SOS From Texas (www.sosfromtexas.com) now offers a baby blanket that it describes as super soft, chemical-free, and made from certified organic cotton. The cotton is only washed, not bleached, the company explains. The blanket measures 32 x 40 in. (813 x 1016 mm), and SOS From Texas reports shrinkage averages approximately 15%. The blanket can be decorated with screen printing or embroidery. It is American made, SOS says, from the cotton processing to the knitting of the fabric to the cutting and sewing. Trim colors come in natural, pink, and yellow.
The G3 digital cutting solution from Zünd (www.zund.com) now features tandem vacuum operation, a feature the company says increases workflow efficiency, keeps idle time to a minimum, and provides maximum productivity. With the tandem setup, the working area of the cutter is divided into two independently controllable vacuum plates in front and back. Each side is equipped with controls for turning the vacuum on/off and for resuming the cutting process.
RhinoTech (www.rhinotechinc.com) announces that its latest filtration system—the M-10F—is its most powerful. According to RhinoTech, the M-10F offers space-saving features to enable it to easily fit underneath a RhinoTech (or most other) washout booth and connect to plumbing systems. The company also notes that, with the use of compatible RhinoClean Green² Screen Cleaning chemicals, filtered liquid becomes even more drain safe. The first M-10F’s two filtration chambers fill with liquid from the washout booth.
Avery Dennison recently announced that 25 graphic installers have achieved Avery Dennison Car Wrap Certification in the U.S. and Canada so far this year. The certification is a two-part test that includes a written exam and hands-on vehicle wrap installation demonstration.
With the installation of a new K15 CNC universal screen-printing machine, Kammann USA inaugurated its new Demo Center at its North American headquarters in Portsmouth, NH. The installation will demonstrate the machine's capabilities and provide hands-on training for operators.
According to Paul Bolduc, president of Kammann USA, “the early response has been fantastic. The Demo Center allows us to more easily show off the machine’s capabilities while also providing our customers with an opportunity to learn how to take full advantage of those capabilities.”
It’s been about five years since we started dabbling in social media. At first it was all about the social interaction. Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter were starting to gain some traction. I remember opening my Facebook account when there were only 100 million users. Now it is 1.1 billion users, and the landscape has fundamentally changed.
Livingston Systems (livingstonsystems.com) recently unveiled the 4 x 4-in. (101.6 x 101.6-mm) Sports Champ. It is a replacement for the 5-in. (127-mm) round Jacket Champ for printing multilayered substrates and other odd shapes. Livingston says the Sports Champ has a replaceable, durable, aluminum printing surface and a latching system that is adjustable so you can set the tension low for quick cycle times or high for difficult, multicolor designs. According to Livingston, the Sports Champ will fit onto any printing press and hold substrates securely without the use of adhesives.
Inca Digital Printers (www.incadigital.com) recently unveiled the Inca Onset Q40i. The six-color, flatbed UV inkjet printer is designed to image onto media up to 123.6 x 63 in. (3139 x 1600 mm) and up to 2 in. (50 mm) thick. The Onset Q40i features Fujifilm Spectra Dimatix QS10 printheads, supports 1200-dpi apparent resolution, and prints at speeds up to 3336 sq ft/hr (310 sq m/hr). The system is supplied by Fujifilm.
Esko (www.esko.com) recently announced its intent to purchase CAPE Systems, a provider of software solutions for packaging design, pallet-load optimization, and supply-chain profitability. CAPE is active worldwide through a network of resellers, and is headquartered in Allen, TX and with offices in London, UK.
Color management can be a challenge for screen printers, because the media that we print is constantly changing. A printer may have different shirt colors, different fabrics, strange garments, and a huge variety of art sources that are provided to color match.
Before the actual inks on the press can be matched to the art sources from a customer, a few steps can be taken to ensure that colors can be properly dealt with and that time won’t be wasted by making assumptions prior to the actual method of ink-to-screen matching.