At the K plastics tradeshow in Düsseldorf, Marabu introduced Ultra Pack LEDC, a UV-LED screen-printing ink designed to provide good adhesion, opacity, and gloss in packaging and container applications. Because LEDs emit no heat, the substrate is not subjected to thermal stress; the curing process also emits no ozone and requires no preheating or post-curing. The inks are suitable for a variety of substrates including pretreated HDPE/LDPE, polypropylene, PET/PETG, rigid PVC, polycarbonate, and polystyrene.
At SGIA, LogoJet introduced its largest direct-to-substrate inkjet printer, the UVx90, capable of printing up to 24 x 36 in. The UV-LED printer can print a variety of objects, including dark and clear materials, up to 6 in. high in resolutions ranging from 720 to 1440 dpi. The eight-channel machine uses Epson Dx5 printheads and is configured to print CMYK, two channels of white, a texture-building primer, and a clear gloss overlay. It can also be customized to run dual-CMYK, CMYK plus four whites, etc.
Mimaki has revealed the UJF Mark II Series of UV-LED tabletop printers. The 11.8- and 24-in. models are capable of printing on objects up to 6 in. thick and 16.5 in. long. The smaller UJF-3042 Mark II model offers CMYK ink, plus white, clear, and jettable primer; the 6042 Mark II model also adds light cyan and magenta. Users can choose from scratch- and chemical-resistant LH-100 ink or flexible and scratch-resistant LUS-120 ink, each offered in 1-L bottles.
SGIA has announced its 2017 board of directors, helmed by new Chairman Rich Thompson of Ad Graphics. Additional new members include:
“Project Runway,” an Emmy-nominated reality show on Lifetime, posed a unique challenge to its fashion designer contestants in the episode that airs October 6: The designers created a swimsuit and cover-up design that was printed on the Kornit Allegro roll-to-roll printer. Their designs were then produced overnight by Kornit user Papilio Prints for the runway show the following morning, where the winning design was named to Heidi Klum’s swimwear line.
Saatilene Hi-Dro screen mesh from Saati is woven from high-modulus, low-elongation monofilament polyester threads and features a proprietary surface treatment developed for garment-printing applications using water-based inks. The mesh was engineered to use thinner thread diameters than standard comparable mesh counts, allowing for better ink flow due to the increased percentage of open area.
Sakurai’s new MS-80AII cylinder screen press, first shown at drupa and unveiled to the North American market at SGIA Expo, features a large, 31.5 x 21.5-in. sheet size and a max. throughput of 4000 sheets/hr. Other features designed to increase a shop’s productivity include an ergonomically designed control panel and static-free substrate feed.
MagX has introduced a new generation of printable magnetic sheeting. New features include up to 10% greater holding power, according to the company; a brighter white point; a treated laminate for use with an increased variety of inks; a new back coating to prevent scuffing and blocking; and increased smoothness and flexibility. Available in up to 48-in. widths.
Ryonet’s new line of industrial chemicals, designed for high-volume screen printers, includes degreaser concentrate, dip tank solution, emulsion remover, emulsion remover concentration, ink degrader, liquid haze remover, and press wash. Each product can be used with plastisol or water-based inks; a variety of sizes are available. Ryonet has also introduced Sgreen Wipes, offered in recyclable pop-up containers of 70 cloths that can be used to clean a variety of shop messes.
The new XTend! software from Lüscher Technologies is designed to address the demand for reproduction of increasingly finer details in technical screen printing. The software, designed for use with the company’s MultiDX! Laser exposure line of exposure systems (which includes CTS systems for flat and rotary screens), automatically detects the finest lines and smallest letters or patterns in an image, reportedly increasing the exposure range of the emulsion.