Adelco’s (www.adelco.co.uk) Jet-Force S is a dryer for screen-printed and digitally imaged garments. It features a digital belt-speed display and temperature control, integral exhaust on top of the dryer, and a lint filter that can be removed from either side of the unit. The 10-ft-long () base system can be extended by adding oven modules in 40-in. (1016-mm) increments to the outfeed, and 80-in. (2032-mm) extensions are now available for the 48- and 60-in. (1219- and 1524-mm) dryer models.
M&R (mrprint.com) announces the latest addition to its i-Dot line of garment inkjet printers, the i-Dot 2100. According to M&R, the printer produces exceptional results on white and light garments at print speeds up to 35% faster than other digital textile printers, and the included i-Pak Bulk Ink System supports a dual-CMYK print engine that increases print speed while reducing ink costs. M&R’s Absolute Position Technology (APT) is designed to support repeatable registration and includes a servo amplifier, PLC controller, and a servomotor-driven linear actuator.
Going green. We’ve all heard this phrase by now. Everyone uses it these days as society shifts its focus to environmental responsibility. After all, sustainability is an important part of our daily lives, and today’s economy mandates that businesses make it a top priority to be successful. Environmental sustainability has been increasingly important to our customers as they join with many businesses in asking the question: Can we do more with less?
Screen printing the weird is a great activity, as it puts us in contact with inventive people in our respective communities and offers the possibility of creating whole new revenue streams and opportunities should an idea take off. My client got a unique product that exceeded expectations, but she might be on to something that could potentially bring economy and jobs to remote native villages dotted along the jagged Pacific shoreline of Vancouver Island.
Preventative maintenance is a term normally associated with our health, but it should also be a common term associated with our equipment.
Why is that important?
Now, more than ever, our dollars need to stretch further to ensure the survival of our business. Times are tight and any undue press downtime or service call can really put a strain on your cash flow. By implementing a simple end-of-day cleaning process for your presses, you are taking a major step in preventative maintenance.
Siser North America (www.siserna.com) recently introduced EasyWeed Electric, a heat-applied CAD material. EasyWeed Electric is available in 13 colors and has a pressure-sensitive carrier that can be peeled hot or cold. Siser says EasyWeed Electric offers superior durability and opacity and can be layered. EasyWeed Electric adheres to 100% cotton, 100% polyester, and poly/cotton blends, and it’s designed for easy positioning on a shirt and application with less pressure and at a lower temperature than traditional films.
The Tote Bag Pocket Pallet is the latest platen design from Action Engineering (www.actionengineering.com). It is designed to maximize the available space inside of pockets. Action Engineering says special machining of the platen bracket allows extra clearance in small and tight areas. The Tote Bag Pocket Pallet can also be used for pocketed T-shirts.
FDC Graphic Films (www.fdcfilms.com) now offers 7504 Series, a 13-oz. scrim banner designed for indoor and outdoor use. It is compatible with eco-solvent and solvent-based inkjet inks and adhesive-backed vinyl lettering. Available in gloss and matte white with 38- and 54-in. (965- and 1372-mm) rolls, it is engineered for high tear strength, minimal curl, and fire resistance (NFPA 701 certification).
Screen printers always tell me that they can print on anything, and that’s entirely possible.
One thing I’ve noticed lately is that some materials have started flowing into the market. Take bamboo as an example. In the upcoming issue of Screen Printing in the new products section we reviewed a textile fabric made of bamboo that caught my eye. It was colorful, easy to work with, and affordable, according to manufacturer’s write up.