Color-Logic’s (www.color-logic.com) Process Metallic Printing System is now available for inkjet printers. The company says the system enables licensed inkjet printers to produce striking metallic effects once possible only on offset-lithographic presses. Color-Logic explains that it has tested the system extensively and reports that the system produces outstanding results on wide-format printers manufactured by Epson, Roland, and Mimaki, as well as flatbed printers manufactured by EFI VUTEk, AGFA, and Fujifilm.
FLEXcon (www.flexcon.com) designed WINDOWdeco and FLEXmark floor art to be greener alternatives for at-retail applications for windows, counter mats, and floors. WINDOWdeco 6270 (white), 6274 (primed white), 6272 (clear) and 6276 (primed clear) polyolefins are engineered to offer performance and printability similar to vinyl. FLEXcon says these products are an environmentally friendly option for low-tack window graphics and signage.
International Coatings Company (www.iccink.com) recently introduces 3826 Astro Clear, a special-effects ink formulated to be nearly invisible ink under normal lighting conditions and illuminate when exposed to UV blacklight. The ink allows printers to outline or highlight letters and designs, create hidden motifs that only become visible under a blacklight, and overprint other colors where blacklight illumination is desired. Astro Clear can be printed directly on 100% cotton and cotton/polyester fabrics.
Sixteen Printing Industries of America affiliates have joined together to form the Regional Affiliate Certificate Group offering manufacturing printers access to FSC chain of custody certification at group prices. They report that on December 1, 2010, 47 companies were successfully included in the group launch, which is the first printers group created in North America. Although the group is limited to accepting manufacturing companies with sales of less than $5 million, administrator Jim Tepper says he sees potential for many firms across the US.
Roland DGA Corp. chose Brian Mallory of Oliver Signs, Valley City, OH as the winner of the company’s “How Not to Build the Perfect Printer” Website contest.
The contest was part of a marketing campaign for Roland’s latest VersaCAMM VS metallic inkjet printer/cutter. The contest accepted more than 500 contest entries. A panel of marketing experts chose Mallory’s submission, awarding him the iPad prize for his truly bad idea.
The Academy of Screen Printing Technology (ASPT) recently recognized young printing talent in its annual competition for students by awarding cash prizes, plaques, and more to those whose work represented the best of its class. Last year, the ASPT renamed its annual printing competition for students in honor of the late Tom O. Frecska, who served as editor of Screen Printing magazine for many years and championed screen-printing education. The competition is judged in 24 categories by industry experts. The names of the Best of Show winners follow.
Maintenance-free operation does not exist—no matter how much you spend on your press. The reality check is costly when you assume that a problem can wait until you get around to it. The correct way to think of taking care of your machinery is to believe that friction and wear do exist and the mission is to slow down this process by implementing a maintenance plan. Taking care of your press is like taking care of your car. Good maintenance results in longer life, less downtime, less costly repairs, and top performance.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) functions as an agency under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) responsible for conducting research and making recommendations to prevent work-related injury and illness. The NIOSH health-hazard evaluation (HHE) program is available for employees, employers, or union representatives to use for an investigation of health and safety concerns.
Dalco Athletic (www.dalcoathletic.com) now offers full-color dye-sub patches that can be sewn down or heat applied. The company says its new Dye Sublimation Patches, which are 100% polyester, are printed in bold, long-lasting colors and can be finished with a Merrowed edge (customers choose thread color) or left plain. Shapes include circles, squares, rectangles, half circles, long ovals, arched plackets, shields, and a football. Customers can choose between a backing of placement adhesive if sewing the patch down or permanent, heat-activated glue if applying with a heat press.
Rose Displays, Ltd. (www.rosedisplays.com), recently introduced two accessories for its ZipLine system: ZipLine Mounting Plate and ZipLine Poles. The Mounting Plate enables users to hang ZipLines from plaster ceilings, whether flat or standard grid. ZipLine Poles are designed to simplify the process of installing or removing ZipLines and eliminate the need for ladders. Rose Displays says a single twist of the pole anchors the ZipLine securely onto the ceiling grid or the mounting plate.