Determining the future for any industry cannot be done using just one source. As we walked the floor at the SGIA Expo this year, we asked exhibitors what could be expected in the near future for screen printers from their viewpoints. Most of these companies provide products and services to the screen-printing industry; therefore, their insight comes from lots of first-hand experience. In this article we summarized their comments, identifying each source, and then coming to conclusions based on repeated results as to what we could reasonably expect in the near future.
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The Mini Max screen press from TAS Int’l is available in six to eight colors and supports a maximum print area of 32 x 20 in. (813 x 508 mm). TAS says the machine, which is 19 ft (5.75 m) in diameter, is designed as a space-saving alternative for garment jobs that involve sleeves or all-over printing. According to TAS, platen changeover takes just minutes. A load-assist unit is available as an option.
Dow Corning says its 9601 Silicone Textile Printing Ink is fast curing, easily pigmented, and provides competitive advantages for high-performance apparel. The ink contains no organotin, phthalate, formaldehyde, PVC, or solvents. The ink is formulated for high elongation on elastic fabrics, soft hand, non-blocking performance, and a non-tacky, semi-gloss finish.
Richmond Graphic Products recently introduced the newest addition to its line of computer-to-screen solutions. The company bills its DirectJet Pro as a robust, industrial computer-to-screen system that will appeal to the small to medium-sized screen-printing operation. According to Richmond, the DirectJet Pro produces images at high resolution, at impressive speeds, and with a high degree of precision from screen to screen and color to color. The unit uses water-based, high-density ink and a closed-loop cartridge system.
On Friday, October 1, 2010, Luis Omar Viera of New Buffalo Shirt Factory used M&R’s new Challenger III and M&R’s Passport Automatic Unloader to set a new world record of 1909 shirts printed in one hour by a single operator. According to M&R, this feat eclipses the previous record of 1805 shirts, set in 2005 on an M&R Formula. Video of the record-setting event can be seen at http://speed.mrprint.com.
Salt Lake City, UT-based ONYX Graphics, Inc. recently became part of an initiative to define open Job Definition Format (JDF) standards for the wide-format-printing market. JDF is a technical interface standard developed for and by the graphic arts industry to facilitate cross-vendor print workflows.
We have all been told, “The customer is always right.” A friend recently shared a slight twist on that old adage, “The customer is not always right, but the customer is always the customer.”
When we started in the business of printing custom T-shirts 30 years ago, we would promise our customers a 10-working-day delivery, and our customers were amazed we could get things done so quickly. Today, we average five working days, and it is not uncommon to have a few same- and next-day orders to process.
Océ North America's Randy Paar discusses how to save time and money while opening new markets.
Last year’s SGIA might have been a little slow, stuck in the stickiest hot weather that New Orleans had to offer and held during the second worse recession in the U.S. But SGIA says this year was a record-breaking winner surrounded by all the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas.