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SGIA Expo 2009

(December 2009) posted on Tue Nov 24, 2009

Innovation on Display in New Orleans

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DuPont unveiled its Tyvek Vivia media for UV screen and inkjet printing.
It combines Tyvek with a proprietary coating formulated to improve print qual-
ity. It’s available in rolls up to 116 in. wide.

Durst Image Technology drew in visitors with the Rho 1000 continuous inkjet production system. The unit is design to print 200 4 x 8-ft boards/hr, 24/7. It supports setups without masking. Also promoted was the Rho 500R, a 5-m UV roll-to-roll printer that combines 600 dpi six-color printing, speeds up to 4300 sq ft/hr, and Durst Quadro 30D Array technology.

Easiway Systems focused on its EasiSolv 701 Screen Wash, formulated to dissolve screen inks, adhesives, coatings, and stains; EasiSolv 500 Stencil Remover Concentrate, designed to remove direct emulsions, capillary films, and high-density films; EasiSolv 120 Solvent Cleaner, formulated for fast drying; and EasiSolv 140 Solvent Cleaner, designed to simplify on-press color changes and screen openings.

EFI highlighted printing and workflow solutions including VUTEk and Rastek printers software systems. The VUTEk GS3200 is a 3.2-meter hybrid UV inkjet printer that offers 600- and 1000-dpi out-put and speeds up to 2400 sq ft/hr. The Rastek T660 flatbed UV inkjet printer can print on an assortment of flexible and rig-id media, including glass and aluminum. A partnership with HumanEyes has enabled the Rastek T660 to use Producer3D software to create lenticular graphics.

Esko Artwork showcased the i-cut vision control system and i-script workflow for die-less cutting. The i-cut vision registration system uses a camera to measure dimensions and positions. The camera locates registration marks and compensated for media distortion.

Fisher Textiles introduced fabrics for digital printing, including the 110-in. Silver Flag liner and the GF 4915 Pro Knit, described as a less expensive version of the GF 4417 Soft Knit for dye-sub and UV printing. Fisher also showed its Poly Board, a foam board constructed from polyester and post-consumer and industrial waste, designed as a sustainable alternative to polystyrene foam boards.

Fletcher-Terry Co. debuted its Titan, an edge cutter that offers dual cutting positions for cutting/trimming, through-cutting for semi-rigid materials, and a trimming feature for vinyls, photo paper, and canvas. It’s available in five sizes, up to 120 in.


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