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UV Inkjet Thermoforming System from EFI

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GS Pro-TF technology enables direct inkjet printing of substrates for deep-draw thermoforming applications

The GS Pro-TF technology from EFI (www.efi.com/vutek) enables direct inkjet printing of substrates for deep-draw thermoforming applications.

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The Other Shop Software: Business and Management Software

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More than 30 sources for business and management solutions that can make you more efficient—and profitable

It tends to get far too little attention at events like the SGIA Expo and the ASI Shows, and its slice of the pie is often equally small when it comes to publicity in general. You could easily make the argument that it is the Rodney Dangerfield of specialty graphics and screen printing.

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New Dimensions in Digital Printing

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An emerging class of digital, direct-to-substrate inkjet printers is allowing screen shops to expand into ad-specialty products, promotional items, and more.

Screen printers know the drill: Short runs are rarely profitable, given the amount of time and materials involved in setting up even the simplest job. And forget about one-offs and prototypes.

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Three Fast Ways to Separate Designs in Photoshop

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Use the tips presented here to streamline the way you separate color for all kinds of garment graphics.

Garment screen printers continue to feel increasing pressure from clients to turn jobs around in record time. While these demands aren't too tough to meet when the print runs involve one color, the heat is definitely on for shops that handle multicolor and process-color work. Time is of the essence, which means you need to be able to crank out good separations without delay—separations that are production-friendly and compatible with your entire workflow. This discussion focuses on three effective ways to do just that.

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Increase in Hiring, Reports Semper International

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More than 30 percent of print and graphics-industry respondents to new survey report making capital investments last quarter.

Semper International, the placement firm for skilled help in the graphic arts and printing industry, has announced that it has tracked some bright spots in hiring and major purchases in the printing and graphic-arts industries.

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Landa Partnership Announcement Highlights EFI Connect

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Also: Digital StoreFront v7 launched, LED model of HS100 printer readied, and more.

EFI’s Connect 2014 users’ conference, held this January at the Wynn Las Vegas, drew an event-record attendance of approximately 1500 customers, channel partners, and other industry professionals, a reported increase of 33 percent from the previous year. The conference featured more than 150 educational sessions, including a new business-development track aimed at C-level executives to complement extensive feature-specific training on EFI products.

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Dover Acquires MS Printing Solutions

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“Expanding [our] served markets beyond the fast-moving consumer goods and industrial markets into the textile market…”

Dover Corporation has completed its acquisition of Italy-based MS Printing Solutions S.r.l., the Italian designer, manufacturer, and distributor of digital inkjet printing systems and associated consumables serving the textile and specialty-material markets. MS will become part of Dover's Printing and Identification segment.

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PolyOne's New Wilflex Epic Top Score Plastisol Inks

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Available premixed in a range of 21 colors.

Wilflex Epic Top Score plastisol inks from PolyOne can be printed on a range of athletic fabrics that require low curing temperatures including 100% polyester, 100% nylon, and various polyester blends.

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Cyrious Software Adds Pricing Tool to Control for Printed Electronics

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Allows users to estimate each component of a membrane-switch order and more.

Cyrious Software has added a pricing tool for membrane switches and other printed electronics to its Control estimating and business management software.

The tool allows users to estimate each component of a membrane-switch order including the overlay, adhesive, dome cover, spacer, circuit, final assembly, and more. Production processes included in the pricing screens include screen printing, embossing, diecutting, laser cutting, and digital printing.

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PT-8 Screen Press from Systematic Automation

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Engineered for cylindrical items.

Designed to screen print a wide range of cylindrical products, the PT-8 from Systematic Automation uses an eight-station, pneumatically controlled turret that operates solely through compressed air with no electronics or hydraulic components.

Pre-tooled dial plates for different cylinder sizes allow users to quickly change the machine from one job to the next. Press settings such as print speed and squeegee pressure are controlled from a single operator panel.

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