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Epson Acquires Robustelli

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Digital textile printer manufacturing partnership is formalized.

Epson has acquired Robustelli, an Italian manufacturer of the Monna Lisa digital textile printer series. The two companies have partnered in the development of the Monna Lisa since 2003 and plan to continue joint research and development efforts with the goal of expanding textile printer offerings, according to a release.

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Signage Foundation Updates Best Practices for Temporary Signs

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Guidance reflects last year’s ‘Reed v. Town of Gilbert’ ruling.

In light of the one-year anniversary of the US Supreme Court ruling in “Reed v. Town of Gilbert,” The Signage Foundation has released an updated version of its guide “Best Practices in Regulating Temporary Signs.” The court ruled, according to a release, “that communities must treat all types of temporary signs the same, regardless of the message contained on them.”

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Drupa Wraps up 2016 Show

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Attendees show support for specialty programming.

As its 2016 show came to a close earlier this month, drupa reported a preliminary attendance count of 260,000 hailing from 188 countries – down slightly from the 314,000 at the 2012 show, though with a higher number of attendees per day. (The 2016 show was 11 days, compared to 14 days four years ago.) More than 1837 exhibitors filled 19 halls at the Messe Düsseldorf exhibition center.

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12-Color Automatic Press Now Available from Workhorse

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New Sabre model also features touch-screen control tablet.

Workhorse Products has added a 12-color model to its Sabre series of automatic garment screen presses. The new model features a touch-screen control tablet with free access to a job-management portal; microregistration; independent squeegee and flood bar pressure adjustments; and quick-release pallets. Standard print area measures 20 x 28 in.

The Sabre series is also offered in 6-, 8-, and 10-color configurations.
 

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Sawgrass Offers New Eight-Color Ink Set

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Featuring three shades of black.

Sawgrass’ new SubliJet-HD Pro Photo XF inks, designed for the Virtuoso Product Decorating System, feature 8 colors, including CMYK, LcLm, and two shades of gray. The XF inks have been reengineered for improved UV stability and image longevity as well as smoother gradients.

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Medium-Capacity IR Conveyor Dryers from Vastex

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Featuring digital controls and expandable chambers.

Vastex International has introduced the Little Red X Series of infrared conveyor dryers, featuring expandable drying chambers. The series includes digitally controlled temperature and belt speed via an industrial control box that also offers diagnostic displays. The heaters are designed with closely spaced coils for high-density, medium-wavelength IR heat to increase cure speed without cold spots or undercuring.

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International Coatings Develops Reflective Ink

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Axeon 1505 is PVC and phthalate free.

International Coatings has introduced Axeon Reflective 1505 Direct Print ink. The PVC- and phthalate-free ink contains microscopic glass beads that reflect light when exposed to a direct source, as would a mirror. Applications include creative garment decoration as well as improved nighttime visibility for printed designs. Axeon Reflective 1505 is compatible with cotton, 50/50 fabrics, and some nylons.

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Fluorescent Dye-Sublimation Inks from Roland

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Pink and yellow hues designed for Texart printers.

Roland’s Texart dye-sublimation portfolio now includes fluorescent pink and yellow inks for use on the XT-640 and RT-640 wide-format printers. Applications for the new inks include sportswear, fashion, soft signage, décor, and promotional merchandise.

The company has also developed the Roland DG Fluor Color Library, a swatch palette compatible with Adobe Illustrator and CorelDraw for designing with the new shades. The inks will be offered in a configuration with CMYK, orange, and violet.
 

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Vanguard Adds UV Flatbed Model

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VK300D prints on materials up to 4 inches thick.

Vanguard Digital Printing Systems has expanded its fledgling portfolio with the VK300D UV flatbed printer. Featuring an 8.5-in. print swath using 2656-nozzle Kyocera printheads with 4- to 12-pL droplet sizes, the machine reportedly prints up to 40 boards/hr. The 1800-dpi (apparent resolution) VK300D prints on substrates up to 61 x 123 in. and up to 4 in. thick, and offers CMYK + white, with a G7-certified color gamut.

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Systematic Automation Offers UV LED Spin-Curing Unit

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For various-sized cylindrical objects.

Systematic Automation’s new UVSP UV LED spin-curing unit is designed for cylindrical items ranging in size from ballpoint pens to gallon-sized containers. The UVSP provides a complete 360-degree cure without the use of mirrors and uses universal vacuum plates that accommodate most cylindrical products without the need for special holding nests. When separate nests are required, for items such as small cylindrical tubes, the company reports that they can be cured without the need for additional tooling.

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