The Cutlass automatic tag-printing press from Workhorse Products (www.workhorseproducts.com) allows garment printers to expand into promotional products and accessories without tying up their production equipment. It can be used to print foam-beverage holders, CD cases, portfolios, and tablet sleeves in addition to garment-related applications such as pockets, shorts, and hoodies. The six-station printer’s standard configuration includes two print stations, two built-in quartz flash units, and one station each for loading and unloading, but can be customized.
Mimaki USA (www.mimakiusa.com) has added a print-and-cut model to its JV300 Series platform, providing integrated cutting functionality to produce labels, decals, T-shirt transfers, static-cling graphics, floor graphics, P-O-P displays, vehicle markings, package prototypes, and more. The CJV300 Series, available in two sizes (the 54-in. CJV300-130 and the 64-in. CJV300-160), has staggered-array printheads with up to eight color channels. Production speeds for the variable-drop machines are up to 1140 sq ft/hr (2xCMYK mode).
Chromaline Screen Print Products (www.chromaline.com) has launched a new direct emulsion designed for use with either UV-LED or conventional screen-exposure systems. ChromaLime is a pure-photopolymer emulsion that has been optimized to work with commercially available UV-LED exposure equipment as well as traditional units such as metal halide, fluorescent, and mercury vapor. The lime-colored emulsion promotes a thorough exposure and provides translucency for easy registration. The high-solids (48%) emulsion has a viscosity of 5000 cps and exposes very quickly.
DRUPA has released its “drupa Global Insights” report, discussing how Internet-enabled tools such as web-to-print, variable data printing, interactive printing such as augmented reality and QR codes, and smart technologies such as printed electronics will impact most areas of the printing industry.
Arlon Graphics (www.arlon.com) has announced the expansion of its distribution partnership with Nazdar SourceOne (www.sourceoneonline.com). Nazdar will now distribute Arlon’s products, including pressure-sensitive cut vinyl, flexible substrates, and print media films for the digital imaging, signage, screen printing, vehicle graphic, and automotive restyling industries, nationwide.
There’s an ongoing debate amongst the Wall Street elites regarding the future of manufacturing. Will it be full-on robotics with nary a human in sight, or buck-a-day overseas labor? Those of us who still walk factory floors at places like Ye Olde Grafix Shoppe & T-Shirt Emporium know the truth is somewhere in between those two extremes.
The NKM 21 flatbed UV inkjet printer from Polytype America (www.polytypeamerica.com) is a six-color machine with an in-line primer for printing challenging materials such as glass and metal. The NKM 21 features 14-pl variable-droplet print heads with 2048 nozzles per color, full grayscale resolution, and addressable resolution up to 1440 dpi. The standard inkset is CMYKLcLm, with white and varnish available as options. Other features include an automatic head-crash system to prevent print-head damage, a reverse vacuum for handling heavy materials, and a motion alarm warning.
ASLAN’s (www.aslan-schwarz.com) new printable metal-effect film is intended for decorations on signs, glass, and other smooth surfaces. PrintMetall Dryapply ASLAN CPL 22 can be printed with solvent, eco-solvent, latex, and UV-curable inkjet inks as well as screen-printing inks. The 54-in.-wide film is available in gold and silver, and is suitable for medium-term outdoor use (3-5 years). The adhesive features fine air channels that provide a fast and dry application, according to ASLAN.
The SPS Vitessa SL STOP cylinder press, distributed exclusively in North America by RH Solutions (www.rh-solutionsllc.com), features a four-post screen-lift design that allows press operators to have full access to the machine in less than 6 sec. Suitable for paper and plastic substrates, the press has a top cycle speed of up to 4000 impressions/hr.
The 2014 Printed Electronics Symposium (Las Vegas, October 21–22), tailored for the printed and flexible electronics industry, will feature presentations from top experts discussing new trends, advanced technology and best practices in the printed electronics field. For the first time, SGIA (www.sigia.org) is partnering with the FlexTech Alliance (www.flextech.org) to produce the event.