FAQ

How to stock Arjowiggins Transfer Paper?

Recommended storage Temperature: 20°C to 25°C – Humidity: 45% to 55% RH
Keep the paper wrapped before printing, let the paper take the temperature of the printing room before opening the reams. This should take at least 24hours.
Open the reams just prior 1st step of the printing process.
If the paper is to be cut before printing, grain direction must be taken into consideration
Between each step of production, paper must be protected against outside humidity

How to optimize the runability of Arjowiggins Transfer Paper?

Paper is made of living components and thus some precautionary measures must be taken:

-1- The paper sould be protected from outside humidity :
To do :

  • Keep the paper wrapped before printing
  • Protect paper from outside humidity between each step of production

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REMEDY
- If the pressroom is too dry (RH below 35%) the fibres dry out and tight edges occur. To avoid the problem, increase humidity

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REMEDY
- If the pressroom is too damp (RH below 60%) the fibres take on moisture and the edges become wavy. Warm up the pressroom to dry the air

Remark : These phenomenon do not occur in the drying tunnel as the sheets go one by one. Moreover the paper is specifically designed to stay completely flat in the drying section.

-2- The paper should be printed in the right fiber direction to avoid distorsion    and registration problems :
To do :

  • Order the paper in the right grain direction
  • If the paper is to be re-cut, grain direction must be considered when doing so
What are the guarantees given for Arjowiggins Transfer Paper?

It is recommended to make transfer tests on the type of textile of the final user before industrial production
Wrap the finished product (ink + plastisol complex) in a plastic film to avoid outside humidity and store it at temperature around 20°C (68° F)
Transfer to be made within 6 months after printing. Shelf life can be affected by inks used and other variables

What are the guarantees in terms of shelf life?

It is recommended to make transfer tests on the type of textile of the final user before industrial production
Transfer to be made within 6 months after printing. Shelf life can be affected by inks used and other variables


How to recognize the right grain direction to print?

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How to recognise the right side to print in litho?

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What are the technical recommendations to avoid dimensional stability issues?

Paper is made of wood fibres which are sensible to humidity.
When the paper is dried (for instance in the oven to cure the inks), the paper will shrink.
This phenomenon is similar to a sponge shrinking while drying.

When printing in screen, the inks needs to be cured in an heated oven, therefore, to avoid any miss registration
between the colours, the paper needs to be pre shrink prior to the 1st colour and then protected against air humidity in between each printing step straight after coming out the oven.
The most simple is to keep the paper in a hot box (heated box with dried air at 70 -80°C), but this could also being achieved keeping the paper in sealed plastic bags.
Please note that the sheets need to be preshrink one by one using the curing oven, usually same temperature and same time than those required to cure the inks, but with minimum of 130°C during 30seconds.

What process do you recommend for puff effect?

For the best puff results we recommend to use hot split/peel processes. If using cold peel the fact that the paper is staying in contact with the garment for 15 to 20seconds before peeling will affect the puff effect with less relief at the end.

What transfer temperatures do you recommend for traditional heat transfer?

Transfer temperatures time and pressure are linked to the type of ink used and to the type of garment you want to transfer on. The ink manufacturer will give you the best advices but typical values are as follow:

  • Hot split:
    • Temperature :180° to 185° C  / 355° to 365° F
    • Time : 8 to 10 seconds
    • Pressure : 2 to 2,5 bars / 30 to 35 PSI

 

  • Cold peel:
    • Temperature :170° to 180° C  / 340° to 355° F
    • Time : 5 to 15 seconds
    • Pressure : 2,5 to 3 bars / 35 to 45 PSI

 

  • Tepid peel with PU water based inks:
    • Temperature :170° to 180° C  / 340° to 355° F
    • Time : 5 to 10 seconds
    • Pressure : 2,5 to 3 bars / 35 to 45 PSI
What inks do you recommend with your paper?

For HS90 and X90 / screen / hot split:
   We recommend using plastisol hot split ink series

For T105 and Texture / screen / cold peel:
   We recommend using either plastisol or water based PU inks

For Z95 / screen / cold peel :
   We recommend using plastisol inks, no water based inks

For TL95 / screen / tagless :
   We recommend using either plastisol or water based PU inks

For T75, T105, and WB90 / litho + screen backing / cold peel:
   We recommend using dedicated litho inks and dedicated plastisol or water based PU inks for the backing. Litho inks and backing should have been especially designed to work together.

What transfer temperatures do you recommend for sublimation transfer?

Typical transfer temperatures are as follow:

Heat press transfer:

  • Temperature : 190° to 220° C  / 375° to 425° F
  • Time : 25 to 60 seconds
  • Pressure : Standard - 1,5 Bar, 20 PSI / Tacky - 1 Bar, 15 PSI
  • For Tacky, open the heat press slowly


Calendar transfer:

  • Temperature : 190° to 220° C  / 375° to 425° F
  • Time : 20 to 60 seconds
What dye sublimation inks do you recommend?

Our sublimage paper range performs well with all major brands of dye sublimation inks recommended by ink jet printer manufacturers such as Epson, Mimaki, Mutoh, Roland.

What are your recommendations for laser + screen process (machine, inks…)?

For the best results use a laser printer/copier with a standard micro-crush toner capable of printing and fusing properly to the D80 or D110. Use a white or clear backing that transfers and provides adequate opacity without drying up in the screen. Use an appropriate screen mesh (156-305)  based on the viscosity of your backing. Pick an appropriate powder with the characteristics you desire (soft hand, stretch, anti-migration, low temperature, etc…). Melt the powder bead and cure the backing through your heat tunnel. Lastly ensure the application time and temperature are accurate based on the powder and backing that were used.