Inkcups Now (www.inkcupsnow.com) recently debuted the Adjustable Stroke Modification Kit, designed for its B150 pad printer. The B150 is a one-color machine that comes standard with a 150-mm ink cup for printing images up to 140 mm in diameter. For printing smaller images, up to 80 mm in diameter, Inkcups Now says the press can be retrofitted with the Adjustable Stroke Modification Kit to cut supply costs by up to 50%. That company notes that a smaller, 90-mm ink cup minimizes ink usage and explains that a 100 x 250-mm printing plate costs about half the price of a 160 x 360-mm plate.
Onyx Graphics (www.onyxgfx.com) recently announced that it added support for the Roland Soljet Pro4 XR-640 large-format printer/cutter in Onyx Thrive v. 1.2 print-workflow software and all Onyx RIP v. X10.2 software packages. This driver supports the Soljet Pro4 XR-640 printer’s new Eco-Sol Max 2 inkset, including light-black ink, optional white and metallic-silver inks, and resolutions up to 1440 dpi. In addition, several universal media profiles are included that support a range of banner and vinyl media.
Proclaim EC is the first offering in Ulano’s (www.ulano.com) new line of Epic-Cure emulsion. According to Ulano, it eliminates the need for diazo and is fast, easy-to-use, and safe. Proclaim EC is pre-mixed, thereby eliminating the mixing and measuring involved in using conventional diazo-sensitized emulsions. Ulano says Proclaim EC emulsions are less affected by ambient conditions than conventional diazo
Gradual screen-tension loss is inevitable, even when you control your screenmaking and press-setup workflows carefully. A variety of factors contribute to screen-tension loss, and several can occur simultaneously, making the culprit hard to pinpoint.
Staging is the gathering of required tools and materials in a physical location in readiness for the succeeding steps of the production process. Staging a garment-printing run involves an assembly of screens, inks, substrates, and press accessories in a designated area. Staging a garment job allows you to move bottlenecks, point out capacity shortfalls, check job components for process control, plan rather than react, shorten press-changeover times, and destage.
OKI Data Americas announced the availability of a new and broader range of transfer media offerings approved for use with the OKI pro920WT and 711WT digital color printers. These are called the GO FlipIt 2.0 line and the GO UNO line. These two lines of transfer papers were thoroughly vetted and selected based on their ease of use, exceptional print quality and ability to deliver bright white transfers, together with the elasticity, durability and soft hand of the finished product. All media is available through an authorized distributor, Graphics One.
GMG, a developer and supplier of high-end color management software solutions, supports the new Windows 8 operating system with the latest GMG ColorProof now with Windows 8 support in Version 5.4.2. As a result, the operating systems Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 1 or higher are now supported.
Arlon DPF 313 Arlon DPF 313 is an all-purpose scrim banner material that can be used indoors or out. Offered by Imprintables Warehouse, this vinyl PVC product is 13 ounces and front lit.
It features a smooth, high-gloss or matte finish and is ideal for printing high-resolution graphics with excellent image quality. DPF 313 is reinforced with 1,000 denier scrim for greater tear and curl resistance.
Dye migration is an unwanted reaction between plastisol ink and the dye used in the garment fabric—polyester fabrics and blends, in particular.
Graphics applications can vary widely, and not many universal rules exist when choosing a media on which to print. There are many factors to consider, from the initial printing method to the environment in which the graphic will ultimately reside—all of which can affect which print media will deliver the best performance for the application. As a result of these many variables, one of the only rules to follow when attempting to determine an appropriate graphic printing material is to ask important questions up front. The following guide will help you with these conversations.