In July, Fisher replaced its style ET 9499 fire-safe with a brighter and whiter version. Enviro-Tex fabrics are eco-friendly and also made with recycled Repreve. The woven, textured yarn fabric is 6.1 oz. and 125 inches wide, made with 55 percent Repreve recycled polyester and 45 percent polyester. Applications include banners, roll-up banner stands, table covers, and trade show exhibits. A month later, in August, Fisher also introduced a new grand-format fabric for dye sub and UV temporary fencing applications. GF 3030 Fencing is a thin, open fabric created specifically for short-term construction barriers, eventing, and sports marketing markets. It is 3.0 oz/yd2, 126 inches wide and 100 percent polyester. Small perforations in the fabric allow for some see transparency, and there is adequate space for printed colors and images. Free sample rolls of all these new fabrics are available for testing.
Que Media, also in the wide-format space, coats substrates such as polypropylene, PVC, backlit film, fabrics, banner material, and multi-layered PET film in addition to a full line of pressure- sensitive laminates. Its matte Porzeno coating, which is compatible with aqueous, latex, and UV-curable printers, is one of three new polyester fabrics added to the Motif line of media. These fabrics are 100-percent recyclable and are available in three weights. Four new semi-gloss and gloss fabrics with its Serenzo coating are designed to work with all eco-solvent, solvent, latex, and UV-curable printers.
Sinai Hospital, Baltimore, has chosen InteliCoat Technologies' Museo Silver Rag 100-percent cotton paper for a wing expansion/art installation that includes 75 to 100 images. Similarly, Wet Stone Graphics, a New Jersey-based digital art reproduction shop, this summer adopted InteliCoat’s Magic Brand Ink for Giclée prints.
Ink Has Artistic Flair
“My sales rep told me that … I could save a lot of money with them [Magic Brand Inks], so I thought I’d try them,” said proprietor Marc Cohen. “I use a lot of InteliCoat brand media, particularly their canvas and coated papers, so the brand gave me some confidence. We’re having no problems at all. These inks work great; they use the same profiles as the originals, and I’m saving 50 percent.”
Wet Stone’s clients are highly critical and expect accurate color representations of their originals, Cohen added. The shop produces fine art prints from original artwork, transparencies (slides), and digital files, and uses the Magic Inks with the latest 12-color printers for unequalled color gamut and fidelity.
Formulated to deliver ultimate performance and image quality, Magic Brand Inks deliver complete alternative solutions for highly accurate color reproduction and superior print longevity. Magic Inks are an exact match for existing Magic profiles and are compatible with all brands of inkjet media, delivering the flexibility to print on a range of coated and uncoated substrates.
Additionally, Magic Inks demonstrate equivalent OEM performance to deliver a cost-effective solution, allowing users to simply plug and print. These water-resistant inks require no flushing and are simple to insert into printers. Made in the United States, Magic Inks are available for Canon imagePROGRAF, Roland Eco-Solvent, Epson Stylus Pro GS6000, and Mutoh ValueJet printers.
Printing Beyond Fabric
At the FESPA Digital show in Barcelona in March, INX Digital International demonstrated its Prodigy brand line. An in-booth demo involved the printing of images on a variety of industrial substrates. “By running live and producing some amazing items printed on wood tiles, metal packaging, and other materials, I know we opened a few people’s eyes to the capabilities Prodigy has to offer in the digital market,” commented Paolo Capano, director of INX Digital International.
Capano added that he also was happy with another solid turnout of Triangle dealers attending the event. Triangle brand DTX and EDX inks are popular because they allow even small print shops to start a profitable textile business. DTX direct-to-fabric textile inks are meant for use on direct printing with synthetic fabrics or through the use of transfer paper and heat press. Compatible with a range of printers using Epson DX4 and DX5 printheads, these inks have extremely fast drying characteristics on polyesters with minimum 60-percent blends. DTX also displays optimal ink fluidity and an excellent image definition and fastness properties.
Triangle EDX inks are eco-solvent products and 100 percent color and chemically compatible with OEM inks. Designed for Roland printers, EDX is a fast-drying ink with low odor and low HAPS (hazardous air pollutants). With a nickel-free yellow formulation and providing perfect adhesion on low-cost vinyls, EDX offers both ink train and Triangle Outdoor Durability warranties. It also provides a significant cost savings when compared to OEM eco inks.