Thursday
Jul132017

Vescom Wall Coverings - Nick G.

Nick G. Commercial Sales Representative

There has been a new and exciting announcement in the North American digital wallcovering market, Vescom Wall Coverings. Vescom is the #1 selling wallcovering in Europe. Whether you’re printing on a latex, eco solvent, or UV printer, these wall coverings meet the strict regulations and quality measures our European friends demand. Manufactured right here in the US, more specifically North Carolina, Vescom has pleanty of stock and capability to keep up with demand here in the states.

Vescom will rival both Dreamscapes and Koragraphics, both currently have a stronghold on the North American Digital Wallcovering Market. While both Koragraphics and Dreamscapes are great products, here are some common issues we hear about from our customers.

Inconsistent Prints

  • Phenomenon called plasticizer migration, which is caused by chemical reactions in the vinyl that cause print inconsistencies and color shifts. With only one coating on the media, it’s more susceptible to these occurrences happening over time giving them a short shelf life.

Media Coating

  • Most if not all PVC wallcoverings have one coat on their medias. There is one exception out there, dreamscapes sued HP (high performance). Dreamscapes simply added a top coat to the original suede product and considers this a premium product at a premium price point.

Shrinking

  • Most PVC vinyl wallcoverings are stretched before being applied to their backer to maximize yields. This causes an unpredictable and unstable product that can curl or shrink causing printhead strikes or inconsistent panel lengths and widths which turns into lost jobs and money.

What is Vescom doing differently?

Two layers of coating

  • Vescom features a second coating, or “top coat” standard on their entire lineup of PVC wallcoverings. This top coat significantly reduces “plasticizer migration” giving you more consistent prints and a longer shelf life.

No Shrinking

  • Vescom pre-shrinks there vinyl before attaching it to their backer. 54” rolls typically start out as 58” rolls before finding their home on their backer. This gives you a stable and consistent product with no curling right out of the box and confidence from lot to lot.  At Vescom, maximizing quality comes first over maximizing yields

Vescom Features

-          Type II PVC

-          Commercial Grade, Class A Fire Rating (ASTME-84 Class A)

-          Compatible with Latex, UV, and Eco-Solvent Inks (All 9 embosses are certified for HP Latex inks)

-          Meets EPA requirements for low-VOC emitting products

-          Non-Phthalate and Formaldehyde-Free

-          Heavy Metal-Free and Antimony-Free

-          Media comes both fabric backed and on a non-woven substrate

-          Media is receptive to liquid coating for extra protection and installs with common adhesives and installation techniques. (Recommended Top Coat: Marabu Clearshield Wall Armor)

Vescom has many different Patterns and Textures to choose from including finishes similar to Dreamscapes and Korographics popular finishes. If you would like to learn more about the Vescom line or request a swatchbook. Please reach out to the IT Supplies Roll to Roll Commercial Sales team.

Monday
Jun192017

Free Pass to Exhibitor Area Print 2017 Chicago

 

Come visit IT Supplies at Print 2017 September 10-14 at McCormick Place in Chicago.  Register here to access the exhibitor area at no charge.

 

Monday
Jun122017

NEW: Adventa QuickPro ArtWraps

Everything you need to create the perfect canvas in just 120 seconds, delivering professional results every time. Quick and easy to produce, QuickPro ArtWrap Canvas requires no specialist knowledge or equipment. In fact, you only need a stapler, a pair of scissors and a pair of hands.

Simply supply the prints! The strong board construction uses a ‘fold and lock’ method with a premium back board to complete the canvas.

They are available in a range of shapes and dimensions to offer your customers a great choice to suit their photos. These modern canvases look great in any home or business setting and are wall mountable for prominent room presentation.

QuickPro Canvas products are available in wholesale and trade quantities and are expertly designed to be quick and easy to assemble. This product delivers the high standards, quality and unique creativity of Adventa to your customers.

Whether it is their holidays, wedding photos, family portraits, pets or even that special selfie, your customers will be delighted to display their memories and moments on the awesome QuickPro Canvas, and are guaranteed their product at a fraction of the time of traditional canvas prints.

This new patented product from Adventa is ground-breaking in the world of canvas print, offering a faster and very cost-effective method of making premium high quality canvases.

Adventa QuickPro ArtWraps and Inkjet Canvas are both available separately at ITSupplies.com

Tuesday
Jun062017

Make the Most of Your Summer

Make the Most of Your Summer

By Joe Kitchens, Commercial Sales Representative

Well June kind of snuck up there didn’t it? The year is almost half over and summer is right around the corner. For many this is a time of relaxation. For others business is going to start picking up in the next few months, so your decisions as far as what to invest in are starting now.

Here are some questions you might be asking yourself looking ahead:

  • Should I be looking to upgrade/replace my printer?
  • What would happen if my printer went down?
  • How do I improve my print quality to be the absolute best?
  • What other markets can I get into to differentiate myself?
  • How do I cut costs on my prints without sacrificing quality?
  • How can I reduce wasted time and frustration?
  • Do I have absolutely everything I need to get the job done?

These are all completely valid points for anyone in a competitive industry to consider. The state of your business depends on thoughts like these.

Let me offer 2 ideas here, both of which are closely tied together:

  1. You should be thinking about your next printer. While your printer might be going strong now, and you don’t want to “fix what ain’t broke.” When you finally do get to the point where it is broken you might be down for too long and lose business as a result. I have seen it happen, and it’s not pretty. And when you are making a decision about your next printer, a few things you need to consider are productivity, versatility, and ease of use. This brings me to my second point…
  2. You should be exploring a new market. Look for something that will set you apart and put you above the people you compete with. In the SGIA Journal’s State of the Industry released just this month, one recurring theme is that soft goods, whether it be soft signage or décor. Things like this are making a strong push in the market, and helping PSP’s set themselves apart.

Now of course I can make my suggestion here, but let me just say that we at IT Supplies have the tools to help you address these things, and propel yourself forward in the 2nd half of 2017. Let us help you do so, and help your business be the best version of itself that it can be.

Monday
May222017

Epson SureColor F2000 for On-Demand T-Shirts

By purchasing an Epson SureColor F2000 direct-to-garment printer, T-Shirt and Sons in the U.K. was able to enhance their already successful screen printing shop.