SPE Thermoforming Quarterly®

Third Quarter 2017

If You Spied a Unicorn, How Would You Catch It?
Monika Jacobs, KLA Industries, Cincinnati, OH

Back in the day, finding the top people in any field used to be really hard. I’m talking about just finding them – not attracting them, hiring them, and retaining them. Just finding them was hard. But technology and data, moving at blinding speed, have changed all that. In 2008, LinkedIn surpassed 10 million members. By 2011, that increased to over 100 million, and today it is approaching 500 million. And that is just one way to find people. Unless you’re in a witness protection program, we can find you online in somewhere between 4 and 30 seconds…

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Third Quarter 2017

Bringing 2D Inkjet into 3D Forming Applications
By Don Sloan, Freemont, CA

UV inkjet printing is one of the predominant imaging platforms in wide-format graphics production. Thanks to health and safety advantages that UV inkjet inks offer over solvent-based inks, their high productivity, nearly instant curing and superior adhesion, they offer compatibility with a broad range of media. But some of the properties that make UV inkjet an attractive option also impose limitations on inkjet’s technical capabilities. By carefully altering formulations, UV inkjet has many potential uses as an alternative to time-consuming, manual decal decoration and airbrush painting in industrial thermoforming applications…

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