Getting the word out about fabric graphics

August 1, 2016

Fabric graphics have become a marketing and branding essential. As they go outside to play, the medium is definitely part of the message. Fabric graphics are a perfect vehicle for our branding-obsessed culture, providing the ability to transmit messages in fun, colorful, impactful and attention-getting ways. Fabrics and fabric graphics are at home everywhere indoors, …

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Digital printing: New fabrics, inks and printers are expanding graphic applications, indoors and out

June 16, 2016

Advances in technology are making custom graphics easier, more affordable and much more impressive. Fabric printing has come a long way from the days when vinyl banners were the norm in signage and screen-printed T-shirts were the gold standard in custom apparel. “Advancements in digital printing technology have made it easy to print photorealistic images …

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Special effects for digitally printed interior décor

June 14, 2016

Combine textured fabrics, dazzling metallic effects, LED lighting and acoustics for interiors that impress. In and of themselves, digitally printed wall and window coverings, as well as upholstery-type products for interior décor, add pizzazz to residential and commercial settings. Additional effects can boost the impact significantly. The first product from DreamScape™, a division of Roysons …

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How does SEG framing work?

June 1, 2016

Most SEG framing is meant to be assembled at the site where it will be used, says Casey Ford, president and CEO with 40 Visuals in Spring Lake, Mich. “Current SEG framing is extruded aluminum and is designed to be able to assemble easily,” Ford says, “but if the SEG framing system is to provide …

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A sharper image

Versatility, flexibility and easy handling are making Silicone Edge Graphics increasingly popular in a variety of markets. Silicone Edge Graphics (SEG) systems have become extremely popular in the retail, exhibition and decor market segments for both frontlit and backlit applications. “Today I consider it the go-to and mainstay of showcasing brand and product marketing, due …

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Breaking from tradition

October 1, 2015

Game-changing shifts in the flexible substrate printing market prove the rules are changing in the growing graphics industry. It’s not news that fabric graphics are booming. Thanks to continuing advances in technology, printing on flexible substrates has experienced reliable growth for years. More than any other single factor, the existence of fabric graphics has shaped …

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Printing possibilities

More technology There are two main parameters that shops look at when they’re investing in printers: print quality and speed. Both have been improving markedly. In recent months, Rainier Industries has been upgrading to Durst Rhotex’s P10/P12 series of direct-to-fabric printers. Scott Powell, marketing director, is a fan of the new tech. “The P stands …

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Stretching colorful options

April 1, 2015

Here is a winning formula for wide-format print shops: Produce vibrant, high-quality graphics quickly and easily on a variety of materials and in a more environmentally friendly manner. What’s the catch? There doesn’t appear to be one, which is why latex printing is increasingly becoming the choice for many commercial and industrial printing applications. The …

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Fabric is king in digital printing

August 1, 2014

Advancements in printing methods and equipment are giving end users a wider choice of options designed to meet their specific needs and requirements. By Barb Ernster The rapid growth in printers and the variety of substrates available today have captivated the fabric graphics industry. New models of smaller, faster and more affordable printers have improved …

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Realistic print prototypes speed up design and production

Hewlett Packard has identified an emerging trend: traditional manufacturers of home fashion and textiles are using HP Latex digital printing technology for prototyping and proofing, printing directly onto production media before going to production. For many years, proofing has been done using water-based or eco-solvent printers. Proofing with HP Latex is faster and easier for …

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LivingBanners encourage cancer patients

Northcott Banner Corp. in Minneapolis, Minn., was one of the first banner shops in town to do dye sublimation printing. Owner Millie Northcott says her business focus and printing method have changed, but the dye sublimation process remains a cornerstone of her business. One of her more recent pursuits is a line of banners with …

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Eco options

With all the legal requirements and environmental standards today, end users are looking for eco-friendly options. That’s a catalyst for printer manufacturers like Roland to meet those demands, says Lily Hunter at Roland DGA Corp. “We’re noticing a shift to greener, more sustainable materials and inks. Roland’s specially formulated Eco-Sol MAX® and Eco-Sol MAX® 2 …

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“Boss” poster breaks Guinness world record

May 1, 2014

Akshay Kumar, film actor, producer and martial artist, is big news in India, where he’s starred in more than 100 Hindi films, some of them blockbusters. Kumar (also called the King of Bollywood) has a big fan club, and “Team Akshay” wanted to celebrate release of his new movie, “Boss,” in a big way. They …

