Isn’t it strange how expressions get caught up in everyday usage, until you really don’t know who said them originally or even what they meant for that matter? I was reminded about this over the weekend when my brother’s grandchild showed me her trophy for golf. My brother, Jim, encouraged the 12-year-old Elizabeth during the last few holes of her tournament. The girl Elizabeth was scheduled to compete against was a much stronger golfer. To encourage Elizabeth, my brother leaned over and whispered, “It’s not over until the fat lady sings.”
The measure of any printer seems to be how practically he can take on most any project. The beautiful artwork, the pressing social calls for action, and compelling P.O.P. advertisements can all be produced on wide-format inkjet. To give some perspective on a wide range of projects, we asked printers to share their latest, most recent award-winning applications. Here’s what we received in response.
Wide-format UV inkjet printers appeal to graphics producers, whether the shops specialize in display or functional applications, because they offer the ability to print short-run jobs, one-offs on demand, prototypes, and other work that would sap the profits from high-output-oriented processes such as screen printing. UV inkjet printers also support rigid and flexible media, print inks formulated without VOCs, and typically can operate without the use of special exhaust or ventilation systems.
Stahl’s ID Direct (www.stahlsID.com) recently added field hockey, swimming, and golf graphics to its Team Perfect line of heat-applied graphics. Team Perfect comprises pre-spaced names coupled with pre-positioned graphics. Numbers and now come in 16 graphics and seven font styles with the choice of a straight or arched names.
Precision Rosette Hybrid Screens is a part of SoftRIP SP from Wasatch Computer Technology (www.wasatch.com). Wasatch says the new screens provide users with state-of-the-art halftoning and screen printing and other processes that call for film with high line counts. The Precision Rosette Hybrid Screens are designed to facilitate the transition from AM to FM at a minimum dot size. According to Wasatch density is reproduced by removing dots in an FM or stochastic pattern.
Garment screen printers are used to two types of dryers on the production floor: infrared and hot air. Both dryers use a conveyor to transport garments through the curing chamber and use heat to set the inks on the garments (up to 330°F for plastisols). These are the only similarities between these two dryers. The dryers are otherwise very different in design, capacity, versatility, running cost, and level of investment. For starters, infrared dryers work with direct heat radiated from infrared panels to heat up the ink to a specific drying/curing temperature.
I fondly remember a chat I had several years ago with a printer who was promoted to manage the production floor on which he’d labored for quite some time. His first order of business: to make sure the workers for whom he was now responsible were not simply kept busy, but challenged instead.
A conversation I had with a screen printing company owner stuck with me over the years. He said, “Newspapers are all printed using the same settings and processes. Why can’t we color separate T-shirts and get the same result every time?”
Roland (www.rolanddga.com) says its CAMM-1 PRO GX-640 vinyl cutter is the company’s largest, most powerful system to date. Roland also reports that the GX-640 is ideally suited for restyling applications and is fully integrated with Roland VersaWorks RIP software that allows it to contour cut pre-printed graphics for signage and decorated apparel. Other features include an operating mode for large, heavy media; an overlap function for multiple cuts on thick materials; and extend mode for increased cutting width to aid in tracking cuts.
Albatross (www.albatross-usa.com) recently introduced NPE II, billed by the company as a cleaning solvent blend with lower toxicity and fewer regulatory requirements. Albatross says NPE II is a powerful formula developed for removing oil, grease, dirt, screen print ink, adhesives, and more from all types of textiles. The cleaner is non-flashing and is shipped as non-hazardous.