Posts Tagged ‘ Product Decoration ’

How do Digital Heat Transfers Work? Our 3-Step Process

Friday, December 9th, 2016
CDigital provides a fast, affordable, eco-friendly, and efficient way to decorate products.

CDigital provides a fast, affordable, eco-friendly, and efficient way to decorate products using durable digital heat transfers.

Are you having trouble wrapping your head around how the digital heat transfer process works? Have no fear! The experts at CDigital are here to break it down for you. Our advanced equipment and technological process makes it possible for us to produce impeccable digital heat transfers that will adhere seamlessly to your part or product for years to come. We offer an incredibly fast, affordable, and efficient method for product decoration that includes short run printing benefits. Keep reading to learn more about our 3-step process. (more…)

Sporting Goods Decoration Using Digital Heat Transfers

Friday, December 2nd, 2016
Our digital heat transfer process is ideal for various types of sporting goods decoration, including hockey pucks, baseball bats, and more!

Our digital heat transfer process is ideal for various types of sporting goods decoration, including hockey pucks, baseball bats, and more!

Have you ever wondered how your favorite frisbee, football, or baseball bat got its branding or logo? Digital heat transfers are ideal for sporting goods decoration since they are capable of affixing stunning images to virtually any kind of sporting goods product. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of using digital heat transfers for sporting goods decoration. (more…)

Product Decoration Inspiration Using Digital Heat Transfers

Thursday, October 20th, 2016
digital heat transfer hockey puck

Hockey pucks in play get a lot of action! Did you know that digital heat transfers can outlast extreme temperatures and aggressive wear and tear without chipping or fading?

If the digital heat transfer process is fairly new to you, you may be wondering, “What in the world could I decorate using digital heat transfers?” Don’t fret, the expert staff at CDigital is here to shed some light on just how versatile and accommodating digital decorating can be. If you are a manufacturer or ad specialty company, you will be happy to know that our dry, eco-friendly process is also incredibly fast – allowing for affordable short run printing! Let’s talk product decoration. (more…)

The Eco-Friendly Benefits of Using Digital Heat Transfers

Saturday, September 17th, 2016
Carbon Footprint Digital Heat Transfers

Choosing the digital heat transfer process over outdated printing methods is a great way to reduce your company’s carbon footprint.

Product decoration hasn’t always been easy, much less environmentally friendly. The use of messy chemicals, harsh inks, and time-consuming processes made it difficult to produce fast, affordable, eco-friendly results. Now, digital heat transfers prove to be the most efficient way to decorate virtually any substrate. Let’s talk about how manufacturers and ad specialty companies alike can start going green by employing the use of digital heat transfers. (more…)

Digital Heat Transfers: Where Did They Come From?

Thursday, January 21st, 2016
CMYK Printing

CMYK is simply an acronym used to describe the four-color printing process used in digital heat transfers involving Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and black, which is the Keyline color.

Digital heat transfer decorating is a form of product decorating that solely relies on combinations of heat, dwell time and pressure to apply a pre-printed graphic or image to part of an object. It is the perfect choice for contract decorators and manufacturers who are looking for a simple, cost effective, high quality and consistent product decoration. So, when did this technology begin to evolve?

 

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Full Color Digital Printing vs. Spot Color Traditional Product Decoration 

Friday, June 12th, 2015
Full Color Digital Printing

Printed at 1200 dpi and 266 lines per inch, digital printing is a four color process (plus white) that is capable of hitting over 10,000,000 colors.

Manufacturers, product decorators, and ad specialty companies have a need for durable, aesthetically pleasing labels that can also be produced on affordable short runs. It seems like a lot to ask, but it really isn’t – at least not anymore. Today, full color digital printing is the name of the game, offering numerous benefits over traditional spot color product decoration.

What is Spot Color Product Decoration?

Spot color printing is done one color at a time and is primarily used in the screen printing process. While there is no limit to the number of colors that can be spot printed, the restrictions come from the process itself.

  1. Time: Because each color is printed individually, it takes quite a bit of time to print intricate, multi-colored images.
  2. Accuracy: The accuracy of spot color printing greatly diminishes with curved substrates, such as water bottles, where there can be shifting between the colors.
  3. Quality: With spot color product decoration, the quality of the final image can vary greatly from product to product.

What is Digital Printing?

Printed at 1200 dpi and 266 lines per inch, digital printing is a four color process (plus white) that is capable of hitting over 10,000,000 colors and fluid gradients to produce photo-quality images. These digital images are printed on the underside of a polyester film and coated with the proper adhesive for their destined substrate – metal, plastic, ceramics, etc. The film is then slit into various widths, wound on cardboard cores, and shipped to the customer. Now, the digital image, known as a digital heat transfer, is ready to be applied to your product using conventional hot stamp equipment – just heat and pressure.

“Being digital, an almost endless array of process colors can be built using the cmyk+w spectrum,” said Matt Regan, CDigital senior vice president.

It is no wonder why digital heat transfers have become one of the most popular methods for decorating plastics, glass, metal and many other substrates. Additional benefits of digital heat transfers include:

  1. Because the process is digital, set up is quick and easy.
  2. The process is dry, requiring no cure time.
  3. Variable data is easily incorporated from image to image.
  4. With digital transfers, short run production is not only possible, but affordable.
  5. Digital heat transfers are perfect for a number of different substrates, including plastic, glass, metal, ceramics, and much more.

Full Color Digital Heat Transfers from CDigital

Since 2001, CDigital has been an innovator in developing new systems and processes for using digital print technology to produce full color digital heat transfers for the product decoration industry. Our print technology is by far the most cost effective full color print solution in the product decoration industry today.

