Thieme (www.thieme.eu) recently launched the :M-Press Tiger, billed as the next generation of the :M-Press system that the company developed in cooperation with Agfa. The :M-Press Tiger facilitates the combination of screen and digital printing inline and can be operated as a fully automated system. It uses Agfa :Anuvia UV inks (CMYK) and supports speeds of more than 165 sheets/hr, or approximately 700 sq m/hr, at a maximum print size of 1600 mm x 2600 mm.
From the editors of The Big Picture, Signs of the Times, and Screen Printing:
During the economic crisis, many executives have understandably shifted their focus from growth to survival. But certain innovative companies have engaged in what economists call “countercyclical behavior,” hoping to gain a competitive edge by putting aggressive new initiatives in place at a time that others stood still.
Ranar Manufacturing Co. (www.ranar.com) says its DA 16x16 Air Flash with Rotary Platens is a perfect tool for any screen-printing shop and is especially practical for direct-to-garment printers. The unit has two platens that rotate manually. It’s designed to allow users to flash one shirt while another cools during the printing process. According to Ranar, the unit is great for flashing and curing discharge and water-based inks, as well as plastisols. The system features solid state heat control and height-adjustable stand with casters. The 16 x 16-in.
SmartStream Designer 4.0 from HP (www.hp.com/go/GSB) is a software solution that’s designed to extend variable-data printing (VDP) to large-format applications. According to HP, SmartStream Designer 4.0 streamlines prepress processes and helps users create, integrate, and preview all versioned jobs with any combination of fixed data, variable text, and image elements.
Destructo White is the name of the newesy special-effect formulation from International Coatings Co. (www.iccink.com). According to ICC, prints made with Destructo White crack and split apart when pulled, stretched, or crumpled after curing, which produces a vintage or antique look. The company says it developed Destructo White in response to customer demand for an ink that could imitate flaking or weathered paint. The ink is phthalate-free and press ready. It can be used on 100% cotton and cotton/poly blends.
Foster City, CA-based EFI won three European Digital Press (EDP) Association Awards for 2010: Best Wide Format Printer up to 3.5 Meters for the VUTEk GS3200, Best Industrial Printing Solution for the Jetrion 4830, and Best RIP Solution for Wide Format for Fiery XF.
FESPA 2010, June 22-26 at Messe Munich, Germany, will showcase innovation in screen, digital, and textile printing for an expected audience of 40,000 visitors from more than 125 countries. At the last global FESPA event, which took place in Berlin in 2007, 24,220 visitors attended from 125 countries over a five-day event.
In 2010, the conference will occupy six halls—three dedicated to screen and textile printing and three coverings digital printing.
DECO-CHEM, Inc. is a privately owned, U.S.-based ink and coatings manufacturer. Specialties include screen printing, roller coating, coil coating, flexography, rotary screen, letter press and adhesives. Strategically located in Mishawaka, Indiana, our 20,000 square foot facility is just a few miles north of the geographical center of the screen printing and flexography printing industries. We ship world-wide for many customers.
If you print garments like most shops do, then you pull the squeegee from the back of the screen to the front to pass the ink properly from the stencil to the surface of the shirt. This method is widely accepted and is even a design consideration built into automatic garment presses on the market today. The truth is a majority of printers rely on this technique because it’s what they were taught or it’s the way they’ve always done it.
Printers can control many variables in the printing process; however, the customer often predetermines which substrate fits the purpose. Therefore, the more you know about all types of substrates and hot markets for certain types of substrates, the more prepared you will be to print on whatever comes your way. This article discusses printing on plastic, metal, wood, and glass and offers valuable insight from printers about production considerations, growing markets for certain substrates, and disasters to avoid.