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A Growing Presence
Textile Printing Targets
(Velotex Xpress user
AmericanFlagStore.com featured in August Issue of Digital Output
Velotex Xpress™ Revolutionizes Textile Printing for the Sign Industry
US Sublimation Launches Free on-line
Classifieds Section on www.ussublimation.com
A Growing Presence
Textile Printing Targets Various Industries
By Kim Crowley
Last issue Digital Output
outlined three different printing practices associated with printing
textiles—dye-sublimation (dye-sub) transfer, dye-sub direct, and direct
digital print. All three are making headway in the fabric segment of the
Like any technology, textile printing comes with its own challenges
and rewards. If a print service provider (PSP) succeeds through both,
they will contribute to a growing niche that is quickly becoming
indispensable to various design markets—including home furnishings and
Finding the Right Fit
Color management and pairing media with the
correct print process is a constant concern, regardless of the
technology used. “It is not an easy task to describe all of the
challenges related to textile printing,” admits Avedik Izmirlian,
president, DigiFab Systems, Inc. “In essence, for quality output you
need the right RIP and coloring software, a properly pre-treated inkjet
fabric, reliable printer, and quality ink.” DigiFab Systems develops and
manufactures pre-treated fabrics for digital printing, sublimation
paper, ink, CAD RIP software for textile and graphics applications, heat
presses, steamers, and printers.
Media handling is sometimes an issue when printing on fabric. “One of
the biggest challenges in textile printing is the ability to feed
fabrics, maintain constant tension, and print without banding regardless
of how stretchy and dimensionally unstable the fabric might be,” says
Keith Faulkner, president, Splash of Color. The company incorporates a
system of rubber-coated rollers and weighted dancing rollers on its
HeatWave direct to fabric dye-sub printers to maintain constant tension.
The system is also equipped with a cork-covered roller for printing on
athletic mesh, spandex, and other stretch fabrics.
Marie Friemann, marketing, Mimaki USA, Inc. agrees that feeding
material through the machine is tricky. “Paper-based materials make
feeding easier, however some material—like sheer fabrics or stretchable
fabrics—want to shift around during printing. This could cause head
strikes or damage to the printhead,” she cautions.
Matching the right print technology with the correct material is a
challenge. “PSPs must make a perfect match to achieve good resolution
and a sharpness that allows for high dot gain, given the material
structure,” states Grad Rosenbaum, VP, North American Signage Business,
Faulkner also notes that during the sublimation process a consistent
temperature is required across the entire bed of the printer. “This is
critical because variations in temperature result in variations in
color,” he says. Color management on textiles is complicated and
requires monitoring many variables.
“Dye-sub transfer possesses the biggest challenge, since the speed
and pressure of the transfer press are actual variables in color
reproduction. It is very important to be consistent with these settings.
This requires preparing color targets, transferring, and then measuring
to create profiles—which is a substantial time investment,” explains
Andrew Oransky, director of product management, Roland DGA Corporation.
Milene Ribas, marketing/education manager, conVerd, highlights the
challenge of achieving proper color on final output. “Printing on fabric
is much different then printing onto paper, film, or vinyl. It is a less
stable substrate and possesses artifacts in the construction of the
material that impact image quality. All of these issues were addressed
by screenprinters and we use this knowledge to optimize our digital
printing solutions today.”
Large format technology offers “green”
advantages. “Digital printing, because of its just-in-time nature, means
only printing what is needed, rather than printing long runs and placing
extra in inventory. Digital printing is also less harmful to the
environment because there are no screens to image, wash, and store,”
notes Patti Williams, consulting partner, I.T. Strategies.
“Generally speaking, water-based dye-sub inks printed on 100 percent
polyester offer a very eco-friendly solution,” adds Faulkner. “Printing
on natural fabrics—such as cotton—with Sawgrass Technologies, Inc.’s
M-Textile water-based pigment inks is a step in the right direction.”
“A primary driver of soft signage is the worldwide movement to
sustainable products,” explains Mike McEvoy, director of
commercialization, Sawgrass. “Many PSPs want to print signage with
natural fabrics and water-based inks.”
HP sees an ever-increasing demand for printing solutions that reduce
environmental impact. “Printing on textiles allows customers to use
recyclable materials. Textile printing also delivers energy advantages
during installation because of the lightness of the material,” adds
Rosenbaum. The HP Designjet L65500, which uses latex ink, was designed
with the environment in mind.
