April 20, 2012
Vacuum Pallet Allows Screen Printing on Flat-Stock with a Textile Press
New Vacuum Pallet from Vastex allows quick, easy printing on rigid and semi-rigid flat stock using a standard textile screen printing press.
— A new Vacuum Pallet introduced by Vastex International allows quick, easy printing on rigid and semi-rigid flat stock using a standard textile screen printing press. Items are held securely in place without the need for spray adhesives, allowing textile printers to diversify into printing on solid, foamed, corrugated and magnetic stock as well as paper, cardboard and thin plastics, according to Mark Vasilantone, president.
The all-steel pallet contains hundreds of precise, machine-cut holes through which air is drawn, and is offered as a self-powered model in 120V or 240V with integral blower (shown), or with a universal hose adapter for connection to a customer-supplied shop vacuum or central vacuum system.
The pallet is supplied with the standard quick-release pallet arm for V-2000HD presses, or V1000 presses equipped with a High-Strength Rotor Arm. All Vastex quick-release pallet arms slide on the rotor arm of most manual screen printing presses, and lock in place in seconds with the turn of one lock knob. All Vastex pallets are equipped with a leveling feature to assure an even transfer of ink.
"The vacuum pallet allows textile printers to expand into new markets, printing anything from holiday cards to heat transfers, with political signs offering particularly high profit potential now through November," says Vasilantone.
Standard vacuum pallets weigh 20 lbs. (9.1 kg), measure 19.9 in. W x 25.9 in. L (50.7 cm W x 65.8
cm L) and accommodate screens up to 23 x 31 in. (58.4 x 78.7 cm) with maximum image sizes of 18 X 24 in. (45.7 X 61 cm). Vacuum pallets in custom sizes are also available.
Other specialized pallets offered by the company allow printing on long sleeves, pockets, legs, zippered garments, umbrellas, hats, koozies and other textiles and hard goods. Square and trapezoidal pallets in a range of sizes allow printing on infant wear to XXL garments, as well as all-over printing and signage printing.