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June '18

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34 • June 2018 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S DIGITAL PRINTING AND FINISHING DIGITAL GRAPHICS Michael Sanders, director of Printable Textiles and Finishing Technology for Top Value Fabrics (TVF), Carmel, Indiana, says that when choosing a fab- ric for flags, bow-flags, and pole banners, buyers will want to consider many fac- tors including hand, drape, environment, function and printing process. "A warp knit fabric will suit all three applications best due to its locking-stitch construction. Woven fabrics can also be used but the product is at a higher risk of ripping along the fill line whereas a warp knit's locking stitch will not fray," he says. "When it comes to traditional two- sided flags, clients typically want the best print-through possible and 70-100% print-through can be achieved with direct disperse printing. One-sided flags can be printed through dye-sublimation, UV, and Latex. Though, it is important to note that UV can alter the hand of the fabric and affect the drape," Saunders explains. Top Value's new Deko-Tex 7048SUN fabric is able to tackle outdoor projects. (Image courtesy of Top Value Fabrics) These are various size direct digital nylon single/reverse indoor banners. Karen Lowe says the banners add color and vibrancy to a new indoor athletic center at a school. (Image cour- tesy of Swirling Silks)

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