Roland (www.rolanddga.com) says its CAMM-1 PRO GX-640 vinyl cutter is the company’s largest, most powerful system to date. Roland also reports that the GX-640 is ideally suited for restyling applications and is fully integrated with Roland VersaWorks RIP software that allows it to contour cut pre-printed graphics for signage and decorated apparel. Other features include an operating mode for large, heavy media; an overlap function for multiple cuts on thick materials; and extend mode for increased cutting width to aid in tracking cuts.
Albatross (www.albatross-usa.com) recently introduced NPE II, billed by the company as a cleaning solvent blend with lower toxicity and fewer regulatory requirements. Albatross says NPE II is a powerful formula developed for removing oil, grease, dirt, screen print ink, adhesives, and more from all types of textiles. The cleaner is non-flashing and is shipped as non-hazardous.
On August 4, 2010, Avery Dennison set the Guinness World Record for the largest amount of school supplies donated in a 24-hour period. The company donated more than 8,500 pounds of school supplies worth more than $10,000 to a New York City in-need school. The paper notepads, pens, and other materials were packed in a school bus wrapped with promotional graphics using Avery Graphics MPI 1005 Supercast Easy Apply RS and DOL 1060 Gloss overlaminate by SkinzWraps.
In the printing industries it used to be that a company would buy a huge printing press, which we affectionately call big iron. Their market would only be marginally established. Over a period of time, their huge investment in big iron would pay off because of the opportunity it presented not only to the company, but also to the marketplace. Simply having the capability was enough to attract new business. Business often would develop organically, independent of the actual marketing effort. Pricing was based on quality, service, and price. You could have any two of the three.
Richmond, VA-based Drytac’s EnduraCoat and InstaCure liquid coating lines have been approved as compatible with HP’s latex inks on HP Outdoor Frontlit Scrim Banner and HP PVC-free wall paper. HP and Drytac cooperated on product compatibility tests between liquid coating products and HP Latex inks. Products in both the EnduraCoat aqueous coating and InstaCure UV-curable coating lines test compatibly with HP Latex ink prints.
All garment screen printers want magic in a can—a white ink that always works perfectly on every type of apparel. Unfortunately, this mystical product does not exist. No ink formulation contains every desirable performance characteristic. That means garment screen printers must make concessions and plan carefully.
Grand-Flex 15-oz. Coated Backlit and Rio 15-oz. Laminated Backlit are two new films from Value Vinyls (www.valuevinyls.com). According to Value Vinyls, Grand-Flex can be used for long-term indoor and outdoor signage, including applications exposed to vigorous winds, and RIO is best suited for long-term indoor and short-term outdoor projects. Both backlit options are designed for single-sided printing and are compatible with screen printing, digital imaging, and pressure-sensitive lettering. Both films are NFPA-701 Fire Retardant certified.
Printa Systems (www.printa.com) designed its 880IC infrared dryer with dual zone heat and variable air volume for quicker and safer curing without burning. The unit features a convection recirculating-air system and can cure approximately 180 garments/hr. The 880IC’s 8-ft x 24-in. (2.4-m x 610-mm), variable-speed, Teflon belt has a 24-in. lead in and lead out with forward and reverse directions. The dryer is available in a 220-v, 30-amp configuration and carries a five-year limited warranty.
MACtac’s (www.mactac.com) MACmark 8900 series feature a semi-permanent, solvent-based adhesive that’s formulated to bond to most substrates and remove cleanly after use. According to MACtac, MACmark 8900 films are ideal for applications such as decorative wall designs, window graphics, vehicle marking, and other indoor or outdoor advertising signage. The clear adhesive is protected by an 83# white kraft liner, and the backing paper features grid lines for alignment and installation. MACtac says this new series is the most versatile in the MACmark line.
On August 4, 2010, Avery Dennison set the Guinness World Record for the largest amount of school supplies donated in a 24-hour period. The company donated more than 8500 pounds of school supplies worth more than $10,000 to a New York City in-need school. The paper notepads, pens, and other materials were packed in a school bus wrapped with Avery Graphics MPI 1005 Supercast Easy Apply RS and DOL 1060 Gloss overlaminate by SkinzWraps. It announced the program in graphics wrapped around the bus.