MACtac and Nazdar recently made a warranty available that features MACtac’s REBEL media and Nazdar’s 3500 series screen inks. The warranty is part of MACtac’s Open-Image Warranty program, which covers certain combinations of approved printers, inks, and laminates or clear coats used with the company’s graphics media.
Automatic garment presses are designed to deliver print-production speed and accuracy, access to more colors and effects, and higher levels of consistency and output quality. Many models are available to accommodate new shops or facilities without much floor space to spare, growing businesses that need greater capacity than manual presses can offer, and large-scale operations that print garments in the millions.
ST Media Group International has selected Phoenix as the location for the 2012 Signage and Graphics Summit (SGS), the premiere educational and networking event for producers of on-premise signage, outdoor advertising, and promotional graphics and displays. The conference will be held January 23-25, 2012, at the Arizona Grand Resort.
I’ve visited numerous printing facilities in the almost nine years I’ve been covering this industry. I’m always amazed by how many shops still operate garment and graphics screen presses that are 25 years old—or older. Some show their years of service plainly, while others are more cosmetically endowed. They may bear the names of manufacturers long gone or carry the logos of major players still going strong in the press-building business. Either way, these machines typically operate as effectively and efficiently as they did when they were new.
One of the first art prints I made hangs on the wall in my living room. It’s been around since 1982, and although the basic elements are still there, some of the colors, especially the reds and purples, have faded to the point that they can’t be distinguished from each other. If this print is like many from that time period, if popped out of the frame, it has probably yellowed as well.
The cost of raw materials for garments has changed over the past several years along with the garment market itself. Even though cotton remains the most widely used material in apparel manufacture, environmental disasters around the world have devastated large portions of the global cotton crop, thereby causing the prices for cotton to skyrocket.
My many visits to print shops over the years have given me a chance to help address issues with production workflows and overcome optimization challenges. Invariably, the conversations I have at these visits shift to dealing with sales and the orders the salespeople bring in. The conversation is almost always the same. It centers on trying to figure out how to produce something the salesperson has sold or meeting an unrealistic deadline that was promised. The comments almost always have a tone of sarcasm or resentment in them.
The 3M Graphics Market Center (www.3m.com) announces new brushed metal finishes for its Scotchprint Wrap Film Series 1080. The brushed metal finishes join matte and carbon fiber. New finishes are brushed aluminum (1080-BR120), brushed titanium (1080-BR230), brushed steel (1080-BR201), brushed steel blue (1080-BR217), and brushed gold (1080-BR241). Scotchprint Wrap Film Series 1080 are long-term, removable cast films. They are designed for solid-color vehicle detailing, decoration, and full wraps without the need for graphic protection.
Ranar Manufacturing Co. (www.ranar.com) presents the Cruiser Series, a portable press/dryer combination that Ranar says is ideal for hobby printing, small garage shops, or on-site special-event printing. It features tubular construction, adjustable off-contant, microregistration, four- or six-color configuration, and more.
Dalco Athletic (www.dalcoathletic.com) says decorating nylon is easy with its new Dal-Nylon Extra. The film is designed to be used with a garment-graphics cutter and has an adhesive that is formulated to stick to most nylon fabrics. Dal-Nylon Extra has a matte finish and comes in black, gold, royal, navy, scarlet, and white. One- and two-color options are available. It comes on a 15-in. (381-mm) roll in lengths of 5 and 25 yd (4.5 and 23 m).