Vastex International has introduced the Little Red X Series of infrared conveyor dryers, featuring expandable drying chambers. The series includes digitally controlled temperature and belt speed via an industrial control box that also offers diagnostic displays. The heaters are designed with closely spaced coils for high-density, medium-wavelength IR heat to increase cure speed without cold spots or undercuring.
International Coatings has introduced Axeon Reflective 1505 Direct Print ink. The PVC- and phthalate-free ink contains microscopic glass beads that reflect light when exposed to a direct source, as would a mirror. Applications include creative garment decoration as well as improved nighttime visibility for printed designs. Axeon Reflective 1505 is compatible with cotton, 50/50 fabrics, and some nylons.
Roland’s Texart dye-sublimation portfolio now includes fluorescent pink and yellow inks for use on the XT-640 and RT-640 wide-format printers. Applications for the new inks include sportswear, fashion, soft signage, décor, and promotional merchandise.
The company has also developed the Roland DG Fluor Color Library, a swatch palette compatible with Adobe Illustrator and CorelDraw for designing with the new shades. The inks will be offered in a configuration with CMYK, orange, and violet.
Vanguard Digital Printing Systems has expanded its fledgling portfolio with the VK300D UV flatbed printer. Featuring an 8.5-in. print swath using 2656-nozzle Kyocera printheads with 4- to 12-pL droplet sizes, the machine reportedly prints up to 40 boards/hr. The 1800-dpi (apparent resolution) VK300D prints on substrates up to 61 x 123 in. and up to 4 in. thick, and offers CMYK + white, with a G7-certified color gamut.
Systematic Automation’s new UVSP UV LED spin-curing unit is designed for cylindrical items ranging in size from ballpoint pens to gallon-sized containers. The UVSP provides a complete 360-degree cure without the use of mirrors and uses universal vacuum plates that accommodate most cylindrical products without the need for special holding nests. When separate nests are required, for items such as small cylindrical tubes, the company reports that they can be cured without the need for additional tooling.
Inkjet Technology, Inc. (ITI) has released the TX3200DS, a 126-in. textile printer that can be configured for direct-to-fabric or dye-sublimation imaging. Dye-sub users can also elect to add a heat transfer system that sublimates prints as they exit the printer without the need for a separate calendar press unit.
SA International has released version 12 of its FlexiPrint Basic Edition, FlexiPrint Premium, and FlexiSign-Pro software packages for HP Latex 310 and 330 users. The update is compatible with Windows 10, and features new tools such as:
Mutoh has announced a new UV-LED hybrid printer, built with a staggered dual printhead design and dual UV lamps for improved print and cure speeds. The ValueJet 1638UH prints on roll or rigid material up to a ½ in. thick at speeds up to 220 sq ft/hr. For rigid media, the machine features front and rear tables. Applications include package prototyping, P-O-P displays, and interior signage.
Imprintables Warehouse has released Dura Pro Frosted Etch Glass Sign Vinyl, a 3-mil calendered vinyl for use on flat glass windows or doors. The material is durable up to 7 years and available in 15- and 24-in. widths.
Graphics One has announced the Mogk HTM 1800, a 71-in. industrial calender heat transfer system for roll-to-roll, direct-to-transfer, and cut-sheet applications. The machine features a 13.8-in. oil drum and transfers images at up to 19 ft/min. Additional features include an automatic felt alignment and protection system, an industrial fabric tensioning system, an auxiliary belt system with reverse rotation, and a No Power Break System that prevents damage during power outages. It is also integrated with a 24-in.