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Mimaki Launches New UV-LED Flatbed

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The multipurpose UJF-7151.

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.

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New Digistar Offerings from Kiian Digital

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Designed for synthetic transfers.

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.

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Enfocus and Tilia Labs Partner

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New configurator automates job estimating and imposing.

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.

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18 Percent Growth Expected for Printed Electronics

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The OE-A Business Climate Survey reports optimism.

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.

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Inkjet's Industrial Limitations

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R&D abounds in the functional field, but these technical elements are still holding digital back – for now.

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.

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SGIA Announces Top Student Printers

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Tom Frecska Student Printing Competition recognizes next generation.

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.

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Simplifying Color Separations

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These tried-and-true approaches to prepping artwork for print can make your process more manageable and repeatable.

Pulling colors from artwork so that they can be reproduced on screen-printed apparel doesn’t need to be complicated. In fact, the whole process of breaking a design down into printable sections of color shouldn’t require years of experience, custom software, or intense mathematical formulas. The best way to separate a design for screen printing is often the simplest, keeping as much of the feel of the original design as possible in the final print.

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Sawgrass Adds 25-Inch Virtuoso System

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For wide-format, higher-volume production.

Sawgrass has released the Virtuoso 25-in. HD Product Decorating System, featuring an inkjet printer, sublimation inks, and software for producing full-bleed prints on 24-in. products (max. print area 24.4 in.). The system features the VJ 628 printer, developed in partnership with Mutoh, which offers an industrial-grade printhead, 1440-dpi resolution, and i2 Intelligent Interweaving technology to eliminate banding.

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HP Adds Premium Poster Paper

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Designed for latex printing.

HP's new Premium Poster Paper is specifically engineered for use with latex inks for creating indoor and outdoor signage. Keep reading on our sister site.

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SGIA Announces New President and CEO

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Ford Bowers will assume role in February.

SGIA has announced that Ford Bowers of Miller Zell will begin as president and CEO of the association in February of 2016. Keep reading on our sister site.

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