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George Knight Mug Presses vs. some other mug presses…

February 17th, 2011

The DK3 commercial press has been around for over a decade. The DK3 is fully adjustable, accommodating all mugs available on the market. This includes 11 oz, 15 oz, 16 oz mugs & steins. The ability of the press to open extra wide allows for easy and fast loading and unloading of mugs from the press. The clamp assembly can be adjusted for very heavy pressure, allowing for full bleed transfers on even the most demanding mugs. Finally – a mug press that compensates for less than perfectly straight mugs!

George Knight has the winning edge on the heat process because of the engineering specs on their element design.

Rolling on the floor laughing The cylinder is longer and covers up to 5” in height.

Be right back The heating elements will heat faster across the surface of the pressDk3

Smile The padding is easier to replace during preventive maintenance procedures.

The settings a also easy and extremely user friendly. We have videos to follow for setup.  For those folks that just want to set a time, temperature and press this is the press for you!

These are just some of the products that offer for pressing with the DK3. There are additional items that our clients will use with this press. Some of the products require additional padding (heat conductive pad). Those products include some water bottles that have a smaller outside diameter (OD). The additional padding will help make good contact around the surface of the product.

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Some other mug presses made in China can be very unreliable and troublesome. The vertical designs place limitations on mug sizes and image placement. The heating elements not as constant and predictable for high quality results as with the George Knight Heat presses.

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In addition, you will find other awesome videos for sublimation and heat transfer by the support team at Condé by visiting Condé TV, Condé Facebook Page and Condé Twitter. Look for more upcoming videos and informative blog entries to be added for successful sublimation and maintaining your Condé DyeSub System. If there is something that you think would be better said in an instructional video or blog posting, then we look forward to hearing your ideas.

Thanks,
Conde Systems Inc.
www.conde.com

Senior Support Technician,
1-800-826-6332
Vicky Waldrop


Sublimation Tip: Program Print Record for PC’s

December 22nd, 2010

Combined with today’s technology and pressures from a society that wants “instant gratification”, we at Condé Systems are inventing short cuts and giving you back some of your valuable time wherever possible, because time is money.  We can reduce the time it takes to find previous print jobs and eliminate spool time so you can get to sublimating quicker. Here is why…

Purpose:

Remembering print jobs

Large jobs can be printed in segments (ex: 100 pcs. at 10 pages at a time)

Save our print jobs so we can reprint the jobs over and over again.

It remembers all specs of the job, like paper size and settings so you don’t have too.

This is how…

How to keep print jobs for reprinting:

Get to the Printer folder…

Start;

Control panel;

Printer faxes or devices and printers;

Properties for Vista and XP; or… Windows 7 folks “printer properties

Advanced and “Keep Printed Documents

Keep Printed Documents

Now that the documents are being saved we can come to our print queue and revisit our printed documents. By selecting a document from the print queue; right click on the desired document and left click on restart. This will cause that job to reprint again as if the repeat was selected in your iTunes or any other recording device.

Selecting a saved or recorded print job

When you are done with a job/s, or it is certain the job  will not be  reprinted for some time, right click on the job; left click on delete to get rid of it from within the print queue. Or… From windows 7; right click on the print job in the queue and press delete on the keyboard to remove it.

What you get…

Benefits Include:

This would be a great feature for save time and effort when you have complex print jobs

When many copies are needed and it would be better to space them out rather than bulk printing.

Saving time is money and we want to keep our client on the successful path to sublimation triumph and attainment.

PC Print Record Video…by David Gross

In addition, you will find other awesome videos for sublimation and heat transfer by the support team at Condé by visiting Condé TV, Condé Facebook Page and Condé Twitter. Look for more upcoming videos and informative blog entries to be added for successful sublimation and maintaining your Condé DyeSub System. If there is something that you think would be better said in an instructional video or blog posting, then we look forward to hearing your ideas.

Thanks,
Conde Systems Inc.
www.conde.com

Senior Support Technician,
1-800-826-6332
Vicky Waldrop


Using Condé Photoshop Templates

December 16th, 2010

1. Files types:

software for extracting files.

