Sublimation for Litho Press: Sublimation Color Management
Sublimation using Litho Presses
Sublimation using litho press has increased in
popularity dramatically since the early 2000s. The garment
industry has exploded in growth in using sublimation.
Sublimation using litho represents many
challenges because of the TVI (or dot gain) is extremely high. Up
to to 800% in some areas of the tonal values. Thus matching proofs
(digital samples) is very challenging. Also maintaining color is
extremely critical as color variations are generally 4 times more
critical as you can visually see differences with as little as .02
We have set up 7 virgin (new to sublimation)
litho plants for sublimation with presses ranging from 14 x 20 thru 44 x
64. Manufacturers: Mitsubishi, Komori, KBA, Planneta, Heidelberg
We set up Litho color workflows that maximize
press stability and repeatability as well as matching digital samples
Sublimation Using Digital Printers.
Sublimation has been used in inkjet,
electrostatic, laser printers and other technologies but inkjet is by
far the most used digital technology so that's what we'll talk about.
Digital sublimation printing is the preferred printing technology for
printing short run but generally it's more expensive than litho run
until you get to around 300 to 800 range
Digital sub is used for a wide range of sublimation. If a
substrate is synthetic most likely it can be sublimated. Won't go
into all the uses but this market is exploding.
We have setup digital sublimation for many applications from desktops to
10' wide machines including direct to fabric machines, including the
brands Mimaki, Mutoh, Epson and others.