Vastex International’s (www.vastex.com) BigRed V series dryers are designed to handle plastisols, water-based inks, discharge chemistries, special-effects formaultions, and inkjet inks. Models are availabole with three or for heaters and a 30- or 54-in.-wide (762- or 1372-mm-wide) belt.
M&R (www.mrprint.com) recently added the i-Dot 4100 to its line of direct-to-garment inkjet printers. According to M&R, the i-Dot 4100 produces unmatched results on white, light colored, dark, and black garments and offers the most value in its price range. The printer features Absolute Position Technology (APT), i-Color RIP Software, and laser-guided substrate placement. The system is designed to allow users to pause at any point in the print cycle without losing position, and a standby mode allows the printer to be left unattended up to ten days with the push of a button.
The XPO 2331 is the newest exposure unit from Ranar Manufacturing Co. (www.ranar.com). It is designed for high-production screenmaking, and, according to Ranar, the unit’s oversized design makes it perfect for exposing the 23 x 31-in. (584 x 787-mm) screens for automatic presses. The new unit has ten 20-w, unfiltered, blacklight fluorescent bulbs and comes with a digital countdown timer and a neoprene blanket. The XPO 2331 operates in manual and automatic modes.
Workhorse Products (www.workhorseproducts.com) recently introduced landscape-oriented platens that can be unlocked with the flip of a level and slid off. for tool-free changeout. They now come standard on the company's Javelin and Freedom presses and can be retrofitted to older models. The platens are also compatible with Falcon and M&R presses. They come adult, youth, and sleeve sizes and are made of aluminum.
SoftRIP Version 6.7 from Wasatch (www.wasatch.com) is designed to enhance finishing workflows with expanded support for Zund and Esko Kongsberg cutters, improved Fotoba support, and specialized registration tools for supporting label printing and converting lines. According to Wasatch, enhanced support includes the ability to print identifying barcodes in the margins of i-cut and Zund jobs and to name output files to match those barcodes.
Mutoh America (www.mutoh.com) recently introduced SPECTROVUE VM-10, an integrated spectrophotometer that connects to the printhead of the company's new ValueJet 1608HS Hybrid Printer to help automate the process of color calibration. The Mutoh SPECTROVUE VM-10 is developed for on-printer color calibration and reports both spectral and colorimetric values for any one of 18 pre-programmed standard illuminants or any standard daylight illuminant.
In Part I of this article (Screen Printing, June/July 2010, p. 26) suppliers and industry experts were asked about improvements, comparisons, and problems with UV inks. In Part II, these same professionals were asked specifics on cost comparisons, challenges with UV inks, and how photoinitiators work.
What are cost comparisons between UV inks and solvent-based ones?
Some people jump on the bandwagon when it comes to a new technology, feeling the need to buy every bell and whistle long before their colleagues have a chance to catch up. For example, Apple sold a million iPads just 28 days after the new product was released. Whether this response reflects good marketing by Apple or the need to be accepted as cool, the thought remains that consumers seem to trust the value of the product right away.
The advantages of using UV inks are clear, and innovative advancements continue. This article asks suppliers involved in basic R&D and industry experts about improvements, comparisons, and problems with UV inks.
When did UV inks find acceptance?
ScreenWeb's most recent poll reveals trends associated with shifts in business. We asked: What's the biggest change you've made in the last year?
Responses indicated that most (39%) added a new service, while 22% trimmed their operations. New printers can be found in 17% of the shops that responded, new employees are working in 17% of the shops that participated in the poll, and 5% of those who responded have grown through acquisition.