Click here to go to Winzip Official Site

To download templates go to www.conde.com/support/templates. The download will include formats for CorelDraw, Illustrator and Photoshop. Once the Conde template is saved to the desktop or in your desired location, it will need to be extracted (Extraction software is required (ex; Winrar (www.rarlabs.com), Winzip; Zipeg, ect..)).

When using Photoshop the formats will be one of the following extensions:  .eps; .psd; .pdf.

.PSD

2. Preparing image first:

Keyhole

The printable area.

Put thought into the image and image placement first. Size the image so that it will fill the template area. The templates are a “keyhole” that shows how the image will appear on the sublimatable area. It will not reform, re-size or reshape the image in any way. However, you will be able to re-size and reposition it. More on that in step 6.

3. Open the template in Photoshop:

a. Right click on the .psd, .eps or .pdf; left click on “Open With”.  Select Photoshop. The template will open in the application; Orb. From Photoshop; left click on “file”; left click on “open”; then from the browser, find and select the image you’ve prepared.

4. Select the background Layer to Place the image:

Selecting the Layer

Selecting the Layer

Choose the background layer under the layers to the right of the page. It should say “Click here to place image or graphic”. It is important to choose this layer for placing the image behind the template layer.


5. Place the image on the background layer:

Click on "File"; "Place"

Click on "File"; "Place"

Click “file”; “place” for the image to go to the selected layer. When placed inside the template it will have an X across the image and a bounding box around it. This is the editing box that enables you to resize it by …

6. Click and drag the editing box:

click and drag to fit

Left click and drag the corner of the editing box to do any final resizing of the selected image. Also, the image can be repositioned by placing the courser over the image and hold the left button down while dragging. Then left click on the green check mark to complete the placement of the image onto the background layer. Or, left click the red “banned” circle to delete or undo the placement of the image.

In addition, you will find other awesome videos for sublimation and heat transfer by the support team at Condé by visiting Condé TV, Condé Facebook Page and Condé Twitter. Look for more upcoming videos and informative blog entries to be added for successful sublimation and maintaining your Condé DyeSub System. If there is something that you think would be better said in an instructional video or blog posting, then we look forward to hearing your ideas.

Thanks,
Conde Systems Inc.
www.conde.com

Senior Support Technician,
1-800-826-6332
Vicky Waldrop


How to recover from ERR (993) on Ricoh DyeSub Systems:

September 17th, 2010

As with all peripherals, climate control is crucial to its’ ability to function efficiently. Consumers can only do so much to keep room temperature maintained. There may be an occasion that Mother Nature will take her course, causing a power outage and a rise in humidity. A change in temperature  can mean “condensation” which can lead to corrosion and extensive damage. The Ricoh DyeSub printer has the ability to to detect moisture in its environment and give warning that vital components could be at risk. If this should happen to your Conde Sublimation System our support technicians have provided some important instructions to reverse further harm and recover from the error.

First, it is important to get your DyeSub system in a stable environment and back to the recommended room temperature . Second, police the equipment for dampness or any obvious condensation. Then follow the “Knowledge Base” ~Ricoh instruction below:

You can dry the printer’s interior by performing the de-condensation procedure. Follow these steps, from your printer Display (LCD).
1. Press the [Menu] key.

2. Press the up or down key to display [Maintenance], and then press the [#Enter] key.

3. Press the up or down key to display [De-condensation], and then press the [#Enter] key.

Three sheets are fed through the printer without anything being printed on them.

4. Switch the printer off and then back on again.

If the error message does not reappear, the printer’s interior has fully dried.
If the error persists, switch the printer off, leave it for an hour, and switch it back on. If this does not solve the problem, contact your sales or service representative.

Conde Technicans have additional instructions that are necessary to clear this error and get your sublimation system back in tip top shape. We have put together a complete instructional video on how to safely clean the feed belt inside the printer using alcohol and a lint free cloth. Please “click” into www.condetv.com to get complete details about this procedure.

