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Custom Aztec Patterns from Heat Transfer Warehouse

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Choose 2 of 21 colors.

Heat Transfer Warehouse is offering Aztec Patterns, a line of digital heat transfer material available for custom order with any 2 colors chosen from the selection of 21. Patterns are printed 5 yds at a time.

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Agfa Partners with MGI Digital for Development of Printed Electronics

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Industrial engineering meets chemical research.

Agfa Specialty Products (Mortsel, Belguim) and MGI Digital Technology (Fresnes, France) have announced an alliance in which the two companies will pool resources to target the printed electronics market. MGI Digital and its subsidiary, Ceradrop, will offer knowledge in the development of inkjet technology, while Agfa Specialty Products will contribute its experience in the realm of conductive inks.

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The Challenges of Functional Inkjet Printing

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New digital technologies are addressing nozzle clogging, viscosity, ink migration and – always – hoping to increase print speed.

Printing done within industrial manufacturing processes has traditionally been dominated by analog methods, particularly screen printing. Inkjet is increasingly becoming part of the discussion, however. Beyond well-known commercial applications, such as signage and outdoor advertising, inkjet printing now commands the majority of the market for tile decoration. Almost all expiration dates and batch codes on beverage cans are inkjet printed. Inkjet is playing an increasing role in printing glass, packaging, flooring, laminates, and other home décor products.

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Industrial UV Flatbed Series from Novus Imaging

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With auto-masking technology.

Novus Imaging has added three industrial UV LED flatbeds, designed to eliminate the need for manual masking and featuring a print area of 5 x 10 ft. Keep reading on our sister site.

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Why Pantone Color Matching Is a Textile Screen Printer’s Worst Nightmare

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Pantone colors are trendy, they're high in demand, and they're a dreaded battle. Your closest ally? Your customers. Get them on your side with this quick lesson in color matching.

I’m not sure who the first garment printer to decide he could do a Pantone color match was. It was many years ago, and I’m sure the individual never realized the trouble he started. But I hope he had as much difficulty producing that job as most printers have today when trying to match Pantone colors, or even explaining them to their customers.

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Another SGIA Milestone Approaches

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Reflections on how our most important event marks times that the industry has boomed,

The last time the SGIA Expo was held in Atlanta, in 2008, the housing market had collapsed and the economy was on the brink of catastrophe. The mood at the show was pretty grim. I went home to Vancouver Island thinking the economy was only tanking in the US; then my business revenue dropped by almost half in 2009, and I watched the value of a friend’s house do almost the same as he spent two years trying to sell it. Worldwide, things went into a tailspin. Many companies went bankrupt. People lost their jobs.

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PRIMIR Projects Growth for Wide-Format Inkjet Printing

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Converters from analog, new applications to spur expansion.

PRIMIR, the research unit of NPES, has released “Wide Format Inkjet Printing Trends and Opportunities,” a study encompassing input from industry manufacturers, distributors, and experts, as well as PSPs, marketers, and retailers.

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Adelco Adds Eco-Tex Gas Dryer

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Designed for lower energy consumption.

Adelco has released Eco-Tex, a high-production conveyor gas dryer designed to reduce energy consumption along with the cost of operation. Distributed by Hirsch Solutions, the dryer features a modular design that allows users to choose the exact length of the machine, with the option to expand at any time. Five widths are available from 40 to 72 in.

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From the Editor: Marching to an Irregular Beat

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The print industry's take on sustainable practices is erratic, to say the least.

We’ve heard a fair amount of chatter about sustainability in various circles recently, but if you’ve listened closely, you realize, by now, that some of those data points are contradictory.

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FESPA Hosts Global Leadership Summit

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Print business leaders travel to Amsterdam.

FESPA will host The Global Summit, a thought leadership forum for print providers, in Amsterdam this December 1-2. The summit will explore market research revealed in FESPA’s print census, and attendees will learn strategies for identifying and taking advantage of market opportunities via business modeling, change management, and leadership skills.

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