Gandinnovations’ Aquajet textile printer features printheads that use
minimal water-based ink when applied to the fabric, a built-in venting
system, and a separate air cleaner unit.
The rise of fabric usage in large format applications can be
attributed to the green movement. “It is a result of the industry’s
desire to move away from PVC-based materials,” claims Oransky. “Fabric
derives from natural and environmentally friendly materials including
cotton and bamboo. Most synthetic fabrics are recyclable.”
Government regulations continue to push PSPs into using media free of
PVC, phthalates, phosphates, formaldehyde, and glycol-ether.
The roll-to-roll sector of textile printers
is driven by signage, which is about 70 percent of the total square feet
printed, according to I.T. Strategies. As more designers and creative
sectors are educated on digital printing, apparel and decorating markets
will permanently use digital textile printing.
Currently, digital printing on fabric for fashion and interior design
fabrics is more popular in Europe than in North America. Williams says
this is because it is challenging to find new customers, who previously
purchased from textile mills, to adapt to this type of technology.
“Bringing together digital print shops and customers is a critical
component for success. It is something that the digital print community
needs to work on. The need to come together is not limited just to print
shops and buyers, but also to designers, photographers, and others who
should be participating in the creation of digitally printed products,”
“Garment manufacturers and other industries are immersing themselves
in digital printing,” says DigiFab’s Izmirlian. “Reasons include short
run production and the appearance of new, faster, and reliable textile
printers.” The company’s StampaJet high-speed textile printer utilizes a
self-cleaning adhesive belt transport system and two hot air infrared
dyers. It prints with all acid, reactive, disperse, pigment, and
sublimation inks via a large capacity bulk ink feed system, and is
equipped with Evolution Textile RIP software.
Mimaki’s Friemann predicts that fine art, fashion, and design will
soon embrace digital and dye-sub textile printing. “The art world is
always looking for new concepts and ideas. It is easier to make a
prototype or one-off garment using a digital machine. As custom
interiors become more popular so will digital print in interior design,”
“With the latest ink technology, digitally printed or sublimated
fabrics have passed many of the industry standard tests for durability,
and should last as long as most traditionally printed fabrics,” says
Fisher Textiles Inc. offers a new apparel fabric line for sublimation
printing, which consists of jersey and mesh fabrics that have a moisture
management chemical for wicking. “These fabrics are ideal for athletic
wear,” says Jeff Cheatham, director of sales, Fisher Textiles.
According to Cory Brock, director of marketing, Gandinnovations, the
wearability and comfort of printed fabric is no different than wearing a
polyester shirt. “Ink adds no discomfort to wearing the product and the
durability is significant.”
A conVerd customer supplies organic, cotton-based apparel designed
for children. “The colorants used in digital textile printing are very
similar to those used in conventional printing methods such as
screenprinting, except they are formulated for inkjet. The
characteristics of the printed fabrics are very similar in wearability
and durability,” Ribas reiterates.
Fabric Flag Store
American Flag Store is a provider of flags,
flagpoles, and other flag accessories. The company employs six people
and operates out of a 5,000 square foot building in Mauriceville, TX.
American Flag Store’s client orders mainly come from the Internet, and
include corporate logo flags, real estate flags, and message banners for
businesses and organizations. The company invested in a direct to fabric
dye-sub printer to bring production in-house, lower the cost of flags
and banners for customers, and speed up delivery.
The store uses FuZion fabrics and prints with a Velotex Xpress direct
dye-sub system, both from US Sublimation. “Our main reasons for
purchasing a textile printer were to lower cost to customer, speed up
production time, and develop more control to lessen outsourcing,” states
Christopher L. Baugh, president, American Flag Store.
The Velotex Xpress is for indoor and outdoor applications. The
printing width is 64 inches and the maximum resolution is 1,440 dpi. It
uses dye-sub disperse, acid, and reactive dye; and textile pigments.
Direct fabric printing is a growing opportunity for the company. “We
believe the quality to be equal to paper machines. We base the quality
on customer comments and so far they all are positive.” A recent set of
fabric banners was used on a parade float for a seafood company. “The
customer was extremely pleased. He called to tell us his float won first
prize,” says Baugh.
