In March, YoungName Engineering appointed ColDesi, Inc. as the exclusive distributor of its product lines, including the CAMS automated rhinestone-setting systems. ColDesi will appoint regional distributors, cover North American support and parts for all existing CAMS machine owners, and honor existing warranties.
This article covers the trends in green wide-format printing, which are largely enabled by UV-curable inkjet printers. While I believe strongly in conservation, it would be a big stretch to call me a tree-hugger or sustainability freak. My take on sustainability is that there are a lot of very practical reasons for companies to undertake sustainability initiatives that are all based on the potential these initiatives have on growing the bottom line.
Vastex (www.vastex.com) says its new drop-down casters for the V2000 screen press enable operators to print at a proper height while providing in-shop mobility. The swivel-locking casters position presses 3 in. (76 mm) lower than conventional casters or 0.75 in. (19 mm) above stationary, floor-standing presses. Each caster is rated at 500 lb (227 kg) and can be installed on each leg of the V-2000 using one bolt.
EDX inks are the newest eco-solvent formulations from INX Digital (www.inxdigital.com). The company says dual compatibility allows users to perform cartridge-by-cartridge changeovers without wasting ink and notes that new color profiles are not required to obtain the same color as OEM inks when printing. EDX inks are designed for Roland printers with Epson DX4 printhead technology. EDX is HAPS- and TAPS-free and is formulated for low odor and fast drying. INX also made a recent introduction of the Eco Bulk ink-delivery system.
Roland DGA Corp. (www.rolanddga.com) recently introduced the 64-in. (1626-mm) VersaUV LEJ-640 UV-LED wide-format hybrid inkjet printer. The LEJ-640 can print on roll-fed and rigid media, and it comes equipped with a built-in sensor that’s designed to ensure proper printhead positioning. The LEJ-640 is offered in three ink configurations: CMYK + White + Clear, CMYK + White + White, and CMYK + Clear + Clear.
Louisville, CO-based Global Imaging has expanded into more areas of wide- and grand-format printing systems and supplies through its recent partnership with Klieverik. Klieverik manufactures heat-transfer calenders for dye sublimation. Because dye sublimation demands precise temperature control, Global says that they will only carry the Kleiverik line of heat-transfer calenders.
A report from Digital Dots, UV-Curable Large-Format Printers Technology Test & Guide, explains the importance of color gamut and resolution and how they influence output quality and consistency across different wide-format UV printers and materials.
Researched and written by Michael Walker and Paul Lindström, UV-Curable Large-Format Printers Technology Test & Guide provides an in-depth insight into how UV-curable wide-format machines and inks have developed.
Direct-to-garment (DTG) printers represent a special segment of the garment industry. Here, inkjet printheads take the place of squeegees and there are no stencils or screens. About the only things DTG printers have in common with screen printing is the use of inks and platens.
Three major events have taken place over the last two years that will affect your business moving forward. The first is the rise of the smart phone and the introduction of local search marketing. Google recognizes this, and now the results of Google Places often will control more than half the search results of page one for a local search.
Wasatch SoftRIP, now at version 6.8, features a new Separations mode that’s designed to detect the correct spot color and process separations to produce for incoming jobs automatically. Wasatch says it also offers enhanced support for dye sublimation and textile printing, enhanced support of custom inksets for most popular printers, improved handling of PDF files that involve transparency, and more. Another upgrade was made in the way SoftRIP supports custom inksets for popular printers.