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SPSI, Maple Grove, Minn., recently printed more than 400 T-shirts on June 18 for students and staff at Park Brook Elementary School in Brooklyn Park, Minn.
The T-shirts were donated for the 2019-20 school year. In 2018, SPSI partnered with the school, which has 93% of its student population living below the poverty line, according to the company. An SPSI employee created the final shirt design.
SanMar donated the shirts, while the print was done with new Zodiac Aquarius water-based ink, which was donated by PolyOne.
“I think they look great and I am certain the students and staff will appreciate them and enjoy wearing them,” says Scott Taylor, principal of Park Brook Elementary School. — D.S.
The unit includes up to 40 programmable exposure settings, allowing users to change exposure times with the touch of a button.
Advanced LED touchscreen controls allow for customized vacuum delays for high-production needs, inspection lights and “on-the-fly” exposure settings. It easily can be programmed to select different exposure times based on mesh count, emulsion, coating techniques or other parameters.
The LED-5000 exposes most liquid emulsion and capillary film screens in less than 45 seconds, resulting in rapid screen exposure, and also eliminates undercutting, assuring the finest resolution and halftones possible, according to the company.
The powerful LED/UV Enhanced Lighting System is equivalent to using a 5,000-watt metal halide light, but with energy-efficient LED technology.
Standard sizes are 24″ x 31″, 32″ x 48″ and 42″ x 50″ with custom sizes available upon request. — D.S.
Vastex Intl., Bethlehem, Pa., has introduced the LittleRed X1D, the world’s smallest conveyor dryer matched to the output of Anajet, Brother, Epson, Polyprint and other DuPont-based DTG printing systems, according to the company.
The compact dryer measures 18″ x 48″, and its conveyor belt and heater span the entire width.
“This is an extremely dense machine engineered to meet the space, budget and performance needs of DTG shops using the most popular inkjets on the market,” says Mark Vasilantone, president of Vastex.
The dryer can cure up to 27 white-ink DTG-printed garments per hour, as well as 81 water-based or discharge-ink screen-printed garments per hour and 162 plastisol-ink screen-printed garments per hour.
The dryer also is equipped to dry pretreatment, relegating the heat press to flattening of raised fibers prior to printing with a one-second “touch” per garment.
The LittleRed X1D also features an adjustable belt-to-heater clearance to accommodate bulky items; a dual digital PID temperature controller accurate to 1°F; and an X-Series conveyor belt roller tracking system with a Teflon-coated fiberglass belt. Additionally, a powered exhaust removes moisture and air contaminants while cooling the housing and controls. — D.S.
Multicraft Inc. is one of the largest screen and digital-printing suppliers in the United States, with an additional location in Phoenix. Screen Process of Alabama offers products that enable quality prints, and help maintain consumers’ equipment in order to run a successful screen-printing business, according to the company.
“With the successful launch of our Stark and Vivid lines of inks earlier this year, we now have a full complement of low-temp inks and standard-cure-temp inks,” says Aaron Blank, vice president of screen products and distribution. “I believe that the success of both lines, coupled with the PolyOne and Rutland merger last year, is the reason why the bigger distributors are starting to take a look at us, and see how we are truly different than every other manufacturer in this industry.” — D.S.
United Kingdom-based water-based ink supplierMagnaColours Ltd.has launched Killer Base, a new underbase ink that provides screen printers who use plastisol ink with an economical solution to improve their prints’ handle and softness, while also achieving considerable cost savings, according to the company.
The new Killer Base is designed to be used as a water-based replacement for the first layer of plastisol ink or as an alternative option for discharge underbases. It features high opacity and fiber matting-down properties, providing a smooth underbase for additional plastisol-ink layers to be printed over, and also prevents fibrillation and pin-holing. Other features include minimal print weight and reduced applications costs.
“Killer Base is very exciting new product for us at Magna and we’ve already received a great response from brands and printers,” says Tom Abbey, owner and chairman, MagnaColours. “It can provide plastisol screen printers with their first steps into water-based printing and help them to start the process of making the switch to our environmentally sensitive formulations. Killer Base is suitable for small print-shops looking to improve the handle of plastisol prints or just beginning the process of moving to water-based inks by starting with a single screen. It’s also perfect for larger printing companies who now understand the virtues and benefits of water-based printing, including process improvements, end-product satisfaction and environmental performance. With Killer Base, we’re also showing that switching to Magna water-based inks makes economic sense for screen printers.”