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“Well, look at that … “

April 1, 2014

New graphics technologies offer marine fabricators practical and eye-catching options. Customized graphics broadcast personality. “For many boat owners, boats become their babies,” says Rich Thompson, president of AdGraphics in Pompano Beach, Fla. Thompson also made a presentation at the annual Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) national convention in Charleston, S.C., in January. “They have an emotional …

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An Italian streetscape in The Netherlands

Overarching blue skies, overhanging brick balconies and oversized windows filled with colorful backlit ads made the Van Straaten Group’s exhibit an overwhelming favorite at the ExpoShow 2013 in The Netherlands. The 30-by-40-foot booth featured an Italian street scene, complete with faux brick pavement and stone-fronted shops, made with printed tensioned fabrics by Van Straaten Group …

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Vehicle wraps define NASCAR car stars

NASCAR racing boasts 75 million fans worldwide and more Fortune 500 sponsors than any other motor sport. Vehicles with exciting graphics and logos keep fans watching and sponsors recognized for their ongoing support. That’s why Richard Childress Racing (RCR), a group with more than 200 victories and 15 championships in NASCAR events, partnered with Roland …

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Another fine mesh

March 1, 2014

Durable, versatile, printable fabric makes a big impact outdoors. The merging of advanced printing technologies and the broad spectrum of mesh products on the market is allowing fabricators to do more than was possible in previous years, especially with splashy, attention-getting outdoor graphics. Mesh, in an increasing variety of styles and materials, is an ideal …

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‘Saving Mr. Banks’ with canvas

February 1, 2014

Rural turn-of-the-century Australia and Hollywood in the 1960s are bound together by a book, P. L. Travers’ Mary Poppins, in a new Disney movie starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, “Saving Mr. Banks.” Re-creating the two distinctive locations through ads, signs and décor elements fell to Martin T. Charles of SagaBoy Productions, Santa Monica, Calif., …

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Façade wrap suits to a ‘T’

January 1, 2014

As a purveyor of high-end travel goods, Duty Free Shoppers (DFS) Group Ltd. of Hong Kong kept its revised branding strategy for a worldwide network of shopping centers under wraps—literally. The DFS shopping center in Honolulu, Hawaii, cloaked its new identity beneath an 8,752-square-foot temporary building façade that built anticipation for the gala brand unveiling …

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Primer for printing

Digital printing on textiles expands client lists and adds new dimensions to product innovation. For the Brooklyn Plantology garden center in New York, Capitol Awning Co. of Jamaica, N.Y., created a custom awning that showcased a logo, text and a leafy design that captured the essence of the space. The shop printed the imagery directly …

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The face of a neighborhood

December 1, 2013

The West Broadway Business and Area Coalition in Minneapolis, Minn., wants to bring new businesses and customers to live, work and play in the evolving inner-city neighborhood and on its major street. The FLOW Northside Arts Crawl, sponsored by the Coalition, displays work by more than 350 local artists during a fun-packed summer weekend each …

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Weaving vignettes of memory

November 1, 2013

Early Jacquard looms used punch cards to automate weaving of patterns and designs. This punch card technology also was used to program early computers and store binary code. Phillip Stearns, a New York-based artist exploring the intersection of digital media and textile design, developed a project that combined the two histories to provide a visual …

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IFAI announces the 2013 International Achievement Award winners

October 25, 2013

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) announces the 2013 International Achievement Awards (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications, that took place Oct. 24 at the IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 and Advanced Textiles Conference & Trade Show, at the Orlando Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. IFAI received a total of 236 entries from …

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Design and function meet

October 1, 2013

Renovation of a seaside resort included custom awnings, shades and canopies for an elegant finish. By Maura Keller Situated on the bluffs of Watch Hill, R.I., overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the Ocean House is an iconic New England seaside resort. Because of its location amidst sand, sea and wind, Ocean House turned to New Haven …

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Light-box frame with a slender edge

September 1, 2013

Designed to accommodate readily available tension fabric graphics, Minneapolis, Minn.-based Stylmark’s LED StretchLite Backlit Light Box is suited for large-format graphics—from conventional sizes to custom applications. The light-box frame has a slender edge and an invisible perimeter-tensioning feature, which gives graphics of all sizes a sleek, frameless appearance and enables users to quickly and easily …