Monroe, NC-based Advanced Digital Textiles’
35,000 square foot facility offers printing and finishing solutions for
virtually every type of textile fiber available, including polyester,
cotton, silk, linen, nylon, rayon, bamboo, hemp, lycra blends, and
The production scale inkjet printing facility employs an array of
proprietary, custom-made, water-based inkjet printing systems. Their
systems include direct disperse printing for polyester fabrics; dye-sub
for polyester fabrics; direct reactive printing for cotton, silk, and
linen fabrics; as well as direct acid printing for nylon fabric.
The company works closely with domestic and international fabric
mills to provide woven and knitted fabrics. Fabrics are pre-treated
in-house to provide optimal print quality and color vibrancy. The shop
is also able to apply post-treatments to provide effects such as fabric
softening, UV protection, flame retardant protection, and soil/water
The shop’s ability to print various fabrics with a variety of
treatments labels them as a unique supplier. “It provides us with the
opportunity to service an abundance of industries with a practical and
environmentally safe product,” states Nicholas Del Verme, owner,
Advanced Digital Textiles.
For a recent NASCAR race project, Advanced Digital Textiles partnered
with Luxury Tec to produce an innovative broadcast media stage using
digitally printed fabric. Advanced Digital Textiles utilized water-based
eco-friendly inks using both a direct disperse and a dye-sub printing
process onto polyester-base fabrics. To enhance the performance of the
graphics, they applied a post-treatment for UV protection and soil/water
A Multifaceted Process
There are many variables that must be
successfully instituted to ensure a color-accurate, high-quality textile
print. Media handling, heating systems, dot gain, and ink type all play
Next month, the final segment of our series on
digital textile printing focuses on fabrics. More specifically the
article discusses the benefits of this type of media.
Aug2009, Digital Output
Revolutionizes Textile Printing for the Sign Industry
With the introduction of the ultra easy and very affordable
Velotex Xpress™ direct dye sublimation system for textile printing, US
Sublimation is doing for the dye sublimation industry what the digital
camera did for photography.
Fort Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) January 29, 2009 -- PrintVillage, Inc.
and its digital dye sublimation division, US Sublimation, introduce the
Velotex Xpress™ direct dye sublimation system for graphics, flag and
banner production. A self-contained, single-step, affordable textile
printing system designed specifically for the trade show graphics, sign
and flag industries, the Velotex Xpress™ creates products that cannot be
made with conventional printers, such as table coverings, double-sided
flags and drapes.
Velotex Xpress™ is easy to operate and as safe as an aqueous
wide-format printer, with all the outdoor benefits of a solvent printer.
The Velotex Xpress™ offers high quality, low cost, high margins, and
environmental friendliness that is unprecedented in the outdoor/indoor
market. With the Velotex Xpress™, you no longer have to choose among
price, color quality and environmental concerns as you do with vinyl.
The Velotex Xpress™ creates products that have a better look and feel, a
lighter weight and better wind resistance, making it the perfect display
Dye sublimation has been used in the textile industry for years, but
it is relatively new in the digital sign and graphics markets. With dye
sublimation, an image is printed using special inks on a carrier media,
such as coated paper, and then infused onto polyester fabrics or a
polymer-coated material via a heat press. Unfortunately, the technology
remains the domain of a few pioneers who have invested significant time
and money in learning the complicated process and purchasing the
equipment. Common products manufactured through dye sublimation include
customized sport uniforms, garments, fashion T-shirts, casino gaming
tables, banners, trade show booth graphics displays, lanyards and flags.
In the signs and graphics markets, dye sublimation remains a premium
offering that most shops outsource to wholesalers that specialize in
this technology. However, the lighter weight, versatility, better
appearance, and environmental friendliness of polyester fabric are
making it the media of choice for trade show booths, pop-up displays,
flags and banner production. More and more consumers are requesting
polyester fabric, making it an indispensable offering for modern sign
Two factors prevent most shop owners from bringing dye sublimation
in-house. The first is the long learning curve and dye sublimation's
reputation for being a complicated process to master. Horror stories
abound about paper cockling, head strikes and tremendous waste. The
second factor is the cost, since a typical textile printing system,
including the necessary curing equipment, easily costs more than $65,000
- about twice as much as a good solvent-based system including the
necessary peripherals, such as air purifiers and dryers.
