Vastex International has added the C-1000 Semi-Automatic Screen Coater, designed to produce stencils with greater uniformity than manually coated screens. Featuring a foot-pedal control that lowers the screen at a constant, adjustable rate, the coater can still be held using two hands for improved accuracy. The spring-loaded screen holder accommodates wood, aluminum, and retensionable frames from 23 to 36 in. tall with a max. weight of 11 lbs. It can coat up to 50 screens/hr, each with three coats of emulsion, according to the company.
ESMA has released a preview of this year’s GlassPrint conference, to take place November 25-26 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The program will feature technical presentations covering digital, screen, and pad processes for decorating flat and hollow glass, including several sessions exploring the benefits and challenges of UV curing.
At first, it looked like the world’s largest game of “Jeopardy!” I was flipping channels one August evening when I saw a line of people in business attire standing behind brightly lit podiums. Then I remembered it was the first debate of the 2016 presidential campaign – technically, the second because one stage wasn’t sufficient for the enormous field of Republican hopefuls and the first group had engaged a few hours earlier. Great, I thought as I considered the electioneering season ahead.
Only 15 months to go.
For most people, the increasingly widespread availability of in-flight wifi makes for a more enjoyable, convenient travel experience. But for Valencia, California-based industrial screen-printing specialist Diversified Images, it means business.
Brand agency Dalziel & Pow (D&P) provided a glimpse of what may be the future of in-store marketing at the London Retail Design Expo earlier this year.
M&R has introduced a more aggressively priced, high-speed version of its M-Link DTG inkjet printer. The M-Link X can print full-sized images up to 13 x 19 in. in 30-45 sec on white garments and less than a minute on dark garments. Like the original model, the M-Link X features M&R’s i-Color RIP and Absolute Position Technology, and uses DuPont Artistri Brite textile inks. Print modes include conventional two-pass printing, bi-directional Y-axis printing, and OPEP (One-Pass Express Printing).
LaManna Alliance, led by strategy consultant Rock LaManna, has announced a partnership with Sunbelt Business Brokers that will guide print industry business owners through the decision and process of selling or merging their companies. LaManna is a 35-year veteran of the printing industry, having grown and sold two print companies before becoming a consultant in 2001. Sunbelt represents business owners seeking liquidity around the world.
Direct printing on glass presents unique challenges. Glass bottles for beverages and specialty foods bring additional considerations. Besides the substrate, there are safety and environmental concerns as well as governmental regulations to take into account. During his 17 years in printing equipment manufacturing, Steve Gilbertson developed an understanding of these issues, as well as an appreciation of the need for environmentally sustainable decorating that eliminates lead, cadmium, and harmful VOCs from the process.
OKI Data Corporation has announced an agreement with Seiko Instruments to acquire its wide-format printer divisions, Seiko I Infotech. Driven by a heightened market for on-demand printing, particularly in the retail and distribution industries, the acquisition spans the company’s subsidiaries in Japan, Europe, and the US, and is due to be completed on October 1, 2015. The transaction will reportedly not affect current products and services.
RR Donnelley & Sons has announced that, after a series of strategic acquisitions over the past decade, it will split into three independent, publicly traded companies. One business, FinancialCo, will focus on financial communications and data services; the second, PRSCo, will center on publishing and retail-centric print services, and the third, CMCo, will house customized multichannel communications management.