Designed specifically for backlit signage illuminated by LEDs, 3M’s (www.3Mgraphics.com) Envision Flexible Substrate FS-1 allows printers to create bright, more energy-efficient signage. The company reports that Envision FS-1 is nearly twice as light transmissive as 3M Panagraphics III Wide Width Flexible Substrate, allowing brand owners and graphics manufacturers to create signs that use less energy and require less maintenance without sacrificing performance. The film can be decorated with cut vinyl or direct printing through solvent, UV, or latex inks.
CET Color (www.cetcolor.com) has introduced the Q5 series, a line of UV flatbed and hybrid printing presses. The series includes Ricoh Gen5 printheads, which feature grayscale printing with 600 dpi resolution, and an automatic height detection system that calibrates printhead distance for dot placement and image quality for varying media heights. An optional static suppression kit is available. Color configurations offered include CMYK + White and CMYKx2 + White. Max. print speeds range from 400 to 1152 sq ft/hr.
I was walking the floor on the second day of SGIA when I ran into an old acquaintance, the owner of an industrial-graphics printing business who is also a dignitary in the industry. We catch up each year at the show.
SGIA has released the 2015 Graphic Workshop schedule, which includes two new training classes.
HP has introduced the first product from its Blended Reality ecosystem, Sprout by HP, a computing platform. Its release was accompanied by the HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D print system.
Multi Jet Fusion at a Glance
The Multi Jet Fusion is built on HP Thermal Inkjet technology and is designed to increase the commercial viability of 3D printing.
“We examined the existing 3D print market [and] saw major gaps in the combination of speed, quality, and cost,” says Stephen Negro, senior VP, Inkjet and Graphic Solutions, HP.
At this year's SGIA Expo (Las Vegas, October 22–24), the Dave Swormstedt, Sr. Memorial Award was presented to Guido Lengwiler for his book, A History of Screen Printing, How an Art Evolved into an Industry.
When considering a new special-effects technique, ask yourself, “Can a customer distinguish our products from those from the guy down the street? Or are we just another in a long line of the many screen printers they can choose from, for no other reasons than convenience or price?”
Many years ago, I got into this industry because the shirts I saw in retail shops fascinated me and made me wonder how the heck they were made. To this day, certain shirts still catch my eye and I ask that same question again. I love the art and mastery of technique that goes into making a shirt that people want because it just looks so cool.
It was only later in my career that I learned the difference between a cool shirt and a production shirt—and, more importantly, how to turn one into the other by creating a blueprint for success in a production environment.
The Koozie Printer from Systematic Automation (www.sysauto.com) features an eight-station rotary indexer for high-speed printing of all types of beverage coolers, including collapsible styles. The unit can print around the entire circumference of the cooler. The operator loads the coolers onto the machine mandrel at the 9 o’clock position. Coolers made of foam are unloaded manually; an assisted take-off unit for foam coolers is available. For collapsible coolers, a servo-driven unloader is available that removes the items and puts them through a compact electric dryer.