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About Heat Transfers

Introduction

Heat transfers have come of age. The world wide usage of Heat Transfers has reached a point where the big corporate firms like Epson, HP and Dupont have poured resources into the technology and a process that was once questionable with Heat Transfers feeling flimsy and peeling off, is now a High Quality company logo branding option ideal for some uses on workwear, safety wear & uniforms. Transfers are now printed in colour fast, high quality inks on wide format High Definition Printers. The images are then computer cut with precision. The end result is magazine quality print reproductions of today’s trend of 3D company logos on a soft, strong and colour fast transfer backing which bonds solidly to most workwear, safety wear & uniform applications.

The most common applications for the use of heat transfers these days are as previously discussed, reproducing a 3D logo with all it’s subtle reflective highlites, sports numbers, multi colour logos in small quantities.

Heat Transfer Artwork Requirements

Heat transfer printing on uniforms, workwear & safety wear requires high quality, high resolution artwork for the best results. The process is so true to the artwork that the quality of the art is directly proportional to the quality of the end result. Artwork can be received in most of the common desktop printing formats of today. psd, eps, pdf, tiff, ai, cdr, etc. If you are not sure, simply email us a copy and we will check it for you.

How Heat Transfers Work

Transfers are printed on wide format printers refitted with special print heads and colourfast inks designed specifically for use in printing images as apparel logos. The substrates(transfer backing) are produced to be soft, pliable, long lasting printable and are laminated with a heat reactive glue on the reverse side.

Once the images are printed onto the transfer backing and the machinery have computer cut the transfer shapes, the transfers are then placed onto the workwear, safety wear or uniform and then using a heat transfer machine pressed and heated to approximately 160 degrees C for anywhere from 6 to 15 seconds. While the production of heat transfers is now highly automated, the actual application of the transfers to workwear, safety wear & uniforms is still fairly manual and requires experience and judgment to achieve a good final result. At 24 Hour Uniforms, we are very experienced and knowledgable on this process and can guide you as to when and where a Heat Transfer might be suitable for your workwear, safety wear & uniform order.