Melvin E. Green, screen printing pioneer and former owner of Advance Process Supply Co. in Chicago, died May 14. He was 91.
He and his brother, Sheldon Green, founded Advance Process Supply in the 1940s. The company, which manufactured screen printing inks, equipment and supplies, quickly became known throughout the industry as “Screen Print University,” and was the place many people in the industry today learned and honed their craft.
There are times when everything whirs by without much notice. This summer is one of those times. You would think that with this high-temperature drought spell across much of the U.S., business might slow down. Not so. Here are some of the headlines you might enjoy reading about a wide variety of topics that are totally unrelated to most people outside of our industry. Let’s review the headlines briefly:
GMG Americas, a developer and supplier of high-end color management software solutions, is pleased to announce the appointment of Bart Fret (Bart.Fret@gmgcolor.com) to the position of director of sales, Large Format. He will be responsible for introducing GMG color software — most specifically GMG ProductionSuite — to companies that produce signs and displays throughout North and South America.
Issues facing the global converting industry, the benefits of digital printing, new technologies, diversifying into package printing and the environment are top of the agenda as the conference program for Labelexpo Americas 2012 is announced. Taking place again at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Chicago, between 11-13 September, the two day conference runs alongside the exhibition and has expert sessions from some of the industry’s leading visionaries.
Imprintables Warehouse (www.imprintables.com) now offers CAD-cut materials with school-mascot themes for spiritwear. Spectra Patterns can be custom printed using mascot artwork and turned into a heat-sealable material with a repeating pattern. The material comes on a 15-in.-wide (381-mm) roll and, according to Imprintables Warehouse, can be heat applied to any garment made of 100% cotton, 100% polyester, or a cotton/poly blend. The company says Spectra Patterns is very durable and wash-fast.
Neschen Americas (www.neschenamericas.com) recently debuted its Signage Application Kits. They’re designed for window, floor, and anti-graffiti signage. The window kit includes SolvoPrint Paper 240 Satin and Gudy Window by Seal. A kit with SolvoPrint Paper 240 Satin and Blox-Lite 10-mil Blockout paper is available for window graphics that are printed on both sides. The floor-graphics kit includes Print Shield Floor Guard with SolvoPrint MightyGrip Removable SAV, designed for slip and scuff resistance.
Sihl Digital Imaging (www.sihlusa.com) has developed what it calls a premium inkjet canvas for use with aqueous inkjet printers for the most demanding photographers, artists, and print shops. Sihl Illumina Semi-GlossCanvas - 3185 is a 19-mil material with a 2:1 structure and a microporous coating engineered to dry instantly. According to Sihl, Illumina Semi-Gloss Canvas supports maximum ink loading for unparalleled density and color gamut. The material is designed to work with solvent or aqueous liquid laminates, and it can be professionally stretched, folded, and gallery wrapped.
Dalco Athletic (www.dalcoathletic.com) now offers a dye-sub ribbon appliqué for cheer uniforms and spiritwear. The design incorporates a script typeface that resembles ribbon to form a team name. Underneath it is a word such as football, cheerleading, or all stars—or the product can show the team name alone. A variety of foreground and background colors are available, and the appliqué can be backed with a permanent, heat-applied adhesive or finished for sew-down with an embroidery machine. The appliqué measures approximately 5.5 x 11 in.
Eliminating problems and managing variables in garment screen printing lead to real improvement in quality and efficiency. This article focuses on five top culprits that slow the process down: screen tension, stencil exposure, stencil drying, squeegee quality, and flash curing.
When a new technology is introduced into an industry, there is usually a small band of innovators who hop on board first. They invest their time and money in hopes of leveraging it to improve productivity and gain a competitive advantage. Over time, as the technology becomes increasingly accepted in the industry, the competitive advantage largely disappears and new users must adopt it simply to keep pace.