EFI says it developed the VUTEk GS3250r to bring the cost savings and flexibility of solvent-based inks to a completely new UV-curable platform. The 10.5-ft-wide (3.2-m) supports imaging resolution up to 1000 dpi and maximum print speed of 1195 sq ft/hr (111 sq m/hr). According to EFI, dual-roll capability, multiqueue functionality, and double-sided printing combine to give this machine the productivity of a roll-fed system. The printer uses a six-color (CMYKLcLm) inkset. Inks are supplied in 5-l containers. It supports flexible media up to 126.5 in. (3.2 m) wide and up to 0.125 in.
Sapphire SI pad- and screen-printing ink from Inkcups Now (www.inkcups.com) is formulated for adhesion to silicone products such as wristbands, iPod and iPad covers, oven mitts, swimming caps, flexible computer keyboards, remote controls, and other promotional items made of that material. Inkcups Now says Sapphire SI is highly glossy, has great flexibility and abrasion resistance, and cures in 2-6 min at 400°F (204.4°C) or 10 min at 260°F (126.6°C).
Mendon, MA-based Visual Magnetics, LP selected Trico Specialty Films, LLC of North Kingstown, RI, as a major supplier for components used in the manufacture of its Visual Magnetics Graphics System. This new domestic venture is projected to bring as much as $7 million of business to the area in the near future. According to Visual Magnetics, the new business brought in by Visual Magnetics also provides Trico Specialty Films with the potential to double its employment.
Gradient, a Cambridge, MA-based environmental- and risk-science consulting firm published a study that finds elevated levels of heavy metals in tested and laundered shop towels. The study, “Evaluation of Potential Exposure to Metals in Laundered Shop Towels,” builds up an earlier analysis published in 2003 and concludes that, even after commercial laundering, the towels studied retain elevated levels of metals. This could result in printers being exposed to levels that exceed agency guidelines, which are based on various health problems, such as cancer.
We registered our first domain name, coudray.com, in 1997. Back then, Internet marketing was simply putting up a Website and scoring all kinds of business. The attitude was, “If you build it, they will come.” It didn’t work out quite that way for most companies.
Nazdar (www.nazdar.com) says its new 4200 Series UV Graphic Screen Printing Ink is a breakthrough product that withstands some of the toughest finishing and shipping requirements of the graphics market and resists edge chipping, ink flaking, and substrate shattering. Compatible materials include treated corrugated plastic, styrene, and coated paper/board.
Roland DG Corp. (www.rolanddg.com) formulated its new ECO-UV S to deliver exceptional elasticity and flexibility for graphics produced using Roland’s VersaUV line of inkjet printers. Offered in CMYK+W, ECO-UV S is developed specifically for use with the LEJ-640 printer (64 in., 1626 mm), LEC-540 printer/cutter (54 in., 1372 mm), and the 30-in. (762 mm) LEC-330 and LEC-300A printer/cutters.
Whether you are just getting started in screen printing or your main niche is simple athletic or commercial designs, Workhorse Products (www.workhorseproducts.com) says the Lumitron, a UV fluorescent screen-exposure system, is an ideal way to produce high-quality, professional screens. The unit’s UV fluorescent light source is engineered to maintain consistent definition for designs with fine details. It will accommodate screens up to 23 x 31 in. (584 x 787 mm). Other features include a digital auto shut-off timer with an auto-repeat function and a holddown blanket.
I’ll Give You a Double Dip
Usually double dips refer to sweet, slippery ice cream cones, and they’re a good thing, right? Or maybe they recall a final salute to a really stylish dance done twice. But this constant wishy-wash of a slow steady recovery, a U.S. credit rating of AA+ instead of AAA spreading to a drop in confidence in the economy and leading to a reciprocating dip in the Japanese stock market— is just too much.
Weymouth, MA-based InfoTrends recently announced the launch of a study entitled “High Speed Continuous Color Inkjet Opportunity: Global Insights from Leading Customers.” It is designed to identify opportunities in the market for continuous color inkjets and will include growth projections through 2015.