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A Look at Screen Lift-Off

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Many screen printers assume that proper off-contact distance alone is the key to successful printing.

Many screen printers assume that proper off-contact distance alone is the key to successful printing. It’s true that off-contact permits the mesh and stencil to release from the ink printed onto the substrate, but it is just one component of a larger influence on print quality: screen lift-off. Read on to find out more about this important facet of print quality.

Lift-off force and behavior

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Inkjet Substrates

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Plot-IT announces availability of cost-effective range of inkjet canvases..

 

Plot-IT, the online sales division of the Stanford Marsh Group, is now shipping the ‘plot-IT’ range of high quality, cost-effective, inkjet canvases designed to meet the needs of the wide format printing market. There are 6 grades of the media currently available and all are suitable for aqueous printing applications.

 

The current products in the plot-IT range include:

 

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Relearning the Basics

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Attend local shows on printing basics.

Education can come from many sources. Take traceshows, for instance, even the basic ones can add to what you already know or challenge a long-held belief. Just this week a short conference was announced called "Introduction to Printing." The brochure called it a fun and information-packed event covering just the basics, such as:
History of the industry and its impact on human history

Terminology

Color Theory and the impact of color
(how do we get all those colors from only four inks?)

Common machinery used in print production

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Canon Business Process Services Launches Canon Solutions America, Inc.

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Integrates other Océ entities into Canon Americas Comp

Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the launch of Canon Solutions America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., effective January 1, 2013. Integrating the business operations of Canon Business Solutions, Inc., Océ North America, Inc., and Océ Imagistics, Inc., this new name is reflective of the integration of Océ, first announced in 2010.

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INX International, G.E. Richards Reach Distributor Agreement

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New agreement reflects INX’s intention to grow its distribution sales with a supported distributor program.

INX International Ink Co. announced today a distributor agreement to expand and strengthen its strategic relationship with G.E. Richards Graphic Supplies. The two companies have worked closely together for years and this new agreement reflects INX’s intention to strategically grow its distribution sales with a thriving and fully supported distributor program.

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Software for Color Proof Checking

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GMG ProofControl 2.0 launched with extended support for color profiles

GMG, a leading developer and supplier of high-end color management software solutions, announces it has released version 2.0 of ProofControl. GMG ProofControl delivers contract-quality verification of proofs in seconds, and makes color accuracy objectively measurable, immediately detecting the slightest color variation in a proof. The latest update supports verification of spot colors and GMG OpenColor profiles, as well as improving the user interface.

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Squeegee Sharpeners

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A.W.T. World Trade designed the Sharper-Image line of diamond-wheel squeegee sharpeners.

A.W.T. World Trade (www.awt-gpi.com) says it designed the Sharper-Image line of diamond-wheel squeegee sharpeners to offer superior performance and reliability. All models feature an oversized diamond-head cutting wheel that A.W.T. says reduces the number of revolutions needed for honing blades. According to the company, the unique design of the diamond-head wheel helps to minimize the heat buildup that distorts squeegee rubber. Floor models are available in six sizes, ranging from 48-144 in.

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Textile Press

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M&R Introduces the Abacus Numbering Press

Abacus II combines M&R’s versatile numbering system with Chameleon quality, performance, and durability. This unique two-station numbering system features a 20-printhead Duo-Deck configuration, making it a breeze to print two-color numbers. Abacus II’s servo-driven indexing system, controlled by an advanced touch-screen user interface, allows perfect positioning of virtually any digit size or type.

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Direct-to-Garment Printing Gains a Foothold

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SGIA's 2012 Direct-to-Garment Inkjet Technology Benchmarking Report finds that 45% of garment decorators in the report have DTG printers already.

 SGIA's 2012 Benchmarking Report Finds that 45% of Garment Decorators in the survey have a Direct-to-Garment inkjet printer.  According to SGIA's 2012 Direct-to-Garment Inkjet Technology Benchmarking Report, the primary reason companies decided to purchase DTG inkjet technology was to access low-volume/short-run/short-turn opportunities. The report also said that:

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What's not to like?

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Folks on Facebook are willing to throw a Like in a brand’s direction in exchange for more giveaways, fewer posts from the brand, and the ability to hide the fact that they like the brand.

I’m an avid Facebook user, but when it comes to this heavily trafficked social-media presence, I’m one of a billion. Talk about feeling invisible! Still, I represent valuable buying power and word-of-mouth marketing to companies that use Facebook. That explains why so many businesses use the site to represent and promote their brands, interact with customers, and more. But beware: You could be using Facebook ineffectively and not know it—alienating your biggest champions in the process.

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