In The Automation Issue, we present a collection of expert essays on an important topic in the industry today. Here, Marshall Atkinson discusses printroom efficiency and automation.
ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 series premiered the documentary “Catholics vs. Convicts” on December 10. The film features the controversial T-shirts spotted at the first on-campus football matchup between the University of Notre Dame and the University of Miami in 1988.
GSG, a distributor of consumables and equipment for the apparel decorating, digital printing, commercial sign, and electrical sign industries, offers regular monthly classes as part of its GSG U program. The classes are at one of seven GSG regional offices.
Here’s a look at the schedule for February 2017:
Today, BELECTRIC OPV, market leader in organic photovoltaics (OPV), announced that its OPV product line OPVIUS, co-developed with Merck, a leading science and technology company, received the Innovation Award Architecture + Building at the BAU 2017 on Monday January 16th. The BAU is the world's leading trade fair for architecture, materials and systems. It has proven itself as an efficient international contact and business platform for the construction industry.
The first-ever US edition of the InPrint industrial printing tradeshow is set for April 25-27 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. More than 50 exhibitors from the specialty, screen, digital, inkjet, and 3D printing sectors will showcase products and services. Attendees can also participate in more than 40 educational presentations. InPrint, which has been held thrice in Europe (most recently in Milan in November 2016), will be co-located in Orlando with the International Converting Exhibition. Both events are owned by exhibition organizers Mack Brooks.
Workhorse Products has added a version of Flashback Express, adapted to the company’s small-diameter, entry-level Freedom Express automatic press. The flash-cure unit can cure an area up to 16 x 16 in. and allows for printing, flashing, and cooling to all be done at the same print station. Shuttle-in/shuttle-out speed of the flash unit is adjustable, and four flash modes are available.
At the K 2016 plastics exhibition held in Düsseldorf, Germany, last fall, Marabu unveiled two new UV-curable inks for the packaging industry. Ultra Pack LEDC is a LED-curable product designed specifically for packaging and container printing that minimizes thermal stress on the substrate while requiring no preheating or ventilation. Applicable substrates include pretreated polyethylene and polypropylene, polyester, rigid PVC, polycarbonate, and polystyrene.
Esko’s new ArtiosCAD Display Store offers a library of design templates for retail display and package designers. The platform, ArtiosCAD.net, features more than 325 resizable, pre-tested designs, each accompanied by an animated film that can be presented to customers, uploaded to the internet, or used as an instruction manual for the finished product.
M&R has developed an 18-color version of its Gauntlet III automatic textile press. The machine offers 20 stations and a max. standard image area of 19 x 22 in., and a max. image area of 45 x 22 in. in alternating printheads.
Roland has launched the Metaza MPX-95, a photo impact printer for personalizing metallic and plastic items. The MPX-95 uses a diamond stylus to imprint materials including stainless steel, iron, titanium, platinum, gold, silver, copper, nickel, aluminum, and plastic. Applications include personalized pens, smart devices, jewelry, trophies, watches, and belt buckles.