New Sawgrass Printers With WiFi, Increased Resolution and Energy Savings

After a two-year development process with Ricoh, Sawgrass has recently launched the SG500 and SG1000.

The new printers are made exclusively for Sawgrass’ award-winning inks: SubliJet UHD, ChromaBlast UHD and EasySubli. What sets Sawgrass apart from other systems is the fact that any Sawgrass printer combined with Sawgrass inks works hand-in-hand to produce the highest quality sublimation printing.

With this level of confidence, the new printers come with a two-year warranty.

Updated Printer Engine and Inks Give Greater Color Control and Deeper Blacks

As the next generation of SubliJet inks, users will notice more vibrant, richer colors as well as deeper blacks. SubliJet UHD, as well as EasySubli, will have a 24 months shelf life from the date of manufacture, at launch. The new printers communicate directly as CMYK vs RGB to give Sawgrass even greater control with color profiling.

Purpose-made Ink and Printers are Efficient and Eco-friendly

The SG500 and SG1000 are more energy efficient and the ink output is appropriate for the job at hand, leading to less waste for both the user and the environment. Sawgrass’ eco-friendly footprint is further enhanced with recyclable packaging and plastics for its new SubliJet UHD cartridges.

G7 Certification Gives Sublimators Confidence in Consistency With Sawgrass

G7 Master Facility certification is the global standard of color profiling, meaning users can expect consistent color from every Sawgrass printer and among substrates. The G7 certification is also a key element in The Sawgrass Network as it provides security in knowing color output will be the same for every Sawgrass user producing finished items.

Adding Value with The Sawgrass Network

The Sawgrass Network has been launched to provide new revenue streams for product decorators worldwide. The three applications that make up The Sawgrass Network are available to all Sawgrass users at no additional cost, adding to the overall value of product decorating with Sawgrass.

 SawgrassOthers*
Ecommerce WebsiteIncluded$950 / year
Design SoftwareIncluded$1,200 / year
Color Management SoftwareIncluded$1,450 / year
Customizable, Royalty-Free DesignsIncluded$360 / year
Training & CertificationIncludedN/A
Lifetime Tech SupportIncludedNA
*Costs are approximate in USD, based on industry standard products

With the latest features and the freedom of WiFi, users will enjoy printing with Sawgrass more than ever.

For more information or order your printer, visit jotoimagingsupplies.com.

Growing Your Business

Most of you that read this have already successfully started your embroidery or personalization business.  Now you sit there and wonder…what do I do next?  How do I take my business beyond the proverbial 9 dots?  Are the other methods and means of decoration really for me?

I can guarantee you that everyone in business; from Fortune 500 companies to the corner coffee shop go through the same thought process.  A wise college once told me, “If you are not growing, you’re shrinking.” This of course means you must annualize your income and add on some addition revenue to account for inflation.  Fortunately, in our business choosing the proper way to expand is not rocket science.  It is more a case of investigation, assimilation and making an educated decision.

I have made a career in small scale personalization using heat transfers of one kind or another, most recently utilizing digital technology.  I have considerable experience and knowledge that I believe can help you make those intelligent decisions in your business.  Yes, it comes with a commercial since we all have to pay the bills.  However, I have decided to join the Joto’s team because they have a full line of equipment and supplies, a very good business ethic and technical integrity.

In future post, I will endeavor to outline the alternatives and discuss what you need to think about and then arrange to get you needed samples and information to make a informed decision.  There is already a considerable body of instructional video on our YouTube™ site http://www.youtube.com/user/jotopaper.  I encourage you to spend some time and look at it.   It’s really good stuff and will give you an idea of what is involved in alternative decoration processes. In each case, I will give you some information on the market, details on the process and the cost of entry.  I intend to cover the most logical small scale decorating techniques:

  • Decoration using sublimation technology.
  • Decoration using laser and color laser technology.
  • Decoration using ink jet technology.
  • Decoration using cutter/cutter printer technology

Diversify, diversify, diversify is the mantra.  Diversity is one of the easiest opportunities for growth in small scale decoration.  It is also strategically, multiple streams of income can help fill voids in your business.  Additionally, there may be areas where you can enjoy higher margins, than in your core business.   By making intelligent decisions and targeting other markets you can “Grow Your Business Bringing Images to Life.”

If you have any questions about the business, you can e-mail at waynepotter@jotopaper.com.

Centering Your Image on One or Multiple Small Items

Centering your image is easy to do when you are doing a full bleed image.  But what if you are doing an image with just a white background?  It’s difficult to see your image as the substrate or the paper will be blocking the image.

Centering your image on small items such as name tags is quite simple and is similar to bleeding your image on a substrate.  All you need is a border around your image.

Putting a border around your image helps to center the image especially if you plan to have white as your background.  Simply scan in or get the dimensions of your substrate.  Remember when making a border; always make it 0.25-0.50 inches bigger than the actual printing size of the substrate.  This way, you will not accidentally print the border onto your substrate but you will still be able to use it for centering purposes.  Once the border is made, you can center align your image to the border and print!  See picture below.

Here is an example of a name tag (1” x 3”).  I have created a 1.25” x 3.25” border and have centered my image in the middle of the border.   Once printed, simply place the substrate within the borders with roughly equal space between the substrate and the border on all 4 sides.  Then place a blank sheet on top and press.

For items that require the paper to be put on top of substrate, simply tape the substrate onto the paper after alignment and flip over to press.

Bleeding your images and why it is sometimes useful for sublimation

With sublimation, it is absolutely necessary for the substrate you are printing on to be white or light colored in order to image the substrate.  Sometimes substrates come with just a white patch, which in many cases helps to mask that it is a sublimated item once sublimated.  In some cases, it may be like an iPhone case where the sublimatable piece is an insert and imaging right to the edge of the insert is better.

Most sublimation users will print an image onto the entire white patch to mask the patch after it has been imaged.  There are two reasons why lining up your image with the white patch would be challenging

1.)    It is difficult to measure the exact area of the white patch.  If your measurements are short a millimeter, it will show a thin white  line after sublimating.

2.)    Even if you get the exact measurements, it is difficult to align your image exactly to the white patch

The solution is to bleed your image!

Bleeding also allows you to print all the way to the edge of a sublimatable item!

What is Bleeding?
It is the process of printing your image a little bit larger than the area you plan to print.  This is often used in commercial printing on paper.

How Much Should I Bleed the Image?
Normally a bleed of 0.125 or 0.25 inches for all 4 sides would be enough.  When resizing, be sure to remember to proportionally resize (make sure you increase the size the same amount vertically and horizontally).   Using CorelDraw you can simply add an extra 0.25-0.50 to your vertical or horizontal size.  The reason you have to double the value is because the x or y axis has two sides each.

    

Safe Printing area
When you are bleeding your image to the edge, it is recommended that you print in the safe area to avoid important elements of the image (such as text) being cut off.  The safe area should be about 0.125-.25 inches within the substrate size.  This is to account for tiny differences in size of your printing area and also to account for human error (in case you printed your image more to the right, left, top, or bottom).   Here’s a diagram below:

Black color represents the tile, Red line represents bleed area, Inside Green Line is safe printing area