As we move into a new decade, consumer inclination for personalized and customized packaging continues apace, prompting the need for shorter runs, quicker turnaround times, and the flexibility to utilize variable data to produce individual designs. The food and beverage market is leading the way, as evidenced at PRINTING United 2019, during which exhibitors showcased digital direct-to-shape solutions with a focus on drinkware applications.
The fashion world has been decorating fabric with water-based inks and dyes for decades, and now finished-garment decorators are taking up water-based printing as well. Today’s water-based ink systems offer a full range of products for textile screen printers that can be used across a wide scope of fabrics including cotton, polyester, 50/50 and tri-blends.
Water-based printing is easy, but it’s wise to review the main variables in the process before printing your first job.
How many times have we heard, “the artwork sells the shirt”? And while most of us know this to be true, do we really run our business based on this principle? I see too many shops sacrifice artwork due to time, budget or other constraints and — in my opinion — miss opportunities to set themselves apart from the competition and increase sales.
For nearly a decade, I have been directly involved with the programming for several SGIA conferences, from the Membrane Switch Symposium to the more recent Industrial Applications & Printed Electronics Symposium. I have been attending these types of conferences for even longer, but not long enough to say I attended their first iterations.Read More
While there is much discussion on convergence in today’s printing industry, it is neither new nor unique to this time. There are surely times in which convergence and its effects are more pronounced, but this concept is a part of our past, present and future. The discussion here helps us put convergence into context and suggests how it applies to our printing businesses.Read More