ESMA, an association of European print equipment manufacturers, has announced the details for its tech conference, Direct Container Print 2015, this November 23-24 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The event programming is designed to introduce printers, packaging manufacturers, and brand owners to direct-to-container decoration on plastic.
Mutoh (www.mutoh.com) has introduced its 74-in. ValueJet 1938WX, designed for long-run dye-sublimation applications such as scarves, blankets, shower curtains, tradeshow graphics, flags, banners, interior décor, performance apparel, and more. The 1440-dpi printer, compatible with dual-CMYK or 8-color configurations, features a rear media feed lever, take-up system, automatic sheet-cutting capability, mobile app for remote printer monitoring, and control panel. With dual staggered printheads, the machine images up to 1327 sq ft/hr, according to the company.
Kodak Alaris (www.kodakalaris.com) has added UV-Curable Clear Display Film, a transparent inkjet media for backlit applications such as high-traffic P-O-P displays. The film is designed with high ink adhesion for photo-quality graphics displayed on illuminators with built-in diffusers. Available in up to 72.5-in. widths.
Creative Materials (www.creativematerials.com) has introduced a line of colored, electrically conductive screen-printable inks and coatings intended for use in applications including touch screens and displays, EMI-RFI shielding, medical devices, and wearable electronics. The inks are scratch- and crease-resistant, color stable, and feature reduced surface transfer of conductive particles when compared to conventional conductive inks, according to the company. Also applicable by dipping and syringe dispensing, the inks are compatible with Kapton, Mylar, and glass, among other substrates.
Ink2image, a manufacturer of digital inks and media, has launched www.screenpositive.com, a website offering supplies for creating digital screen separations. Available products include the company’s Absolute Black and Clear UV inks, which are designed primarily for use with Epson printheads. Absolute Black is designed for improved light blocking in order to preserve screen life, while Absolute Clear is intended to reduce both wasted color ink and printhead maintenance. The site also features other accessories, films, and information guides.
James “Jim” Elliott, a former Screen Printing staff member and longtime authority in the screen-printing industry, passed away unexpectedly on June 30, 2015, while on a motorcycle trip to the North Carolina coast. Jim, a resident of the Nashville area where he was raised, was 59. After working in production-management and quality-control capacities in the textile and printed-circuit industries, Jim served as associate editor of Screen Printing and SITE (Screen Imaging Technology for Electronics) magazines from 1984-1986.
CMA Imaging (www.cmaimaging.com) has announced Perfect Trans, a digital film for backlit displays that is 100% recyclable, according to the company. Reportedly comparable to silver halide film Duratrans, the film is designed for use without an overlaminate or any darkroom processing; it also features high color depth, saturation, and consistency.
Aslan (www.aslan-schwarz.com) is now offering ClearChalk Aslan CR 63, a transparent blackboard film that allows smooth surfaces to be written on with chalk when laminated onto a print, picture, or colored film. Available in green or black, the laminate is scratch-resistant and printable with solvent, eco-solvent, latex, UV-curable, and screen-printing technologies. Offered in 54-in. widths.
SGIA (www.sgia.org) has released its 2015 Wage, Salary, and Sales Compensation Report, with details exploring company size, annual sales volume, payroll, specialty, and 2015 wages paid for 31 different positions within the imaging industry. Surveyed in April and May 2015, 197 participants reported that the median amount of direct payroll as a percentage of gross sales was nearly 28 percent.
Continued from Establishing Rule for Underbase Printing.
Once you have tested your current equipment and processes, find a design to run using those settings and see how your results compare. The goal is to find a good base level for an underbase: settings you can fall back on when things get complicated.