Continued from How Suitable Is UV LED Exposure for Your Stencil System?
Many people don't realize that screen printing is integral to countless industrial processes, from the clandestine printing of banknotes to innovation in photovoltaic technology. Discover screen printing in places where you wouldn't have thought to look.
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Water-based inks aren’t as production-friendly as plastisols. You can’t just switch out the inks using the same prepress and printing procedures. But with some important changes at each stage of production and attention to detail, you can overcome these challenges and get consistent results.
SGIA has partnered with nonprofit Specialty Graphic Imaging Foundation to sponsor a scholarship program for post-secondary students beginning in the fall of 2016. Five recipients will be awarded $2000 after completing an application to be reviewed by the SGIA Education Committee. The committee will consider academic achievement, application essay, extracurricular activities, professional experience, and academic and professional recommendations. Applicants must be a student of an active SGIA Educator Member.
MagX America has announced MagX Magnetically Receptive Systems, a line of magnetic receptive media for creating changeable graphics for retail, P-O-P, trade shows, museum exhibits, and more. The line utilizes MagX Magnetic sheeting with a special mounting adhesive that, according to the company, can be mounted on most smooth surfaces. Magnetically receptive graphics can be easily changed and mounted in up to four layers.
Workhorse Products has launched the Lumitron series of LED screen-exposure units designed to reduce setup time, energy costs, and exposure time. Compared to metal halide bulbs, the LED strips used in the Lumitron units produce lower temperatures and don’t require startup or cool-down times; they deliver the required UV frequency immediately. They also last longer than metal halide bulbs, with a lifespan of more than 50,000 hours, according to the company.
Orafol Americas has announced the Oracal Series 8870 Blockout Film, a 4-mil, 10-year film designed specifically for producing illuminated signage. The opaque cast vinyl is suitable for use with backlit acrylic, glass, and flexible sign face material. Available in 48-in. widths, in white with black backing or black with white backing.
EFI has released an updated version of PrintSmith Vision, a browser-based MIS job management software platform designed to assist small print shops with estimating, P-O-S, account management, production management, receivables, and sales analysis. The update (version 3) features an HTML5 mobile interface and a redesigned dashboard for quick retrieval of information relevant to each specific user. New mobile views allow users to check work in process, view job statuses, or check arriving shipments remotely. Other additions include: