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Prepping Artwork for Fast Separation

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Rushing the separation process can lead to disaster in production. Find out how to determine which approach represents the best mix of quality and speed for your shop.

If your main goal is speed, the end result is rarely ideal for a consumer product. The extra speed you obtain when you fail to consider quality or waste is lost quickly when you have to redo part or all of a job. This mentality is the same when considering the separation method that you use to process an image for screen printing.

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Take a Bow

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As practices and technologies evolve, so does a magazine.

Writing the feature article for this issue of Screen Printing was exactly like putting on a play. In the beginning you do not see how the final play will work itself out, but it works like magic in the end.

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The Battle Continues

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What do you expect when your main weapons consist of a piece of synthetic rubber and a square of cloth?

I’ve received a number of e-mails about my last Shop Talk column, “Screen Printers Fight Back.” Most were from printers in other states, wondering whether they’ll have to deal with a licensing scheme in their area. Luckily, as far as my sources tell me, the manufacturer’s license is only required in a few other jurisdictions—New York being one, where the cost is only $150 compared to California’s $750-2000 annual fee.

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Kent Adhesive Products Switches to Eco Lighting

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New fixtures are designed to maximize energy efficiency and light distribution.

Kent, OH-based Kent Adhesive Products Co. (KAPCO) has decided to switch the lights in their shop from metal halide lighting to T-9 energy-efficient fixtures. The results are predicted to lower energy costs by 50% while doubling the light-output levels.

KAPCO’s energy reduction is expected to be paid for within six month after consideration of First Energy Corporation’s rebate program and an EPAct tax incentive.

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Roland Redesigns Home Page

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Inkjet printers, vinyl cutters, rotary engravers, benchtop mills, and more are featured.

Irvine, CA-based Roland DGA Corp. has redesigned its Website home page with an updated navigation layout that’s intended to simplify access to product information, support resources, and the company’s online store.

“The new home page focuses on the information most valued by our customers, including examples of real-world applications, as well as in-depth product information and extensive support resources,” says Andrew Oransky, director marketing and product management.

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Roland Redesigns Home Page

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Inkjet printers, vinyl cutters, rotary engravers, benchtop mills, and more are featured.

Irvine, CA-based Roland DGA Corp. has redesigned its Website home page with an updated navigation layout that’s intended to simplify access to product information, support resources, and the company’s online store.

“The new home page focuses on the information most valued by our customers, including examples of real-world applications, as well as in-depth product information and extensive support resources,” says Andrew Oransky, director marketing and product management.

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Polyester Mesh

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Value Vinyls

Rio 9 oz. Mesh Supreme from Value Vinyls (www.valuevinyls.com) is a white, PVC-coated polyester mesh that is printable with UV, solvent, and latex inks and can be used for indoor and outdoor displays for short- and long-term applications. Value Vinyls says Rio 9 oz. Mesh Supreme’s 25% air flow allows for better ink coverage over the surface and notes that its tight scrim helps the printed image appear in great detail for close and distant viewing. Rio 9 oz. Mesh Supreme is available in widths of 126 and 196 in.

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UV-LED Curing System

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Integration Technology Ltd

Integration Technology Ltd (www.uvintegration.com) recently added the Solidcure N to its line of UV LEDZero systems. LEDZero Solidcure N has an array width of 0.63 in. (16 mm) wide and can be supplied as a single, continuous array from 0.39-110 in. (10-2800 mm). Its standard wavelength is 395 nm; other wavelengths are available by special order. Available output intensity includes 1.6, 1.9, 3.1, and 3.9 W/sq in. (4, 5, 8, and 10 W/sq cm). It also features field-replaceable LED modules, liquid-cooled, head-mounted LED drivers, and more.

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Reactive-Dye Inks

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Xennia Technology Ltd

Xennia Technology Ltd (www.xennia.com) bills its new XenInx Amethyst as a high-quality reactive-dye ink that offers color saturation and washfastness to digital textile printing. XenInx Amethyst is formulated to print onto cotton, silk, viscose, and linen fabrics and is available in CMYK, orange, red, and blue. According to Xennia, Amethyst is an environmentally sustainable ink and is formulated for use with Xennia printing systems, XenJet inkjet modules, and industrial inkjet systems using Kyocera and other aqueous-compatible piezo printheads.
 

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It's trade-show time. Should it be?

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How often should industry trade shows take place? Do you see value in having them yearly?

We're but weeks away from SGIA 2011, set for October 19-21 in New Orleans, LA. For the editors of Screen Printing, it's a chance to meet face-to-face with printers, manufacturers, and distributors. We drum up story ideas, hear input about the magazines, and make new industry connections. But the experience is different for the vendor and printer communities.

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