Roland DGA Corp. chose Brian Mallory of Oliver Signs, Valley City, OH as the winner of the company’s “How Not to Build the Perfect Printer” Website contest.
The contest was part of a marketing campaign for Roland’s latest VersaCAMM VS metallic inkjet printer/cutter. The contest accepted more than 500 contest entries. A panel of marketing experts chose Mallory’s submission, awarding him the iPad prize for his truly bad idea.
The Academy of Screen Printing Technology (ASPT) recently recognized young printing talent in its annual competition for students by awarding cash prizes, plaques, and more to those whose work represented the best of its class. Last year, the ASPT renamed its annual printing competition for students in honor of the late Tom O. Frecska, who served as editor of Screen Printing magazine for many years and championed screen-printing education. The competition is judged in 24 categories by industry experts. The names of the Best of Show winners follow.
Maintenance-free operation does not exist—no matter how much you spend on your press. The reality check is costly when you assume that a problem can wait until you get around to it. The correct way to think of taking care of your machinery is to believe that friction and wear do exist and the mission is to slow down this process by implementing a maintenance plan. Taking care of your press is like taking care of your car. Good maintenance results in longer life, less downtime, less costly repairs, and top performance.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) functions as an agency under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) responsible for conducting research and making recommendations to prevent work-related injury and illness. The NIOSH health-hazard evaluation (HHE) program is available for employees, employers, or union representatives to use for an investigation of health and safety concerns.
Dalco Athletic (www.dalcoathletic.com) now offers full-color dye-sub patches that can be sewn down or heat applied. The company says its new Dye Sublimation Patches, which are 100% polyester, are printed in bold, long-lasting colors and can be finished with a Merrowed edge (customers choose thread color) or left plain. Shapes include circles, squares, rectangles, half circles, long ovals, arched plackets, shields, and a football. Customers can choose between a backing of placement adhesive if sewing the patch down or permanent, heat-activated glue if applying with a heat press.
Rose Displays, Ltd. (www.rosedisplays.com), recently introduced two accessories for its ZipLine system: ZipLine Mounting Plate and ZipLine Poles. The Mounting Plate enables users to hang ZipLines from plaster ceilings, whether flat or standard grid. ZipLine Poles are designed to simplify the process of installing or removing ZipLines and eliminate the need for ladders. Rose Displays says a single twist of the pole anchors the ZipLine securely onto the ceiling grid or the mounting plate.
CET Color (www.cetcolor.com) recently announced the release the FK512-X, a 4 x 8-ft (1.2 x 2.4-m) flatbed UV inkjet printer that features 14-pl drop size, white ink and varnish capabilities, a scalable platform that allows expansion from six to 16 heads, 3-l ink tanks, and field upgradability. The printer supports media up to 3 in. (76 mm) thick and images at speeds up to 800 sq ft/hr (74 sq m/hr) and resolutions up to 720 x 1440 dpi.
This weekend was spent helping a friend move into a 50-year-old, newly purchased house. The previous owners had attempted to update it, putting black granite countertops in the kitchen, painting the cupboards a shiny gray, and slapping down floor tiles of an oatmeal hue. The remake just didn’t fit the original homey feel of a brick exterior and wood-floored home with charming rounded doors and archways between rooms. Besides a good scrub, the house needed a bright yellow teapot, primary colored doodads, some soft earthy rugs, and—of course—a crowing china-rooster pitcher.
Nothing happens until something is sold. This is an old cliché, but it’s absolutely true. The finest production environment is worthless if there are no orders to produce. Likewise, if orders come in that aren’t suited for the equipment or workflow, the company won’t realize its full profit potential. This is especially important in today’s economy, where demand is lower and competition is extreme.
Even the most experienced screen printers cringe when clients decide to throw different garment types into an existing order. The situation brings up all kinds of questions: Will the ink adhere to each fabric? Can we use the same artwork and separations? Do we need to change press settings? All of these questions are appropriate to ask, because printers often to push through these types of challenges without a lot of extra client interaction in hopes of avoiding the impression that they are difficult to deal with or that they can’t handle a complex job.