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Technology demonstrations, educational sessions, and a mini tradeshow featuring 74 industry vendors were among the highlights of Empire Screen Printing’s national sales meeting and vendor show, held at its Onalaska, Wisconsin headquarters in July. The event, carrying the theme “Printing with Purpose,” drew 580 people comprising Empire staff and sales reps, vendors, special guests including government dignitaries, and – unusually – other, competitive printing companies.
Many of you know the old fable, “The Tortoise and the Hare.” It’s a very old story that has been retold countless times with many different interpretations. The most common version tells the story of a race between a confident, speedy hare and a slow, methodical tortoise. The hare, while very fast, takes his speed for granted and takes a nap during the race, figuring the tortoise is no match and he has all the time in the world. The tortoise, on the other hand, proceeds diligently and in his slow but sure manner, wins the race.
At drupa, Clariant introduced a line of customized nano silver conductive inks designed as an alternative to electroplating and other subtractive processes to directly print high-conductivity electrical traces on a wide range of materials. Prelect TPS Nano Silver inks are designed for inkjet or aerosol-jet deposition and can be customized for specific applications through Clariant’s dispersants and capping agents.
Creative Materials has expanded its line of screen-printable conductive and resistive inks with two new formulations. 126-33 is a silver-filled conductive ink with a sheet resistivity rating of 0.008 Ohms/square, while 126-28 is a low-resistance carbon ink with a rating of 8 Ohms/square.
GSG has released StarMask, a saturated paper tape designed to protect platens from spray adhesive, ink bleed-through, and more. It also provides moisture resistance and dimensional stability for long-term storage, according to the company. StarMask features a high-tack, natural rubber, latex-based adhesive engineered to resist curling at high temperatures. Available in 18-in.-wide rolls.
Virus Inks has added Hydra Suede Base E, a two-in-one special effect ink. The company reports that, when printed with a mesh count between 62 and 90 threads/cm, the ink produces a soft suede effect; when printed between 32 and 48 threads/cm, the result is a 3D puff effect. The ink is over-printable, phthalate-free, and certified Oeko-Tex Class I.
The Airglide automatic screen press from Systematic Automation uses a gravity-fed method of transporting flat substrates to the printer without any moving parts. The automatic pick-and-place loading system transports the substrate to the printer on a cushion of air, helping to prevent scratching, via a table that alternatively provides air pressure or vacuum. Sheets are registered under the screen using stop pins; once in place, the table converts to vacuum to hold the sheet in place during printing.
Mimaki has released an update to its RasterLink RIP software. Version 5 now offers a selection of embedded color libraries, including Pantone+ Solid Coated and Uncoated colors, Adobe Illustrator-compatible DIC colors, and Mimaki original color collections, including metallic. Via these presets, Pantone spot colors are automatically detected and converted to CMYK.
Workhorse Products has unveiled the CapMax Convex Cap Printer, a dual-purpose headwear and T-shirt printer. Featuring a curved platen and screen, the CapMax prints hats with up to six panels. Additional features include a large diameter center shaft with tapered bearings and a tubular steel construction; fine thread microregistration; adjustable off-contact; adjustable screen angle; and large diameter registration points.