ReyHan PGF and Mandel/Screentech recently announced that they are joining forces to better serve the prepress needs of the screen and flexo industry. ReyHan and Mandel have produced prepress materials for more than 50 years. The newly combined company, ReyHan/Mandel LLC, will produce color separations films from its Milwaukee, WI location.
If there is one component of the screen-printing process that has a greater impact on the quality of the finished product than any other component, it is the screen. The truth of this statement lies in the number of facilities that have made the investment to maximize the quality of the screens. While some still get by with whatever they have available, a majority of garment screen printers have either upgraded their frames, mesh, or stencils, or they’ve or completely revamped their screen departments altogether.
Color-Logic has certified six pearlescent and metallic papers available through Ariva. Discussing the certification, Color-Logic Director of Operations and eCommerce Dave Bowden said: “Color-Logic has tested certain pearlescent and metallic papers offered by Ariva and found them to comply fully with our Process Metallic Color System. The papers submitted are approved for use with Indigo cut sheet printers. Graphic designers may confidently specify these papers for use with Indigo machines.”
Nazdar Ink Technologies (www.nazdar.com) recently issued the newest version of its Screen Printing Inks catalog. It contains information about all lines of screen ink. Also available is the recently released Digital Inks catalog, which contains information on all Nazdar Ink Technology digital inkjet inks. Visit www.nazdar.com/req_catalog.asp to request a PDF catalog.
These days, it seems that no news broadcast or Website is complete without a report about a public figure saying or doing something that raises eyebrows. Welcome to the era of the gaffe, folks. What is the fascination with slips of the tongue, missteps, and mistakes? Can we no longer say things that are even mildly controversial? Must we have public-relations experts on hand every time we share an opinion that might not play well with others? What about when we simply goof up?
GSG now distributes Wilflex's Epic Top Score, a new series of premixed inks designed for printing on atheltics apparel and polyester substrates that require a low curing temperature. The ink comes in 21 team colors and is formulated to deliver consistent color accuracy for print/flash/print or as an underbase. It also can be used on 100% nylon jerseys.
Top Score has a matte finish and is low tack. GSG says it can be printed through a wide range of meshes on manual and automatic presses. Containers range from quarts to gallons.
X-Rite Inc. recently reached an agreement with ColorMetrix Technologies LLC to offer a seamless way for users of VerifiedColor software to access PantoneLIVE color libraries.
“Packagers, converters, wide-format printers, and other customers that use VerifiedColor software to validate colors will save time and improve the accuracy of workflows throughout their supply chains with the new PantoneLIVE user interface,” says James Raffel, CEO of ColorMetrix.
When it comes to apparel decorating, there are a lot of opportunities available and many markets to consider. Some of the biggest areas to concentrate on include healthcare organizations, service industries, schools, and government agencies. Each segment offers tons of opportunities for personalizing and decorating garments. No matter which market segment you choose to focus on, there is one market that you really should not ignore: the team market.
International Coatings Company (www.iccink.com) has reformulated its 7014 Legacy White. ICC says it offers great bleed resistance, outstanding print performance, very fast flash, excellent opacity, easy printing, and a super soft feel. According to ICC, 7014 Legacy White can be used as an underbase or highlight white and can be printed through high mesh counts.
Magic Eco Block-2S from InteliCoat Technologies (www.intelicoat.com) is an opaque, two-side-printable paper designed for UV inkjet systems. According to Intelicoat, it features an inner block-out layer that allows for clean, double-sided printing with no show through. Eco Block-2S is recyclable, biodegradable, and compostable. The company says the paper’s lightweight, economical, and earth-friendly design make it ideal for the creation of P-O-S displays, subway/transit ad cards, and double-sided window signage. It’s available in two sizes: 60 in. x 20 ft and 60 in.