UV Printing

Have you ever wanted to know more about UV printing and what it can be used for? Well here’s your opportunity.

UV printing offers the flexibility of digital customisation and takes productivity to the next level. Instant curing, a layered texture and a raised printing effect to create a dimensional print is what you could expect to see from a UV printer in the Xpres range.

UV printers can print on to a variety of three dimensional objects and substrates including acrylic, glass, metal, polystyrene, PVC, wood, brick, leather, board and canvas. Printing pens, giftware, industrial goods, personalised awards, product prototypes and mobile phone cases are achievable and the possibilities are virtually endless.

These machines have a reasonably low energy consumption, depending on their size and are typically environmentally friendly with minimal emissions.

UV printing offers a smooth, glossy finish with brilliant colour definition. Fast drying inks are a great advantage to UV printing to keep productivity times low. Suitable for outdoor and indoor applications and resistant to scratches and wear & tear is also an appealing factor to many decorators looking to delve in to UV printing.

Each of the UV printers we offer at Xpres have a unique capability and variable maximum printable areas to suit all budgets and purposes. Check out our range at www.xpres.co.uk or call 01332 85 50 85 to book a demonstration.

 

 

What do your customers really want?

Do you feel like you need to know your customers better? Is it possible that you could be missing a sales opportunity?

Getting to know customers is unfortunately getting harder but why is that? Research has shown that customers are less loyal and far less trusting than they used to be. Consumers actually have more power than ever before and that’s down to social media, easy online comparison shopping and more choice constantly popping up in the market.

The key to knowing your customer base is to do your research. What do your customers really want? Is it something extra that you maybe already supply and they’re just not aware of it or are they needing things that with a little investment on your part, could be possible for you to supply them with. Your customers could be going to another supplier and they’re reaping the benefits when it could be you.

Stand in your customer’s shoes. If you already supply mugs, could it be an idea to start supplying coasters? Could you look at other sublimation consumables? Key rings and photo gifts can be very popular and if you already have the printer and the paper to produce these products, why not buy the heat press and start making some extra money.

This scenario can apply for small format printing solutions right up to large format signage. If a customer is already buying banners from you. They have a fleet of cars that are branded with their logo. Where are they getting those stickers produced?

This is all food for thought I’m sure. It’s extremely likely you could personalise more products than you currently offer with your existing equipment.

Is the garment film you’re using right for you?

As a garment decorator have you ever wondered which garment film is best to use? Maybe you’ve tried numerous garment films and still not found a suitable material.

Here’s a few handy tips about some of our general purpose films in the range that should hopefully help and lead you the way to saving time and money.

 

With 53 colours in the range, Super Flex is one of our most popular garment films. Having a mild sticky backing makes intricate designs quick and simple to produce. Super Flex is ideal for multi-colour transfer layering meaning you can create some vibrant multi coloured designs. The General purpose film is suitable for application onto cotton, poly/cotton and polyester. An environmentally friendly transfer material which is easy to weed, cut and apply.

Garment decorators commonly use Super Flex for fashion wear, t shirts, hats, workwear and promotional wear.

 

Easy flex has a gloss finish and is suitable for multi coloured layering. More than double the thickness of Super Flex, it has a slightly sticky backing so is useful for producing both large and fine detailed logos.

 

Ultra Cut is an excellent product for producing particularly fine details as it has an integral sticky backing. With a hot release and a wide colour range Ultra Cut film could be the perfect one for you. Again the film can be multi layered so why not use it to make intricate colourful designs? The opaque colours are perfect for sportswear as it eliminates any dye bleed through.

 

New to the Xpres range is the ultimate transfer film Ultra Cut Turbo. Our new film can be pressed in just 3 seconds!

The definitive all-purpose transfer film is equipped with a special hotmelt for quick applications at low temperatures. The transfer film has a soft touch and a matt surface finish. Garment decorators can use this film on almost anything made of cotton, polyester poly/cotton and nylon. Perfect for a garment decorator looking for a single multi-use film but also ideal for the garment decorator that hasn’t got the space for copious amounts of stock or a busy business looking to save pressing time.

 

Pressing tips

Whether you’re simply pressing textile transfer film on to garments or sublimating ChromaLuxe aluminium panels, achieving perfect prints can sometimes prove to be a challenge.

Our Xpres team have put together a few hints and tips that should help you create flawless prints.

  • Xpres recommends use of silicone application sheets with swing and clam presses from Sefa and Adkins. Silicone sheets protect the heat press from wear and tear and additionally prevent textile and sublimation transfers from damaging the heat press by catching excess ink when garments are smaller than the surface of the platen.
  • Accuracy is the key to achieving perfect pressed prints and checking time and temperatures is imperative. Be vigilant and follow pressing instructions precisely. Instruction posters for all Xpres products can be found online at www.xpres.co.uk.
  • Xpres advise performing a test press on a small sheet in the first instance to ensure you are happy with the results. A test is especially important before committing to a larger roll when using a calendar press.

Networking

Are you having trouble connecting your printer to your PC/RIP software? Perhaps the connection has been lost, or a new PC has been installed and now needs setting up to work with your printer.

Don’t worry we know this seems like a daunting task, however by following the 15 basic steps below you can quickly configure your printer to connect to your PC/RIP via the built-in network functions.

Xpres recommend connecting any network printer directly to the PC via an Ethernet cable and spare Ethernet port. Connecting to the system directly provides a more reliable connection. If several operators need to be able to send jobs to the printer then connecting to an existing network as opposed to connecting directly can be beneficial. Please note – the method below is for a direct connection.

15 simple steps to connection:

  1. Go to Control Panel
  2. Click the Settings icon (this is the main place for adjusting computer settings).
  3. Click Network and Internet option. If the network and internet option doesn’t appear then select the View by: Category in the top right corner of the page.
  4. Click on Network and Sharing Centre.
  5. Select the Ethernet link to continue. The printer’s network connection should appear in the list of network connections. To check the connection of the printer remove and reinsert the Ethernet cable into the machine. It should disappear and reappear from the list on screen in response.
  6. Click Properties in the bottom left corner of the window.
  7. Click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and then select Properties below it. 
  8. Select Use the following IP address. If an IP address is not prompted, please type one. Choosing numbers that are between 0 and 255 are advisable. This can be any number although Xpres typically use 192.168.1.100.
  9. Click on the box next to Subnet Mask. Numbers should now automatically appear in the gaps. This should state 255.255.255.0. Select OK to continue.
  10. On the printer control panel find the option for the IP Address and subnet mask by accessing their location. This can be found in various places on different printers but is most commonly found in menu and system info/network.
  11. Set the IP address as 192.168.1.xxx (xxx being a different number to the address you gave the network in step 8. For example, 192.168.1.101. Set the subnet mask exactly how it is shown on the PC (255.255.255.0).
  12. Normally there will be an option to press Enter or OK to save on the printer menu.
  13. Open the printer software and click Printer Settings/Configure Printer (or relevant option) to open the printer connection setup menu.
  14. In the IP Address box enter the same address as previously entered on the printer. (192.168.1.101 in this case)
  15. Click OK on the relevant window to confirm the change.