Since 2001, CDigital has been an innovator in developing new systems and processes for using digital print technology to produce transfers for product decoration.
Initially, we introduced high speed digital printing to the optical media (CD and DVD) industry and we continue to be leaders in this mature industry. In 2006, our focus shifted to providing digital transfer decoration for products made of plastic, metal, and glass. Today our digital heat transfers can be found on over 150 products of many shapes, sizes, and materials.
For each application, the process is the same. Customer artwork is printed on the underside of a polyester film and coated with an adhesive. The film is then slit into various widths, wound on cardboard cores, and shipped to the customer. The customer uses conventional hot stamp equipment to transfer the image from the film to its products.
From the beginning, we've recognized that success requires coordinated progress on four fronts:
Systems: We define a system as a combination of a particular film and a particular adhesive that enable a certain substrate to be decorated. With a full time chemist on board since 2006, we currently have 18 proprietary systems incorporating 9 different films and 16 adhesives. These systems enable our digital transfers to decorate a wide variety of plastic, metal, glass, and ceramic products.
Equipment: CDigital started with Xeikon printing technology and in 2013 we upgraded with the addition of two new Xeikon-3030 printing presses. These high speed 1200 dpi presses employ new toners and developers to print a vibrant full color image. Perhaps more important, the opacity has improved so that the image looks great on products of any color. A custom built finishing machine is in-line with each press to coat the film with adhesive, then dry, slit, and core the film.
Fast Turn Production: While most of our customers want full color print and economical short runs, they all want fast turns to meet their production requirements. We are constantly working with our customers to shorten the print cycle. For one this means housing over 2,200 separate artworks on our servers, reducing their order to a daily email of the artwork numbers and the quantities of each that they want printed. For several others, a faster turn is achieved by working with their art departments to enable their orders to go directly to our presses with little or no processing in our plant. For still others, we shorten the production cycle by combining a variable data requirement and the decoration into one digitally printed transfer.
Transfer Machines: For customers new to using heat transfers, CDigital has, over the years, become familiar with most of the manufacturers of the hot stamp transfer equipment they will need to apply our digital transfers to their products. We are always pleased to provide contact information and will work with the manufacturer eventually chosen to assure that the machines delivered will work well with CDigital's film.
While we believe we're still in the early stages of developing new applications for our digital print technology, we've come a long way in the last decade. Using proprietary systems running on state-of-the-art equipment, we can quickly enable our customers to economically decorate their products in full color.
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