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Durable heat transfers, such as
InstaGrip, are ideal for workwear,
having passed AATCC standard
industrial laundering tests through
50 wash cycles.

Transfer Advantages
The heat-transfer inks' ability to be printed
on a substrate paper or film surface and
stored as a stock item has obvious advantages in a fast-track business environment.
The transfer can be taken from storage
and immediately heat applied to a blank
garment, thereby significantly shortening
the time from order placement to delivery
in the marketplace.
Printing heat transfers onto a carrier
substrate paper or film also can be advantageous compared to printing wet
inks onto a finished garment. Without
care and attention, the latter can lead to
damaged and unusable products during
the application process.
Also, stock transfers can be applied
to multiple garments quickly to meet
demands for fast turnaround.As a bonus,
the heat-application process is easy to learn
and can easily be repeated to produce
a perfect transfer every time.
Heat-transfer inks have been available
for quite some time, but most have seen an
array of technical additions in recent years,
making them more efficient and easier

to apply to multiple substrate surfaces.
Moreover, most of these inks are
aligned with a qualified and repeatable
color-matching system that includes spot
colors, four-color process and fluorescent
inks aligned with a qualified color formula
guide.This is the best way to determine
multiple and repeatable color values.
What's Available?
Durable heat transfers also now are available
for multiple styles of industrial workwear,
in which wash and stretch durability is
in demand.
Special effects and textured finishes also
are well suited for heat-transfer application.
Numerous fabric-textured faux surfaces
can produce superb graphics once applied
to the garment and combined with an
ink or image finish that brings out their
textured qualities.
Shiny heat-transfer finishes such as
glitter, shimmer, metallic and pearlescent
still maintain a significant place in the
heat-transfer world, where their distinct
qualities remain in demand.

For heat-transfer preparation and print
application, the ink does not come first.
Instead, the paper or film substrate to which
the ink is applied receives primary consideration.With many variables regarding
the ink and heat application of the transfer
to a garment, the paper, film or any other
medium can change the appearance and
visual value of the transfer ink once applied
to the garment.
With so many technical advances in the
production and application of heat-transfer
ink and additives, as well as the onward
march of digital transfers, there is no doubt
that the heat-fusible market will continue
to reach new heights in the not-toodistant future. 
Chris Pluck, business development director for
Insta Graphic Systems, has been in the imprinted
textile industry for more than 30 years. He has a
background in screen printing and offset lithography
technologies, and was instrumental in establishing
inventive heat-fusible printing products and print
application methods. For more information, visit
instagraph.com.

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Impressions - May 2016
Contents
First Impressions
From the Show Director
Overheard
First Look
Scene at ISS
On Design
Innovation in the Trenches
The Knits Just Keep On Comin’
Innovation Sparks Screen-Printing Success
Stitching Staples Get Upgrades
Digital Shines in the Spotlight
Shop Talk
Embroidery Production
Screen Printing Production
Screen Printing Graphics & Design
Sublimation
Direct-To-Garment
Heat Printing
Classifieds
Ad Index/Online Directory
Impressions - May 2016 - CT1
Impressions - May 2016 - CT2
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Impressions - May 2016 - Cover2
Impressions - May 2016 - 1
Impressions - May 2016 - Contents
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Impressions - May 2016 - First Impressions
Impressions - May 2016 - 7
Impressions - May 2016 - From the Show Director
Impressions - May 2016 - 9
Impressions - May 2016 - Overheard
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Impressions - May 2016 - Scene at ISS
Impressions - May 2016 - On Design
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Impressions - May 2016 - Innovation in the Trenches
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Impressions - May 2016 - Innovation Sparks Screen-Printing Success
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