RR Donnelley & Sons has announced that, after a series of strategic acquisitions over the past decade, it will split into three independent, publicly traded companies. One business, FinancialCo, will focus on financial communications and data services; the second, PRSCo, will center on publishing and retail-centric print services, and the third, CMCo, will house customized multichannel communications management.
Workhorse Products has released the SD-10 screen drying cabinet with features designed to process screens faster and at higher quality. Featuring an industrial filter, a 222-CFM output blower, and adjustable pressurized or circular airflow, the cabinet is designed to prevent pinholes caused by contaminates, inconsistent drying times, and other troubleshooting issues. The SD-10 holds up to 10 screens from 20 x 24 in. to 25 x 36 in. (outder dimension), with adjustable rack space.
Graph Expo 15 will feature a two-part management workshop September 15-16. Themed “UnSquaring the Wheel,” the event will be led by sales and marketing strategist Wayne Peterson of Black Canyon Consulting Group, Professor Chris Bondy of RIT, and Dr.
Fujifilm has launched Uvijet OW, a set of UV inks for use with the Inca Onset printer series. Available in 7 colors, the inks are designed with improved adhesion for use on a wider range of rigid and flexbile plastic substrates. The high-gloss inks are also intended to provide higher resistance to post-press processes such as cutting, creasing, and routing.
ESMA, an association of European print equipment manufacturers, has announced the details for its tech conference, Direct Container Print 2015, this November 23-24 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The event programming is designed to introduce printers, packaging manufacturers, and brand owners to direct-to-container decoration on plastic.
Mutoh (www.mutoh.com) has introduced its 74-in. ValueJet 1938WX, designed for long-run dye-sublimation applications such as scarves, blankets, shower curtains, tradeshow graphics, flags, banners, interior décor, performance apparel, and more. The 1440-dpi printer, compatible with dual-CMYK or 8-color configurations, features a rear media feed lever, take-up system, automatic sheet-cutting capability, mobile app for remote printer monitoring, and control panel. With dual staggered printheads, the machine images up to 1327 sq ft/hr, according to the company.
Kodak Alaris (www.kodakalaris.com) has added UV-Curable Clear Display Film, a transparent inkjet media for backlit applications such as high-traffic P-O-P displays. The film is designed with high ink adhesion for photo-quality graphics displayed on illuminators with built-in diffusers. Available in up to 72.5-in. widths.
Creative Materials (www.creativematerials.com) has introduced a line of colored, electrically conductive screen-printable inks and coatings intended for use in applications including touch screens and displays, EMI-RFI shielding, medical devices, and wearable electronics. The inks are scratch- and crease-resistant, color stable, and feature reduced surface transfer of conductive particles when compared to conventional conductive inks, according to the company. Also applicable by dipping and syringe dispensing, the inks are compatible with Kapton, Mylar, and glass, among other substrates.
Ink2image, a manufacturer of digital inks and media, has launched www.screenpositive.com, a website offering supplies for creating digital screen separations. Available products include the company’s Absolute Black and Clear UV inks, which are designed primarily for use with Epson printheads. Absolute Black is designed for improved light blocking in order to preserve screen life, while Absolute Clear is intended to reduce both wasted color ink and printhead maintenance. The site also features other accessories, films, and information guides.
James “Jim” Elliott, a former Screen Printing staff member and longtime authority in the screen-printing industry, passed away unexpectedly on June 30, 2015, while on a motorcycle trip to the North Carolina coast. Jim, a resident of the Nashville area where he was raised, was 59. After working in production-management and quality-control capacities in the textile and printed-circuit industries, Jim served as associate editor of Screen Printing and SITE (Screen Imaging Technology for Electronics) magazines from 1984-1986.