Hotronix has released the Can Cooler Platen and the Hat Bill Platen for heat-transfer printing on specialty objects.
The Hat Bill Platen allows users to print on the underside or top of a hat brim and decorate up to four hats at a time. Compatible with Hotronix and Maxx heat presses, excluding the 11 x 15-in. clamshells and cap presses.
The winners of the 2015 FESPA Awards were announced May 19 at the tradeshow’s Gala Celebration Dinner in Cologne, Germany. Honorees were presented with gold, silver, and bronze awards in categories ranging from P-O-P products to garments to vehicle wraps. Winners include:
• PressOn, UK (People’s Choice of the Year; Gold, OOH and Vehicle Decals)
• TS Visuals, Netherlands (Best in Show; Gold, Metal and Wood Products; Gold, Direct Printing on 3D Products)
FESPA (www.fespa.com) has released the findings of its Print Census survey in collaboration with InfoTrends (www.infotrends.com), conducted between May 2014 and April 2015 with over 1200 participants worldwide. Screen and digital printers represent the largest fraction of respondents at 34 percent; other contributors include commercial and reprographic printers, sign makers, graphic designers, advertising agencies, and – new to this year’s survey – industrial manufacturers.
SGIA (www.sgia.org) has announced the dates for the Printed Electronics Symposium, to be held this November 3-4 in Atlanta, in partnership with IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries (www.ipc.org).
The International Centre for Manufacture by Printing (icmPrint) will open soon at Swansea University, borne of a partnership between the Print Process Champions (www.printprocesschampions.com) and the Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating (www.wcpcswansea.com) at Swansea University’s College of Engineering. The center aims to create a comprehensive resource center for best practices, technical advice, training, and innovation development for all printing processes, including offset, flexo, gravure, screen, pad, inkjet, aerosol, and 3D, and their associated technologies.
Yaşar Gűvenen has been inaugurated as the 16th president of FESPA (fespa.com), replacing Lascelle Barrow, who has retained the role since June 2013. The ceremony was held during the FESPA Awards Gala Dinner at FESPA 2015 in Cologne, Germany, on May 19.
Stahls’ has added the Cad-Color Tek series of digitally printable heat transfer material for performance apparel to its Cad-Printz digital transfer service. The series includes FoilTek Metallic in silver and white, SuperTek Gloss Clear, SuperTek Matte Clear, SuperTek Opaque, and SuperTek Sublistop.
The line uses Stix2 adhesive, designed to adhere to a wide range of materials at a low temperature range of 280 to 300 degrees.
Mutoh America has added the 24-in. ValueJet 628X and 64-in. ValueJet 1628X white and metallic ink printers to its Eco-Ultra line. The 8-color machines, designed for creating vehicle wraps, decals, banners, tradeshow graphics, and more, include the Mutoh Metallic Color Library, with 506 blended colors. The series features Mutoh Smart Printing technology, which includes Intelligent Interweave printing technique to prevent banding, ValueJet Status Monitor app for remote monitoring, and Mutoh Virtual Storefront.
Madeira USA has added 28 colors to its Frosted Matt embroidery thread offerings. The 40-weight, non-reflective thread is designed for items with extensive sun exposure, such as patio cushions, boat covers, umbrellas, and pet accessories. A total of 189 colors are available in 2700-yd cones.
Two stories about technology come to mind as I think about retail graphics, one of the themes in this month’s issue. They won’t seem related to retail or even each other at first, so please bear with me.
The first concerns my wife, who until recently was one of the last holdouts using a flip phone. She had been perfectly content not having the Internet as her constant companion – until she got an older smartphone late last year. Within a few months, she grew disgusted with how slowly web pages loaded and asked when she was eligible for an upgrade.