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India: Not Our First Rodeo

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It may come as an agreeable surprise to screen printing people to find that in India, screen printing has advanced rapidly during the past few years.

Why do we pay so much attention to what goes on in India's screen-printing industry? Is it the exotic nature of the country, its people, and its graphics? It is the fact that screen-printed goods must appeal to and satisfy such a huge population? Is it because the technologies and capabilities grow by leaps and bounds?

All of the above.

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BelQuette Celebrates 15 Years with Prize Drawing

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The winner will be selected at random on January 2, 2012.

BelQuette Inc., engineers and manufacturers of direct-to-garment printers, is celebrating its 15th year in business by hosting a drawing to win a Hotronix Fusion Heat Press from Stahls'. The winner will be selected at random on January 2, 2012. There is no purchase necessary to register. Registrations will be accepted at BelQuette's booth at tradeshows, by calling 877-202-0886, or by visiting www.belquette.com.

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A Guide to Graphics Installation

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You can make it fast or make it right. Continue reading to find out how to optimize your graphics for appeal and application.

Do it right the first time.” How many times have you heard this saying? I remember my dad saying this to me on numerous occasions. It was usually followed by instructions to do something over because I had tried to do whatever chore he had assigned quickly so I could get back to the fun stuff. Eventually, I learned that if I took a little extra time and did my best the first time, my dad would be happy and I’d have more time to do what I wanted.

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Using Quality Control to Manage Misprints

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If high rates of seconds are increasing your costs and creating unwanted downtime, have a look at the quality control remedies Davis discusses for each stage of the garment-printing process.

Misprints—often called seconds—are a fact of life in screen printing. They’re even experienced by large, highly automated garment-printing facilities that use standardized operating procedures. However, while many shops throughout the industry are able to maintain a misprint factor near or below 3% (typically considered the industry norm), standardized operations typically enjoy misprint rates of 1% or less.

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Software Plug-In

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Onyx Graphics

Onyx Graphics (www.onyxgfx.com) recently released Sign&Banner, a plug-in for Adobe Illustrator that’s designed to optimize the workflow for sign and banner production. The software is the newest addition to the ONYX SmartApps RIP-independent product line. According to Onyx, Sign&Banner enables anyone designing or producing signs and banners to reduce their preparation time and mistakes in finishing dramatically. The plug-in supports inclusion of grommet marks, bleeds, and folds in Adobe Illustrator software.

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Wide-Format UV Inkjet Printer

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EFI

EFI says it developed the VUTEk GS3250r to bring the cost savings and flexibility of solvent-based inks to a completely new UV-curable platform. The 10.5-ft-wide (3.2-m) supports imaging resolution up to 1000 dpi and maximum print speed of 1195 sq ft/hr (111 sq m/hr). According to EFI, dual-roll capability, multiqueue functionality, and double-sided printing combine to give this machine the productivity of a roll-fed system. The printer uses a six-color (CMYKLcLm) inkset. Inks are supplied in 5-l containers. It supports flexible media up to 126.5 in. (3.2 m) wide and up to 0.125 in.

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Inks for Pad and Screen Printing

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Inkcups Now

Sapphire SI pad- and screen-printing ink from Inkcups Now (www.inkcups.com) is formulated for adhesion to silicone products such as wristbands, iPod and iPad covers, oven mitts, swimming caps, flexible computer keyboards, remote controls, and other promotional items made of that material. Inkcups Now says Sapphire SI is highly glossy, has great flexibility and abrasion resistance, and cures in 2-6 min at 400°F (204.4°C) or 10 min at 260°F (126.6°C).
 

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Visual Magnetics Chooses Trico

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This new domestic venture is projected to bring as much as $7 million of business to the area in the near future.

Mendon, MA-based Visual Magnetics, LP selected Trico Specialty Films, LLC of North Kingstown, RI, as a major supplier for components used in the manufacture of its Visual Magnetics Graphics System. This new domestic venture is projected to bring as much as $7 million of business to the area in the near future. According to Visual Magnetics, the new business brought in by Visual Magnetics also provides Trico Specialty Films with the potential to double its employment.
 

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Laundered Shop Towels Expose Printers to Heavy Metals

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Of the 29 metals studied, 26 were found on more than 90% of the towels tested.

Gradient, a Cambridge, MA-based environmental- and risk-science consulting firm published a study that finds elevated levels of heavy metals in tested and laundered shop towels. The study, “Evaluation of Potential Exposure to Metals in Laundered Shop Towels,” builds up an earlier analysis published in 2003 and concludes that, even after commercial laundering, the towels studied retain elevated levels of metals. This could result in printers being exposed to levels that exceed agency guidelines, which are based on various health problems, such as cancer.

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Out of the Jungle and Onto the Web

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Coudray describes how to strengthen your online marketing and improve your standing in search-engine results.

We registered our first domain name, coudray.com, in 1997. Back then, Internet marketing was simply putting up a Website and scoring all kinds of business. The attitude was, “If you build it, they will come.” It didn’t work out quite that way for most companies.

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