User login

Mimaki Expands Dye-Sublimation Printer Line

Subtitle: 
Now offering the TS500P-3200 superwide model.

Mimaki’s new TS500P-3200 is a superwide dye-sublimation printer designed for oversized textile applications such as home furnishings, hospitality fabrics, and soft signage. The machine prints up to 129 in. wide; for comparison, a king-size bedspread measures 120 x 120 in. The TS500P-3200 is engineered with 12 high-gap printheads in three staggered rows; the head gap design works to eliminate the risk of media wrinkling and consequent head strikes.

Terms:

Nazdar Offers Alternative Inks for Mimaki Printers

Subtitle: 
Formulated to replace SS21 and BS3 inks.

Nazdar has launched 130 Series and 183 Series Digital Solvent Inks as an alternative to Mimaki’s OEM SS21 and BS3 formulations. The 130 Series is designed for use in the Mimaki JV33, CJV, JV300, and JV150 printers, while the 183 Series is modeled after the BS3 ink and is offered in 600-mL or 1- or 2-L packages. Nazdar reports the inks are color matched to the OEM product and can be switched one color at a time.

Terms:

Stencilmaking in the Age of CTS

Subtitle: 
Computer-to-screen imaging systems have helped screen printing to remain relevant as inkjet technology has progressed, but they require a different mindset in stencilmaking for best results.

Digital technology, specifically inkjet printing, was forecast by many to be the death knell of screen printing when the first systems were first showcased at the SGIA Expo in the early 1990s. While inkjet has taken much of the large-format graphics market and DTG printers are extending their reach into textiles, inkjet has not forced screen printing into obsolescence. In fact, the two disciplines seem to complement each other, giving screen printers more choices and variety of services to sell.

Terms:

SGIA Honors Sustainability Program Participants

Subtitle: 
Award recipients adhere to eco-friendly business practices.

SGIA has announced the recipients of the 2016 Sustainability Recognition Program Award, a yearly initiative promoting the adoption of sustainable business practices across the specialty imaging industry. Award recipients are required to submit a sustainability policy and adhere to specific program standards. This year’s honorees include:

Terms:

Superwide Dye-Sublimation Fabrics from Van Straaten

Subtitle: 
Decotex, Blockout, and Flag.

Van Straaten and Heytex have teamed to develop three 16-foot dye-sublimation fabrics. Read more on our sister site.

Terms:

InPrint Show Comes to the US

Subtitle: 
Industrial printing expo to hit Florida in 2017.

InPrint: The Industrial Print Show has announced a North American edition of its fledgling expo, to take place April 25-27, 2017, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Currently in its third year, the European show draws exhibitors, educators, and attendees from the industrial, specialty, digital, inkjet, and 3D-printing fields.

Terms:

From the Editor: Through a Print Buyer's Eyes

Subtitle: 
A quick glance from the outside in reveals an industry identity crisis.

I was walking the aisles of the Globalshop retail design expo in Las Vegas last month when I decided to shoot a colleague a quick birthday greeting – in Spanish, because she happens to be bilingual. Not an easy task for my sausage-shaped fingers on the 4-inch screen of my smartphone, and virtually an impossible one with Apple’s wondrously unpredictable spell checker factored into the equation.

Terms:

The Top 5 Art Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Subtitle: 
Many times, mistakes that show up on press can be traced back to the very first stage of the process: the artwork.

A lot of shop owners get down on themselves when errors happen in production, forgetting that a certain amount of variability comes with the territory. Especially when you do a lot of custom screen printing, the art, job setup, and printing parameters can be different on every order you do. When no two jobs are the same, it’s not really a surprise if the artwork doesn’t come out well a certain percentage of the time and it doesn’t necessarily mean you have a problem in your art department.

Terms:

Drupa and ESMA Team to Showcase Functional Printing

Subtitle: 
Two pavilions demo screen- and inkjet printing potential.

The European Specialist Printing Manufacturers Association (ESMA) will host two pavilions dedicated to functional and industrial printing at the upcoming drupa tradeshow in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Terms:

Hit Promotional Products Mourns CEO

Subtitle: 
Bill Schmidt passed away April 9.

Bill Schmidt, the CEO of Hit Promotional Products (Largo, Florida), passed away on April 9 at the age of 73. Born in New York on August 3, 1942, Schmidt is survived by his wife, Liz, and his sons, Bill Jr. and CJ.

He purchased the company from his father in 2001, changing its name and mission to focus on promotional products exclusively. They have since claimed the fifth-largest supplier spot in the industry, according to the Advertising Specialty Institute.

Terms: