EFI (www.efi.com) recently unveiled the VUTEk QS220, a 6.5-ft (2-m) flatbed UV inkjet printer with High-Definition Print (HDP) technology. EFI says the printer offers lower ink-running costs than traditional wide-format printers and allows print businesses to expand into higher end, premium-margin applications. The QS220 supports production speeds up to 750 sq ft/hr (70 sq m/hr) and an optional roll-to-roll capability. VUTEk’s HDP technology is designed to provide imaging resolution up to 1080 dpi.
Vastex (www.vastex.com) designed its new All Over Pallet (model V2P-AOP-XL) to allow owners of the Vastex V-2000HD manual press into a large-format screen-printing system. According to the company, the tapered platen allows for easy loading and unloading. The top of the platen, which is closest to the press center, measures 25 in. wide (635 mm). The platen gradually widens to 44.4 in. (1128 mm), where the neck of the shirt (up to size XL) is located, to facilitate printing over the collar, sleeves, and off of the edges. The platen is made of steel and features a rubber top.
The R-Wear line from Roland DGA (www.rolanddga.com) just grew larger with the addition of HeatSoft, a heat-transfer material for decorated apparel. It combines Roland’s ESM-HTM2 heat-transfer media with PGM-PTM polyester transfer mask to deliver what Roland describes as vibrant color, fine details, and superior bonding to cotton and cotton blends. The 1.7-mil, synthetic fabric features an inkjet-receptive coating that’s formulated to support full-color, high-resolution printing with optimum opacity and white point.
Changes in the economy, technology, and markets are putting extreme pressure on companies that conduct their marketing in a business-as-usual way. The scramble to find new business, new markets, and new customers in an environment hostile to all three efforts means nothing is business as usual anymore.
Color matching at its best involves both art and science. When a customer demands a quick turnaround requiring a custom color match, it’s important that you have the tools at hand to recreate the desired color using both skill and science. In this article, we ask a cross-section of suppliers about what‘s available for ink mixing/matching/dispensing.
Nearly five years have passed since Screen Printing first covered direct-to-garment inkjet printers, and while the technology has remained essentially the same at its core, the market has experienced somewhat of a shake-up since this publication’s last treatment of the subject (“Direct-to-Garment Deluge,” Apr. 2009, p. 20). A handful of manufacturers have left the market, a couple of new names have joined the game, and some of the remaining players have developed new systems. Let’s take a look at what’s available.
The Olympics are upon us here in the land of ice and snow, and it’s not just athletes who compete and win when these games come to town. Squeegees race across mesh like speed skaters, silicon pads and embroidery needles pound out logos faster than a mogul skier, and the inkjet heads of thousands of printers zigzag like hockey players over anything that will hold an image.
Japan-based Canon plans to acquire Netherlands-based Océ using a self-funded, public cash offer of € 8.60 per share of Océ. The cash consideration of the offer is € 730 million, based on a 100% acceptance of Océ’s ordinary shareholders.
Loveland, OH-based Sustainable Green Printing Partnership recently certified three new partners: Minuteman Press of Lawrence, KS; Consolidated Printing of Chicago, IL; and Alcom of Harleysville, PA. SGP reports a steady flow of applications for certification since its inception from facilities wanting formal recognition for their sustainability efforts. According to SGP, more than 50 applications are working through the certification process.
Writing an article is an adventure. You start out with a defined plan with predictable results and always end up finding a morass of unexpected gems of common sense along the way. Writing “Ink Mixing and Matching: Tools of the Trade for Screen Printers” for this issue of Screen Printing was a great example of this type of adventure.