Fisher Textiles releases two new fabric lines

November 7th, 2007

Fisher Textiles has introduced the Direct Disperse fabric line, for direct dye sublimation printing. These fabrics have a special coating that allow for direct printing onto the fabric and do not require heat transfer paper. The coating chemically reacts with the printer’s ink droplets to keep them in place, allowing for better ink penetration and...

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US Sublimation introduces 2 new printers at IFAI Expo

November 1st, 2007

Two new Velotex printers introduced at the IFAI Expo in Las Vegas feature a 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...

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Astrup Co. offers Vivitex line of printable fabrics

November 1st, 2007

The Astrup Co. now offers Vivitex, Glen Raven’s line of printable fabrics. Specifically designed for use on solvent-based printers, the Vivitex line features five different weights and constructions for use in sign and banner applications. Vivitex is the new brand name for Glen Raven’s growing collection of inkjet printable fabrics. Glen Raven’s Vivitex fabrics feature...

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KAPCO offers new backlit film

November 1st, 2007

KAPCO Graphic Products has added a water-resistant, 5 mil front print backlit film to its solvent media product line. The single-sided solvent printable media is applicable for indoor and outdoor light box and backlit signage applications. Compatible with OEM and mild solvent inks and printers, the product is maximized for HP9000s and HP8000s. Wound PSO...

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Deciding to buy or lease equipment

November 1st, 2007

The advantages of buying or leasing major equipment purchases. By Vince Cahill When a business owner makes a capital equipment purchase, the decision to buy or lease may be as complicated as selecting which piece of equipment to buy. Some owners prefer to pay cash and would not miss the liquidity that having cash affords....

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The ins & outs of outdoor fabrics

November 1st, 2007

Advances in fabric engineering and improvements in digital imaging technologies are catalysts for growth. By John Evans The use and application of outdoor fabrics for graphics applications has expanded at what some have called a mind-boggling rate over the last several years. There are a number of reasons for this market growth, including recent advances...

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Printed awnings get customers in the door

November 1st, 2007

Printed awnings can portray an image, communicate a message, or create a mood. By Lou Dzierzak Although awnings have welcomed consumers through the doors of America’s small businesses since the Civil War, recent advancements in inks, fabrics, installation techniques, and graphics have created a new boom in awning sales. The modern day awning buyer is...

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Choosing the right color to communicate your message

November 1st, 2007

Use color to communicate your message. By Marti Naughton Pick a color, any color. Now, think about that color and what it means to you. Is it powerful? Energizing? Soothing? Refreshing? Welcoming? Dependable? Color is universally understood and is a critical design element for graphics, especially those used in outdoor applications such as awnings, banners,...

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Fabric Images participates in the evolution of exhibits

November 1st, 2007

By Jill C. Lafferty Patrick Hayes had spent years working in the marching band market when he saw both his future and the future of exhibits: using the very products he was selling—banners and flagpoles—to create exhibits for trade shows. But the fabric printing industry had a way to go to realize this vision. When...

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Working with seams for outdoor applications

November 1st, 2007

How do you work with seams when applying graphics to an outdoor fabric? On vinyl We either paint or apply vinyl decal on vinyl fabric. We are careful to make sure we get over the stitches or against the bar seal as tight as possible with either process, using the applied vinyl as a decal...

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