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Systematic Automation’s Cylindrical Screen Press

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Offering gear- and friction-driven methods.

Systematic Automation has launched the Model F1-DC screen printer for imaging a variety of cylindrical products ranging from shot glasses to growlers. The machine offers two methods of operation: gear-driven, designed for quick changeover between products, and friction-driven, which requires more time for setup but is more versatile.

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Workhorse Adds Photosharp Exposure System

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Featuring an instant-start system.

Workhorse Products has introduced the Photosharp metal halide screen exposure system. The unit features a 1000-W dual-spectrum light source and an instant-start system. Workhorse reports the dual-spectrum lamps enable curing of diazo and photopolymer-sensitized emulsions.

Additional features include an integrated digital time control with an automatic shutoff and repeat function, a vacuum with hold-down blanket, and the capacity for extra large screens. Two models are available: 115 V and 230 V.
 

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Caldera Acquired by Dover

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Joins MS Printing and JK Group in printing division.

Dover has acquired software developer Caldera Graphics in a $39 million deal. Caldera is based in Strasbourg, France, and has provided image processing, color management, and workflow software for the digital printing industry for the past 25 years. The company will join MS Printing Solutions and the JK Group in Dover’s Printing and Identification platform.

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Film Insert Molding: Combining Form and Function

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Another option for manufacturers looking to streamline decorative and functional printing steps.

Film insert molding (FIM) can be an excellent method for integrating printed graphics into plastic parts. Such parts are used in many applications, including automotive, consumer electronics, industrial, white goods, and medical devices. The greatest benefit of FIM, however, may lie in using it as a platform for integrating printed electronics and decorative printing into a single molded part that is both functional and durable. Manufacturers are beginning to incorporate circuitry created with conductive inks and encapsulate discrete semiconductor chips within molded, decorated parts.

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2017 FESPA Award Winners Announced

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Awards for special effects printing, best in show, and more.

FESPA announced the winners of its 2017 Awards at the annual Gala Dinner hosted in Hamburg, Germany last week. The Young Star Award, which honors an exceptional printer between the ages of 15 and 25, was awarded to Sandra Zomer from the Netherlands. The online FESPA community voted Australia’s OMUS the 2017 People’s Choice of the Year for its 3D printed Louis Vuitton pop-up store. The Best in Show Award went to Switzerland’s Atelier für Siebdruck for its entry in the Special Effects category.

The winners of the application categories include:

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Xaar 1003 AMx Launched at Display Week 2017

Xaar, world leader in industrial inkjet technology, is delighted to announce the launch of its new printhead, the Xaar 1003 AMx for precise and controlled small drop (6-42 pL) functional fluid deposition. Perfect for the production of fine features, patterns and coatings, this new printhead is of interest to sectors such as advanced manufacturing, flat panel display, PCB, semiconductors and photovoltaics.
 

Agfa Adds Account Manager for Western Canada

Agfa Inc., North America’s leading provider of wide-format inkjet and commercial printing solutions, is pleased to announce the addition of Brent Holmes as Account Manager for western Canada. Holmes is responsible for Agfa Graphics’ wide-format equipment product portfolio.
 

Mimaki Inks Receive Sustainable Certification

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Dye sublimation inks deemed Oeko-Tex Eco Passport-certified.

Mimaki’s Sb54/310/410 and Sb320/420 dye sublimation inks have been named Eco Passport-certified by Oeko-Tex, a union of independent textile research and test institutes. Oeko-Tex certifications are designed to encourage manufacturers to reduce their overall environmental impact.

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Ryonet Offers Sgreen Distribution System

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Compatible with up to four pumps.

Ryonet has launched the Sgreen Distribution System, designed to give higher volume shops the ability to eliminate the need for individual containers for their screen chemicals. The system can utilize up to four pumps to dispense a degreaser, ink remover, screen opener, and an emulsion remover. Reclaiming agents are stored in plastic containers, each of which includes a pump, chemical line, quick fastener, spray gun with a wide pattern, and threaded probe.

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Lawson, Multi-Tech Introduce Thinner DT

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Restores old plastisol ink.

Lawson and Multi-Tech have partnered to release Thinner DT/Reducer #4, an ink thinner designed to revive old plastisol ink that has been sitting on shelves for too long. Lawson reports the thinner restores ink that has become thick or stiff with age into a usable, creamy plastisol ink for manual and automatic printing.

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