Everything we know changes constantly if it is to survive, even business. The economy at large has been iffy since2008 and now shows signs of stability and upward growth. You can look at lots of indicators. The Housing Index is slated to climb, and in 2013 will begin recovery, according to The Week magazine. The stock market has shown healthy numbers recently.
Finishing tables are capable of feeding printed sheets and picking up and stacking the finished pieces.
After several years of challenging economic times for the printing industry, worldwide demand for print increased in 2011, resulting in a commensurate jump in technology investments as large-format customers sought to take advantage of the 6.2B sqm opportunity in the sign and display industry. The resulting boost in digital print growth is pushing print service providers (PSPs) to capitalize on new business opportunities tied to growing technologies like UV and latex.
Daniel Hilldrup, artist in residence at the London Metropolitan University, recently unveiled new artwork in a series titled “Fragments in Time.” Two pieces, Flux and Aquiform in Rest, were produced by Objet Ltd. on an Objet Connex 3D Printer, a system designed to print multiple materials and properties in a single print run.
Smaller companies are more likely to already be engaged in social media—a function of their flexibility and the low cost to leverage social media.
The advancement of inkjet technology has taken the customization of graphics imagery to higher levels for large-format graphics. Increased speed, resolution, and software advancement for variable data have opened these doors to a multitude of marketing opportunities.
The next phase of development is the customization of the actual inkjet heads to optimize the manufacturing of specific applications. Printhead development leads to more throughput (faster), more up time (nozzles are staying open), pushing through the particular ink that makes large format special.
Fisher Textiles (www.fishertextiles.com) has added styles 1010 Element and GF 7110 X-Out to its line of fabrics for dye sublimation and UV printing. Fisher's newest awning fabric, 1010 Element, is 8.5 oz/yd2, 60 in. (1524 mm) wide, and 100% polyester. It can also be used for street pole banners and patio furniture and has been tested in accordance with several AATCC test methods for water repellency. GF 7110 X-Out is 6.7 oz/yd2, 110 in. (2794 mm) wide and, while Fisher says it's comparable to GF 4100 Sheeting, GF 7110 is receptive to dye sublimation.
A recent forum discussion on www.gigposters.com concerned a request by a screen printer who wanted to know how to disconnect the safety bar on his semi-automatic press. Seems he kept bumping it when reaching underneath to retrieve a printed piece. This led to a lot of comments from other printers, probably the best one by a certain Mr. Smith: “If there's one consistently good idea, proven again and again throughout humanity's technological evolution, it’s that disabling safety countermeasures is an excellent way to save time and simplify tasks.”
Stahls’ ID Direct, provider of heat printing products and technology for garment decorators, iannounced the launch of its Distressed Flock collection.
Inspired by vintage trends and retro designs, Distressed Flock has a super soft texture and is available in 19 colors. Decorators can choose from one or two-color designs in a wide variety of fonts and layouts, which can be ordered with or without tails. Orders arrive on a plastic carrier and can be applied with a heat press in just seconds.
The Javelin Pro eight-color/10-station automatic textile screen printing machine has recently been upgraded. The touch screen control panel is now in color, which makes it easier to use.
From the control panel an operator can quickly program the press and do diagnostic testing, which reduces operator error. It features easily identified icons for various functions and is positioned on the press to allow for free space in the operator area. It also has an on-the-fly timer that allows for stroke changes while the press is in production.