It’s time to swear off the carwash, the backyard hose, and the bathtub. Now is the time to transform your screen-printing shop into one that incorporates a streamlined screen-cleaning, reclaiming, and reuse operation. In doing so, you will convert that once most time-consuming and undesirable task in the shop into one that is a much more satisfying job. And, you will be able to institute a system that will let you effectively reuse frames.
IMI’s upcoming U.S. events include the 24th Annual Thermal Printing Conference and the 10th Annual Security Printing Conference. Visit www.imiconf.com for additional information.
GMG, a developer of high-end color management and proofing solutions, announces that GMG OpenColor is the recipient of the InterTech Technology Awards, sponsored by Printing Industries of America. GMG OpenColor is a proofing solution that's designed to precisely predict the color appearance of printed inks
Vastex International recently debuted the E-2000 Series of LED exposing units for screen printers. According to the company, a long-lasting LED pack delivers ultra-fast exposure times while producing high-resolution halftones and crisp detail on the most intricate graphics. The system comes standard with a vacuum holddown with a neoprene blanket, automatic digital controls, 0.25-in.-thick (6.3-mm) tempered glass, and 120- or 240-v power supply. E-2000 Series units are available in two sizes that accommodate maximum screen sizes (outside dimensions) of 23 x 31 in.
Avery Dennison recently announced the addition of Conform Blue Chrome and Conform Gold Chrome to its line of Conform Chrome Accent Film products. The new films join Conform Chrome Silver and are designed with a mirror-like finish that the company says creates a premium look for vehicle wraps.
One of the most critical steps in the screen-printing process is drying, or curing, of ink after it has been applied to the screen-printed product. This is accomplished by heating the ink to the temperature at which it cures, as a printed garment or other item passes through a dryer on a conveyor belt. Popular plastisol inks require cure temperatures of approximately 320-340°F, while other types of ink cure or bond at slightly different temperatures.
It's refreshing to see that printing skill and solid design work still count for something! Check out the winning work at the FESPA Awards 2013. The winners received their prizes at the organization’s 50th anniversary dinner at Old Billingsgate in London, England on Thursday, June 27, 2013.
The prize for Best in Show went to Switzerland’s Atelier für Siebdruck Lorenz Boegli for their screen-printed entry, "Josephine." The image is one of ten screen- and digitally printed designs of Josephine Napoleon for French jewellery brand Chaumet.
Vastex International recently introduced the S-100, billed as a low-cost stand for compact infrared conveyor dryers, screen-exposing units, and other screen-printing equipment. The stand is 29 in. high with a 30 X 33-in. top that has embossed pockets for Vastex E100 and E1000 exposing units, D100 conveyor dryers, and other tabletop equipment weighing up to 150 lb. Equipped with casters as standard, the stand weighs 55 lbs.
Ilford recently debuted an assortment of media for inkjet printing. OMNIJET NanoSolvent Glossy Banner Vinyl is designed to provide a high quality, fire-retardant indoor or outdoor display with durability up to two years without lamination. Glossy Banner Vinyl is compatible with eco-solvent and solvent printers. OMNIJET NanoSolvent Glossy Backlit Vinyl is a stretchable and fire-retardant material suitable for indoor and medium- to long-term outdoor applications. The gloss-finished media is compatible with solvent and eco-solvent inkjet printers.
Miratec Systems, a wholesale graphics manufacturer, recently celebrated its 25th year anniversary. The company, founded by Bert Guinee, says the Silver Anniversary marks a time of extraordinary innovations. Miratec offers the PureColor color-management system, 80-in. pressure-sensitive film for plastic sign faces, and OLE (an online stimating system. For more information, visit www.miratecsystems.com.