I recently read an article by Pearl Tesler, titled, Universal Robots: The History and Working of Robotics. In it, she said, “If you think robots are mainly the stuff of space movies, think again. Right now, all over the world, robots are on the move. They’re painting cars at Ford plants, assembling Milano cookies for Pepperidge Farms, walking into live volcanoes, driving trains in Paris, and defusing bombs in Northern Ireland.”
The new Dri-Vault screen-drying cabinet from Vastex Int’l (www.vastex.com) features dual heating elements and digital controls. The unit can reach 130°F (54°C), and Vastex says finned, stainless-steel heaters contribute to uniform heating throughout the cabinet. Filtered fan intake varies automatically via a digital temperature controller. The cabinet accommodates up to ten screens measuring 25 x 36 in. (635 x 914 mm). Shelves are angled to prevent screen mesh fabric from touching the shelf surface.
Digital print-and-cut media has just taken a giant leap forward, according to Siser North America (www.siserna.com), with ColorPrint Evolution. The company describes the substrate as a colorfast, high-opacity material designed to be used with digital printers and engineered to offer high durability, soft hand, and a matte finish. ColorPrint Evolution can be applied to cotton, polyester, cotton/polyester blends, and high-elongation fabrics. It features a polyester backing and can used with UV, eco-solvent, and solvent-based inks.
GF 3155 Diamond Mesh (FR) is the newest dye-sub fabric from Fisher Textiles (www.fishertextiles.com). The 100% polyester, 3-bar warp-knit fabric, weighs 1.8 oz/sq yd, passes the NFPA 701 small scale 1996 version, and is 122 in. (3099 mm) wide. the company says GF 3155 Diamond Mesh (FR) presents a high-quality print and is excellent for translucent printing that requires the image to be visible from both sides. Suggested applications include apparel, home furnishings, and trade-show graphics. Sample rolls are available for testing.
Graphic T-shirts have become such a part of everyone’s wardrobe style that it’s hard to imagine that only recently cool Ts have become fashionable. Until the middle of the 1990s T-shirts were casual, often times doubling as their original use, which was underwear. Men, in particular, were—and still are to some extent—comfortable with this format. We wore T-shirts in the evenings at home or on Saturdays when we were working on home stuff or hanging out with our friends. T-shirts were for the times when you didn’t care what you looked like.
Ellsworth Adhesives, a global distributor of adhesives and equipment, now offers Devcon Flame Retardant products, including Devcon 5 Minute I-FR and Devcon 10 Minute Epoxy I-FR. Devcon Flame Retardant products are designed for applications requiring a self-extinguishing structural system.
ColDesi, Inc. now offers extended support hours, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and emergency support on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST for its customers of SWF embroidery machines, DTG digital garment printers, and CAMS rhinestone-setting machines. ColDesi says its technicians are available to help with any questions or concerns regarding equipment purchased through ColDesi.
Mutoh (www.mutoh.com) announces the launch of Mutoh ColorVerify, an on-printer color checking system based on the company’s SpectroVue VM-10 spectrophotometer. The SpectroVue can be equipped to the new ValueJet 1324 and 1624 printers, and it comes standard with the ValueJet 1608 Hybrid printer. Mutoh says the system provides a quick and easy way to save time and money by verifying the printer’s color output before running a print job.
Imprintables Warehouse (www.imprintables.com) now offers DuraSol 3 Mil, a calendered vinyl for indoor and outdoor signage. According to Imprintables Warehouse, the vinyl will work in any model of cutter and comes in widths of 30, 38, 54, and 62 in. (762, 965, 1372, and 1575 mm). The substrate is designed to last five years. It comes in a gloss or matte finish and is available in a clear permanent adhesive and with a 78-lb liner. Imprintables Warehouse says DuraSol 3 Mil offers excellent durability and good resistance to temperatures, UV rays, salts, and most solvents.