Rose Displays, Ltd. (www.rosedisplays.com), recently introduced two accessories for its ZipLine system: ZipLine Mounting Plate and ZipLine Poles. The Mounting Plate enables users to hang ZipLines from plaster ceilings, whether flat or standard grid. ZipLine Poles are designed to simplify the process of installing or removing ZipLines and eliminate the need for ladders. Rose Displays says a single twist of the pole anchors the ZipLine securely onto the ceiling grid or the mounting plate.
CET Color (www.cetcolor.com) recently announced the release the FK512-X, a 4 x 8-ft (1.2 x 2.4-m) flatbed UV inkjet printer that features 14-pl drop size, white ink and varnish capabilities, a scalable platform that allows expansion from six to 16 heads, 3-l ink tanks, and field upgradability. The printer supports media up to 3 in. (76 mm) thick and images at speeds up to 800 sq ft/hr (74 sq m/hr) and resolutions up to 720 x 1440 dpi.
This weekend was spent helping a friend move into a 50-year-old, newly purchased house. The previous owners had attempted to update it, putting black granite countertops in the kitchen, painting the cupboards a shiny gray, and slapping down floor tiles of an oatmeal hue. The remake just didn’t fit the original homey feel of a brick exterior and wood-floored home with charming rounded doors and archways between rooms. Besides a good scrub, the house needed a bright yellow teapot, primary colored doodads, some soft earthy rugs, and—of course—a crowing china-rooster pitcher.
Nothing happens until something is sold. This is an old cliché, but it’s absolutely true. The finest production environment is worthless if there are no orders to produce. Likewise, if orders come in that aren’t suited for the equipment or workflow, the company won’t realize its full profit potential. This is especially important in today’s economy, where demand is lower and competition is extreme.
Even the most experienced screen printers cringe when clients decide to throw different garment types into an existing order. The situation brings up all kinds of questions: Will the ink adhere to each fabric? Can we use the same artwork and separations? Do we need to change press settings? All of these questions are appropriate to ask, because printers often to push through these types of challenges without a lot of extra client interaction in hopes of avoiding the impression that they are difficult to deal with or that they can’t handle a complex job.
As the digital industry continues to develop, can the presses and the inks really keep up with the demands—or with our imaginations?
New ink systems and applications are plunging the digital industry into markets that, until now, were considered off limits. With continued technological advances in UV chemistries, digital inks are continuing to evolve at a staggering pace. These new UV systems are setting performance standards that once were considered almost impossible, providing improved color gamut, cure speeds, substrate versatility, and durability.
MACtac Graphic Products (www.mactac.com) bills its new IMAGin Perforated Window Media WP129 as a one-way visibility film designed to transform indoor or outdoor window surfaces into graphical canvases on one side, without sacrificing significant visibility on the other. WP129 can be used for shorter-term indoor and outdoor window applications, including buildings, some vehicles, retail and P-O-P, architectural graphics, and more. It is a 6.0-mil white vinyl film coated with a black, semi-permanent adhesive. It features 41/59% perforation with a hole diameter of 0.06 in.
Dow Corning says its 9601 Silicone Textile Printing Ink is fast curing, easily pigmented, and provides competitive advantages for high-performance apparel. The ink contains no organotin, phthalate, formaldehyde, PVC, or solvents. The ink is formulated for high elongation on elastic fabrics, soft hand, non-blocking performance, and a non-tacky, semi-gloss finish.
Richmond Graphic Products recently introduced the newest addition to its line of computer-to-screen solutions. The company bills its DirectJet Pro as a robust, industrial computer-to-screen system that will appeal to the small to medium-sized screen-printing operation. According to Richmond, the DirectJet Pro produces images at high resolution, at impressive speeds, and with a high degree of precision from screen to screen and color to color. The unit uses water-based, high-density ink and a closed-loop cartridge system.
The ways in which work flows through your plant influences efficiency. If the flow through the shop creates natural interactions between staff in prepress, printing, finishing, and shipping, success is inevitable. But before you completely rearrange your plant, decide how you would like your teams to interact and how the flow of communications will mold the final product.