Simulated-process reproduction offers so many advantages compared to other methods, particularly the fundamentally unstable four-color process, that there is really not much of an argument anymore for using it in favor of other techniques. But that doesn’t mean that simulated process isn’t without its challenges and limitations. This month I’d like to look closely at some of the fundamental issues printers face when they choose to use this approach to full-color reproduction.
Printed samples give us a chance to present our best work to customers and potential buyers. We get to show off unique designs and fresh ideas that add value to the apparel. Many garment screen printers reach for special-effects inks to make their original concepts reality. But now even the smallest shops with limited resources have arsenals of tools that enable them to add an extra feel or look to a T-shirt. Simply adding blowing agent to an ink gives it height and texture. A kiss of foil transforms a flat, one-color graphic into a vintage design.
The screen-printing industry was recently saddened by the loss of Mark Dailey. He served IKONICS Corporation’s Chromaline Screen Print Products division as technical sales representative for 16 years.
NuSign Supply, City of Industry, CA, announced it is demonstrating the HP Designjet L65500 latex printer and the HP Scitex FB950 hybrid UV printer in its Los Angeles showroom. The L65500 is a 104-in. (2642-mm) roll-to-roll printer that uses latex inks, which are odorless and designed to reduce the environmental impact of printing. The six-color printer features resolutions up to 1200 dpi, prints on most solvent-compatible media, and requires no special ventilation.
Wasatch Computer Technologies, Salt Lake City, UT, reports that its new SoftRIP printer driver for the HP Designjet L65500 is now fully certified under the HP RIP Certification Program. Wasatch says that only products that have undergone rigorous testing by HP and have met the necessary performance requirements are awarded the Certified for HP Designjet L65500 Printer status.
Palo Alto, CA-based HP developed its Graphics Elite Program to boost the company’s industrial large-format distribution strategy. Prisco, HP’s first Business Development Partner, joined the program and now is eligible to sell the complete line of HP Scitex printing solutions, including printers, inks, and accessories, directly to US customers.
Alcan Composites USA, Inc., Mooresville, NC, announced the opening of its consolidation center in June in Glasgow, KY. The 65,000-sq-ft building is equipped with six truck bays and is situated on its own 1.5-acre plot near the company’s Glasgow manufacturing facility.
FUJIFILM, Valhalla, NY, announced that its primary US manufacturing complex, located in Greenwood, SC, now uses methane gas from a local community landfill to power approximately 40% of its operations. Fujifilm says this is one of many steps the company is taking to reduce greenhouse emissions at its facilities worldwide. The company aims to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 15% by 2012 in the US.
A recently penned manufacturing agreement between EFI, Foster City, CA and Nazdar, Shawnee, KS will see Nazdar producing EFI’s VUTEk and Inkware solvent inks. Nazdar is a longtime partner of EFI that distributes VUTEk printers and inks to the North American screen-printing market.
Drytac’s AFC1600 aqueous flood coater now is available in an 86-in. (2184-mm) model (AFC2200) and is equipped with new performance features such as TruSpeed Compensator, dual quick-disconnect supply tanks, and an optional secondary IR heater/fan unit. The AFC 2200 is suitable for printing operations, fine-art studios, fleet-marketing professionals, banner makers, and billboard companies that print on flexible substrates. Drytac Corp., 5383 Glen Alden Dr., Richmond, VA 23231, 804-545-9229, fax: 804-545-9262, Web: www.drytac.com.