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Ultraflex Expands Magnetic Media Offerings

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Three 'Signetics' options.

Ultraflex has launched the Signetics line of magnetic-receptive media. Keep reading on our sister site.

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A 5-Minute Sales and Marketing Plan

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There’s a world of “expert” advice out there, and for beginners, it can be tough to know where to start.

Whether you’re a small, one-man shop or a large printer running several automatics, most of you wouldn’t say no to an increase in sales. Working in marketing for the past 20 years, I know that it’s the most overlooked aspect of any business, regardless of its size. But, with only a limited amount of time and budget to spend, what should you prioritize?

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Workhorse Products Launches Super Seca Flash-Curing Unit

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Offering 18 x 24-inch cure area.

Workhorse Products has released the Super Seca 18 x 24-inch flash-curing unit, compatible with any manual or automatic screen-printing press. The unit features a ceramic IR heating panel with three reflectors meant to trap heat for enhanced edge curing. The Super Seca is also designed to accommodate garments of varying thicknesses, with a flash head that can be rotated 360 degrees and a knob for adjusting the angle of the panel. The unit is portable and features a heavy-duty five-leg base for stability.

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Colored Laminates from Avery Dennison

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Offers new combinations with Conform Chrome films.

Avery Dennison has added three transparent, colored laminates for its Conform Chrome vinyl films. Keep reading on our sister site.

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Drytac Adds Entry-Level JetMounter Laminator

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A heavy-duty, 55-inch model.

Drytac’s new JM55 Force roller laminator is a heavy-duty, entry-level addition to the company’s JetMounter line. The machine offers a 55-in. laminating width and 4.7-in. nonstick rollers. Features include speed control up to 20 ft/min; a max. nip opening of 1 in.; top and bottom auto-grip supply shafts with brake tension control; single mechanical height/pressure adjustment; and an interchangeable 110- or 220-V configuration.

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Ryonet Adds CryoCoat Emulsion for Long Runs

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An alternative to chemically hardening screens.

Ryonet is now offering CryoCoat in its Green Galaxy System line, a single-part photopolymer emulsion designed for long runs using water-based, discharge, and plastisol inks. CryoCoat is designed to eliminate the need to chemically harden screens for long runs, which can make them difficult to reclaim; it is suitable for either manual or automatic production. It also features a high solids concentration for improved EOM ratio and stencil quality.

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Mimaki Expands Dye-Sublimation Printer Line

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Now offering the TS500P-3200 superwide model.

Mimaki’s new TS500P-3200 is a superwide dye-sublimation printer designed for oversized textile applications such as home furnishings, hospitality fabrics, and soft signage. The machine prints up to 129 in. wide; for comparison, a king-size bedspread measures 120 x 120 in. The TS500P-3200 is engineered with 12 high-gap printheads in three staggered rows; the head gap design works to eliminate the risk of media wrinkling and consequent head strikes.

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Nazdar Offers Alternative Inks for Mimaki Printers

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Formulated to replace SS21 and BS3 inks.

Nazdar has launched 130 Series and 183 Series Digital Solvent Inks as an alternative to Mimaki’s OEM SS21 and BS3 formulations. The 130 Series is designed for use in the Mimaki JV33, CJV, JV300, and JV150 printers, while the 183 Series is modeled after the BS3 ink and is offered in 600-mL or 1- or 2-L packages. Nazdar reports the inks are color matched to the OEM product and can be switched one color at a time.

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Stencilmaking in the Age of CTS

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Computer-to-screen imaging systems have helped screen printing to remain relevant as inkjet technology has progressed, but they require a different mindset in stencilmaking for best results.

Digital technology, specifically inkjet printing, was forecast by many to be the death knell of screen printing when the first systems were first showcased at the SGIA Expo in the early 1990s. While inkjet has taken much of the large-format graphics market and DTG printers are extending their reach into textiles, inkjet has not forced screen printing into obsolescence. In fact, the two disciplines seem to complement each other, giving screen printers more choices and variety of services to sell.

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SGIA Honors Sustainability Program Participants

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Award recipients adhere to eco-friendly business practices.

SGIA has announced the recipients of the 2016 Sustainability Recognition Program Award, a yearly initiative promoting the adoption of sustainable business practices across the specialty imaging industry. Award recipients are required to submit a sustainability policy and adhere to specific program standards. This year’s honorees include:

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