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Integrated Spectrophotmeter

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Mutoh America

Mutoh America (www.mutoh.com) recently introduced SPECTROVUE VM-10, an integrated spectrophotometer that connects to the printhead of the company's new ValueJet 1608HS Hybrid Printer to help automate the process of color calibration. The Mutoh SPECTROVUE VM-10 is developed for on-printer color calibration and reports both spectral and colorimetric values for any one of 18 pre-programmed standard illuminants or any standard daylight illuminant.

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The Latest Advances in UV Inks, Part II

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This discussion centers on cost comparisons, challenges with UV inks, and how photoinitiators work.

In Part I of this article (Screen Printing, June/July 2010, p. 26) suppliers and industry experts were asked about improvements, comparisons, and problems with UV inks. In Part II, these same professionals were asked specifics on cost comparisons, challenges with UV inks, and how photoinitiators work.

What are cost comparisons between UV inks and solvent-based ones?

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Technology Foot-Draggers

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Knowledge is the first step along with a willingness to participate.

Some people jump on the bandwagon when it comes to a new technology, feeling the need to buy every bell and whistle long before their colleagues have a chance to catch up. For example, Apple sold a million iPads just 28 days after the new product was released. Whether this response reflects good marketing by Apple or the need to be accepted as cool, the thought remains that consumers seem to trust the value of the product right away.

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The Latest Advances in UV Inks, Part I

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Screen Printing asked industry experts to comment on the latest advancements in UV inks.

The advantages of using UV inks are clear, and innovative advancements continue. This article asks suppliers involved in basic R&D and industry experts about improvements, comparisons, and problems with UV inks.

When did UV inks find acceptance?

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What’s the biggest change you’ve made in the last year?

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ScreenWeb Poll Results

ScreenWeb's most recent poll reveals trends associated with shifts in business. We asked: What's the biggest change you've made in the last year?

Responses indicated that most (39%) added a new service, while 22% trimmed their operations. New printers can be found in 17% of the shops that responded, new employees are working in 17% of the shops that participated in the poll, and 5% of those who responded have grown through acquisition.

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The Fabric of Art

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Find out how Rusty Arena applies his passion for art to a long-running career of creating unique, screen-printed home décor.

You know you are on to someone with an interesting background story when he answers an inquiry about his favorite jobs by relating the story of painting actress Cloris Leachman in the nude. Not a nude painting—they actually body painted Cloris, a long time friend and client, for a photoshoot for a health magazine. It took 14 hours. It was an experience. What’s that got to do with screen printing? We’ll get to that.

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Mobile Is the Message

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Mobile tagging is an emerging solution that you can use to help your customers develop their brands and enable them to create a rich and robust experience for their end users.

Imagine printing an outdoor sign, P-O-P display, or product package that creates an interactive experience for those who view it and delivers additional content on demand—content that is portable and easy to share with friends. Mobile tagging is a technology platform that can give these and many other types of printed graphics a voice and facilitate meaningful dialog between information-hungry consumers and retailers, manufacturers, customer-service operations, and more.

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Strategies for Expanding Capabilities and Technologies

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The market research presented here covers wide-format printing to see what shifts are taking place during times of economic recovery.

Over the past few years, InfoTrends has been doing a lot of market research with wide-format printing organizations to try to understand the evolution of the markets in terms of production volumes done using the different available technologies, whether screen or digital printing. The economic downturn has had an obvious impact across markets for wide-format printing but one aspect that may be particularly interesting is the impact that it has had on the way wide-format printing is produced.

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Making Art Friendly for Unfriendly Surfaces

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This article addresses the challenges of artwork on some of today’s garments that are stretchy, thin, textured, or printed in difficult locations.

Popular sports now feature garments that are designed just for them. Apparel engineered for different motion-related needs and sport-specific qualities is becoming very popular with athletes and fans. Along with the rush of new garments comes the need for printers to ensure their methods of decoration can accommodate the new fabrics, seams, and other factors that can prove challenging.

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Screen-Exposure System

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Workhorse Products

Workhorse Products (www.workhorseproducts.com) developed its Photosharp Screen Exposure System to offer fast exposure times and long lamp life. The unit has a 1000-W, metal-halide, dual-spectrum light source. Workhorse says the shuttered lamp system offers fast exposure times because there is no warm-up period and that lamp life is also preserved because of fewer lamp strikes. The dual-spectrum lamp is designed to process diazo and photopolymer-sensitized emulsions. Photosharp features an integrated digital time control with auto shut-off and auto-repeat.

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