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Chris Blanken

Vice President of Sales

Comdec Incorporated

HQ Phone: (978) 462-3399

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Comdec Incorporated

25 Hale Street

Newburyport, Massachusetts 01950

United States

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Comdec, Inc. has been the Exclusive North American Importer of all RUCO Printing Inks for 26 years. Effective August 1, 2009, through mutual agreement, all UV ink products will now be sold directly from Ruco USA, Ruco's own distribution center in Chicago ... more

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by Matt Regan and Chris Blanken

"Since digital heat transfers are computer-generated and sent to a rip station," continued Chris Blanken, vice president of sales for Comdec, Inc., "there is almost no press set-up time involved. Even if a new graphic is needed, digital heat transfers can be shipped within 48 hours."
The quicker turnaround times and decreased set-up costs lead to a major advantage for customers: lower per item costs. "With traditional heat transfers, large quantities need to be purchased in order to make the order cost effective," explained Blanken.
Digital transfers started with the CD and DVD industry because of the need for lower-volume orders, explained Blanken. "Other types of printing were cost-prohibitive in a very competitive market, and the same reasoning applies to many of our industries today. Holding large inventories of product or supplies is just not possible anymore. As a result, Blanken has seen digital heat transfers applied to promotional items such as pens, sports bottles and plastic cups.
Blanken acknowledged difficulties with toner-based color. "There is a light lay-down of toner-based color and many darker-colored parts either reduce, change or make the graphic too transparent and unacceptable," Blanken explained. "This requires an additional white layer in order to keep the transfer from being washed out or discolored. There are a few ways to solve this issue. The first is to have a white underlay printed on the part, and then the digital transfer is printed on the white underlay. According to Blanken, toner companies also are working on more opaque white toner to be used and the digital machine builders are working on additional white color attachments in order to improve the opacity.
Blanken agrees. "Breaking away from the concept of more heat and pressure has been the toughest task for long-time heat transfer printers," he said. "Less is best! It always is advisable to use just enough heat and pressure to apply the digital heat transfer. If too much pressure is used, there may be a hazing or ghosting of the release agent that is transferred to the part."
In addition, Blanken continued, too much heat can affect the toner and may darken the graphic. Since toner changes color with more heat being used, a vertical hot stamp press is not advised, but rather a standard roll-on or walking-shoe heat transfer machine is recommended.
Plastics Decorating thanks Matt Regan, senior vice president, CDigital Markets, LLC, and Chris Blanken, vice president of sales, Comdec, Inc., for their input.

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