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What Impressed Me Most at PRINTING United

Posted by Eileen Fritsch on 12/11/19 1:15 PM

The inaugural PRINTING United in Dallas was a show of unity, vitality and innovation. As digital printing technologies erase the distinct boundaries that once separated commercial, screen and photo printing, 2019 was the perfect time for SGIA and NAPCO Media to introduce a unified trade show for the entire printing industry.

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Topics: Printing Industry, Digital Printing, Screen Printing, Printing United

Digital or Conventional for Label Printing?

Posted by Wim Zoomer on 8/19/19 11:58 AM

The packaging segment — folding carton, flexible, corrugated and labels — has primarily used conventional printing technologies, such as screen, flexo, offset and gravure. Screen printing’s versatility, for example, has often supported the leading conventional technologies with regard to pre-printed white, brilliant or vivid colors, varnish and high or low tactile. But what about the rise of inkjet, and its application in label printing?

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Topics: Printing Industry, Packaging, Digital Printing, flexographic

Digital Textile Printing: Fabrics 101

Posted by Ken Bach on 4/24/19 2:07 PM

With the advantages of today’s digital technology, it is faster and easier than ever to produce a textile sign. The following touches on what you need to know about fabric options and benefits, to help you determine your needs and the solutions that will work for your shop.

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Topics: Digital Printing, Digital Textile Printing, Fabrics

The Importance of "Dry" vs. "Cure" for UV-Curable Inks

Posted by Mike J. Idacavage, Ph.D. on 2/20/19 9:53 AM

With the long history of traditional printing, when to tell that the ink is dry comes almost naturally. Working with UV-curable inks moves the printer into a different world. The starting raw materials for the UV binder make up the UV-curable ink formulation. I like to think of it as having a miniature chemical factory taking place on the sheet or web after the printed wet ink is exposed to UV light.

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Topics: Digital Printing, Screen Printing, Inks, Dry vs Cure

What’s Next for the DTG Business Model

Posted by Bill Grier on 10/3/18 2:53 PM

If you are currently in the “digital T-shirt print-on-demand" business, you are probably beginning to feel the effects of price pressure from big online producers like Amazon,Custom Ink and others.  Because they produce a product based on cost, the competition will be tough in the traditional “message T” market. However, one market based on fashion and relationships is wide open.  

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Topics: SGIA, Printing, Print, Printing Industry, Digital Printing, Digital Textile Printing, Retail, Business Solutions, Screen Printing, Apparel Decorators