We cognoscenti recognize traffic signs as another example of screen printing being everywhere on everything, but most people don’t even notice them, except when they blow through a stop sign. If you go on a road trip to Niagara Falls – the Canuckistan side – you will definitely see the handiwork of Anthony Baarda and his crew of Royston and Patrick. They work in the Niagara Regional District sign shop and supply all the road, police, and fire signage for 12 municipalities, working primarily with aluminum covered in vinyl or reflective film.
RapidTag from ASPE (www.aspesite.com) is a line of high-speed automatic screen presses designed to print small images on promotional products and garments. The line features a product detection sensor, a high-density flash cure for each printhead, a color touchscreen, and an indexing system. Four 6 x 6-in. models are offered:
Drytac (www.drytac.com) has added ReTac Duo, a clear, double-sided wall adhesive for removable wall and window graphics. Featuring permanent adhesive on one side and ReTac removable adhesive on the other, ReTac Duo allows graphics to be repositioned without loss of adhesive strength, or removed without leaving residue or damage behind, according to the company. Available in widths up to 54 in. and includes a 1-mil clear polyester carrier.
In the ongoing quest to differentiate, decorators are finding that mashing up various special-effect techniques can produce unique looks that command a premium. See a step-by-step job from Greg Gaardbo of Shockwaves Promotional Apparel with this photo gallery; or, read some of Gaardbo's tips for the trade here.
Multimedia apparel decorating is a great way to make your company stand out. It attracts attention with a look that not every shop offers. Now, more than ever, that’s a critical advantage. Much of today’s high-volume decorating work is being done offshore. At the same time, new digital processes are making traditional high-margin specialties less special.
SGIA (www.sgia.org) has published its annual member-only benchmarking report, featuring statistics gathered from the garment decoration; graphics and signs; graphics installation; industrial imaging; and supply, manufacturing, and distributing communities. The study showed positive growth for many market sectors; product areas; and equipment purchasing.
Sawgrass Technologies (www.sawgrassink.com) has added a 24-in. dye-sublimation printer to its Virtuoso line. In collaboration with Mutoh’s ValueJet print technology, the printer features Sawgrass’ SubliJet-HD sublimation ink. It is designed for large images and high-volume production, featuring dual CMYK and 8-color configurations, an expanded line of ink colors (including fluorescents), as well as CreativeStudio cloud-based design software and color manager.
SGIA (www.sgia.org) has investigated the state of the graphics installation industry with a survey of 46 companies that provide installation services across a wide range of applications. Keep reading on our sister site to find out what product areas are most served, and which trends point to industry expansion.
Industry consultant, Screen Printing columnist, and 2 Regular Guys podcaster Terry Combs (www.terrycombs.com) is an “idea-a- minute” guy when it comes to marketing. Well, not exactly: He never quite reaches the promised number of niche market ideas he intends to share with audiences when he speaks on this subject, as he did at last year’s ASI Show Chicago and in a recent SGIA-sponsored webinar. (He’ll be covering the topic again at the Graphics Central Pavilion at ASI Chicago, at 1:15 p.m.
Xerox (www.xerox.com) has designed a performance package option for the IJP 2000, a 42-in. single-pass inkjet printer with a quoted print speed of up to 4520 sq ft/hr. The package corrects streaking and banding that may result from variations in printhead performance, according to the company, and includes Xerox 7742 Scan Solution. The 42-in. scanner, which allows documents with handwritten notations and amendments to be scanned and printed or filed, has an optical resolution of up to 1200 dpi.