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Expert Apparel: Integrating Your Production Systems

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Going back to the basics can do wonders for your shop’s efficiency.

Let’s stop for a minute and think about all the moments our presses have come to a halt in production. I’ve been in the T-shirt business some 30 years, and the list of reasons hasn’t changed much. You’ve got pinholes, ghost images, ink buildup, ink hangup, mis-registration, uneven ink coverage, poor color balance, and dot gain – to name a few. Now take it a step further and estimate the amount of downtime these disruptions cost you. Better yet, ask your staff to start recording this information, because real data is far more revealing than a casual estimate.

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Mimaki Reveals Dual-Bed UV-LED Printer

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Holds two 4 x 8-foot boards.

Mimaki has added the JFX200-2531 UV-LED flatbed printer with a dual bed. Based on the company’s JFX200-2513 model, the machine offers dual origin points and a user-controllable twin independent vacuum pump system, enabling operators to position two 4 x 8-ft boards, multiple jigs and pre-cut pieces, or one oversized sheet up to 98.4 x 122 in. The printer handles media up to 2 in. thick.

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ImageOne Offers Steam System for Vehicle Wrappers

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Designed for film application and removal.

ImageOne Impact has revealed the P.O.D. Pressure on Demand Steamer for applying and removing vehicle wrap film, paint protection film, and window tint film. The system releases a pressurized flow of steam to soften material; ImageOne reports it can help prevent broken glue, stretch marks, silvering, whitening of chrome films, and particles getting beneath the film.

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Dubuit Introduces Evopanel UV Screen Inks

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For industrial graphics applications.

Dubuit has added Evopanel Inks, a line of UV screen inks for industrial applications such as automotive, aerospace, medical devices, overlays, and membrane switches. The ink is NVP-free and compatible with most adhesives, according to the company. Dubuit also reports that the black Evopanel is extremely opaque and flexible. The line is designed to withstand high temperatures for in-mold applications. It can also be printed on polycarbonate and treated polyester.

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Virus Inks Adds New Metallic Effects

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Now offering copper, mercury, and more.

Virus Inks has expanded its line of metallic powders available for use with its Hydra Clear for Metallic base ink. In addition to gold and silver, the line now includes copper, mercury, cadmium, uranium, brass, and titanium. The resulting ink is reportedly Oeko-Tex Class 1-certified and has high washing resistance.

The company also reports that the mixed metallic inks be used as an underbase to create bright reflexes in the finished print, and that heat pressing will bring out additional reflective effect.
 

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‘Midnight Blockout’ Fabric for Tradeshow Displays

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Top Value Fabrics’ new material compatible with numerous inks.

Top Value Fabrics has introduced Midnight Blockout, a fabric designed specifically for tradeshow displays. Featuring an acrylic black back for increased opacity and durability, the media is slightly stretchable for use in exhibit and retail frames. It is printable with direct and transfer dye-sub, UV, and latex inks. Width is 126 in.

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Magic Adds Backlit and Window Films

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Two new inkjet materials.

Magic has added Adhere6.0, a removable window film that offers an alternative to vinyl, and Hilite8.0, a translucent satin backlit film.

Adhere6.0 is an optically clear polyester material with a high gloss surface designed for window advertisements and décor. It is latex- and UV-printable. Available in 50- and 54-in. widths.

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Building Wrap Mesh from Agfa Graphics

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Designed for heavy-duty environments.

Agfa Graphics’ Duratex Supreme Mesh is designed for outdoor applications facing extreme wear and tear such as building wraps and pole banners. The tear-resistant mesh features a 90/10 air flow and blockout characteristics for double-sided applications. Agfa reports the material is printable with most solvent, eco-solvent, latex, and UV inks with the help of a mesh kit. Available in 126- and 196-in. widths.

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Tekra Adds 15-Mil Backlit Film

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Latex-printable material designed for greater durability.

Tekra has added 15-mil JetView Latex White Translucent Matte/Gloss Backlit Polycarbonate film. The material is a sturdier alternative to the company’s 8- and 10-mil options. Tekra reports that the film offers high ink adhesion and a light transmission of 32.5%, reducing hot spots when backlit. Available in 53-in. widths.

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Double-Wide Screen Cleaning Sink from Workhorse

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Fits a single large-format or two standard screens.

Workhorse Products’ new double-wide screen reclaiming sink measures 24 in. deep by 52 in. wide, offering room to wash two standard 23 x 31-in. screens or a single large-format screen. The Wash-It sink is made of steel, offers a translucent back window for inspection, and includes two screen racks. Workhorse reports that a light can be mounted on or behind the sink for enhanced visibility. A rack for up to eight squeegees is optional.

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