University of Cincinnati College of Engineering researcher Jason Heikenfeld has started a quiet revolution in active and electronic signage. Using screen printing inks and existing light sources, Heikenfeld brings an affordable product to the sign industry with the 21st century version of the neon light—what liquid crystal display (LCD) can’t do.
Printing has always relied on various forms of proofing to predict what an image will look like after it prints on a specific press. These proofing systems vary from simple to sophisticated, precise methods and devices. However, for achieving the best accuracy, proofing generally requires an investment in hardware, software, and training to produce the best outcomes.
Take a walk through any large grocery store, mega-mart or shopping mall, and you are likely to see examples of printed and formed plastic used as key components in P-O-P displays and other types of product merchandising. Distortion forming is the name of the process used to create these displays, and the P-O-P industry has relied on it for decades. Liquor sales, sporting goods, fast-food, video games, and even Hollywood blockbusters—all have benefitted from the use of distortion forming.
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Most of you have read Screen Printing over the years and have grown to appreciate the solid authority of well-written articles, the dedication of Tom Frecska as editor, the friendly approachability of managing editor Ben Rosenfield, the professionalism of group publisher Steve Duccilli, and the consistency of up-to-date topic coverage within the magazine. Tom’s untimely passing in May has touched so many of you.
Some businesses are lucky enough to have employees who want to come to work. Perhaps these companies pay generously, offer enviable benefits plans, or allow for lots of paid time off. On the other hand, maybe a solid work ethic drives the employees to perform. Some are so passionate about what they do that you’d have a tough time keeping them from doing their jobs. All of these scenarios sound great, but there is a dark side.
When people ask you how they can contact your shop, how often do you start your answer with the letters www or provide an address that lacks a street name? Internet technology has revolutionized the way we communicate and has given even the smallest of businesses a way to establish a presence with global reach. It enables companies to give prospects and clients virtual facility tours and quickly transfer huge amounts of data back and forth.
The shop profiles we publish in Screen Printing give us a chance to explore the companies that are intimately involved in the industries we cover and present the magazine’s audience with real take-away value in the form of unique products and processes, powerful business philosophies, and more.
International Coatings says its new Knock-Out white inks offer great value and are highly pigmented, easy to print, very economical, and formulated to resist ghosting. Knock-Out Cotton White 7044 is designed for use on 100%-cotton fabrics. It can be used as a stand-alone white, a highlight, or an underbase. International Coatings describes Knock-Out Low-Bleed White 7045 as a low-fusing, fast-flashing plastisol that features low tack and excellent bleed resistance. The ink contains no bleaching agents and can be printed on 100%-cotton or poly/cotton-blend fabrics.
Inkcups Now’s new PromoJET is an inkjet printer equipped with a rotary fixture that allows prin-ting around the circumference of cylindrical objects such as stainless steel water bottles, pens, and flashlights. Users can print up to 360° on cylinders ranging in diameter from 0.375-5 in. (9.5-127 mm) and can change the system’s configuration from rotary to flatbed as needed. Inkcups Now says PromoJET is ideal for any graphic printed on a light-colored or white substrate and offers incredible benefits when running four-color-process, gradients, or multi-color print jobs.