We have continued the investment in and development of the printing side of our business and offer a comprehensive range of hot press vinyl and digital transfer printing processes. Originally the application of cut vinyl material was a successful way to cover large areas of small quantities of garments with printed material. Whilst this is still the case the processes that have subsequently evolved from this method have developed alongside a huge range of highly technical materials and the application of these now offers a comprehensive range of options not previously available.
With any complex process we start with a review of what is required, consider the options and create a plan that we know will successfully decorate the garments in the most cost effective way possible. We calculate the optimum size and best use of the space and which material to use. The options are many and varied and for example from Xpres we can offer materials like Ultra-Cut, Super-Flex and Sport-Flex and these are a small selection from an extensive range.
As the range of materials and their application has increased so the range of presses and platens has had to increase too. We have an enviable variety of sizes from 130mm x 75mm through to our giant press that measures a whopping 1200mm x 420mm. Although we specialise in printing on to garments and particularly technical clothing, we print successfully on to caps, lap top bags and everything from coasters through to large banners and marquees.
With an agreed layout and the correct material selected we use our specialist software to prepare a design file that we use to work with our cutters. This is a highly accurate process with miniscule tolerances and a key part of producing an excellent finished product.
We remove the surplus material in a process called weeding and then use one of our 10 Presses with an appropriate sized platen to activate the adhesive. This applies the design to the garment and we ensure that the result is an outstanding representation of your design.
Through the availability of new and developing technologies we now have the ability to apply a wider and more varied range of materials than ever before. This is particularly relevant for technical shirts and anything that doesn’t suit embroidery or requires an alternative method of decoration.