Digital technology, specifically inkjet printing, was forecast by many to be the death knell of screen printing when the first systems were first showcased at the SGIA Expo in the early 1990s. While inkjet has taken much of the large-format graphics market and DTG printers are extending their reach into textiles, inkjet has not forced screen printing into obsolescence. In fact, the two disciplines seem to complement each other, giving screen printers more choices and variety of services to sell.
SGIA has announced the recipients of the 2016 Sustainability Recognition Program Award, a yearly initiative promoting the adoption of sustainable business practices across the specialty imaging industry. Award recipients are required to submit a sustainability policy and adhere to specific program standards. This year’s honorees include:
Van Straaten and Heytex have teamed to develop three 16-foot dye-sublimation fabrics. Read more on our sister site.
InPrint: The Industrial Print Show has announced a North American edition of its fledgling expo, to take place April 25-27, 2017, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Currently in its third year, the European show draws exhibitors, educators, and attendees from the industrial, specialty, digital, inkjet, and 3D-printing fields.
I was walking the aisles of the Globalshop retail design expo in Las Vegas last month when I decided to shoot a colleague a quick birthday greeting – in Spanish, because she happens to be bilingual. Not an easy task for my sausage-shaped fingers on the 4-inch screen of my smartphone, and virtually an impossible one with Apple’s wondrously unpredictable spell checker factored into the equation.
A lot of shop owners get down on themselves when errors happen in production, forgetting that a certain amount of variability comes with the territory. Especially when you do a lot of custom screen printing, the art, job setup, and printing parameters can be different on every order you do. When no two jobs are the same, it’s not really a surprise if the artwork doesn’t come out well a certain percentage of the time and it doesn’t necessarily mean you have a problem in your art department.
The European Specialist Printing Manufacturers Association (ESMA) will host two pavilions dedicated to functional and industrial printing at the upcoming drupa tradeshow in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Bill Schmidt, the CEO of Hit Promotional Products (Largo, Florida), passed away on April 9 at the age of 73. Born in New York on August 3, 1942, Schmidt is survived by his wife, Liz, and his sons, Bill Jr. and CJ.
He purchased the company from his father in 2001, changing its name and mission to focus on promotional products exclusively. They have since claimed the fifth-largest supplier spot in the industry, according to the Advertising Specialty Institute.
This organization conducts research, offers consulting services, and organizations conferences and trade shows that can help companies profit from emerging technologies. IDTechEx conducted the Printed Electronics USA show and the Wearables Technology USA conference.
OE-A released its semiannual Business Climate Survey for the organic and printed electronics industry at LOPEC 2016. The survey projects an 11-percent increase in sales revenue for 2016 – roughly 7 percentage points lower than what was forecasted in December of last year.