When a new technology is introduced into an industry, there is usually a small band of innovators who hop on board first. They invest their time and money in hopes of leveraging it to improve productivity and gain a competitive advantage. Over time, as the technology becomes increasingly accepted in the industry, the competitive advantage largely disappears and new users must adopt it simply to keep pace.
Mutoh America (www.mutoh.com) recently added the ValueJet Status Monitor (VSM) to its product portfolio. The company says VSM is a sophisticated software application, offered free to Mutoh customers, that is used to monitor the health and status of Mutoh ValueJet printers, including monitoring ink levels, heater settings, firmware updates, color output, and more. VSM includes an e-mail notification system to alert the operator to several pre-programmed messages, including printer status, low ink, media end, and more.
The Workhorse Modular six-color/six-station manual screen printing press is designed for the printer who makes his living behind a squeegee. The cast-aluminum print heads and print wheel are light enough to make them easy to operate day in and day out, while solidly welded steel construction provides a rigid platform to last a lifetime.
This press has a large-diameter, full-length center shaft with tapered bearings and print station support struts. Tight registration is achieved with the tool-free X, Y, and Z microregistration system.
Systematic Automation Inc. Farmington CT. has developed a screen printing machine for heavy steel cylindrical items. The printer and modular tooling is widely used in the munitions industry for imprinting identification on inert propellent canisters. For live ammunition, Systematic Automation manufactures printers for use in explosion-proof facilities. For more information go to www.systauto.com or contact the company directly at 860 677 6400.
For Ken Kisner, you can mix business and friendship for a good cause. The President of INX Digital International has known Matt Chaney, a friend of his in the Bay area community of Lafayette, CA, for 12 years. In 2001, Matt was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Since then, events like this Saturday’s 8th annual Napa Valley Ride & Walk To Defeat ALS, sponsored by the Golden West chapter of the ALS Association, have taken on new meaning.
Masterpiece Graphix is a total solutions provider for digital-ready films like PVC, styrene, polypropylene, polyester, synthetic paper and other specialized films for a variety of applications and industries. MGX serves the digital industry throughout the production cycle, providing substrate consultation, material solutions, toll coating, and custom stocking options for their operation.
InteliCoat Technologies, a company dedicated to coated paper, film and specialty substrates for digital imaging applications, today announced the addition of Magic Protect Laminate to its complementary line of products for the digital imaging market. The textured laminate serves as a match component solution for trade show graphics when used with Magic POS PRO+ 400 blockout film, delivering a cost-effective, time-saving solution for trade show graphic construction.
Niche marketing can bring a great deal of momentum to a garment printer’s business and plenty of profits when implemented effectively. When you know your target market—I mean really know your target market—the possibilities are limitless.
Eagan, MN-based RhinoTech has moved its production and shipping facility to an expanded space, while retaining its centrally located headquarters. The new base of operation also offers an area where customers, instructors, students, and dealers can practice hands-on training and product demos.
In the February/March issue of Screen Printing, I talked about what’s really driving the relentless contraction of run length. For those that missed it, the quick difference is that the old graphic-communication model was based on mass production of printed units. To get the cost per unit low enough to justify a campaign, the run length was increased to lower the proportional cost of the prepress and set-up.