On a cold winter’s day last February, Screen Printing editors stopped by the headquarters of KDM P.O.P Solutions Group in Cincinnati, OH, to get a behind-the-scenes look at their large printing operation.
KDM began this family-owned operation 40 years ago in a neighborhood with cheap rents, using gently used equipment, and lots of determination on my parent’s part,” said Tom Kissel, manager of purchasing as he began the tour of the 175,000 sq ft print production and fulfillment plant.
The Haiti Shirt Project began organizing to produce and distribute millions of Haiti earthquake relief t-shirts (cost $15 each) on January 14, 2010, in an effort to put Americans back to work while simultaneously providing funds for helping support disaster relief to Haiti.
Brother Industries, Ltd., headed by president Toshikazu Koike of Nagoya, Japan, announced that the company and its subsidiaries in the US and Canada will donate 5 million JPY ($55,454) to the Red Cross to help Haiti residents recover from the recent devastating earthquake.
Douthitt’s (www.douthittcorp.com) CTS Digital Screen Imager comes in three models to accommodate different frame sizes. CTS 30, CTS 50, and CTS 52 support image sizes up to 20 x 30, 50 x 30, and 50 x 40 in. (508 x 762, 1270 x 762, and 1270 x 1016 mm), respectively. Each uses phase-change inkjet technology and water-dispersable photoresist inks to print at resolutions from 600-1000 dpi and at speeds from 107 sq ft /hr (10 sq m/hr) at 600 dpi to 64.5 sq ft/hr (6 sq m/hr) at 1000 dpi. Douthitt says the systems support screen-to-screen registration of 0.001 in. (0.025 mm).
Sakurai (www.sakurai.com) now offers the Maestro MS-102AII, a cylinder screen press that prints at speeds up to 4000 impressions/hr. It’s capable of printing on substrates for electronic applications, membrane switches, display panels, and touch screens, as well as paper, board, and foil. The MS-102AII accepts media as large as 41.5 x 29.6 in. (1050 x 750 mm) and 0.003-0.032 in. (0.076-0.8 mm) thick.
Sun Chemical recently released its first sustainability report, which provides data-driven performance measurements for seven key metrics to help customers and consumers understand the company’s environmental impact.
Data collected since 2005 from 170 of the company’s sites in more than 25 countries include sustainability metrics related to energy consumption/conservation at production and non-production facilities, the energy carbon footprint at the production locations, process-waste reduction, water consumption, materials safety, and employee safety.
The Acuity Advance HS is the newest flatbed UV inkjet printer from Fujifilm Sericol USA (www.fujifilmsericol.com). The company says the Acuity Advance HS offers photo-quality printing at production speeds of 430 sq ft/hr (40 sq m/hr) and features a new express mode that enables output speeds of more than 700 sq ft/hr (65 sq m/hr). The printer supports edge-to-edge imaging on media up to 49.2 x 98.4 in. (1250 x 2500 mm) and up to 1.89 in. (48 mm) thick, and it uses Fujifilm Sericol’s KO or KI series Uvijet inks (CMYK + White).
Free Webinar: Finding Your Company's Hidden Cash
The Signage and Graphics Summit (www.signageandgraphics.com) presents a 60-minute webinar, “Finding Your Company’s Hidden Cash,” Tuesday, March 16, at 1 p.m. EST.
Marty McGhie, CFO of Salt Lake City-based Ferrari Color; Bob Kissel, president of Cincinnati-based KDM P-O-P; and Kim Springer, CFO of Harlan Graphics, also located in Cincinnati, will give presentations on a variety of topics surrounding actions print providers can take to make their operations more financially efficient.
Cincinnati, OH-based ST Media Group International, publisher of Screen Printing magazine, recently posted an informational video about the company's history and products to major social-networking platforms. The video is currently accessible through the Facebook pages for Screen Printing and Industrial + Specialty Printing magazines, as well as YouTube.
A&M Kinzel Ltd. (www.kinzel-gmbh.de) says it redesigned its PMF screen-printing line to meet today’s needs. The web-fed press’s features include separately adjustable material-advance length and/or squeegee movement, linear guidance for squeegee and floodbar to facilitate wet-on-wet printing, skip printing, pneumatic screen clamping, adjustable squeegee pressure and angle (up to 30°), electronic screen-frame adjustment in X/Y direction, and more.