Stahls’ Hotronix (www.hotronix.com) bills its new Air Fusion as the most technologically advanced heat press in the world. The auto-open, auto-swing press is powered by an air compressor and supports the programming of up to four different pressure and time settings. The press features a fully threadable lower platen, swing-away design, and adjustable stand, touchscreen control, dual time settings for two-step applications, a production-cycle counter, and more. Its 0.75-in.-thick (19-mm) heat platen measures 16 x 20 in. (406 x 508 mm).
Fisher Textiles (www.fishertextiles.com) recently added styles DD 2300 Satin and DD 7908 Suede (FR) to its line of fabrics for direct-disperse printing. This fabric line is compatible with d-Gen Teleios, DuPont Artistri, Durst Rhotex 320, Jeti 3324 AquaJet, Mimaki JV5-320DS, Mimaki DS-1600, Mimaki DS-1800, Mutoh Viper TX, Roland HeatWave, and Roland Hi-Fi Express printers. DD 2300 Satin is 100% polyester, 4.3 oz/sq yd, and 72 in. (1829 mm) wide. It can be used for roll-up banner stands, trade-show exhibits, and more. DD 7908 Suede (FR) is 100% polyester, 7.0 oz/sq yd, 122 in.
StarTex plastisol screen-printing inks from GSG (www.gogsg.com) are formulated for high productivity, wet-on-wet printing. According to GSG, the inks have a creamy viscosity that does not shear excessively. They offer a satin finish and are compatible with 100% cotton, cotton/poly blends, 100% polyester, and some synthetics. GSG notes that a low-bleed white underbase is required if printing on fabrics with polyester content to reduce dye migration. The company also recommends an underbase when printing on white cotton.
Color-Logic and matchmycolor LLC have partnered to ensure brand managers that the Color-Logic Process Metallic Color System can provide consistent color and special effects regardless of when printing is done.
Schaumburg, IL-based Sakurai USA will showcase offset and cylinder screen press automation and conduct live demonstrations featuring offset printing, specialty printing effects and printed electronics applications at a summer Open House to be held from 10:30 AM to 6:30 PM on Thursday, August 23, 2012 at the Sakurai headquarters in Schaumburg, Illinois.
Neschen is pleased to see its Pure Color Media line grow with the addition of Fresco AdTex, a lightweight 5 oz/yd2 polyester textile with a removable and repositionable adhesive. Perfect for indoor wall graphic applications, Fresco AdTex features a special inkjet coating that provides excellent imaging with solvent, eco-solvent, latex and UV-curable inks. Its opaque, matte surface allows placement of graphics while reducing glare and limiting bleed through. This feature translates into a key benefit since there's no need to color prep the area, which saves both time and money.
With set-up times as fast as any manual, The Freedom, a six-color textile press offered by Workhorse Products, offers automation at an affordable price. According to the company, the Freedom is up to 14 times more productive than a manual press. It’s specially designed to speed set-up times by allowing a printer to adjust the pressure and print angle with fewer knobs. It also features a self-leveling squeegee.
Indianapolis, IN-based HardingPoorman Group, an ISO-certified print communications provider, was faced with increasing customer demand for printed applications on rigid materials. PriscoDigital was able to offer a best-of-class solution comprised of the HP Scitex FB700 UV hybrid printer, and Caldera GrandRIP. This solution allowed HardingPoorman Group to eliminate the “print-and-mount” workflow they were using and print directly on a wide variety of rigid materials. The versatile FB700 also has the additional ability to print on flexible substrates.
Kodak has teamed up with EFI (Nasdaq: EFII) to develop connectivity between Kodak Prinergy Workflow and EFI Fiery Digital Print Servers, providing print service providers with a fully-integrated solution that allows them to manage jobs for multiple offset and digital devices from a single user interface. Using a centralized workflow in an offset and digital blended production environment drives higher levels of automation and increased job control, both of which are key to delivering profitable print across different job sizes and run lengths.
Workhorse (www.workhorseproducts.com) recently reconfigured its start-up shop packages and now offers four new options. Starter Pack #1 features an Odyssey one-color/one-station bench printer with a Luminator exposure unit and the Super Seca 16 x 16-in. (406 x 406-mm) flash cure. The package has the capacity to print up to 36 one-color prints per hour. Starter Pack #2 adds on to Pack #1 with a vacuum platen that makes it possible to print transfers, signs, and similar flat substrates.