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Sorting Out Squeegee Sharpeners

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Use this tool to restore the squeegee blade’s edge, so your squeegee can be brought back to action.

Squeegee sharpeners recondition production-worn squeegee blades and make these critical, but often overlooked, tools ready to return to press. Dull edges, nicks, and uneven profiles are some of the problems that can prevent the squeegee from properly playing its vital role in transferring ink to the substrate.

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Cleaner/Degreaser

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Oil Eater

Oil Eater (www.oileater.com) says its Orange cleaner/degreaser featuring a special, highly concentrated formula that combines alkalinity with natural orange solvents to safely clean tough printing inks, concrete floors, walls, and more. According to Oil Eater, Orange is non-toxic, non-corrosive, and biodegradable. It is available in 1-, 5-, 30-, and 55-gal containers.
 

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Dye-Sub Appliqué

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Dalco Athletic

Dalco Athletic’s (www.dalcoathletic.com) Game Balls line of dye-sub appliqués pairs a choice of ball with the team name and sport to create a full-front appliqué design. The approximate size of the appliqué is 5 x 10 in. (127 x 254 mm). Foreground and background color choices are available to match team colors. Balls include football, basketball, baseball, soccer, and volleyball. The appliqués are made of 100% polyester twill and feature dye-sub imaging.
 

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Details About Doming

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Doming is a finishing process that not only enhances the appearance of printed items by producing a three-dimensional look, but it also makes them more durable.

Doming is a finishing process that not only enhances the appearance of printed items by producing a three-dimensional look, but it also makes them more durable. The doming process relies primarily on three components: a dispensing system, resin, and a product with surface tension sufficient enough to accept and control the liquid doming resin during and after application.

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Digging into Dimensional Accuracy

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Learn how to dial in some of the variables that can compromise image quality on press.

To manufacture a suitable screen printed job, a large number of variables, such as mesh selection, frame selection, and EOM, must be controlled. Print conditions such as mesh, frame, and snap-off distance influence dimensional accuracy, an important contributor to print quality.

Dimensional accuracy is less important when printing a single-color job than it is when the application is a multicolor job. However, when embossing and diecutting follow printing, image dimensions become more relevant.

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Sublimation Printing 101

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Use this overview to familiarize yourself with dye-sub printing and decide whether the technology is right for your shop.

Sublimation is defined as the conversion of a solid to a gas without going through the liquid state. The solid in the case of decorative graphics is sublimation ink that has been printed and dried onto a specially coated transfer paper. Applying the graphic to a substrate by using a heat press at a temperature between 400-425°F causes ink to shift from a solid to a gas and transfer onto any polyester surface.

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Vehicle-Wrap Film

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Avery Dennison

Avery Dennison (www.averydennison.com) recently announced the addition of Conform Black Chrome to its line of Conform Chrome Accent film. The new film joins Conform Chrome Silver, Gold, and Blue, and Avery says it features a mirror-like finish that creates a high-end look for vehicle wraps. According to the company, Conform Chrome Wrapping Films are ideal for unique features such as side-view mirrors, striping, and door handles. The films feature Avery Dennison’s Easy Apply RS Technology, designed to ease repositioning reduce air bubbles, and minimize installation time.

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Platen Rack

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Vastex International

Vastex International (www.vastex.com) recently debuted the VP-Cruiser, a mobile platen rack for organizing, storing, and relocating screen platens. The company says VP-Cruiser is constructed of heavy-gauge carbon steel with a durable industrial finish, has a wide base with four casters to allow platens to be rolled to screen-printing presses for rapid removal and insertion.

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Screen Printing Metallic Inks

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The more uniform the ink film, the better the adhesion, and the smoother the printing surface, thereby allowing for better reflectivity and better brilliance.

Metallic screen-printing inks are typically formulated using two components: metallic pigment and varnish. They are either sold as separate components or as ready-mixed, one-part products. Pigments start in copper, zinc, or bauxite mines. Harvested ores are atomized in fine specks, ground, polished in mills, and classified according to end usage.

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A Look at Film and Liquid Laminators

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Film and liquid laminators enhance the quality, appearance, and longevity of screen- and digitally printed graphic materials.

Most film laminators (Figure 1) are so similar in purpose that choosing from the many options and models can be tough. Your best bet is to start by considering the laminator size. In general, it’s best to buy the widest laminator you can afford. A wide laminator will allow you to run narrower products side by side, improve throughput, prevent film waste, and grow into larger, more demanding applications. If space is a concern, some wide-format models feature conservative footprints and are ideal for tight production areas.

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