For PPR Pix, ChromaLuxe Was the Answer for Customer Demand

When his customers started asking for ChromaLuxe metal photo panels, James Marks of PPR Pix in Atlanta, Ga., started researching how to add the colorful photo reproduction option to his operation. That also included the purchase of a new Epson SureColor F6200 dye-sublimation printer.

“We had been looking at getting into metal and there isn’t another local place in Atlanta to do metal printing,” Marks says. “Some of our customers had asked about it, and so we wanted to get our toes in there and jump.”

Now Available at LexJet: Geo Knight Swing Away Heat Press

As part of our expanding dye-sublimation portfolio, we now offer the Geo Knight DK20S Digital Knight 16×20 Swinger heat press, a state-of-the-art swing-away heat transfer press ideal for t-shirt and substrate transfers.

With its sturdy, heavy-duty solid steel welded framework and cutting-edge digital microprocessor, the DK20S is made and supported in the USA. The ease of use also makes this a leading choice, thanks to its SuperCoil-Microwinding heat platen, with coils that cover nearly the entire platen, ensuring accurate, even heat and level pressure.

The DK20S is one of Geo Knight’s most popular models with it’s swing-away design that allows for full access of the table — making t-shirt transfers a breeze, in particular.

Here are a few product highlights:

  • Fully digital temperature control
  • Automatic digital timer w/ pre-press
  • Digital pressure bar graph
  • 70 Programmable presets
  • Interchangeable tables
  • SuperCoil-Microwinding™ heater technology
  • Accommodates materials up to 2” thick
  • Temperature readout accuracy +-2°F.

Want more info? Call a LexJet rep at 800-453-9538 today.

Better Banners: When to Choose Vinyl or Fabric for Event Signage

Banner printing is a staple in many print shops, and vinyl was the go-to for years. However, fabric is a top trend lately that customers demand these days. While fabric used for banners has some advantages, vinyl is still the top option in many circumstances. We put together this quick hit list on when to choose which media for the best event banner results:

Printer capabilities. If you have an aqueous printer, vinyl is generally your best bet. Fabric works well on latex or dye-sub printers. However, LexJet does offer LexJet Poly Select Heavy, for example, which works on aqueous or latex printers. It’s a good option when you want the drape of a fabric, but a heavier option that won’t curl like vinyl. It’s also available in Poly Select Light and Poly Select Medium that are multi-tasking products that can be used for backlit signs and trade show displays.

rodeo bannerEnvironment. Asking your customer where the banner will be displayed and what the ambiance is are the two most important questions to help you deliver the best banner for their expectations. At a casual, outdoor sporting event, a vinyl banner with grommets can deliver great results for the money. However, as Nackard Companies found when working on the Chuck Sheppard Memorial Roping event, opting for LexJet Poly Select Heavy was a great outdoor choice because when the signage hit the chain-link fence, it didn’t make as much noise as vinyl would, which could spook the animals in the rodeo.

No Dye-Sub? No Problem. You Can Still Print Great Fabrics

There’s no doubt about it: Printed fabrics are in demand right now. And with the textile market seeing a 75% increase in the soft signage category, print service providers need to offer fabric as an alternative substrate, or their customers may just walk on by.

One major misconception is that printers need dye-sublimation technology to print fabrics correctly. But with the advancements in media options and printer technology, that’s certainly no longer the case. And in some instances, inkjet-printed fabrics are an even better option than dye-sub.

SGIA 2014 Workshops Tackle Color Management, Sublimation and T-Shirts

SGIA Color Management WorkshopThe Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) released its Workshop schedule for 2014, including the return of popular sessions on color management and screen printing, as well as a brand new series on large format dye sublimation.

The Workshops take place at SGIA’s state-of-the-art laboratory, Digital Imaging Lab and classroom facility, located in Fairfax, Va. (a suburb of Washington, D.C.).

Color Management Boot Camp, March 11-13, 2014: Civilians, business owners and production personnel will learn how to set up and maintain a color-managed workflow in a production environment.

Totally T-Shirts! Garment Screen Printing: Basic to Advanced, April 28 through May 2, 2014: This class is ideal for shops that want become professional and profitable garment screen printers, whether you’re new to the screen printing industry or a seasoned professional. Attendees will take an active role in this class by stretching, coating, exposing, and setting up the press, and will leave with a complete understanding of each process.

Operation Sublimation (Mission: Wide-Format), May 13-14, 2014: Learn how to set up and maintain a wide-format dye sublimation workflow in a production environment, whether you’re starting up a business or need to improve your product line. This workshop will cover the specifics of dye-sublimation, including materials, inks and processes to help boost profitability.

Register here, and for more information on these Workshops and other upcoming events at SGIA, visit SGIA.org.