This past weekend was the annual Imprinted Sportswear Show at the Long Beach Convention Center. This year’s beautiful weather was a welcome alternative to last year’s drenching rain. We met tons of upbeat people. All kinds of people as well, from familiar long time business partners to people exploring water based, and people just starting to screen print. Overall, it was a great time with great people.
New this year was our Direct to Garment ink, Digiace, and our made Pantone color matching, screen printing ink, Infinity. To demonstrate these inks, we setup four machines in our booth; an M&R Sportsman EX automatic screen printer, an M&R Kruzer manual screen printer, an M&R Fusion Electric Screen Printing Conveyor Dryer, and a Mutoh ValueJet 1938 TX digital inkjet textile printer. We had a lot going on; to help us we had our Digiace distributors, EXT Fabrics, lend us a hand with the Mutoh ValueJet. Also, the M&R technicians were very courteous, checking in with us regularly.
We used the M&R printers to demonstrate our new Infinity ink. Infinity ink is non-discharge, Eco-Friendly, water based ink. It features a low tack, thin, opaque finish and very friendly printability. Each time we finished a print session, we simply pushed the ink back and cleaned the image area. Sometimes the ink stayed in the screen for two hours before the next half hour print session, with no issues. The print on the manual M&R printer was four spot colors, wet on wet. The print on the automatic M&R printer had two flashed base whites, four colors wet on wet including a highlight white, followed by another flash and a black screen for added detail. The finished result was a scowling samurai that went to a smiling ISS visitor. We were happy to exhaust all the T-Shirts we had.
Over at the Mutoh printer, printing our Digiace ink, the EXT Fabrics guys were printing entire rolls of fabric. Sometimes they printed patterns and sometimes photographs, all in 8 color process for even more vibrancy and detail than traditional 4 color process. We had a visitor who specializes in sublimation take a keen interest in a process that would eliminate the use sublimation paper.
ISS 2018 went by quickly, probably because everything went according to plan. We got great feedback throughout the show and we have big plans for 2018. We have new and improved products rolling out every month, including a new low tack, high-opacity white, and a thinner, stronger under base blocker. We will also be offering more technical support for printers unaccustomed to water based ink or screen printing in general. 2018 will also be a big year for Digiace ink, as garment decorators increasingly adopt Direct to Garment printing. We have a lot to follow up on and a lot we are working on that we are eager to share. We’re going to be posting updates on our Facebook and Instagram(MatsuiColor) pages. Feel free to drop us a message on either page or here on our website contact page, http://matsui-color.com/contact-us/. Thanks for reading!