On August 4, 2010, Avery Dennison set the Guinness World Record for the largest amount of school supplies donated in a 24-hour period. The company donated more than 8500 pounds of school supplies worth more than $10,000 to a New York City in-need school. The paper notepads, pens, and other materials were packed in a school bus wrapped with Avery Graphics MPI 1005 Supercast Easy Apply RS and DOL 1060 Gloss overlaminate by SkinzWraps. It announced the program in graphics wrapped around the bus.
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From the editors of The Big Picture, Signs of the Times and Screen Printing
October 7, 2010
2:00 p.m. EST
It’s said that necessity is the mother of invention, and some of the greatest innovation taking place in the signage and graphics industry begins when a client brings a challenging project through the door.
Workhorse Products (www.workhorseproducts.com) says its new Vacupallet (model 12513) is designed for start-up shops or those who want to add graphics capabilities to their screen presses. The company also says the platen attachment has a powerful, built-in vacuum pump that holds flat goods securely without adhesive. The vacuum platen measures 18 x 24 in. (457 x 610 mm) and includes a platen with bracket, pump, and foot switch.
Océ (www.oceusa.com) announces the arrival of the Arizona 550 XT flatbed UV inkjet printer. Océ says the Arizona 550 XT printer is designed to print on a wide variety of rigid substrates up to 98.4 x 120 in. (2500 x 3048 mm) and offers optional support for flexible media up to 86.6 in. (2200 mm) wide. It uses UV-curable inks and Océ VariaDot imaging technology. The Arizona 550 XT supports print speeds up to 709 sq ft/hr (66 sq m/hr). White ink for under-printing, over-printing, and spot colors is available as an option.
Mutoh America (www.mutoh.com) now offers its Kona Cutters in 30-, 54-, and 65-in. (762-, 1372-, 1651-mm) models. The line includes a full-color, 3.5-in. (89-mm) LCD touchscreen with multi-language capability. Mutoh reports that the Kona Cutters have a dual-roll support system, a standard media-support roller that allows for trouble-free vinyl handling while ensuring perfect tracking, and an optional roll-off system for contactless loading of pre-printed rolls. The Kona Cutters have a laser-based optical sensor for automatic job recognition and alignment of contour and cut-through data.
The phrase “That’s the way we’ve always done it!” is a siren song that lures failure into your operation. If you’re a manager or someone who’s tasked with leadership, letting those words escape your lips is the same as admitting you need to refresh your outlook or worse—that you’ve overstayed your welcome in your position.
MACtac (www.MACtac.com) recently added three Permacolor overlaminates to its solutions for floor graphics. Each is designed to meet a new durability requirements. PF6400 and PF6500, part of the PermaFlex line, were engineered for short-term applications. MACtac is a 3.75-mil, clear, textured polyolefin film designed for short-term applications; PF6500 is a 4.3-mil, clear, PVC intermediate laminate designed for medium-term applications for up to three months. The Permacolor RAYZor Gloss LF3640 was recently approved for long-term indoor floor graphics for up to one year of durability.
Adelco’s (www.adelco.co.uk) Jet-Force S is a dryer for screen-printed and digitally imaged garments. It features a digital belt-speed display and temperature control, integral exhaust on top of the dryer, and a lint filter that can be removed from either side of the unit. The 10-ft-long () base system can be extended by adding oven modules in 40-in. (1016-mm) increments to the outfeed, and 80-in. (2032-mm) extensions are now available for the 48- and 60-in. (1219- and 1524-mm) dryer models.
M&R (mrprint.com) announces the latest addition to its i-Dot line of garment inkjet printers, the i-Dot 2100. According to M&R, the printer produces exceptional results on white and light garments at print speeds up to 35% faster than other digital textile printers, and the included i-Pak Bulk Ink System supports a dual-CMYK print engine that increases print speed while reducing ink costs. M&R’s Absolute Position Technology (APT) is designed to support repeatable registration and includes a servo amplifier, PLC controller, and a servomotor-driven linear actuator.
Going green. We’ve all heard this phrase by now. Everyone uses it these days as society shifts its focus to environmental responsibility. After all, sustainability is an important part of our daily lives, and today’s economy mandates that businesses make it a top priority to be successful. Environmental sustainability has been increasingly important to our customers as they join with many businesses in asking the question: Can we do more with less?