Velotex Xpress™ , our objective is to knock down the barriers of
using dye sublimation and make textiles available to the whole
wide-format industry," says Ken Bach, US Sublimation's channel sales
director. "Why settle for less? We have a product that provides all the
features that a sign shop requires, such as low price, high profit, high
quality and green attributes, all in a system that is easy to use and
doesn't need specialized labor. Considering the limited output of a
typical printer, the Velotex Express™ has endless possibilities for the
Designed to be operated like solvent-based, wide-format printers, the
Velotex Xpress™ eliminates or automates the steps and procedures that
are usually required for traditional dye sublimation and textile
printing. Fabric is loaded onto the printer very much like paper would
be. Then the image is processed through the RIP software that is
included with each system. The information is sent to the printer and
the printed fabric that results has already been cured, with no need for
subsequent processing, because a curing unit is seamlessly incorporated
into the printer, just like a dryer is part of a solvent printer.
The Velotex Xpress™ offers the ability to print double-sided flags
and banners in one step with a nearly perfect pass through. The
integrated direct sublimation system eliminates the need for a second
step and quickens the process, since inks are cured while the printer is
running rather than after the job has been finished. The greatest
advantage of the Velotex Xpress™ is that it eliminates the costly waste
of paper that occurs in the traditional dye sublimation process.
The Velotex Xpress™ is a complete, integrated system that includes
the direct dye sublimation system, RIP software and a wide selection of
pre-profiled media. The printer operates like any solvent printer
and the curing device is just as easy to use as the dryers on a solvent
printer. The RIP software includes sophisticated color management tools
that allow operators to do easy spot-color replacements, automatically
create color books for easy color matching with a few clicks of a mouse,
and use variable data printing with a low-cost optional software module.
The system's footprint is very similar to that of a regular wide-format
printer, making it the perfect solution for shops of any size. The
Velotex Xpress™ direct dye sublimation system includes everything that
is needed to run the printer, with no hidden fees or costly extras. It
is priced comparably to a wide-format printer, far less expensive than a
textile-printer-and-heat-press combo, and
The Velotex Express™ is available only through
and is supported by a nationwide team of field engineers and dye
sublimation/printing specialists. For more information, visit
or see it in action at booth 4743 during SignExpo 2009 from April 16th
to the 18th in Las Vegas Nevada.
About US Sublimation: US
Sublimation is an internationally recognized brand of dye
sublimation printing supplies and equipment designed for industrial
manufacturing environments. Quality inks, specialty papers, and
state-of-the-art equipment with a full team of technical support and
production specialists ensure the efficient application of dye
sublimation and textile printing technologies that are environmentally
friendly, of superior quality and cost effective.
is one of the top giclee fine art reproduction facilities in the U.S.
With interests in all areas of digital printing and imaging
technologies, PrintVillage stays on the cutting edge of research and
development through its subsidiary, US Sublimation, which is a leader in
the dye sublimation industry. PrintVillage distributes sublimation
products, Mimaki printers, and Monti Antonio heat presses. PrintVillage
is also a Master Distributor of Sensient specialty inkjet products and
distributes professional ink and printing solutions for photographic and
fine art print professionals.
US Sublimation launches a
classifieds Section on www.ussublimation.com
Lauderdale, FL - December 9th, 2008 -- Today US Sublimation, the leading
supplier of industrial dye sublimation solutions at www.ussublimation.com
, unveils their new online classifieds section for connecting business
buyers looking for used dye sublimation equipment or dye sublimation
contract services with business sellers looking to sell used equipment
or dye sublimation contract services.
dye sublimation classifieds leverages the existing high volume of
traffic generated by the www.UsSublimation.com website of people
already interested in dye sublimation instead of going through ad by ad
on a printed newspaper or paying the high fees charged by other services
such as e-bay. Users can save time by only looking at ads that interest
them and take advantage of advanced search functions. Some of the
benefits to users are:
Instead of going through ad by ad on a printed newspaper or endless web
searches, users can save time by only looking at ads that interest them.
Registration is free.
Sellers benefit by having their listing appear on a site already visited
by people already looking for dye sublimation equipment or supplies. To
increase visibility, users can add pictures and there is no charge to
list a product or post images. Finally there are no transaction fees and
sellers can post their own contact information so buyers contact them
Sublimation Classifieds are offered as a service to the dye sublimation
community and is not exclusively limited to US Sublimation customers.
