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Prepress for Special-Effect Garment Printing

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Decorating garments with special-effect inks can be a daunting task when you don’t have everything in place in prepress. These tips will assist you in building reliable and repeatable processes and procedures.

Becoming familiar with how special-effect inks work is critical to printing them successfully, no matter how long the job run. Experimentation aids in determining how special-effect inks will appear on finished garments, given your shop’s equipment and practices.

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Drytac Promotes Four Members to Its Business and Sales Management Teams

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Manufacturer and distributor of graphics finishing equipment and supplies anticipates growth.

Drytac, an international manufacturer and distributor of graphics finishing equipment and supplies, recently promoted four staff members to a newly restructured business development and sales management team. Jerry Hill, Luigi Cristicini, Wayne Colbath and Todd Wooden have taken on new roles as Drytac pursues greater business opportunities throughout the United States and Canada.

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Air Waves, Inc. Opens Fulfillment Services

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Fulfillment services for garment printing will operate out of Columbus, OH.

Michael Leaventon, COO of Air Waves, Inc., announced the opening of a new Fulfillment Center in Columbus, OH.

"In order to meet the needs of our rapidly growing customer base, we have opened our first of 3 planned fulfillment centers," says Leaventon. "Our garment decorating and finishing business is seeing increased demand due to the expansion of e-commerce business. Our customers aren’t asking this of us, but rather demanding it from us."

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In Memoriam: Dave R. Swormstedt, Jr.

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The patriarch of Signs of the Times Publishing Co. (now ST Media Group International) served as company president for 15 years.

Dave R. (“Reid”) Swormstedt, Jr., died January 17, 2013, at age 83. He served as president of then Signs of the Times Publishing Co. (now ST Media Group Intl.) from 1979 until his retirement in 1994. The company is the publisher of Signs of the Times, The Big Picture, Screen Printing, Industrial + Special Printing, and several other B2B magazines.

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Niche marketing and social media meet on the level

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The co-owners of So Mote It Be Clothing are putting a fresh, modern spin on some centuries-old emblems, logos, and traditions.

My recent discussions about niche marketing and Facebook and Instagram come full circle!

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Stroke-modification Kit for Pad Press

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Inkcups Now

Inkcups Now (www.inkcupsnow.com) recently debuted the Adjustable Stroke Modification Kit, designed for its B150 pad printer. The B150 is a one-color machine that comes standard with a 150-mm ink cup for printing images up to 140 mm in diameter. For printing smaller images, up to 80 mm in diameter, Inkcups Now says the press can be retrofitted with the Adjustable Stroke Modification Kit to cut supply costs by up to 50%. That company notes that a smaller, 90-mm ink cup minimizes ink usage and explains that a 100 x 250-mm printing plate costs about half the price of a 160 x 360-mm plate.

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Updated workflow and RIP software

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Onyx Graphics

Onyx Graphics (www.onyxgfx.com) recently announced that it added support for the Roland Soljet Pro4 XR-640 large-format printer/cutter in Onyx Thrive v. 1.2 print-workflow software and all Onyx RIP v. X10.2 software packages. This driver supports the Soljet Pro4 XR-640 printer’s new Eco-Sol Max 2 inkset, including light-black ink, optional white and metallic-silver inks, and resolutions up to 1440 dpi. In addition, several universal media profiles are included that support a range of banner and vinyl media.

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Emulsion

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Ulano

Proclaim EC is the first offering in Ulano’s (www.ulano.com) new line of Epic-Cure emulsion. According to Ulano, it eliminates the need for diazo and is fast, easy-to-use, and safe. Proclaim EC is pre-mixed, thereby eliminating the mixing and measuring involved in using conventional diazo-sensitized emulsions. Ulano says Proclaim EC emulsions are less affected by ambient conditions than conventional diazo

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Understanding Screen-Tension Loss

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Learn how to identify problems in screenmaking that most often lead to reduced screen tension and how to anticipate and minimize tension loss.

Gradual screen-tension loss is inevitable, even when you control your screenmaking and press-setup workflows carefully. A variety of factors contribute to screen-tension loss, and several can occur simultaneously, making the culprit hard to pinpoint.

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Staging Garment-Printing Jobs

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Staging is the key to proper production planning for garment screen printers. This primer will help you start staging your garment jobs effectively.

Staging is the gathering of required tools and materials in a physical location in readiness for the succeeding steps of the production process. Staging a garment-printing run involves an assembly of screens, inks, substrates, and press accessories in a designated area. Staging a garment job allows you to move bottlenecks, point out capacity shortfalls, check job components for process control, plan rather than react, shorten press-changeover times, and destage.

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