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Flatbed UV Inkjet Printer

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Gerber Scientific Products

Gerber Scientific Products debuts its Solara ionz cationic UV inkjet printer is designed to meet the needs of wide-format, outdoor-durable digital-printing applications. Gerber says the new printer delivers all of the benefits of the current Solara ion product family, including GerberCat Cationic UV ink and Cold Fire Cure low-temperature technology, but with the added benefit of high-resolution image output. Other features include resolutions up to 720 dpi, maximum printing width of 64 in. (1626 mm) for rigid materials and 63 in.

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Mutoh America Partners with Electronic Systems Production

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Companies provide power filtration technology to Mutoh dealerships internationally.

Mutoh America, Inc., Phoenix, AZ, announces a partnership with Electronic Systems Protection, Inc., Zebulon, NC, to provide power filtration technology to Mutoh dealerships internationally. Authorized Mutoh dealers will be able to purchase ESP’s power filtering technology directly through Mutoh.

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Equipment Zone Offers Sawgrass Inks for Brother GT-541

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Equipment Zone Expands Product Line

Equipment Zone, Fair Lawn, NJ, now sells cartridges of Sawgrass ink for the Brother GT-541 direct-to-garment printer. No flushing of the OEM ink is necessary before installing the Sawgrass ink cartridges. The solution offers plug-and-play compatibility, and users can switch over one color or all colors at the same time. Color rendition reportedly remains the same, as does curing time.

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Education: It’s Not Just for Students

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Shop owners who come up with excuses to avoid spending the time or money to properly educate their employees are typically the first to blame their workers for mistakes and lapses in productivity. This article discusses the reasons why you should educate your staff and offers several resources for training.

What comes to mind when the subject of education comes up in your business? If you’re like most, your response is not enough time—not enough time for the owner to learn, the manager to learn, and the employees to learn.

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Numbering System for Garment Presses

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Vastex Int’l, Inc.

Vastex Int’l, Inc. says its new DiGiT instant numbering system can convert any rear-clamp manual screen-printing press with two to ten stations into a high-performance, yet economical, athletic numbering press in 20 sec. The system uses two standard-size screens, each with five numbers, and each screen is clamped into one of two sliding rail assemblies secured by the press’s rear screen clamps.

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People

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New Hires and Promotions

Mutoh Industries, Ltd., Phoenix, AZ, named Chris Prince as marketing coordinator. Nazdar SourceOne, Shawnee, KS, appointed Ray Hill regional sales manager, Midwest Region. Value Vinyls, Grand Prairie, TX, named Heidi Vaughn marketing manager and Scott Ackaway as sales professional. Fujifilm North America Corp., Valhalla, NY, appointed Todd Zimmerman vice president of sales and marketing for its Graphic Systems Division.

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Rigid Media: A Survey of Suppliers

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The growing role of wide-format flatbed and hybrid inkjet printers in graphics production is perhaps most evident in the increasing number of manufacturers that make rigid media for these devices. This source list will introduce you to several companies that offer print-ready rigid media at least 24 in. wide.

Acrilex
230 Culver Ave.
Jersey City, NJ 07305
800-222-4680
www.acrilex.com

Acriglas Metallic acrylic sheets come in a brushed (4 x 4 ft) or a matte finish (4 x 6 ft), and range in thickness from 0.125-0.5 in. It’s available in 16 colors and 10 textures. Matte-surface Neon Lights is compatible with UV inks. Translucent sheets range in thickness from 10.125-0.5 in., are available in a variety colors, and are offered in a standard 4 x 6-ft size.

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The Top Five Mistakes in Separations

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The most common color-separation problems often have very simple solutions. Read on to find out how you can overcome the issues you commonly face.

Artists don’t like to think about mistakes, but the screen-printing process presents us with many opportunities to make them—even before we separate colors for our garment designs. Spelling, alignment, balance, word usage, and image distortions are just a few of the factors that move the art of separating colors to the backburner in regards to errors.

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Doming Resin

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Chemque, Inc.

Chemque now offers a one-component polyurethane resin and the E-Dome 3100 XYZ Motion Dispensing System that, together, is said to produce attractive, 3-D, tactile, high-gloss finishes in a variety of thicknesses for both indoor and outdoor applications. The system also can be used for regular doming, microdoming, and microscripting parts as thin as 0.08 in. (2 mm). Chemque says that E-Dome 1K resins have none of the issues related to slow cure, moisture sensitivity, mixing, solvent flushing, and resin waste common to the two-component resin doming technologies.

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UV Inkjet Printers

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Durst US

Durst expanded its line of UV printers with the addition of the Rho 1000 UV printer, Rho 500R roll-to-roll UV inkjet printer, and the Rho 800 HS UV flatbed printer. The Rho 1000 can be integrated into existing manufacturing processes and features a maximum output of up to 600 boards/hr (4 x 2.6 ft, 1.2 x 0.80 m). The Rho 1000 can print on sheets, boards, and roll media; requires no masking; and can be loaded and unloaded using screen-printing methods and systems. The Rho 500R is a 16.4-ft (5-m), roll-to-roll UV inkjet printer that uses a six-color inkset.

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