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Sensient Imaging launches ElvaJet Alpha

Sensient Imaging Technologies SA, a unit of Switzerland-based Sensient Technologies Corp., announces the ElvaJet Alpha platform, based on water-based inks, for digital printing directly onto polyester fabric. The inks are applied directly onto virtually any polyester textile, being fixed only with dry heat; no washing or other finishing step is needed. The inks offer deep …

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Ultraflex names sales manager

Print-media supplier Ultraflex Systems has named Andrea Hypes as its new inside sales and customer service manager. She brings more than 15 years experience in customer service and sales. Ultraflex has hired Bill Bieger as its new eastern territory sales manager for parts of the U.S. and Canada. Bieger offers more than 20 years in …

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Roland receives gold certification

Three Roland DGA Corp. products—Eco-Sol MAX ink, Eco-Sol MAX 2 ink and WallFlair removable fabric—received Greenguard Gold UL 2818 certifications from UL Environment, a unit of Underwriters Laboratories. The certification means the products meet standards for low emissions of volatile organic compounds into indoor air. Such certification is a key factor for a growing number …

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HP introduces new large-format digital press

HP’s new Scitex FB10000 Industrial Press shifts retail graphics and corrugated display applications from analog to digital. As demand for shorter runs and faster turnaround times has increased, print service providers have found it more difficult to profitably produce these applications with analog printing presses. Other applications required a combination of higher print quality and …

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Global Garage marks 4 years

With total sales of more than $10 million in 2012, and some 300 customers in 37 states and 25 countries, online printing-equipment reseller Global Garage celebrates four years in business, providing new, third-party used and reconditioned parts. The company also offers print-head cleaning services, the company’s fastest growing segment. Print-head cleaning improves the print quality …

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In printing, it’s fabric first

By Dara Syrkin In answer to questions about machinery, Michael Reed, director of digital printing at Rose Brand, Secaucus, N.J., says “Fabric first.” He notes Rose Brand’s theatrical customer base has expanded into many markets over the years because fabric is a universal design element. Printing on fabric expands design possibilities. Reed suggests knowing your …

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How fabric coatings affect inks

By Mason Riddle It is no news that our world is one of rapidly changing technologies. What once was a standard practice or an expected result is not necessarily the case in fields as varied as product design to print media. The world of fabric graphics is no exception. To get to the heart of …

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Foldable canvas that doesn’t crack

Ultraflex of Randolph, N.J., introduces True Canvas Giclée 65/35, an 11-ounce canvas composed of a 65-percent polyester and 35-percent cotton blend with an acrylic-gesso topcoat. The canvas can be folded and stretched on industrial stretchers without cracking. Free of heavy metals, pH neutral and archival, it has a consistent coating gloss level and defined L.A.B. …

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Learning the basics of printing on fabric

Learn all about the basics of printing on fabric: the technologies, the benefits and the opportunities. By Holly O’Dell For the Brooklyn Plantology garden center in New York, Capitol Awning of Jamaica, N.Y., created a custom awning that showcased a logo, text and a leafy design that captured the essence of the space. The shop …

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Media for direct printing

Direct Print Textiles from Carmel, Ind.-based Top Value Fabrics provide a printing platform for banners, flags, exhibit graphics, fine-art reprints and advertising displays. The media in this line is constructed with a print-receptive treatment for direct printing. These fabrics are designed to provide color consistency, image sharpness and a wide color range. Direct Print Textiles …

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Fabric and ink compatibility

Knowing how and why inks and fabrics go together will help improve your printed products. By Michael Labella At a recent apparel show in Guatemala, I attended an interesting series of presentations organized by the Americas Apparel Producers Network. The theme I picked up on as I listened to these sourcing and manufacturing professionals was …

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PVC-free premium window films

Berkshire, England-based Lintec Graphic Films presents a range of its latest PVC-free premium window films and durable label substrates for screen and digital applications. Lintec Graphic Films’ range of non-PVC products offers see-through vision, and allows for images of photographic quality to be printed in vibrant colors. The Lumisty window film, which controls what can …

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Sports banners score big points

By Dara Syrkin The project: ESPN World Cup soccer banners The company: Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures Inc., St. Louis, Mo. Engineer: Wayne Rendely, PE. Project manager: Jim Knoche, Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures. Marketing firm: Creative Dimensions Inc. The task: Install banners at ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn., acknowledging the 32 teams advancing to …

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Latex-based ink for textiles

Bordeaux Digital Printink, an Israeli-based innovator of inks and coatings for a variety of inkjet applications, printing technologies and techniques, introduces its EDEN TX latex-based ink for textiles, a water-based ink for digital printing on a very wide variety of natural, synthetic and blended fabrics without pre-treatment, multiple printing devices or several types of ink. …

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Fabric graphics in “outer space”

Fabric graphics: charting new territory—and new opportunities in the exterior marketplace. By Janice Kleinschmidt “Take it outside” is a command that supposedly many tavern owners have barked when customers get riled at each other and start misbehaving. But these days it could just mean those tavern owners want to promote their businesses on awnings, or …

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Avery Dennison adds color

Avery Dennison of Pasadena, Calif., has added Conform Blue Chrome and Conform Gold Chrome to its Conform Chrome Accent film line. The wrapping films are applicable on side-view mirrors, striping and door handles, and are installed as accents to Avery Dennison’s Supreme Wrapping films for color change wraps or digitally produced car wraps. They are …

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Recreating a Dutch master in fabric

The Paleis Huis ten Bosch, built in 1645 in The Hague, Netherlands, became a center for Dutch art soon after its construction. Catholic artists of the day filled one of its spaces, the Oranjezaal (Orange Hall), with paintings to honor a royal prince. Today, Huis ten Bosch is one of three official residences of the …

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Polyester with an adhesive side

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group of Aurora, Ill., added Sticky Stuff 4 oz. and Sticky Stuff 8 oz. wall-graphic fabrics to its line of printable fabrics. Sticky Stuff 4 oz. is 100 percent polyester with a polymer coating on the print side and a repositionable/removable microsphere adhesive on the back. It is compatible with latex, solvent, …

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New Berger fabrics

Berger Textiles and Media One Digital Imaging Solutions of Garden Grove, Calif., announce a new latex, solvent, eco-solvent and UV line of fabrics with fire-retardant certification in both North America and Europe. The products are available in 60-, 72-, 100- and 122-inch rolls. Applications for the wrinkle-free and water-resistant 195-gram Samba: 4384/2665 include light boxes, …

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Roll-fed dye-sublimation transfer printers

Epson America, Long Beach, Calif., enters the dye-sublimation printing market with a pair of roll-fed dye-sublimation transfer printers: the 44-inch SureColor F6070 and the 64-inch SureColor F7070. The printers are the first in which every component, from ink and printhead to printer chassis and bulk ink delivery system, is designed and manufactured by a single …

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Avery Dennison and West Coast Customs team up to offer wrapping film challenge

August 15, 2013

Avery Dennison recently announced the launch of the “Wrap Like a King” Challenge, hosted with the support of sponsors West Coast Customs and Croftgate USA. The competition offers professional vehicle wrap installers a chance to show off their skills by creating unique, well-installed car wraps. Submissions to the challenge will include photos and information about …

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Signature surface treatments inspire architecture

August 1, 2013

Modern architecture and design use form, light, shape and color to create amazing spaces and open new vistas. 3M Architectural Markets brings the St. Paul, Minn., company’s expertise with adhesives and films to easy-to-apply surface finishes that provide unique and astonishing effects to designed spaces at a reasonable cost. The 3M™ DI-NOC™ architectural finishes are …

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The golf club’s crowning glory

Professional golfers, branded from head to toe with logos for athletic apparel and equipment, stride on challenging, sun-drenched courses displaying their skills and their sponsors. Now everyone, from the business manager entertaining clients to the high-school golf team practicing in cut-off jeans, can make a statement on the links. ClubCrown by VIVE is a patented …

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Sticky Stuff printable polyester wall graphics

Sticky Stuff printable polyester wall graphic fabric, in 4 and 8 ounce weights, features a premium polymer coating on the print side and a repositionable/removable microsphere adhesive on the back side. Superior print performance yields a broad color gamut, with richness and depth. The adhesive is strong enough to stay in place when in use, …

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Custom engraved wall switches

Somfy Systems now offers the ability to custom engrave their DecoFlex WireFree™ RTS wall switch buttons for additional personalization. The battery-powered wall switch can be used to control any Somfy RTS motorized product, and can now be personalized for intuitive window covering control. With the RTS system, there is no wire between the motor and …