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Flash Unit with Rotating Platens

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Ranar

Ranar Manufacturing Co. (www.ranar.com) says its DA 16x16 Air Flash with Rotary Platens is a perfect tool for any screen-printing shop and is especially practical for direct-to-garment printers. The unit has two platens that rotate manually. It’s designed to allow users to flash one shirt while another cools during the printing process. According to Ranar, the unit is great for flashing and curing discharge and water-based inks, as well as plastisols. The system features solid state heat control and height-adjustable stand with casters. The 16 x 16-in.

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Washout Sink

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Vastex

Vastex (www.vastex.com) now offers a washout sink that’s designed for oversized screens and screens used for athletic numbering. Model VWB-5121 measures 51 x 21 x 35 in. (1295 x 533 x 889 mm). It can hold one oversized screen measuring 47 x 31 in (1194 x 787 mm) or two screens measuring 23 x 31 in (584 x 787 mm). The sink is made of stainless steel and features a hood with a drip catch that prevents water and chemicals from falling from the top of the sink onto clean screens.

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RIP Software

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Roland DGA

Roland DGA (www.rolanddga.com) recently released an upgrade for its VersaWorks RIP software. Version 4.0 is based on the latest Adobe CPSI 3019 engine and is compatible with Windows 7, Vista, XP, and 2000. New features include error diffusion, designed to enhance print quality; Advanced Job Log, which allows users to export job information; more than 500 metallic colors in the Roland Metallic Color Library; and more. VersaWorks allows users to choose from high-speed mode for production banner printing, the MAX Impact preset for outdoor graphics, and Artistic mode for indoor graphics.

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Wide-Format Screen/Digital Printing System

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Thieme

Thieme (www.thieme.eu) recently launched the :M-Press Tiger, billed as the next generation of the :M-Press system that the company developed in cooperation with Agfa. The :M-Press Tiger facilitates the combination of screen and digital printing inline and can be operated as a fully automated system. It uses Agfa :Anuvia UV inks (CMYK) and supports speeds of more than 165 sheets/hr, or approximately 700 sq m/hr, at a maximum print size of 1600 mm x 2600 mm.

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Signage and Graphics Summit Presents Free Webinar

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June 15, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. EST

From the editors of The Big Picture, Signs of the Times, and Screen Printing:

During the economic crisis, many executives have understandably shifted their focus from growth to survival. But certain innovative companies have engaged in what economists call “countercyclical behavior,” hoping to gain a competitive edge by putting aggressive new initiatives in place at a time that others stood still.

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Flash Unit with Rotating Platens

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Ranar

Ranar Manufacturing Co. (www.ranar.com) says its DA 16x16 Air Flash with Rotary Platens is a perfect tool for any screen-printing shop and is especially practical for direct-to-garment printers. The unit has two platens that rotate manually. It’s designed to allow users to flash one shirt while another cools during the printing process. According to Ranar, the unit is great for flashing and curing discharge and water-based inks, as well as plastisols. The system features solid state heat control and height-adjustable stand with casters. The 16 x 16-in.

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Software for Variable-Data Printing

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HP

SmartStream Designer 4.0 from HP (www.hp.com/go/GSB) is a software solution that’s designed to extend variable-data printing (VDP) to large-format applications. According to HP, SmartStream Designer 4.0 streamlines prepress processes and helps users create, integrate, and preview all versioned jobs with any combination of fixed data, variable text, and image elements.

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White Special-Effect Ink

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ICC

Destructo White is the name of the newesy special-effect formulation from International Coatings Co. (www.iccink.com). According to ICC, prints made with Destructo White crack and split apart when pulled, stretched, or crumpled after curing, which produces a vintage or antique look. The company says it developed Destructo White in response to customer demand for an ink that could imitate flaking or weathered paint. The ink is phthalate-free and press ready. It can be used on 100% cotton and cotton/poly blends.

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EFI Wins Three Awards

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Company recognized by European Digital Press (EDP) Association

Foster City, CA-based EFI won three European Digital Press (EDP) Association Awards for 2010: Best Wide Format Printer up to 3.5 Meters for the VUTEk GS3200, Best Industrial Printing Solution for the Jetrion 4830, and Best RIP Solution for Wide Format for Fiery XF.

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FESPA 2010 Around the Corner

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June 22-26 at Messe Munich, Germany

FESPA 2010, June 22-26 at Messe Munich, Germany, will showcase innovation in screen, digital, and textile printing for an expected audience of 40,000 visitors from more than 125 countries. At the last global FESPA event, which took place in Berlin in 2007, 24,220 visitors attended from 125 countries over a five-day event.

In 2010, the conference will occupy six halls—three dedicated to screen and textile printing and three coverings digital printing.

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