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If you have any questions about Full Color Digital Printing or Digital Heat Transfers, you can contact CDigital by calling 410-646-7800. You can also follow our Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pintrest, and YouTube accounts for our latest news.

How Digital Heat Transfers Work for the Product Decoration Industry

Friday, May 8th, 2015
Digital Heat Transfers Product Decoration

CDigital is the leader in digital heat transfers! Our print technology is by far the most cost effective full color print solution in the industry.

The product decoration industry is riddled with options – screen printing, pad printing, hot stamping, and digital heat transfers. Each has its own unique benefits, but only one constantly outperforms the rest: Digital Heat Transfers.

How Digital Heat Transfers Work

The Design Phase

It all starts with the design, and if the name didn’t give it away, digital heat transfers are designed and printed digitally.

“There are none of the traditional set-up requirements or costs,” explains Matt Regan, senior vice president for CDigital, formerly trademarked as Grafixx.

You simply send your image to CDigital, where we verify the image will print correctly then send it to be printed on one of our high quality digital presses. It’s that simple. And because it is a digital process, variable data, such as barcodes, text, or numbers, can be incorporated into each individual transfer.

Moving to the Printers

Once the file is verified by the customer, the real fun can begin. The image is sent to a high speed digital printer, where a five-color dry toner image is printed on the underside of a polyester film. The underside of this film is then coated in an appropriate adhesive depending on the substrate or product. The film is then wound onto cores, and packaged for shipment.

Digital heat transfers are printed using a completely dry process, meaning they are ready for shipping immediately after printing.

Transfer Application

Once your shipment arrives, you are ready to immediately begin the application process. Digital transfers can be applied using a large selection of conventional hot stamp and heat transfer equipment. Perhaps best of all, digital heat transfers are  fully cured upon application, on any plastic, and most metal products, instantly ready for shipping after  decoration. With other decorating technologies, inks need to  be cured,,  solvents must be flamed off. This not only costs you time and money, it also adds to production turn times.

Digital Heat Transfers from CDigital

CDigital is the leader in digital heat transfers! Our print technology is by far the most cost effective full color print solution in the product decoration industry. Plus, because we are fully digital, we can turn the jobs as faster than screen or pad printers who offer limited color print capabilities for the decorated products that they offer.

If you are new to using transfers, don’t worry. We will help you get started and happily connect you with transfer machine manufacturers whose machines will work perfectly with our heat transfers and your products.

For more information about the benefits of Digital Heat Transfers, you can contact CDigital at 410-646-7800 or fill out one of our Contact Forms for easy online communication.  You can also follow our Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pintrest, and YouTube accounts for our latest news.

Why You Should Consider Digital Heat Transfers for Product Decoration

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Digital Heat Transfers Product DecorationWhen it comes to product decoration, aesthetics is your No. 1 concern. According to researchers from the University of Miami and the California Institute of Technology, aesthetics – color, logo, and overall product or packaging design – influence where a shopper’s eyes land on a shelf and thus impact purchasing decisions.

“The big idea here is that perceptual processes happen in the brain in parallel with economic value computations and thus influence how economic decisions are made,” said Milica Mormann, a researcher at the California Institute of Technology.

Of course, aesthetics are just one part of the puzzle, at least in terms of product decoration. Durability, affordability, and ease of use are a few other factors manufacturers and ad specialty companies consider before choosing a product decoration platform. (more…)

Affordable Short Run Product Decoration with Digital Heat Transfers

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Short Run Product DecorationAffordable Short Run decorating is like the holy grail of product decoration. Manufacturers and ad specialty companies are constantly on the lookout for more affordable alternatives to overseas companies that require orders be placed in large quantities. And then there are the long lead times. (more…)

What are Digital Heat Transfers?

Friday, December 12th, 2014

digital heat transferIf there’s one thing that we discuss a lot at Grafixx, it’s the digital heat transfer – but it’s for a good reason. We stand 100% behind the use of digital heat transfers because they far exceed all other printing methods. With up to ten million colors to choose from and a process that can be undertaken economically and quickly, it really is the best solution for printing on glass, plastic, and other materials. All of the benefits of digital heat transfers is a conversation for another day, though. Let’s delve a little deeper in and learn more about what a digital heat transfer is and how it works!

What Exactly is a Digital Heat Transfer?

Digital heat transfers are used for product decorating, which is important for almost every company and organization out there.  While there are many different ways to print on objects today, digital heat transfers are one of the newest, fastest, most economic ways to do so. The important question: how do they work?

  1. The first thing to know is that digital heat transfers use heat, time, and pressure to apply a logo or other image to objects such as shot glasses, plastic water bottles, and even clothing. It’s a dry process that requires minimal effort.
  2. Digital heat transfers are pre-printed graphics. You can use nearly any graphic in the world and know that you’re going to get perfect quality out of it because of how the four different colors digital heat transfers use. It allows for essentially any color in the visible spectrum to be printed.
  3. There is no messy ink or cure time required for digital heat transfers, meaning it’s very difficult to mess anything up. Your image will look exactly like it’s supposed to once it is on your product. A digital heat transfer only needs heat and pressure to properly transfer the digital image to your product.

Why Should I Choose Digital Heat Transfers?

A digital heat transfer can save you time, money, and frustration. You will get exactly what you ask for in an economical way. You aren’t going to pay extra just because you want to do a short run production and you’ll get your product back quickly since everything is done digitally.

CDigital: the leader in digital heat transfers.

If you would like to learn more about Product Decorating using Digital Heat Transfers, please contact Grafixx at 410-646-7800 or fill out our Contact Form. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and YouTube.