SGIA (www.sgia.org) has released its 2015 Wage, Salary, and Sales Compensation Report, with details exploring company size, annual sales volume, payroll, specialty, and 2015 wages paid for 31 different positions within the imaging industry. Surveyed in April and May 2015, 197 participants reported that the median amount of direct payroll as a percentage of gross sales was nearly 28 percent.
Continued from Establishing Rule for Underbase Printing.
Once you have tested your current equipment and processes, find a design to run using those settings and see how your results compare. The goal is to find a good base level for an underbase: settings you can fall back on when things get complicated.
Roland (www.rolanddga.com) has introduced Texart SBL3 dye-sublimation inks, for use with the company’s Texart RT-640 dye-sub printer. Roland's dye-sublimation technology has earned Oeko-Tex’ Standard 100, product class I certifcation for ensuring the safety of printed textiles for babies and toddlers. Designed for the production of textiles, sports and fashion apparel, interior décor, promotional items, personalized gifts, and more, SBL3 inks are available in both 4- and 8-color (CMYKLcLmOG) sets.
Programming has been announced for the 2015 SGIA Printed Electronics Symposium, held November 3-4, preceding the SGIA Expo (www.sgia.org/expo) in Atlanta. In partnership with IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries (www.ipc.org), the symposium will feature two days of educational sessions, with topics including:
• Advances in capacitive touch switches;
• Modular digital manufacturing solutions;
• Expanding standards to meet shrinking technology;
• Robust surface mount device attachment;
Printing Industries of America (www.printing.org) has announced the winners of the 2015 Premier Print Awards for “Best of” categories ranging from on-demand printing to promotional campaigns. Winners include:
• American Printing (Best of Digital Printing – On-Demand);
• Blooming Color (Best of Specialty Inks or Coatings, Fragrances, or “Invisible” Printing Inks; and more);
• Body of Work (Best of Large-Format Printing; and more);
The Gilman Brothers Company (www.gilmanbrothers.com) has added a 3-mm version to its line of Infinity styrene-faced foamboard. Infinity is 100% recyclable, according to the company, and is compatible with solvent and UV inks. The American-made foamboard is designed to eliminate pre-production cleaning and preparation; it also features a white point that is unchanged under varying light sources. Offered in 16 x 20-in. or 60 x 192-in. sheets and in black and white combinations.
If you are using a vector file that has been created or imported into CorelDraw or Illustrator, then creating the underbase file is usually simple. You will need to create an exact duplicate of the file and then change all of the pieces and outlines in the image that are to be underbased into black. the next step would be to adjust for any trapping by adding a small white outline to the appropriate parts of the image.
Deciding whether or not to use an underbase for a color can be complicated, involving a lot of factors that will affect the final print. Many printers throw in the towel and just underbase everything in the design. Of course, this makes the shirt feel as though a big plate of ink is sitting on top of it, and it also tends to make all of the top colors that are not flashed immediately begin to bleed outside of their image area.