The new UVISTAR roll-fed UV inkjet printers from Fujifilm Sericol USA
Ranar Manufacturing Co. (www.ranar.com) recently released the Curestar 6000 T-shirt Dryer. The company says it has responded to customer feedback by making this model larger and able to accommodate increased output. The CS-6000 features two 3000-w heater panels (adjustable in height), a 36-in.-wide (914-mm) belt for larger garments and higher production numbers—200-275 garments/hour, based on ink deposit and design size. The dryer also features a solid-state heat and belt control and has a fully insulated heat chamber.
Onyx Graphics (www.onyxgfx.com) describes its new Imagez software as a basic, affordable RIP package designed for large-format aqueous and entry-level solvent inkjet printers and says the software is ideally suited to single-person and in-house users who want professional print results while maintaining complete control over print operations. Imagez software uses the same color engine as found in Onyx production RIP solutions, but with a workflow designed for non-production applications. It also offers nesting tools to conserve media.
The MHM Matrix, from Hirsch (www.hirschinternational.com), is designed to enable screen printers to incorporate oversize and all-over printing without purchasing a press that will become obsolete. The automatic garment press is available in three standard print sizes: 20 x 28, 28 x 40, and 31 x 40 in. (508 x 711, 711 x 1016, and 787 x 1016 mm). Special sizes are available on request. Because the Matrix is modular, a printer can start small and increase the capacity of the press as order volumes increase. The press can be expanded in modules of four or six print stations.
Seiko Instruments USA (www.seiko-i.com) recently introduced what it describes as value-priced inks for the company’s ColorPainter V-64s. The new EG-Outdoor LX mild solvent inkset is formulated for excellent color density, outdoor durability, and lightfastness. The six-color inkset (CMYKLcLm) is packaged in 500-ml cartridges. Seiko says the new LX inks are a more economical alternative for those customers who do not need or want the more environmentally friendly EX inks for the ColorPainter V-64s.
Workhorse Products (www.workhorseproducts.com) bills its Falcon E, a ten-color automatic garment press, as a high-volume-production machine that is easy to use, reliable, and offers a range of fast set-up features. The company says logical control layout reduces staff training and errors, real-time production data optimize production planning, and support for onscreen diagnostics reduces downtime. The press features screen holders for the Newman pin-registration system, pneumatic clamps for squeegees and floodbars, central off-contact adjustment, and more.
Inca Digital Printers (www.incadigital.com) recently made two new options available for its Inca Onset wide-format flatbed UV inkjet printer. One option provides new print techniques designed to deliver higher print speeds, as well as two new, higher quality print modes. The other is designed to improve gloss, adhesion on difficult substrates, and more versatility with heat-sensitive materials through reduced power consumption.
The all-new DiGiT instant numbering system from Vastex Int’l Inc. (www.vastex.com) is now available for any number up to 12 in. (305 mm) and in two colors. Vastex says the two-color version will fit on any rear-clamp manual screen-printing press with four to ten printheads. The system uses two screens for each color, each with five numbers. Each screen is clamped into one of two sliding rail assemblies secured by the rear screen clamps on almost any manual press.
All applications come with their share of obstacles to quality and productivity, but few are as challenging as large-format, screen-printed graphics. Difficulty often stems from the size of the image versus the size of the maximum screen size (per press), bringing the image very close to the sides of the frame. This configuration forces the operator to try and adapt the available tools to achieve what’s rarely possibale.
Alcan (www.alcancompositesusa.com) describes its New Profiles as an easy, cost-effective solution for attaching 0.12-in. (3-mm) rigid substrates in dimensional graphic displays and exhibits designed for medium-to-long-term applications. New Profiles aluminum extrusions can be used to join substrates and to provide a finished edge to display pieces. The profiles feature an anodized finish designed to resist scratches and environmental wear, can be used for indoor and outdoor displays, and are available in U-, L-, and H-shaped profiles. They are available in 98-in.