December '18

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42 || P R I N T W E A R D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 8 The imaging industry will continue to see advancements in automation and a reduction in the cost of digital technology. Screen printing equipment is being manufac- tured with a smaller footprint. Machines that reduce labor costs, such as auto- matic reclaimers, are now affordable for all sized shops. Computer-to-screen (CTS) units are continually improved and being adopted across the industry." – TAYLOR LANDESMAN, LAWSON SCREEN & DIGITAL PRODUCTS INC. In 2019, I expect two veteran technologies to take center stage. Small- and mid-format UV printers are increasingly being added to traditional apparel businesses. The UV printers' ability to print on a wide variety of substrates makes them one of the most versatile equipment add- ons for almost any business. Signs, promo products, commercial applications—the variety of things you can print for your customers is incredible, and these printers will continue to spur adoption across the industry. The other big news will be in direct-to-garment printing (D2 printing). There are new advances for 2019 that will inspire existing businesses to add one or more D2 printers to their lineup. Expect huge improvements in maintenance. Ease of use and garment durability will inspire new, small busi- ness startups as well." – MARK STEPHENSON, COLDESI INC. In 2019, we are going to see new breakthroughs in white toner printing and transfer technol- ogies. Expect new developments in engineering and transfer media. This new custom T-shirt technology has opened up new markets for high-quality light-touch transfers. The research and development of the equipment and print media will lead to exciting changes in the next year. A breakthrough technology I expect to become popular is the ability for screen printers to print transfers, allowing them to create chemical-free screens in minutes. For 2019, expect the dealers who know how to provide excellent training and support to capture the market. Early end-user adaptors of this technology will see 2019 as their best year ever, while those who lag behind will miss out as white toner transfers become a new "must have" for producing small orders quickly." – MARC VILA, COLMAN AND CO. B ack for another round, Printwear deliv- ers its readers the technology forecast for the coming year. We asked the industry pros about their thoughts on what's to come in 2019, and here's what they had to say. Tech Forecast Printwear asks: What technologies do you see emerging in 2019?

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