Drytac (www.drytac.com) beefed up its line of media for flatbed UV inkjet printers with the addition of EarthSmart Eclipse, billed as a low-density polyethylene that can be recycled in commercial plastics-recycling programs. Drytac notes that the material is certified by ASTM Int’l to biodegrade in most landfills. EarthSmart Eclipse is a white, 15-mil material designed to resist curling. It’s available in 54-, 63-, and 72-in.-wide (1372-, 1600-, and 1829-mm) rolls.
Kapco (www.kapco.com) recently added new colors to its K6000 Gloss Calendered 5-Year Vinyls line. Pink and lime green are now available for applications such as general-purpose interior/exterior signs, posters, show cards, banners, and window graphics. Kapco says the vinyls offer excellent cutting, weeding, and transferring. K6063 Pink and K6068 Lime Green, like the other 23 colors in the series, are available in 50-yd (45.7-m) rolls and in widths of 15, 20, 24, 30, 36, 48, and 60 in. (381, 508, 610, 762, 914, 1219, and 1524 mm).
Action Engineering (www.actionengineering.com) bills its LOC Pallet System as the ultimate in platen calibration and press setup. It incorporates four dial indicators mounted on a plate of honeycomb aluminum. The assembly is designed to mount like a screen into a press’s exisiting frame-holder positions. The indicators allow operators to determine leveling agreement between the screen holders and the platens. The system is compatible with manual and automatic presses.
Spectra Graphite 3D is Imprintables Warehouse’s (www.imprintables.com) newest textured digital-cutter material for decorated apparel. Its three-dimensional diamond pattern can be used to simulate tire tracks or industrial flooring. Imprintables Warehouse says the material is ideal for creating apparel for a range of car-related markets, such as automotive racing, car washes, tire stores, biker businesses, car dealerships, car-repair shops, and more. Graphite 3D can be applied to any color garment made of cotton, polyester, cotton/poly blends, and acrylic.
International Coatings Co. (www.iccink.com) reformulated its 3820 Direct Print Flock Adhesive for garment-printing applications. The one-part system is phthalate-free, press-ready, and can be used on cotton and cotton/poly blends. ICC says 3820 has a short body to support a thick ink deposit for flocking and notes that it provides excellent adhesion to most flock fibers and cures to a soft, elastic, and pliable print.
Workhorse Products (www.workhorseproducts.com) reports recent upgrades to its Powerhouse dryer, designed to boost versatility and dependability. The company now builds the dryer with a larger control panel, intended to make the user interface easier and more intuitve. Workhorse also moved the exhaust for the dryer from the center to the rear to vent exhaust more efficiently. The dryer belt now moves in forward or reverse directions, thereby enabling users to station a press at either end of the dryer for space-saving production switch-offs.
Mimaki (www.mimaki.com) reports that its JV5-320S is now available in a 320DS model for direct-sublimation printing through a modification kit. The DS adapter kit includes what Mimaki describes as a ditch that acts as a gutter for ink run-off that penetrates through loose-weave material. The JV5-320DS uses aqueous inks, applys ink directly to the substrate, and then heat-sets the ink into the material in a separate step. The process eliminates transfer papers. Mimaki says the JV5-320DS is perfect for banners, flags, P-O-P displays, soft signage, and more.
Lancer Group Int’l (www.lancergroup.com) now offers a plastisol-based alternative to aqueous formulations for garment printers who want to add foil effects to apparel. Excalibur 801 Foil Proof is a clear-coat plastisol that’s formulated to repel foil. Lancer Group says apparel decorators need only to screen print Foil Proof on areas where they don’t want foil to stick. Lancer Group suggests using a finer mesh (160-200 threads/in.) with Foil Proof to lay down a thinner ink film and a print/flash/print routine for maximum foil resistance after heat sealing.
EFI (www.efi.com) recently unveiled the VUTEk QS220, a 6.5-ft (2-m) flatbed UV inkjet printer with High-Definition Print (HDP) technology. EFI says the printer offers lower ink-running costs than traditional wide-format printers and allows print businesses to expand into higher end, premium-margin applications. The QS220 supports production speeds up to 750 sq ft/hr (70 sq m/hr) and an optional roll-to-roll capability. VUTEk’s HDP technology is designed to provide imaging resolution up to 1080 dpi.
Vastex (www.vastex.com) designed its new All Over Pallet (model V2P-AOP-XL) to allow owners of the Vastex V-2000HD manual press into a large-format screen-printing system. According to the company, the tapered platen allows for easy loading and unloading. The top of the platen, which is closest to the press center, measures 25 in. wide (635 mm). The platen gradually widens to 44.4 in. (1128 mm), where the neck of the shirt (up to size XL) is located, to facilitate printing over the collar, sleeves, and off of the edges. The platen is made of steel and features a rubber top.