Graphics of the Americas (GOA)Graphics of the Americas 2016
(GOA in Miami)

Posted January 27, 2016

Dr Nicholas Hellmuth will be giving three lectures at GOA: two in Spanish and one in English.

English lecture is on advances in all kinds of textile printers and printing.

Spanish: one on everything related to 3D signage with printers. Second is on water-based inks (compared with solvent and UV).




ISA 2016, sign and inkjet printer expo

Posted January 14, 2016

Four from FLAAR Reports will attend ISA 2016 in Orlando. We will have a booth there.

Dr Nicholas will fly in from Dubai (where he is attending a theme park expo, DEAL, since ironically Dubai has more theme parks than Orlando, Florida). FLAAR brought a new theme park to Dubai last year (Dubai Garden Glow, since FLAAR has a research division on the plants and animals of the Mayan areas of Mesoamerica).

But at ISA we send the wide-format inkjet, ink, textile printer, and printable media team. So we hope to see you in Orlando.

The actual expo is April 21, 22, and 23. April 20th is a day of lectures on dynamic digital signage. But the trade show is Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

For more information you can go directly to:
www.signexpo.org




APPPEXPO 2016 in Shanghai

Posted January 7, 2016

Every year our team of evaluators attends to the major trade shows around the world. This year we will not fail to attend APPPEXPO, 5 members of our staff will attend this year. We have assisted this show consecutively for almost a decade and have made over 100 reports concerning what we have seen on this trade show.

Feel free to download our reports which include what you can expect from this upcoming trade show in beautiful Shangai.

APPPEXPO 2016 UV textile solvent latex exhibitor list preview based on 2015 set UV Flaar Reports
APPPEXPO 2016 ink media coater laminator CNC text FLAAR Reports




First printer & sign expo of the year: SGI in Dubai

Updated Jan. 27, 2016, First posted Dec. 20, 2015

Two of us from FLAAR flew to Dubai to attend SGI (Sign Middle East), capably organized by IEC.

This is the first international inkjet printer & signage trade show of the year, so worth attending. Lots of laminators, cutters, and printers or every size and shape for printing from tiny souvenirs to printing grand-format billboards and building wrap.

To learn more about SGI 2016, as a preview for 2017, (Sign & Graphic Imaging Middle East) their web site is www.SignMiddleEast.com.

We hope to see you in Dubai in mid-January 2017, for the 20th SGI.


 


New Year’s Wish List (for Textile Printers)

Posted January 5, 2016, to start the New Year

PR releases for textile printers and textile inks, and even advertising claims on spec sheets, vary from dubious to doubtful. We point these out as constructive criticism, so that there is more fairness in advertising. Our goal is to assist distributors so that end-users (print shop owners and managers) can have more reliable spec sheets.

“one ink for all types of fabrics” not likely, since all fabrics are different, hence react differently to the chemicals in each ink. One sole ink cannot possibly work on 100% of all the different types of materials for textile printing.

“does not need pre-treatment” even pigment ink needs fabrics to be pre-treated so the pigment adheres to the fabric. You might not have to coat it yourself but you need the fabric to have a coating. It is very unlikely for inks to contain the sufficient amount of binder to do without pre-treatments, cause it would cause the printheads to clog.

“just print, no finishing” while many inks do not require a complicated process comparable to acid or reactive inks, it does not mean they don’t at least need fixing, whether it is with a heat press or calender. Plus, realize that “no finishing” may mean you can show the example at a signage or textile or printer expo, but if you try to use this same print sample out in the real world it will either fade quickly or not survive washing or otherwise not be what an unfortunate end-user expected.

“we are manufacturers…” Most companies claim they manufacture and sell their own printers, yet you can clearly tell by looking at their printer chassis that it is made by other well-known brands of printers in the industry. Okay, yes, there are some really big factories which produce several brands. And each brand can appropriately say they have their own factory (as long as they clearly identify the actual name of the factory, which is almost NEVER the name of the printer brand).

The claim we are pointing out is when a printer (or calendering machine or laminator or cutter) is claimed to be produced by the brand itself, yet they clearly do not have their own factory at all.

I would also point out the companies which may indeed have their own factory, but in reality they simply assemble standard parts. These same identical components are in a dozen other printer brands (but each brand has its own outside color and outside shape of the plastic covering for the printer. So even if a printer does have its own factory, what counts is do they know how to make their own firmware? Do they know how to improve the engineering of their printer’s features over competing brands?



 

Special FLAAR Reports on Textile Printers

On textile inks
On textile printer workflow equipment





How many textile Printer brands are manufactured in China?

To save money you can of course do this list yourself: simply attend lots of textile expos in several cities in China.

Do this for about two or three years. Calculate the costs in airfare, hotel, meals, plus time. And, if you do this by yourself, how do you know you have not missed several printers?

We have harvested what we estimate are at least 95% of the brands (and at least 95% of the factory brands, since some brands are rebranded by distributors or partners).


How many ink companies in China produce textile inks?


How many textile printer brands are made in Korea, Japan, EU, and USA?

This set starts with all the textile printers from ISA, FESPA (Europe), SGIA, and includes everything at ITMA 2015 (Milano, in mid-November).

Glossary of Jargon & Descriptions of Wallpaper and Wallpaper Printers and Inks
Information on traditional
(non-digital) wallpaper printer technologies (so you can learn how wide-format can be better)
Media companies in China and Korea which produce printable substrates for wallcoverings
Media companies in USA and Europe which produce printable substrates for wallcoverings
Discussion of pros and cons of each kind of ink for printing wallpaper: HP latex, UV-cured, Solvent, dye sublimation, and water-based

How many ink companies in Europe, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and USA produce ink for textiles?

Glossary of Jargon & Descriptions of Wallpaper and Wallpaper Printers and Inks
Information on traditional
(non-digital) wallpaper printer technologies (so you can learn how wide-format can be better)
Media companies in China and Korea which produce printable substrates for wallcoverings
Media companies in USA and Europe which produce printable substrates for wallcoverings
Discussion of pros and cons of each kind of ink for printing wallpaper: HP latex, UV-cured, Solvent, dye sublimation, and water-based

How many dye sublimation brands are there in Western EU, USA, Korea, and Mainland China (both calendering units and dye sub for direct-to-fabric)?

If you buy any complete set, the you can visit with the FLAAR team at any textile booth at SGIA

At full level (full Subscription for the coming twelve months) you can ask your questions by Skype, e-mail or telephone directly to Dr Nicholas and/or the textile printer & workflow evaluation manager at FLAAR, Maria Renee Ayau. In other words, consulting services for the coming 12 months.

Plus: you can visit with the FLAAR team at any booth of ink, media and substrates at SGIA and ITMA in Italy.

 



Lots of new FLAAR Reports on textile printers and inks

Posted Oct. 4, 2015


To learn about textile inks and textile printers, lots of new FLAAR Reports on SGIA and on ITMA in Milano will be available this coming month.

Plus, if you wish consulting services on textile inks, on textile printers, on dye sublimation, or on wall coverings, make an appointment now to meet Dr Nicholas at either SGIA or ITMA (or both): e-mail FrontDesk “at” FLAAR.org.

 

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