In addition to the launch of Killer Base, the new MagnaPrint Fade Out also is available. It is a special-effect ink from the MagnaColours Vintage range and is designed to gradually fade following washing, creating controlled “wash-down” and distressed effects. It can be used as an overprint with other ink systems, enabling hidden printed areas to be revealed within the design over time.
“Developing inks and solutions that provide screen printers with brand new effects to incorporate into their garments is a key part of what we do at Magna,” says Helen Parry, managing director, MagnaColours. “The MagnaLab are constantly hard at work, driving innovation in water-based screen printing and we’re pleased to be able to offer such an extensive range of inks.” — D.S
The new equipment includes the SAATI Laser-to-Screen (LTS) imaging device, Lawson Digital Squeegee-Jet and Express EX automatic printing press.
Lawson is an authorized dealer for the SAATI LTS imaging device, which eliminates the use of consumable ink, tubes, filters, pumps and other maintenance items found in all other inkjet computer-to-screen (CTS) systems.
The Lawson Digital Squeegee-Jet is a hybrid printing system that can print multicolor jobs with only one screen and minimal setup. It also allows for digital printing on all garment types, including polyester, synthetics, performancewear and cotton.
Guests at the open house will experience hands-on demonstrations throughout the day from Epson, Ulano, Roland and more. The event will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the company’s St. Louis headquarters. All attendees can pre-register to receive a free gift the day of the show and will leave with free samples.
For more information and to register, click here. — D.S.
Easiway Systems, Delano, Minn., announced its REACH compliance program, which stands for registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemicals.
The program was designed by the European Union (EU) to improve human health and environmental protection from the risks that can be posed by chemicals, while enhancing the competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry. It also provides alternative methods for hazardous-substance testing in order to reduce the number of tests on animals.
“Easiway has led the screen-printing and graphic-arts industry through four decades of trends, equipment advancements, technology changes and governmental regulations,” says Sara Broghamer, chief operations officer, Easiway. “The values of REACH line up with the values of our company: improving the protection of human health and the environment. We have developed a roadmap with our inside compliance team and European-based only representative to assure we are compliant with REACH now and in the future. This is a regulation we are not taking lightly. It is by embracing regulations such as REACH that sets Easiway apart from the competition, and will only continue to strengthen our delivery of the best screen chemicals to the global industry.” — D.S.
Monarch Color Corp., Charlotte, N.C., has added the Stark ink line to its Low Temp plastisol inks.
The Stark ink line uses Monarch’s advanced technology at standard cure temperatures, according to the company.
“We are bringing the advanced technology we use in our Low Temp inks, and applying it to standard-temp inks,” says Aaron Blank, vice president of sales and marketing for Monarch Color Corp. “This new ink line provides the same high-opacity whites and colors as the rest of our inks, while being budget conscious.”
“We have really created something special,” he adds. “Unlike any other ink manufacturer, we have the same opacity and colors across all of our ink lines. [This] means, no matter which ink line you choose, they use the same blending system and standard colors, which means a printer can now combine the two systems and get the same results.” — D.S.
Mind’s Eye Graphics Inc., Decatur. Ind., has partnered with SAATI Americas, Fountain Inn, S.C., for the PROScreen Professional Screenmaking Workshop, to be held Mar 7-9 at the Mind’s Eye facilities.
The two-day workshop will include all aspects of screen making, starting with frame and mesh selection; rapid mesh tensioning; mesh prep; emulsion choice and coating techniques; and exposure calculation and optimization. Classes will end with reclaim options and screen chemistry choices in a textile-printing environment.
Using and understanding screen testing and calibration equipment, including mesh-tension meters, moisture meters, emulsion thickness gauges and exposure calculators also will be covered.
Technical instructions will be provided by Keith Perkins and Alan Howe of SAATI Americas, along with Greg Kitson and the Mind’s Eye staff. The workshop fee is $199 per person and includes three networking meals with snacks and beverages.
For more information and to register, click here. — D.S.