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IPC: Demand Strong for Printed Circuit Boards

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July update reveals increased book-to-bill ratio.

IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries has released its July update from its monthly American Printed Circuit Board Statistical Program. The study revealed that the book-to-bill ratio had increased to 1.09 – “a good indicator of sales growth in the second half of this year,” says Sharon Starr, director of market research.

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Systematic Automation’s Screen Tension Meter

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Eliminates drag with electronic indicator.

Systematic Automation has added the Model JH-59 screen tension meter, which employs a stainless-steel weight to deflect the screen fabric and calculate the tension rather than the conventional springs and mechanisms common to other tension meters. Its wheelbase is reportedly twice as large as other meters to increase its accuracy. The JH-59 also features an electronic display unlike the dials found in conventional units and allows the user to switch from metric (millimeters) to imperial (inches) at the touch of a button.

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Mastering Water-Based Inks

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The time is ripe for printers to learn how to use these products properly.

Prior to the 1960s, water- and solvent-based inks were the first choice – the only choice, really – for apparel printers. In those days, the garment decoration business was certainly not what it is today in terms of sheer numbers. However, screen printers that did image T-shirts then struggled with a number of production issues: ink transparency, drying in the screen, emissions, stencil breakdown, curing, washfastness, storage, and more.

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Workhorse Products Adds Flash-Cure Unit

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Designed for use with Freedom Express automatic press.

Workhorse Products has released the Flashback Express, a flash-cure unit designed to fit within the small diameter Freedom Express automatic press. The unit allows for printing, flashing, and cooling on the same printhead, eliminating the need to dedicate print stations to flashing or cooling. The unit can cure an area up to 16 x 16 in. After the print stroke, one of four thin quartz elements automatically slides between the garment and screen, wherein it instantly flash cures and cools the print via two turbo fans.

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Semi-Automatic Screen Coater from Vastex International

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For improved uniformity.

Vastex International has added the C-1000 Semi-Automatic Screen Coater, designed to produce stencils with greater uniformity than manually coated screens. Featuring a foot-pedal control that lowers the screen at a constant, adjustable rate, the coater can still be held using two hands for improved accuracy. The spring-loaded screen holder accommodates wood, aluminum, and retensionable frames from 23 to 36 in. tall with a max. weight of 11 lbs. It can coat up to 50 screens/hr, each with three coats of emulsion, according to the company.

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GlassPrint 2015 Expands Programming

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Event returns to Düsseldorf, Germany, November 25-26.

ESMA has released a preview of this year’s GlassPrint conference, to take place November 25-26 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The program will feature technical presentations covering digital, screen, and pad processes for decorating flat and hollow glass, including several sessions exploring the benefits and challenges of UV curing.

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From the Editor: What Is Election Season?

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A 2016 phenomenon that promises to ignite political passions, swing-state voters and, hopefully, print orders.

At first, it looked like the world’s largest game of “Jeopardy!” I was flipping channels one August evening when I saw a line of people in business attire standing behind brightly lit podiums. Then I remembered it was the first debate of the 2016 presidential campaign – technically, the second because one stage wasn’t sufficient for the enormous field of Republican hopefuls and the first group had engaged a few hours earlier. Great, I thought as I considered the electioneering season ahead.

Only 15 months to go.

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Graphic Overlays Take Flight

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Wifi symbols become a money maker for printer Diversified Images.

For most people, the increasingly widespread availability of in-flight wifi makes for a more enjoyable, convenient travel experience. But for Valencia, California-based industrial screen-printing specialist Diversified Images, it means business.

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Marketing with a Human Touch

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Screen-printed animations create a tactile world for Retail Design Expo attendees.

Brand agency Dalziel & Pow (D&P) provided a glimpse of what may be the future of in-store marketing at the London Retail Design Expo earlier this year.

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DTG Inkjet Printer from M&R

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Features one-pass express printing with white ink.

M&R has introduced a more aggressively priced, high-speed version of its M-Link DTG inkjet printer. The M-Link X can print full-sized images up to 13 x 19 in. in 30-45 sec on white garments and less than a minute on dark garments. Like the original model, the M-Link X features M&R’s i-Color RIP and Absolute Position Technology, and uses DuPont Artistri Brite textile inks. Print modes include conventional two-pass printing, bi-directional Y-axis printing, and OPEP (One-Pass Express Printing).

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