments, along with the addition of 20 new jobs.
Solar Inks, the UK-based ink supplier, has launched Earthinks, a range of environmentally friendly water-based screen and flexographic printing inks.
Earthinks are made from natural ingredients, including soy, starch, sugars, dextrin, tree resin, cellulose, and other polysaccharides. In addition, natural waxes are used to replace standard petroleum-based synthetics, and natural oils are used to defoam instead of mineral oils. Further, Earthinks are glycol- and silicone-free, contain no heavy metals, and have near-zero VOC levels, the company reports.
Vivid Laminating Technologies, the UK designer and manufacturer of laminating machines, has announced that it has signed distribution contracts with 10 separate dealers in the United States for two of its product lines.
In a press release, the company notes that it “first visited the US to exhibit at 2011’s Graph Expo in Chicago. We returned last year for the SGIA show in Las Vegas and are now pleased to confirm that deals have been struck with a number of leading print-finishing equipment resellers.”
FESPA China 2013, which took place November 18-20 at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center, attracted 9507 visitors from 77 countries, show organizers report.
The ASI Show and ST Media Group International (parent company of Screen Printing magazine) have announced an agreement to cooperate on the launch of a new Signage + Decoration Pavilion at ASI’s Chicago tradeshow, which takes place July 15-17, 2014 at McCormick Place.
CADlink’s (www.cadlink.com) FilmMaker v4 RIP software combines the production of inkjet films for screen printing and support for dye-sublimation applications. According to CADlink, FilmMaker v4 provides precision screening and the ability to print ideal density levels using most standard printer manufacturer inks, as well as third-party inks, on a wide variety of available film media.
The LED-5000 from Lawson (www.lawsonsp.com) is designed, as the company explains it, to simulate metal halide for rapid exposure (light equivalent to 5000 w) while combining energy efficiency, ease-of-use, and reliability. According to Lawson, the unit’s LED lamps are optically balanced to provide exceptionally rapid exposure, especially with SBQ 1-part emulsions, without undercutting. The company also notes that consistent exposure is guaranteed by the system’s electronic countdown timer.
Polyester screen fabrics are one of the most expensive supply items in screenmaking. Besides being costly, they are also delicate and easy to damage. Careless handling, poorly designed storage, and accidents on the press account for 20-30% of ruined screens. Although some of these problems are preventable, they also represent the unavoidable cost of doing business.
Ghost haze is a problem you can conquer when you arm yourself with the proper tools and techniques. However, at times it seems as if there’s no clear delineation between degreasers, abraders, ink removers, and haze removers. Some degreasers also dehaze, and some dehazers also degrease. There are abraders that dehaze and dehazers that abrade. And now some ink removers allegedly degrease and dehaze. It’s enough to make your head spin. This article will try to clear up the confusion. Let’s simplify matters by organizing and defining these products.
Squeegee sharpeners recondition production-worn squeegee blades and make these critical, but often overlooked, tools ready to return to press. Dull edges, nicks, and uneven profiles are some of the problems that can prevent the squeegee from properly playing its vital role in transferring ink to the substrate.