It tends to get far too little attention at events like the SGIA Expo and the ASI Shows, and its slice of the pie is often equally small when it comes to publicity in general. You could easily make the argument that it is the Rodney Dangerfield of specialty graphics and screen printing.
Screen printers know the drill: Short runs are rarely profitable, given the amount of time and materials involved in setting up even the simplest job. And forget about one-offs and prototypes.
Garment screen printers continue to feel increasing pressure from clients to turn jobs around in record time. While these demands aren't too tough to meet when the print runs involve one color, the heat is definitely on for shops that handle multicolor and process-color work. Time is of the essence, which means you need to be able to crank out good separations without delay—separations that are production-friendly and compatible with your entire workflow. This discussion focuses on three effective ways to do just that.
Semper International, the placement firm for skilled help in the graphic arts and printing industry, has announced that it has tracked some bright spots in hiring and major purchases in the printing and graphic-arts industries.
EFI’s Connect 2014 users’ conference, held this January at the Wynn Las Vegas, drew an event-record attendance of approximately 1500 customers, channel partners, and other industry professionals, a reported increase of 33 percent from the previous year. The conference featured more than 150 educational sessions, including a new business-development track aimed at C-level executives to complement extensive feature-specific training on EFI products.
Dover Corporation has completed its acquisition of Italy-based MS Printing Solutions S.r.l., the Italian designer, manufacturer, and distributor of digital inkjet printing systems and associated consumables serving the textile and specialty-material markets. MS will become part of Dover's Printing and Identification segment.
Wilflex Epic Top Score plastisol inks from PolyOne can be printed on a range of athletic fabrics that require low curing temperatures including 100% polyester, 100% nylon, and various polyester blends.
Cyrious Software has added a pricing tool for membrane switches and other printed electronics to its Control estimating and business management software.
The tool allows users to estimate each component of a membrane-switch order including the overlay, adhesive, dome cover, spacer, circuit, final assembly, and more. Production processes included in the pricing screens include screen printing, embossing, diecutting, laser cutting, and digital printing.
Designed to screen print a wide range of cylindrical products, the PT-8 from Systematic Automation uses an eight-station, pneumatically controlled turret that operates solely through compressed air with no electronics or hydraulic components.
Pre-tooled dial plates for different cylinder sizes allow users to quickly change the machine from one job to the next. Press settings such as print speed and squeegee pressure are controlled from a single operator panel.
The Eazy Inkprint line of pad-printing presses from Pad Print Machinery of Vermont is now offered in 2-color models.
Available in three sizes with sealed ink cups measuring 90-, 130-, or 160-mm wide, the printers feature a stationary parts-holding mechanism and a pad-shuttle system that moves the pads side to side, allowing for precise registration on multicolor jobs according to the company.