Pocono Screen Supply has introduced Pocono Xtreme Low-Cure Ink, an opaque formula for screen printers designed to combat dye migration and ink bleeding. Xtreme reportedly cures at temperatures between 150 and 200 F. It is compatible with heat-sensitive materials including Lycra, spandex, rayon, and nylon mesh and requires no additives, according to the company. It is offered in more than 30 colors.
Virus has introduced 4You, an online color separation service designed for 4-color printing with the company’s water-based inks. Users can access the service via Virus’ website and send the company an image; they will receive a color separation file along with printing instructions. 4You is offered in two versions: one for white fabric and another for colored garments.
Graphix Direct has announced Flora’s new 3000H 126-in. hybrid UV printer. Engineered with Konica Minolta 1024i 6-pL grayscale printheads, the 3000H images at up to 1200 sq ft/hr with a max. resolution of 1440 dpi. Offered in custom configurations with up to 16 printheads, inks include CMYKcm + white + varnish. The machine also features the capability to print three layers of ink in one pass, according to the company.
Tekra has introduced a line of UV inkjet-printable rigid vinyl films for applications such as P-O-P signage, menu boards, and temporary displays. The films reportedly do not require a coating. Options include:
• Black opaque matte;
• Clear gloss;
• Clear matte;
• Clear polished;
• White opaque gloss;
• White opaque matte;
• And white opaque polished.
Workhorse Products has released Gripper, a device for holding down two-ply garments and other slippery fabrics such as jackets. The attachment pulls the image area taut across a 16 x 16-in. print area; it features an adjustable lock-lever system and is compatible with a variety of manual presses.
Sawgrass has added two fluorescent hues to the SubliJet-HD ink selection for its Virtuoso 25-in. 8-Color Product Decorating System. The new fluorescent yellow and pink inks are designed for applications such as sports products, corporate logos, promotional products, safety products, high-visibility signage, and more. They accompany a CMYKcm configuration. A 16-color fluorescent color palette for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and CorelDraw is included.
Avery Dennison has revealed a new generation of its Supercast film series and corresponding overlaminates. MPI 1105 Supercast films are designed to be ultra-conformable for applications including vehicle wraps and outdoor graphics. The series features a long-term removable adhesive, Easy Apply RS and Easy Apply liner technology for simpler installation, and a gloss finish. Available in 60-in. widths.
International Coatings has announced Blaze Low Bleed White 7042, a screen-printing ink for imaging on poly/cotton fabrics via manual and automatic presses. According to the company, the ink is designed with high bleed resistance, fast flash, low tack, and high opacity. It offers a matte finish.
The new ROQ Tunnel is a customizable conveyor dryer for automatic screen printing lines. Available exclusively in North America through Ryonet, the Tunnel allows users to tailor the following features to suit their individual shop’s needs:
Much has happened in direct-to-garment (DTG) inkjet printing since we last examined the technology two years ago. Newer inks provide better color gamut, improved washability, and adhesion to a growing range of pretreated fabrics. Big inkjet players have jumped in, first with Epson (left) and then Ricoh (through its recent acquisition of Anajet, right) marketing DTG systems.