Ultraflex (www.ultraflexx.com) introduces UltraMesh Paramount, a white, 9-oz, PVC-coated polyester mesh that Ultraflex says is engineered for superior printability across most ink types and is printable on two sides with UV and solvent inks. This mesh has a 30% airflow-through and is constructed with slit-like holes designed for image enhancement. The company says Paramount is best suited for large images on building, stadium and fence wraps, murals, signs, banners, protective barriers for scaffolding, and more.
Destructive moiré is an undesirable phenomenon for the screen printer. It can appear suddenly during screenmaking, even when procedures are standardized, and remain during printing. Beating destructive moiré entirely is unrealistic; instead, we must focus on minimizing it.
Fujifilm Dimatix, Inc., provider of industrial inkjet printheads, received the 2010 New Hampshire Governor’s Award for Pollution Prevention. Governor John Lynch and Department of Environmental Services Commissioner Tom Burack presented the award to Dimatix at a ceremony at the State capitol in Concord, NH.
ISO technical committee 130 (TC 130) encourages the print industry to take part in developing environmental standards. TC 130 has recently launched a new Working Group (WG11) to develop a set of standards to cover the environmental impact of print. The group’s purpose is closely aligned with those of the Verdigris Project, run by Digital Dots. WG11 is working on ISO draft 16759, the requirements for measuring the carbon footprint of printed products, and is in the process of producing the first draft, which will be ready for review soon.
In the beginning of the green movement, each segment of industry struggled to see how they could run a business in a more eco-compliant way and what the requirements were to do just that. Printers sourced green products from their suppliers, and print buyers wanted to know whether the printer followed sustainable practices. Solvent-based inks gave way to UV-cured and latex ones. Recycling, biodegradability, compostability, low-energy consumption, and other sustainable activities became normal operating procedures.
One of the maxims described in John C. Maxwell’s best-selling The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership is the Law of Connection, in which Maxwell asserts that leaders touch a heart before they ask for a hand. Upon re-reading that powerful piece of advice, I immediately made a connection between good leadership practices and successful marketing initiatives.
Color-Logic’s (www.color-logic.com) Process Metallic Printing System is now available for inkjet printers. The company says the system enables licensed inkjet printers to produce striking metallic effects once possible only on offset-lithographic presses. Color-Logic explains that it has tested the system extensively and reports that the system produces outstanding results on wide-format printers manufactured by Epson, Roland, and Mimaki, as well as flatbed printers manufactured by EFI VUTEk, AGFA, and Fujifilm.
FLEXcon (www.flexcon.com) designed WINDOWdeco and FLEXmark floor art to be greener alternatives for at-retail applications for windows, counter mats, and floors. WINDOWdeco 6270 (white), 6274 (primed white), 6272 (clear) and 6276 (primed clear) polyolefins are engineered to offer performance and printability similar to vinyl. FLEXcon says these products are an environmentally friendly option for low-tack window graphics and signage.
International Coatings Company (www.iccink.com) recently introduces 3826 Astro Clear, a special-effects ink formulated to be nearly invisible ink under normal lighting conditions and illuminate when exposed to UV blacklight. The ink allows printers to outline or highlight letters and designs, create hidden motifs that only become visible under a blacklight, and overprint other colors where blacklight illumination is desired. Astro Clear can be printed directly on 100% cotton and cotton/polyester fabrics.
Sixteen Printing Industries of America affiliates have joined together to form the Regional Affiliate Certificate Group offering manufacturing printers access to FSC chain of custody certification at group prices. They report that on December 1, 2010, 47 companies were successfully included in the group launch, which is the first printers group created in North America. Although the group is limited to accepting manufacturing companies with sales of less than $5 million, administrator Jim Tepper says he sees potential for many firms across the US.