EPS-Doublet announced the acquisition of Denver’s Think BIG Solutions, a digital printing and marketing services production company. The combination of EPS-Doublet’s and Think BIG Solutions’ complementary portfolios of retail, brand, event and cross-media production services will enable the unified teams to provide customers with the broadest, most comprehensive lineup of marketing solutions in the industry, all from one vendor.
You don't need lots of people, vast square footage, or top-of-the-line equipment to produce graphics that astonish. Focusing on excellent design and getting the most out of the resources you have—and maybe calling in a favor once in a while—is often enough to create something memorable.
Need some proof? Consider the following. This mini case study appears in "Prime Prints," a feature I wrote for the February/March 2013 edition of Screen Printing magazine.
Hirsch Int’l (www.hic.us) says its new temperature-sensing option for the company’s quartz flash units takes the guesswork out of setting flash-cure units for the perfect dwell time. According to Hirsch, setting dwell time with adjustable timers requires a trial-and-error method that often results in waste. The sensor reads the temperature of the ink surface and, once the desired temperature is reached, the flash automatically turns off.
The TRX Series of conveyor dryers from Brown Manufacturing Group (www.brownmfg.net) features touchscreen controls. The dryers also offer the ability to store 36 running programs, job-costing information, temperature display, and more. Eco mode puts the machine in a low-power-usage setting for operator down time, and auto shutdown is programmable. The dryers come standard with onboard diagnostics, stack lighting with alarm notification, multilingual functionality, and more. The TRXi software app is an available upgrade. It’s designed to give full access and control from any PC,
International Coatings (www.iccink.com) bills its 7100 Performance Pro Series as ultra low-bleed, non-phthalate, low-curing, and specifically formulated for today’s popular performance and stretch performance fabrics. Eight colors are available. The company says 7100 Series inks cure between 285-300°F (140-149°C) and are ideal for 100% polyester, polyester blends, and polyester stretch fabrics. According to International Coatings, 7100 Performance Pro inks are creamy, contain no bleaching agents, and are easy to print through high and low mesh counts.
If your prints suffer from ink-adhesion problems caused by surface contamination from dust and particulates, or if you’re having issues with media sticking, binding, or misrouting, you may be shocked to learn that your issues are likely rooted in static electricity.
Screen printers who push the envelope in production volume often find themselves limited by the size and configuration of their presses. Even using the maximum screen size the press will accommodate allows the use of only a portion of the screen for image area. Exceeding the maximum image area causes image distortion, which can lead to registration problems and make accuracy in diecutting and other finishing processes impossible to achieve.
Understanding key variables in the screenmaking process is the only way to guarantee optimum stencil exposure in screenmaking and performance on press.
Steve Baer has been named Sales Operations Manager of Vastex International, both domestically and internationally, Mark Vasilantone, president announced.
“That idea is ahead of its time.”
Those who are afraid of newness toss around statements like that. By saying an idea is ahead of its time, in hopes of squashing it, you’re actually announcing that you’re set in your ways—right or wrong—and have no room for innovation or improvement. If you’ve shrugged off employees with that phrase, have they approached you since with other ideas?