Dealers and brokers are also encouraged to add their own listings for
used equipment at no charge
more information about "the Dye Sublimation Classifieds" please visit
the website at
3-D dye-sub is used to outfit Sony Vaio lids with personal
In late 2006, computer-manufacturer Sony was introduced to the
3-D dye-sub capabilities of Kolorfusion International. “Sony
became interested when they saw that we could print any image
and that the image covered the whole laptop lid,” says Steve
Nagel, president of Kolorfusion. “Other technologies weren’t as
durable, nor could they get around the edges like our process.
Further, we could print images on demand and in any quantity.”
What would become an ongoing project began in late 2006 when
Kolorfusion began producing the laptop lids for the electronics
giant’s Vaio computers. Today, Sony provides the graphics and
Kolorfusion prints the orders weekly—orders that range from 100
to thousands—and offers a 2-day turnaround on most orders.
Using its 74-inch dGen Teleios printers and water-based dyes
formulated by US Sublimation, the company images 1.5 square foot
per laptop onto its proprietary Kolortex custom pre-treated
media, at speeds reaching up to 500 square feet per hour. In the
meantime, the laptop parts are prepared for dye-sublimation
using a baked-on powder coating.
The inks are dye-sublimated onto the 3-D product using Kolor-fusion’s
patented process. Basically, the printed Kolortex and the laptop
lids are matched and carried through an oven on a conveyor belt
system in various-sized batches. In the oven, the dyes become
heated and vaporize onto the treated lids; the Kolortex is
discarded after transfer. No other finishing is required. “The
finished product looks as though it was painted with the image
as an original piece,” reports Nagel.
The challenges for this project are the customer’s high
standards: “The Sony quality standard is the highest we’ve ever
had to deal with,” says Nagel. “This ongoing project has
increased our own quality standards.” Additionally, Sony
requires each of its manufacturers to be a “Green Partner.” For
Kolorfusion and its suppliers, this mean testing and updating
records to ensure that no material on the product is considered
hazardous, which would include cadmium or lead.
Currently, Kolorfusion is working with Alcoa to print images
onto wheel rims. “We started working with Alcoa imaging a
camouflage pattern for the hunter market,” says Nagel. “We
worked with them over the past year and a half on using our new
digital capability, which required dye development and coating
development for taking digital dye sublimation outdoors.”
The Client: Sony
The Players: Kolorfusion International (www.kolorfusion.com)
Tools & Supplies: dGen Teleios, US
Posted on www.BigPicture.net 2008-08-26
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Velotex™ Series of Direct-to-Textile and
Dye Sublimation Inkjet Printers Introduced by US Sublimation
US Sublimation introduces the Velotex™ series of affordable wide format
direct-to-textile inkjet printers for direct fabric printing with
one-step curing using dye sublimation or aqueous textile pigment inks.
Velotex™ prints and sublimates without the need for a heat press and
allows for production speeds of up to 581 square feet per hour of
printed fabric at 540-by-720 dpi, making it the fastest high quality
direct-to-textile printer in its class.
I instructed our distribution division to
search for cost effective and innovative products that reduce
waste, improve productivity and give customers a competitive
edge against foreign competition for the largest growing
segments of the industry, which are textiles, tradeshow, flags
and banner markets. The Velotex™ direct to textile system has
exceeded my expectations.
Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) September 13, 2007 --
PrintVillage, Inc. and its digital
dye sublimation division, US Sublimation, introduce the
Velotex™ direct to textile and sublimation system for digital
printing on textiles. With the latest advances in inkjet print head
technology and a patented system of synchronized stabilization rolls,
this ultra-fast textile inkjet printer allows users to print water-based
dye sublimation or textile pigments directly on fabric and cure the inks
in one step with an in-line sublimation/curing unit. The Velotex™ DS
6400 will be introduced at the IFAI Expo October 3-5, 2007, in Las Vegas
and SGIA October 24-27 in Orlando.
