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UPPING THE ANTE AT SGIA 2012 Gail Flower he 2012 SGIA Expo, held October 18-20 in Las Vegas, NV, drew 22,000 registrants, 529 exhibitors, and 38% first-time attendees to the conference. Attendees came to see equipment and consumables from manufacturers and suppliers, to attend the educational sessions, and to get together with colleagues. This article points out some of the products shown to the North American market at the Expo. 3M introduced the latest 3M Envision Wrap Films 480Cv3 and EM Envision Gloss Wrap Overlaminate 8548G. The film wraps walls, vehicles, trucks, trailers, boats, textured surfaces, and more. According to 3M, it installs 50% faster on textured surfaces, is conformable on demand, stretches 150%, and will not lift. Agfa Graphics showed the :Anapurna M2540 FB, which the company bills as a robust, entry-level, high-speed, flatbed UV inkjet printer engineered to deliver near photo quality. The :Anapurna M2540 FB is said to print on practically any rigid and sheet material. American M&M’s Centurian features a remote diagnostics system, a PLC controller with touchscreen 26 SCREENPRINTING T interface, pneumatically controlled indexer-locking V forks, a production/setup mode for indexer operation from any station, front-loading screens, and a pneumatic squeegee system. American Ultraviolet showed its UV Roll Coating Systems and the UV Roll Coater. Anajet LLC introduced the mPower Digital Apparel Printer. Avery Dennison rolled out 13 new Supreme Wrapping matte and brushed metallic films that can be used for a full car wrap, as accent films, or combined with the existing 33-color spectrum to create two-tone color schemes. Avery Supreme Wrapping Films are constructed with a cast color layer and a clear layer, so no overlaminate is needed. They feature Easy Apply RS technology. The films are sold in 60-in. rolls. A.W.T. World Trade Inc.’s Accu-Print High-Tech Micro flatbed inline screen-printing systems are designed to deliver up to 900 pieces/hr. The screen-printing systems include post-press options, including AccuCure UV drying systems Brother showcased the GT-341 GraffiTee Series Garment printer, the GT 361 GraffiTee Series Garment Printer, and the GT-381 Graffitee Series Digital Garment Printer. Bruin Plastics Co. Inc. introduced the Screen-Tex Value Banner. Chemical Consultants Inc. focused on the Dip’N Strip screen wash/emulsion remover. The Dip’N Strip is a water-soluble, two-in-one ink degradant and emulsion remover. It is formulated to break down UV and plastisol inks. It will also remove all photopolymer and diazo emulsions. Cooley Group spoke about EnviroFlex PE—a 100% recyclable print media that offers a 60% lower-carbon footprint than traditional PVC. CPS Resources introduced the Viper, a 24 x 24-in. printer designed specifically for the industrial print market. Dubuit of America showed D-PAD, a glossy pad-printing ink designed for industrial and graphics applications. The ink is made to be printed as a one-part product; however, a hardener additive is available for when extra mechanical or chemical resistance is desired. The D-PAD is available in all Dubuit’s ECO-System

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Screen Printing - December 2012/January 2013

Screen Printing - December 2012/January 2013
Prepress for Special-Effect Garment Printing
Tips for Optimum Screen Exposure
Maximizing Image Size and Position
Understanding Screen-Tension Loss
A Look at Screen Lift-Off
Staging Garment-Printing Jobs
How to Control Dye Migration
Fine Tuning for Fine Details
Application-Specific Considerations for Graphics Printers
Upping the Ante at SGIA 2012
Statement of Ownership
U.S. & Canadian Directory
Opportunity Exchange
Advertising Index

Screen Printing - December 2012/January 2013