3A Composites has launched Smart-X, a heavy-duty, but lightweight, all-plastic sheet foam board with surfaces of UV- and weather-resistant solid polystyrene; the new board is 100% recyclable, the company reports.
Royal Sovereign has introduced two new cold laminators – the RSC-6500H and the RSC-5500H – to its heavy-duty laminator series.
Stafford Textiles has launched Grandform Eco-PE, a 5-oz woven polyethylene substrate. Features include stretching properties, resistance to cold weather, and compatibility with hot-air welding. Designed for outdoor use in billboard applications, the new media can last up to a year outside, and is 100% recyclable, Stafford reports. Available in 197-in. widths.
D&K has announced its Expression 55 Plus laminator. Features include a top-heated roller for single-sided thermal lamination or cold lamination to self-adhesive vinyls and related print media. The new machine is designed for floor graphics, window signs, and more, and has a max. laminating speed of 10 ft/min. Options include side slitters, foot pedal, and a media rewind. The Expression 55 Plus accepts rigid substrates up to 0.5-in. thick and has a working width of 54 in.
Many moons ago, the average floor was nothing more than packed earth (still true in some parts of the world). Then, stones gradually began to be used for floors, followed by tiles, wood, carpets, and floor cloths. And, not surprisingly, many of these floors integrated designs and graphics. Rubber, linoleum, and vinyl floors would soon come along as well – and, again, most would feature a design or a graphic of some sort.
LSI Industries has announced the acquisition of certain assets of 3M’s digital-signage business, including hardware, software, and access to customer relationships.
New from Teckwin is the PQ-300, a UV flatbed that can accommodate materials up to 98 x 57 in. and rigid substrates up to 4-in. thick. Standard configuration is 6 colors (CMYKcm) + white + varnish; it’s also available with CMYK + white and CYMY + varnish. Top print speed is 382 sq ft/hr (205 sq ft/hr in Normal mode); it offers a resolution of up to 720 x 1440 dpi.
Seeking inks for your machines? To help you in your ink quest, we’ve assembled the following Ink Sourcelist: a directory of more than 70 suppliers of inks for wide-format printers. The roster includes printer OEMs branding their own inks, ink manufacturers, and suppliers of private-labeled/branded inks. We’ve not included businesses that are only selling other companies’ branded inks (unless it’s an exclusive arrangement). This list was assembled just prior to ISA Expo 2014; check company websites for products released since that time.
As small businesses grow larger, a kind of internal struggle occurs. They find themselves battling to manage the day-to-day challenges that, in the past, may have been relatively easy to handle.
In looking back at my own company, for example, I recall a time about 15 years ago when a few of us were trying to do it all – from sales and production to accounting, equipment, and more. We quickly realized, however, that we were getting burned out and our business was experiencing issues we had never seen before.
In my column about a year ago on the topic of 3D printing (“3D Printing: Putting the 'Additive' in Manufacturing,” June 2013), I wrote about our company’s purchase of a 3D printer. This was at the peak of all the hyperbole about how 3D printing was going to totally change the world. As it turns out, the world is still pretty much the same – the technology hasn’t really affected civilization as we know it.