sublimation equipment and consumables are an important part of our
business. Production speed, trouble free manufacturing processes and
innovative applications are the key to competing in today's textile
industry," says Michael Choo, CEO of PrintVillage, Inc. "I instructed
our distribution division to search for cost effective and innovative
products that reduce waste, improve productivity and give customers a
competitive edge against foreign competition for the largest growing
segments of the industry, which are textiles, tradeshow, flags and
banner markets. The Velotex™ direct to textile system has exceeded my
is a breakthrough in
inkjet textile technology, thanks to its patented system of
synchronized cylinders for controlled media feeding and a unique
built-in heat fixation module that, based on the ink used, either
sublimates or cures the color on the fabric as it exits the printer
unit. Both treated and untreated fabrics can be printed directly using a
new generation of print heads that allow for production speeds of 581
square feet per hour in four color modes at a sharp 540-by-720 dpi
will be available in DS and DP versions. The DS version will use US
dye sublimation inks for polyester and PES-type materials that are
typically used for the production of flags, banners, trade show displays
and custom short run fabrics, among other things. The DP version will
use aqueous textile pigments, developed in collaboration with Sensient
Tecnologies, which are suitable for direct printing on cotton and linen,
but can be used on virtually any material, including viscose, silk and
poly blends. The DP version is ideal for sampling and short run or
custom textile productions.
Sublimation's Velotex™ uses water-based inks that, unlike solvent or
eco-solvent-based equivalents, are harmless to humans and the
environment. The elimination of paper from the process further reduces
the impact on the environment, making Velotex a viable and economic
green alternative to solvent and UV printing.
Velotex™ printer allows for continuous unattended printing of
textiles, eliminating the need for transfer and blotting papers or the
need for separate post treatment of the fabric with a heat press or
steamer. For dye sublimation manufacturers, this means a reduction in
defects such as ghosting and various "waves" or "lines" caused by
out-gassing of glycol or fabric shrinkage.
Dye Sublimation LFP and Pigment DTX ink sets are manufactured to comply
with Oeko-tex 100 standards for human ecological safety of textiles and
have been tested for color fastness based on ISO 105 standards.
sublimation is a process by which typically an image is printed on
transfer paper using sublimation inks, which are then infused to poly
fabrics or a polymer coated material via heat and pressure. Common
products manufactured using this process are custom sport uniforms,
flags, casino gaming tables, banners, snowboards, tradeshow booth
graphics and custom designed ceramic and glass tiles.
Velotex™ DS 6400 is expected to retail around $89,000. For more
information about US Sublimation or Velotex™, visit
US Sublimation is a national brand of dye sublimation printing supplies
designed for industrial manufacturing environments. Quality inks,
specialty papers and state of the art equipment with a full team of
technical support and production specialists assure the efficient
application of dye sublimation and textile printing technologies that
are environmentally friendly, of superior quality and cost effective.
PrintVillage maintains status as one of the top giclee' fine art
reproduction facilities in the U.S. With interests in all areas of
digital printing and imaging technologies, PrintVillage remains on the
cutting edge of research and development through its subsidiary, US
Sublimation. PrintVillage distributes LFP Digital Dye Sublimation inks,
JetTran™ transfer papers, Mimaki printers and Monti Antonio Heat
Presses. PrintVillage also distributes professional ink and printing
solutions for photographic and fine art print professionals.
US Sublimation Named
Readers’ Choice Top 50 Companies for 2006 by Digital Output Readers
For the second consecutive year, US Sublimation is selected as a Top 50
innovator by Digital Output Magazine's readers.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida (PRWEB) November 1, 2006 -- Each year,
Digital Output, the leading publication for digital printing
professionals, names 50 companies as top innovators in the field. The
award recipients are chosen based on reader interest in those companies
and products showcased in the magazine.
PrintVillage is one
of the top fine art reproduction facilities in the U.S. With interests
in all areas of digital printing and imaging technologies, PrintVillage
remains on the cutting edge of research and development through its
subsidiary, US Sublimation, which is a world leader in the dye
sublimation supply industry with exclusive North American distribution
channels of US Sublimation LFP and UVMAX inks, Jetran™ transfer papers,
and NanoChrome inks. PrintVillage created InkVillage to service and
distribute high-end ink and printing solutions for photographic and fine
art print professionals. Products include: NanoChrome™, atelier inks,
dual-chambered continuous-flow bulk ink delivery systems, refillable
high-capacity ink jet cartridge systems, custom ICC profiling, and
US Sublimation made the winners’ list, thanks to the introduction of
reliable and cost-effective bulk ink delivery solutions for printers
such as Mimaki, Roland, Epson, and Mutoh.
