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A&E JUNE 2016 • a-e-mag.com 53 35 to 45 seconds to cure the ink. I esti- mate the round trip time for a typical DTG shirt is about three minutes. With the Reveal S paper, you only need to print the transfer and press. Transfer time is typically 20 to 25 seconds, which is about how long it takes to print the transfer. So after the first print, it is likely that the heat pressing will be the lim- iting factor for throughput. Allowing setup time to load the press, we can still achieve at least a three times increase in throughput along with a significant decrease in labor. With DTG, your material costs are just ink and the gar- ment used. With the Reveal S process, it's the paper, sublimation ink and your garment. My cost estimates show the cost of both production methods to be about the same. WHAT ABOUT DARK COTTON SHIRTS? Vivid Chemical believes they are close to finishing another version of their Reveal paper that would decorate dark cotton shirts. The results of this paper would be similar to the Neenah Image Clip Laser Dark or the Forever Low-Temp Laser Dark self-weeding papers for color laser copiers and color laser printers. I think we can look for- ward to some exciting future products that will push us farther down our road to sublimation success. David Gross is president of Condé Systems Inc. of Mobile, Alabama. He can be reached by email at dgross@conde.com. Have a service or product to sell? For A&E Marketplace advertising inquiries, call 800.669.0424 What is Self Weeding? Your typical inkjet transfer paper works like a decal. Once pressed, the entire decal or emulsion layer is melted to the shirt. This is acceptable for white shirts, as the decal layer is difficult to notice, but it makes the entire transfer area stiff. For light colored shirts, this is completely unacceptable as you see the rectangular shaped, milky colored emulsion layer on the shirt. To get around this, some folks spend long hours trimming the printed transfers, which from a production standpoint leads to huge bottlenecks and reduces profit. Self-weeding papers, on the other hand, only transfer what is printed on the paper. Most self-weeding papers are two step, requiring a weeding step to remove any non-printed emulsion from the paper after printing. The Reveal S paper is a single-step self-weeding paper, making this a true technology breakthrough. A&E

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