Designed to work with any model of manual or automatic screen printing press, the Super Seca 18 x 24-in. flash-curing unit from Workhorse Products has a ceramic IR heating element with three reflectors that help trap the heat and ensure proper curing at the edges of the garment. The head of the Super Seca can be rotated 360 degrees and the angle of the panel can be adjusted to compensate for garments of varying thicknesses.
My editor told me this issue’s theme was going to be inkjet, but quickly added I could write about another topic. Somehow, he got the idea I was not enamored with inkjet printing. I wonder why? (Editor’s note: Because I’ve read your columns before.)
Martine Padilla has been named the new executive director of the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP), the non-profit organization that certifies printing facilities’ sustainability best practices.
Monvera Glass Décor, the Richmond, California-based provider of screen-printed labels, has announced the completion of its $1.6-million expansion plan. Its new 42,000-square-foot facility has allowed the company to install a third production line (which was rolled out in 2013), increasing production capacity more than 50 percent, and the new location has allowed the firm to be closer to its wine and spirits customers in Sonoma, Napa, and San Francisco.
MHM designed its new X-Type Plus automatic garment press, distributed exclusively in the US by Hirsch International (www.hirschinternational.com), to be fast, flexible, and compact.
The X-Type Plus has an overall diameter just under 12 ft in the eight-station model, yet it offers many features of the company’s larger machines. Its M-Touch Pro operating system uses a tablet interface with keypads at each print station to allow for faster adjustments during setup. Press operators have access to real-time technical support via the built-in Wi-Fi connection.
Garment decorators can add personalized footwear to their product offerings through a shoe platen now available as an option for Hotronix (www.hotronix.com) heat-transfer presses.
The platen allows designs up to 2 x 4 in. to be applied to either the side or heel of sneakers, cleats, slippers, golf shoes, children’s shoes, and fashion footwear. The platen’s design allows for a pair of shoes to be decorated simultaneously.
Vastex (www.vastex.com) offers an LED Light Kit that allows printers to convert most brands and sizes of fluorescent screen-exposure units to UV LED light sources.
According to the company, converting fluorescent systems to UV LED allows screens to be exposed approximately 10 times faster while holding significantly finer detail with less image undercutting, regardless of the stencil system. Vastex says the UV LED bulbs can last 50,000-100,000 hours while emitting less heat and consuming less power than a fluorescent unit.
Brother International (www.gt3printers.com) has implemented several refinements to its GT-3 series of direct-to-garment inkjet printers, including the GT-341 (CMYK), GT-361 (CMYK+2xW), and GT-381 (CMYK+4xW).
New features include an enlarged print area of 16 x 18 in. through the use of an optional platen, a white-ink agitation mechanism that Brother says reduces ink waste by up to 60%, an improved maintenance process for better efficiency, and faster data download speeds via built-in LAN/Ethernet connectivity.
Mimaki USA has announced a new educational training program: SMART (School of Mimaki Application and Resource Training), which it will implement in Q1 2014.
In the program, Mimaki representatives will instruct and educate dealers and their end-user customers on the utilization, operation, and servicing of various Mimaki products. The company will utilize its six regional technology centers in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Los Angeles, and New Jersey to host the instructional and training programs.
International Paper has announced that its xpedx business will merge with Unisource Worldwide under the terms of an agreement that will then result in the creation of a new publicly traded company. The merger is expected to be completed in mid-2014.
Mary Laschinger, president of xpedx and senior vice president at International Paper, will become CEO of the new company and chairman of its board of directors. Allan Dragone, currently president and CEO of Unisource Worldwide, will serve as a director of the new company and will advise on integration activities.