Imprintables Warehouse has released Dura Pro Frosted Etch Glass Sign Vinyl, a 3-mil calendered vinyl for use on flat glass windows or doors. The material is durable up to 7 years and available in 15- and 24-in. widths.
Graphics One has announced the Mogk HTM 1800, a 71-in. industrial calender heat transfer system for roll-to-roll, direct-to-transfer, and cut-sheet applications. The machine features a 13.8-in. oil drum and transfers images at up to 19 ft/min. Additional features include an automatic felt alignment and protection system, an industrial fabric tensioning system, an auxiliary belt system with reverse rotation, and a No Power Break System that prevents damage during power outages. It is also integrated with a 24-in.
3M’s Controltac Print Film 40C is now available in clear. Film 40C-114R is designed for a variety of graphic applications on walls, windows, and vehicles. It is durable up to 7 years indoors and outdoors, and it features advanced slideability, tack, and snap-up for simplified installation. Available in 30-, 54-, and 60-in. widths.
M&R is offering the DynaBelt and AccuSet belt speed controller systems for its Sprint 3000 conveyor dryers.
The DynaBelt is designed to shorten warmup and cooldown times and reduce energy consumption by automatically setting the belt to its min. speed upon dryer startup and max. speed upon shutdown. It also responds to changes of more than 10 degrees in dryer temperature, increasing or decreasing the belt speed proportionately.
Ryonet has announced the FX CTS LED exposure unit, designed for use on screens that have been imaged with a computer-to-screen system. The FX CTS unit is constructed with slide rails and a protective lid, rather than traditional glass, which may stick to wax or pigment leftover from CTS imaging. The unit’s design takes advantage of film-free CTS imaging and allows for faster exposure times (approximately 10 sec with a photopolymer emulsion).
Mimaki has added the TS30-1300 printer to its dye-sublimation portfolio. This machine is a dedicated transfer paper printer designed for shops entering the textile market or for shops producing short runs such as prototypes, samples, and customized pieces. It measures 54 in. and images up to 211 sq ft/hr (dual-CMYK mode); it can also be configured in 6-color (CMYKLkLm)mode.
SGIA has released its annual industry benchmarking report for the industrial printing sector. The report is based on a survey of 37 industrial printers who shared information on their equipment purchases, hiring practices, and market expectations.
Drupa has announced that it will return to a four-year cycle after its 2016 show. After reporting last year that the mega-event – exhibitors for the 2016 show numbered more than 1800 – would take place every three years, drupa states in a release that the change is in response to “numerous demands voiced by exhibiting industry players.”
Kornit and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)’s third annual student competition, themed “Wearable Water,” challenged Textile/Surface Design scholars to create textiles to be printed on the Kornit Allegro roll-to-roll textile printer.
Judged for their use of the theme, sustainability, marketability, use of digital technology, and overall design aesthetics, the winning students are:
SGIA’s annual benchmarking survey of the garment decoration community forecasts a generally positive outlook for the industry. Based on responses from 87 garment decoration businesses in the first quarter of 2016, the report reveals the following: