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The benefits of employee certification

February 26, 2010

By Pat Hayes, CPP The Industrial Fabrics Association International’s Craftsman Certification programs have been a point of much discussion during the past year. The programs were put on hold due to costs and limited member participation. IFAI has seen fit to move forward, placing more responsibility on its divisions to not only sponsor and supervise …

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Olympic towers feature digitally printed fabric graphics

By Kelly Morris In September 2009, during a game of golf, Rainier’s Bruce Dickinson and Jamie Gallagher of Sopers Inc., Toronto, Ontario, discussed a potential alliance to bid for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia. After several months of negotiations and pre-bid submittals, the alliance formed and submitted a bid for 12 …

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Finishing options for fabric projects

Knowing finishing equipment and procedures for fabric end products helps finish the sale. By Andrea Swensson As most professionals in the fabric graphics industry are aware, a project involving printable fabrics almost always extends beyond the printing procedure. Edges need to be hemmed, pockets need attaching, grommets need fastening. In the words of Truy Pham …

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Matching inks to fabrics

How to match inks to fabrics to ensure that your textile prints look beautiful and your colors won’t wash off. By Michael Labella Ever since the dawn of time, humans have been searching for colorants that would allow them to apply images to any type of surface, that would last forever and that would reproduce …

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Textile opportunities in advertising

Textiles provide options that let your customer’s advertisements stand out. By Gail Nickel-Kailing To quote Dickens, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” The 18-month period from mid-2008 to the end of 2009 was one of the most challenging times that many print service providers have ever faced. And yet …

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Enhancements to dye-sub equipment

By Steve Urmano Until recently, dye-sublimation printing was treated as a “black art,” by which many members of the industry were intimidated due to its complexity. But as more companies enter the competitive arena for wide-format printers and equipment, print media, inks and post-processing equipment, this view is changing. Dye-sublimation technology has its benefits. It …

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How inks work with fabric

By Samit Chevli Digital textile printing continues to gain marketplace acceptance in printing on a variety of fabrics. Markets such as apparel, home furnishings, tradeshow graphics and point of purchase displays all show rapid growth. Creating the best image quality is obtained through proper fabric and ink selection, preprocessing and postprocessing of textiles, color software …

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Fabric for your print system

By Jeff Leagon Digital printers whose specialty is putting images on fabric typically utilize a dye-sub transfer or a direct-to-textile dye-sub print system because these systems are fabric specific. Those “specialists” know which fabric manufacturers and suppliers to go to for materials that are compatible with their systems. For them, the sourcing process is about …

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Neschen sales team

Neschen Americas added Dan Hall, Matt Myers, Charles Pulliam and Darren Speizer to its internal sales department. Formerly territory managers of the independent sales representative group HASCO, each brings years of experience. HASCO has shared a partnership with Neschen Americas for more than 25 years. As Neschen Americas employees, the majority of the sales representatives …

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New INX Digital director

Willis Reese was appointed INX Digital International Co.’s global director of business development. A 25-year veteran of the printing and ink industry, Reese will report to INX Digital USA president Ken Kisner and work closely with the marketing group. Reese joins INX Digital after spending the last three years with Hexion Specialty Chemical as the …