Images October 2019 Digital Edition OCTOBER 2019 images 71 PF HEAT TRANSFERS & VINYLS Heat presses, digital transfers, garment films, sublimation inks and more… This month we’re showcasing the essential products and services for heat-applied garment decoration Film stars Epson: SureColor SC-F500 and SC-F6300 Epson has launched two new dye sublimation printers: the Surecolor SC-F500 and SC-F6300. The SureColor SC-F500 represents a new departure for Epson into the 24” dye sublimation print market. It offers users a complete solution of printer, firmware, ink and paper from the manufacturer. “For such a small printer, it boasts a high capacity, continuous ink system topped up from 140ml bottles, thus significantly reducing the cost per ml compared to other options,” said Epson. The SC-F500 also features both roll feed and cut sheet A4/A3 paper options, which can be used for textile sampling, rigid media and 3D objects when used in conjunction with a vacuum oven. A successor to SureColor’s F6200 model, the new SC-F6300 is said to offer improved productivity due to a more robust feed system, and an optional take-up mechanism designed for users printing rolls of fabrics. Combined with easier maintenance, this makes the 44” unit “more reliable and improves uptime” for its users, says Epson. Following the launch of its ‘no cutting, no weeding’ WoW and T.One transfers, TheMagicTouch (TMT) has developed new image transfer solutions using the same CMYK and white toner-based printer technology. These include the new T.Foil Dark transfer paper, offering metallic foil decoration – again without the need for cutting and weeding. TMT says its image transfer processes enable full-colour imaging onto a vast range of garments and textiles, regardless of colour requirements, as well as promotional and B2B products. Jim Nicol, the company’s UK managing director, said: “Garment decorators need to offer more products and services to their existing clients, which is easy to say, but harder to implement. However, we have proven methods perfected over the past 28 years that work, and are affordable and effective in generating sales and enhancing the customer experience.” During 2019, the company has worked closely with major clothing brands in perfecting solutions for full-colour decoration of new and popular garments made from a variety of different fabric compositions including cotton, polyester, softshell, denim, canvas and even leather. TMT recently collaborated with Beechfield Brands to create “the best affordable full-colour transfer decoration” for Beechfield’s range of BagBase bags and accessories. The company has also launched its full-colour decoration process on vacuum bottles, which, its says, will be “part of our lives for many years to come, as we combat the use of single-use plastics and understand the benefits of such innovative products”. www. themagictouch. The new SC-F500 24” dye sub printer Marathon Threads: Plotterfilms vinyl Marathon is the exclusive UK distributor for Plotterfilms Manufacturing, with sales of the Italian manufacturer’s Cad-Cut vinyl and printable films having doubled over the past two years. It stocks 100 colours of vinyl, covering solid hues, glitters, high-shines, sparkles and more. Its digital transfer films for producing full-colour transfers are either white or clear and are manufactured with ecological plasticisers. They are suitable for use with all makes of digital full-colour solvent or eco solvent printers. Marathon also stocks application tapes for processing the transfers once they’ve been produced. BagBase accessories decorated using TheMagicTouch transfer products TheMagicTouch: T.Foil Dark, T.One and WoW Plotterfilms vinyls from Marathon Threads