Vortex premium plastisol inks, a new line from GSG, are available in 21 colors with a matte finish. The inks are designed for high production wet-on-wet printing on 100-percent cotton, cotton blends, and polyesters. GSG says the ink produces prints with a soft hand, but recommends a soft hand additive of up to 5% to achieve “fashion soft.” The ink should be tested with a low-bleed white underbase when used on synthetic fabrics. Vortex cures at 320 F while gelling at 230 F and is resistant to buildup.
Ryonet has announced the new generation of Riley Hopkins Riley500 manual presses. Additions to the new series includes a 3-in. diameter post for added strength and storage, and a 25% lighter print station assembly than the previous models.
The Riley500 series is designed to accept the same honeycomb aluminum platens that are used with the Roq automatic presses distributed by Ryonet.
Mimaki has released two new Kebab options for its UJF-7151 plus and UJF MkII Series UV-LED printers. The attachment allows users to print on cylindrical objects such as stainless steel tumblers, bottles, cans, vases, packaging, candle holders, and more.
International Coatings has released Axeon Glow-in-the-Dark 1808, a non-PVC, non-phthalate screen printing ink that produces a bright, greenish glow when exposed to light and then viewed in a darkened area. The ink can be used on its own or in conjunction with other inks to produce a “glow” effect.
In The Automation Issue, we present a collection of expert essays on an important topic in the industry today. Here, Johnny Shell discusses automation in the screenroom.
Amazon has reached a multifaceted agreement with Kornit Digital to acquire nearly three million of the company’s common shares in addition to purchasing what was quoted in a press release as a “large number” of textile printers. Through the agreement, Kornit will deliver its Avalanche 1000 printer as Amazon seeks to expand its production capacity for the Merch program, designed to help its content creator members to produce T-shirts.
RhinoTech has released a new version of its Dry Stencil Film, available in both 8.5 x 11 in. and 11 x 17 in. The company reports that the two-step stencilmaking system film is environmentally sensitive and eliminates the need for a film positive, emulsion, capillary film, screen exposure, or drying time.
Pacific Coast Fabrics has added Montana Fleece S/915, a fleece sweatshirt fabric designed for dye sublimation printing and direct digital printing. The moisture-wicking material incorporates fleece backing and a smooth jersey face. Pacific Coast reports it is manufactured entirely in the US. Available in 60-in. widths.
M&R has introduced the DigiTone halftone filter for its line of DTG printers, designed to more closely simulate screen-printed images for shops that use their DTG machines to do prepress testing prior to screen printing a job. DigiTone uses a simulated halftone technology that is different than dithering (the standard setting for most DTG printing) that allows printers and their customers to make alterations quickly before the job goes into production.
3M’s new line of print wrap film, 3M Print Wrap Film IJ180mC-10, is designed for applications on vehicles, boats, walls, and more. 3M reports the film’s advanced slideability and initial tack was developed to accelerate installation. IJ180mC-10 is engineered for improved liner release, 130% stretch without primer, and a non-visible pattern.
The material’s launch also includes the introduction of clear and metallic options: 3M Print Wrap Film IJ180mC-114 and 3M Print Wrap Film IJ180mC-120.