In addition, you will find other awesome videos for sublimation and heat transfer by the support team at Condé by visiting Condé TV, Condé Facebook Page and Condé Twitter. Look for more upcoming videos and informative blog entries to be added for successful sublimation and maintaining your Condé DyeSub System. If there is something that you think would be better said in an instructional video or blog posting, then we look forward to hearing your ideas.

Thanks,
Conde Systems Inc.
www.conde.com

Senior Support Technician,
1-800-826-6332
Vicky Waldrop


Sublimation Tip #23: Keep your printer on

July 13th, 2010

Condé’s David Gross talks about his favorite tips for the sublimator. Here is with Tip #23: Keep your printer turned on. Check out http;//www.conde.com for more tips and business supplies for dye sublimation and heat transfer imprinting.


Condé Changing The Way Custom Decorators Produce T-Shirts

July 1st, 2010

Mobile, AL – June 9, 2010 – Condé Systems is now offering custom decorators the ability to produce unique, stylish, and eye-popping all-over print t-shirt designs – breaking the standard design boundaries associated with t-shirt production. Starting at $19,995, the commercial grade systems provide everything needed to transfer photographic images and designs onto the entire front and back of pre-made t-shirts (up to 4XL), dresses, and other apparel including a professional inkjet sublimation printer, economical bulk ink with refillable cartridges, software RIP with Condé ICC Profiles, roll of sublimation media, large format manual heat press, and a case of sublimatable t-shirts. The systems are also capable of producing full-coverage indoor and outdoor banners, point-of-purchase displays, floor mats, towels, tote bags, and more. With over 16 years of experience in the wide-format sublimation transfer industry, Condé is the foremost authority on dye-sub workflow integration, system installation, color management, service, and technical support and provides optional on-site installation, training, and custom color profiling. Visit www.conde.com for additional information and pricing.


Dye sub transfers – Vapor® SubliThrow™ throw blanket

June 14th, 2010

Using a George Knight® DK20™ Heat Press, Condé’s Brittany Anderson demonstrates the procedures for applying dye sublimation transfers to a Vapor® SubliThrow™ throw blanket. The part number for these tiles is THROW9 at http://www.conde.com. The transfers are created using a Ricoh® GX7000 printer with Sawgrass® SubliJet-R™ sublimation inks on TexPrint-R® Sublimation Paper, with a George Knight™ heat press. All products are available from conde.com, including the George Knight® DK20™ heat press used in the demo.


Condé’s NEW Polymesh Sports Bag decorated with dye sublimation

May 13th, 2010

Using a Swing Away Heat Press, Condé’s Brittany Anderson demonstrates the procedure for applying a dye sublimation transfer to a DyeTrans™ polymesh sports gear bag. The part number for this product is BAG002 at http://www.conde.com. The transfer is created using a Ricoh® GX7000 with Sawgrass® SubliJet-R™ sublimation inks on TexPrint-R® for Ricoh Sublimation Printing Paper, with a George Knight™ heat press. All products are available from conde.com, including the George Knight® DK20S heat press used in the demo.


Adding images to a Unisub® Coaster puzzle with dye sublimation

February 9th, 2010

Using a Swing Away Heat Press, Condé’s Brittany Anderson demonstrates the procedure for applying a dye sublimation transfer to Unisub® coaster puzzles. Conde.com part number is U5795 The transfer is created using a Ricoh® GX7000 and SubliJet-R™ sublimation inks on DyeTrans™ All Purpose Sublimation Printing Paper, with a George Knight™ heat press. All products are available from conde.com, including the George Knight® DK20S heat press used in the demo.


Transfer sublimation images to a mousepad

January 18th, 2010

Condé Systems’ Brittany Anderson demonstrates the procedure for adding images to a DyeTrans® heart shaped mousepad using dye sublimation transfers made from a Ricoh® GX7000 printer and SubliJet-R™ sublimation inks. All products are available from conde.com, including the George Knight® DC16 heat press used in the demo.