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Wide-Format Inkjet Printer

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Mutoh

The ValueJet 2638 from Mutoh (www.mutoh.com) is a 104-in. (2642 mm), four- or seven-color (CMYK or CMYKLcLmLk) eco-solvent inkjet printer that supports imaging resolutions up to 1440 dpi and output speeds up to 1168 sq ft/hr (108.5 sq m/hr). It features Intelligent Interweave technology, designed to eliminate banding; the ValueJet Status Monitor app (iPhone or Android) for remote printer monitoring; and ColorVerify process-control system. SAi PhotoPrint RIP software drives the unit.

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Multicolor Screen Press

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A.W.T. World Trade

A.W.T. World Trade (awt-gpi.com) added new features to its American M&M Hercules, a multicolor screen press that the company says is unmatched for speed quality, and ease of use. Hercules now features a 400-W twin-lamp curing system with Inteli-Guard mounted between each printhead. Another addition is Remote Diagnostic, a real-time service that’s intended to reduce repair costs and downtime as much as 80%.

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Computer-to-Screen System

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M&R

M&R (www.mrprint.com) recently added the i-Image ST to its line of imaging systems.The i-Image ST computer-to-screen system uses the company’s i-Pak water-based UV-blocking ink and inkjet technology to generate opaque images on emulsion- coated screens, thereby eliminating the need for vacuum hold-down during exposure. According to M&R, i-Image can reduce exposure time up to half. The system also removes film from the stencilmaking process. The i-Image ST system includes a computer, monitor, and M&R’s RIP software.

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SGCDpro Snags Adler

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Consumer Product Safety Commission's head will speak at Deco ’13 in Louisville, KY.

The Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorated Products (SGCDpro) announced that Robert S. Adler, commissioner, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), will speak at Deco ’13 in Louisville, KY. The Society’s annual conference and exposition will be held April 13-15, 2013.

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Two Companies Earn SGP Certification

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To achieve this certification, SGP requires a facility to set annual sustainability objectives and goals.

Douglass Screen Printers, Inc. and Forge Graphic Works have earned certification from the Sustainable Green Printing (SGP) Partnership. To achieve this certification, SGP requires a facility to set annual sustainability objectives and goals.

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Prepress for Special-Effect Garment Printing

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Decorating garments with special-effect inks can be a daunting task when you don’t have everything in place in prepress. These tips will assist you in building reliable and repeatable processes and procedures.

Becoming familiar with how special-effect inks work is critical to printing them successfully, no matter how long the job run. Experimentation aids in determining how special-effect inks will appear on finished garments, given your shop’s equipment and practices.

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Drytac Promotes Four Members to Its Business and Sales Management Teams

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Manufacturer and distributor of graphics finishing equipment and supplies anticipates growth.

Drytac, an international manufacturer and distributor of graphics finishing equipment and supplies, recently promoted four staff members to a newly restructured business development and sales management team. Jerry Hill, Luigi Cristicini, Wayne Colbath and Todd Wooden have taken on new roles as Drytac pursues greater business opportunities throughout the United States and Canada.

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Air Waves, Inc. Opens Fulfillment Services

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Fulfillment services for garment printing will operate out of Columbus, OH.

Michael Leaventon, COO of Air Waves, Inc., announced the opening of a new Fulfillment Center in Columbus, OH.

"In order to meet the needs of our rapidly growing customer base, we have opened our first of 3 planned fulfillment centers," says Leaventon. "Our garment decorating and finishing business is seeing increased demand due to the expansion of e-commerce business. Our customers aren’t asking this of us, but rather demanding it from us."

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In Memoriam: Dave R. Swormstedt, Jr.

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The patriarch of Signs of the Times Publishing Co. (now ST Media Group International) served as company president for 15 years.

Dave R. (“Reid”) Swormstedt, Jr., died January 17, 2013, at age 83. He served as president of then Signs of the Times Publishing Co. (now ST Media Group Intl.) from 1979 until his retirement in 1994. The company is the publisher of Signs of the Times, The Big Picture, Screen Printing, Industrial + Special Printing, and several other B2B magazines.

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Niche marketing and social media meet on the level

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The co-owners of So Mote It Be Clothing are putting a fresh, modern spin on some centuries-old emblems, logos, and traditions.

My recent discussions about niche marketing and Facebook and Instagram come full circle!

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