MHM’s new iQ-Oval garment screen-printing press, distributed in the US exclusively by Hirsch International (www.hic.us), features a modular design that allows for a wide variety of configurations. Designed to provide speed, flexibility, performance, and safety, the iQ-Oval can be purchased with a minimum of 12 stations (an 8-color model) to a maximum of 60 stations.
Kiian Specialty Inks (www.kiian.com) has developed FREE, a full line of plastisol inks containing no PVC or phthalates, to be marketed under the company’s Manoukian-Argon brand. Designed to offer the ease of use, performance, and productivity characteristics of traditional plastisols, FREE inks can be used with most textiles, from cotton to synthetics, and are furnished ready to print with no mixing, additives, or special procedures in handling or storage. They can be printed wet on wet with no restrictions and do not dry in the screen at room temperature.
Available in two models, the JV300 series of eco-solvent inkjet printers from Mimaki USA (www.mimakiusa.com) include eight ink channels with a variety of ink and color options to address a wide range of applications. The line includes the JV300-130 (53 in. wide) and JV300-160 (64 in. wide), both featuring newly designed print heads in a staggered, dual-head configuration to deliver a wider print swath per pass, increasing productivity.
Esko held its annual EskoWorld 2014 conference this past June at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. During the four-day meeting, more than 700 users, industry partners, product specialists, and support staff were offered a mix of presentations, demonstrations, hands-on training, and labs revolving around the future of Esko technologies, as well as myriad networking and team-building opportunities.
The International Sign Association's initial ISA Sign Industry Market Monitor, sponsored by the National Association of Sign Supply Distributors (NASSD), shows anticipated growth in wide-format printers, dynamic digital signage, electronic signage, and wayfinding signage throughout 2014 and into 2015. The Market Monitor compiles data and assesses key drivers of change in the market, according to ISA.
In the last issue of Screen Printing, I discussed using Facebook to build very precise target and custom audiences for your prospecting efforts. This month, I’ll expand on the potential of advertising to these precise audiences. But before I dive into the details of the different types of Facebook campaigns you can do, some background is in order.
Every technical support person in the industry has at least one anecdote of a mysterious quality-control problem that was eventually traced to the exposure unit sitting in the corner of the screenroom. My favorite involves a shop that suddenly began experiencing screen breakdown during its production runs. The technician checked the ink and press parameters to see if something was attacking the stencils. She looked into QC records from the emulsion manufacturer, the coating procedures in the shop, and the exposure unit’s functionality and could find no explanation.
Mimaki USA, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, today announced the Mimaki JV300 Series of production-speed, eco-solvent printers. The Mimaki JV300 Series made its worldwide debut at FESPA in Munich, May 20-23, 2014; it will be available for hands-on demonstrations at all Mimaki Technology Centers and select exhibitions in the U.S. beginning in June 2014.
Designed for high-volume textile-printing operations as well as those with fluorescent screen-exposure systems and other low-intensity light sources, Orange Ultra-Fast is a ready-to-use SBQ-sensitized direct emulsion formulated with a masking color that reduces light scatter during exposure. According to Ulano (www.ulano.com), the high-contrast color of the emulsion improves stencil resolution and definition, and permits shops to use less-expensive white (rather than dyed) mesh.
Aimed at small- to medium-sized print-service providers, the HP Latex 300 Series adds three new models to HP’s (www.hp.com) line of wide-format latex inkjet printers. The new models are all six-color (CMYKLcLm), 1200-dpi printers that use HP 831 Latex printheads with third-generation HP 831 inks offering comparable scratch resistance to solvent inks on PVC banners and vinyl, according to the company. Inks are furnished in 775-ml cartridges and have outdoor durability of up to three years (five with lamination).