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DK3 and Mug11 for full bleed

March 4th, 2011

Pressing mugs can be confusing if we assume they are all pressed the same way with every image. A poor assumption using the same instruction for full bleed as with standard imaging on the mug press will lead to a bad transfer and wasted product. These are errors that will make dips in profit trends.

We have invested well spent time in finding ways to get the perfect result with every mug. Now to let you in on some ways to get you to perfection with pressing all of your 11 oz mugs.

Make sure you have a good mug press…DK3 FYI:

The DK3 has been around for 4 decades and has earned its place in the commercial  mug pressing business. Condé has been supplying customers with the GK3 mug press for over a decade and we believe it is the top of the line in mug presses. Here is why…

Nerd smile The heat element covers more area

Just kidding The design allows for easy mug placement for various mug sizes, including water bottles, steins and many other cylinder shapes.

Flirt female Up to 70 presets (for multiple products), a prepress timer and a user menu.

Adjusting the George Knight DK3 Mug Press

Know the difference of what mug you are using:

Condé sells two types of standard 11 oz mugs. One is MUG11US and the other/s MUG11. You will need to know the press time will vary based on which mug you purchased. Make sure you read the instruction on the product page for each.

Pressing standard images on 11 oz:

Standard images on 11 oz mugs can extend about 1/4 to the top and bottom edges of the mug. The dwell time is about 3.5 mins on MUG11USA and 4.5 mins for MUG11’s at 400 degrees with medium pressure. Pro-spray can be used as an alternative to heat tape. Both sold at Condé.

Pressing full bleed mugs:

The full bleed mugs are the most challenging for transfer. The time may increase up to 6 mins due to the coverage area. After all you will be transferring to the maximum area. To get the best result you will need to trim to the borders of the image. Use Pro-spray as an adhesive. Often, wetting the edges of the transfer will help with adhering to the bottom of the mug. Sometimes the very bottom of the mug/s can be more textured or rippled around the outside diameter. Using the thicker padding (1/8″  vs. a 1/16th” heat conductive rubber pad located around the heat element) and a little more pressure will help with this.

Intro to the George Knight DK3 Mug Press

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,
Condé Systems Inc.
www.conde.com

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


Getting Started with Sublimation

December 28th, 2010

If you are just affiliating with Condé System’s, Inc., you might be wondering “where do I begin?”  There are some things we have put into place to help get you started on the right path to dye sublimation. If you are a beginner; just setting up your Condé DyeSub system; or just wanting to be sure you are adequately informed, then I believe this literature can be a beginners check sheet.

First, PartnerNet (PN) registration is a requirement to begin the steps below. If you have not been enlightened about PartnerNet, contact you account manager immediately so the below recommendations/tools are obtainable to you and/or your company.

Preparing your Condé DyeSub System for a setup

Now that I have all my files, what do I do with them?

Because everyone is different, we have provided optional ways to receive instructions for configuring the dye sublimation systems for use with Condé ICC Profiles, to include; SubliJet Inks; ArTainium Inks; or, Chromablast Inks.

What will I need to know/have after I get setup?

Using Condé Web Page

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


Quick Fixes…

October 22nd, 2010

I get a lot of phone calls from people who have an issue that just a simple fix. It’s not always obvious what is going on but just a few mouse clicks and you’re done. I want to point out a few of these issue.

In Corel when you are having problems that “don’t seam to make sense” or if you have accidentally closed a tool and cannot find it to re-open it. One thing that might help would be to reset Corel back to it’s original settings. Just hold down the F8 key while opening Corel. This will reset the program back to the way it was when you first installed it.

Another thing I have found is that people have accidentally changed their default printer and don’t know how to set it back. All you have to do is open your printer list:

In Windows XP            Start – Control Panel – Printers and Faxes

In Windows Vista            Start – Control Panel – Printers

In Windows 7                 Start – Control Panel –Devices and Printers

Next just right click on the printer you want to make your default and select “Set as Default”

A common issue I see on the Ricoh printer happens when people are printing something on Legal or Tabloid paper and the printer is printing the image too small in the center of the page. This is usually caused by the auto reduce feature in the driver. Just open Printing Preferences and look on the Printer Configuration tab. In the bottom left hand corner just uncheck “Reduce Automatically…” (on the GX7000 it is listed as “Auto Reduce”. Don’t forget to go back to the setup tab and reselect “Conde ICC” under Custom Settings.

In addition, you will find informative videos for configuring color management 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,
Condé Systems Inc.
www.conde.com

Support Technician,
1-800-826-6332
Andy Taylor


Condé Introduces Mesh Knit Shorts For Sublimation Transfer

September 8th, 2010

Mobile, AL – September 7, 2010 – Condé™ Systems, Inc. has added white and gray mesh knit shorts to its DyeTrans™ family of sublimatable products. At home or the gym, these full cut, basketball style shorts with interwoven moisture wicking technology are a cool and comfortable addition to the existing line of sublimatable t-shirts and sweatshirts. Utilizing dye-sub technology, the shorts can be easily decorated with photographic quality images and unique designs – providing customers a more colorful and versatile option to standard screen printed or heat applied letters and numbers. The possibilities are endless and the sublimation process doesn’t change the “feel” of the fabric. The imprintable shorts are available in adult sizes S-M-L-XL-XXL and feature a covered elastic waistband with drawstring and double-needle bottom hem. Visit www.conde.com for additional information.

With an emphasis on dye sublimation technology and the sublimation transfer process, Condé Systems has become the recognized leader in the personalized products market by offering everything needed to get into the photo gift business including transfer systems, production software, blank imprintables, transfer paper and supplies, and instructional videos. Screen printers, sign makers, embroiderers, pad printers, engravers, photographers, artists, and home business entrepreneurs can expand their current product offerings by providing their customers full-color, photographic quality gifts and awards. During all stages of product selection, sales, and post sales, Condé offers expert knowledge and superior customer support. Condé and DyeTrans are trademarks of Condé Systems, Inc. Other brands and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.


David Gross’s Tip #13: Recycling Your Printer’s Ink Tank

June 25th, 2010

Condé’s David Gross talks about his favorite tips for the sublimation business operator. Here is with Tip #13: Recycling Your Printer’s Ink Tank. Check out http;//www.conde.com for more tips and business supplies for dye sublimation and heat transfer imprinting.


Wrought Iron Tile Frame Products for Imprinting Businesses

June 7th, 2010

Condé’s Brittany Anderson presents the DyeTrans™ line of Wrought Iron products which frame sublimatible tiles. All the items shown are available at http://www.conde.com. The transfers are created using a Ricoh® GX e3300N 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.


Sublicrylic™ – Sublimation Acrylic Crystals

June 7th, 2010

Condé’s Brittany Anderson presents Sublicrylic™, the new crystal like sublimation venue. Available soon at http://www.conde.com. The transfers are created using a Ricoh® GX e3300N 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.


Imprinting Stadium Cushions with dye sublimation

June 7th, 2010

Using a George Knight® DK20™ Heat Press, Condé’s Brittany Anderson demonstrates the procedures for applying dye sublimation transfers to stadium cushions. The part number for these cushions is SC12R and SC1214 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.


Automotive Products Array – for Dye Sublimation Businesses

June 7th, 2010

Condé’s Brittany Anderson presents the array of products suitable for automotive shops, everything imprintable with dye sublimation and available at http://www.conde.com. The transfers are created using a Ricoh® GX e3300N 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.