In late 2006, US Sublimation introduced UV MAX, a new line of
UV-resistant digital dye sublimation ink that uses an advanced molecular
formulation that improves fade resistance. UV MAX features a wide color
range and offers the same non-clogging features as the original LFP
formulation (formerly known as Rotech Digital USA) from which it is
derived. This innovative ink formulation is compatible with all
wide-format Piezo printers such as Mimaki (JV22, JV3 & JV4), Epson
Stylus 9000, 9600, 9800, 10000, 10600, and most Roland and Mutoh models.
Dye sublimation is used for fabric banners, flags, ceramic and glass
tiles, surfboards, skateboards, snowboards, and outdoor apparel, all of
which are often exposed to sunlight for extended periods of time. "UV
resistance is therefore of extreme importance to our customers and their
customers alike," says Nick Constable of US Sublimation.
Accelerated weathering tests are currently under way, designed to
compare UVMax to a leading competitor and the original US Sublimation
LFP formula. Preliminary readings after 250 hours of xenon light
exposure suggest that UVMax will double the life of a sublimated image
on glass tiles. Metal and ceramic samples are being tested too, and
results are due in late December. Similar tests conducted previously
have confirmed that UVMax will triple the life of the sublimated image
on PES fabrics, compared to the original LFP formula.
US Sublimation specializes in digital wide-format dye sublimation
products and equipment. Founded in 2000, the company introduced Rotech
Digital Dye sublimation ink into the US market, re-branded in early 2006
as the US Sublimation Digital LFP series. Acquired by PrintVillage, Inc.
in 2003, US Sublimation is now the leading independent supplier of ink
and media for wide-format digital dye sublimation.
US Sublimation Launches JetTran HR Series of
High-Release Transfer Papers for Digital Dye Sublimation
Textile printers, custom sportswear apparel manufacturers, and other
wide-format digital dye sublimation professionals are raving about
JetTranHR™, a line of affordably priced, high-release, coated transfer
papers for digital dye sublimation that offer vibrant, sharp, and
saturated colors and images.
Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) June 21, 2006 –- US Sublimation, a division of
PrintVillage, announces a new brand of affordable high-release coated
transfer papers for wide-format digital dye sublimation called
JetTranHR™. Designed to release the highest amount of ink received
to the substrate, JetTran HR™ reduces ink consumption while dramatically
improving image quality.
JetTran HR™ has a special coating that receives ink but prevents it from
penetrating the paper’s inner layers, and therefore facilitates the
ink’s migration to the substrate during the sublimation process. With
less ink usage, saturated and rich colors can be achieved, resulting in
dramatic cost savings and better quality in the finished product.
Available product weights include: JetTran HR™ 200 (75 g/m2), JetTran
HR™ 300 (100 g/m2), JetTran HR™ 400 (130 g/m2) and JetTran HR™ 500 (150
g/m2). Various wide-format widths and lengths are also available.
Problems with cockling are mitigated with the lighter paper and
completely eliminated with the heavier version.
“We have tested JetTran HR™ with various digital dye sublimation inks
currently available on the US market, including our
LFP Series, and noticed dramatic improvements in image quality and
color vibrancy with all of them,” says Nick Constable of
US Sublimation. “Customers who received samples have noticed the
JetTran HR™ will replace JetCol paper as US Sublimation’s preferred
paper for use with
US Sublimation’s LFP dye sublimation ink (formerly known as Rotech
Digital USA®). Most Jetcol users will find it unnecessary to re-profile,
because JetTran HR™ has similar color and transfer characteristics.
Dye Sublimation has been used in the textile industry for years. It is a
process by which an image is printed on specially coated transfer paper
using sublimation inks and then transferred with heat to poly fabrics or
a polymer-coated material. The advent of digital printing has increased
the use of the dye sublimation process, especially for short-run
productions. Common products manufactured using this process include
custom sport uniforms, flags, casino gaming tables, banners, snowboards,
tradeshow booth graphics, and customized ceramic and glass tiles.
“In our search for innovative products that improve quality while
keeping customer costs under control, JetTran HR™ is the true winner,”
says Michael Choo, CEO of PrintVillage.