What Roland Printer is Right For You

Everyday we get the question what Roland Printer is right for my business? In about 3 questions we can answer this question.

1. What type of printing are you looking to do?  Vehicle wraps, banners, heat transfers, fine art, ETC.

2. What speed are you looking for? When a new business is starting out speed is not a huge factor because they don’t have that large customer base. The slower print speed is okay and it saves them money with allows to buy that extra piece of equipment that may be needed.

3.  Space?  We always want to make sure that you have enough space in the facility where your putting your printer.

The four printers below are the most popular printers’s that Roland Makes. All four have the Print and Cut capability in one unit

BN-20 packs everything into one, powerful, profit-producing package. With award-winning eco-solvent inks including metallic and white options, a range of material compatibility and integrated contour cutting, the BN-20 is easily the most versatile print device in its class. The BN-20 is perfect for creating t-shirt graphics, poster prints, stickers and decals – all from the comfort of your desktop.

McLogan’s #1 seller
Roland TrueVIS SG series printer/cutters offer all the quality and versatility of a Roland, at an unbeatable price. TrueVIS ushers in a new era of integrated printing and contour cutting, and the SG delivers the value you need to quickly and easily build your business. With two models to chose from 30″ and 54″

XR-640 large format printer/cutter with metallic and white ink delivers maximum versatility and productivity with unsurpassed image quality. Thousands of print service providers have built their business on the XR-640, with the ability to produce everything from banners, vehicle wraps and fine art to print/cut labels, decals, point-of-purchase displays and so much more.

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Roland Pro 4 SOLJET

The two printers below are great for doing banners ,vehicle wraps and or businesses that are larger and already have vinyl cutters.

VersaEXPRESS RF-640 is a large-format inkjet printer the smart choice for your business. Efficient, reliable and affordable, the VersaEXPRESS RF-640 delivers outstanding prints day in and day out.

New EJ-640 large-format color printer has dual staggered print heads and a rigid new industrial design, productivity and quality are built in. So are big-time savings. The EJ-640 runs with new Roland DG EJ INK that costs up to 35% less than the competition. The result? High-volume, low-maintenance printing and bold, exciting colors with higher profit margins.

Let Mclogan help you make the best printer choice for your business at one of our four locations.

Film Output Systems

Film Output Systems are an essential key to any screen printing shop. It’s this major step that allows you to transfer your artwork to the screen. When you have turned your design into a film positive, you will print it with black ink on clear waterproof film. This positive print will block out the light during the exposure process. If you don’t have a clean, dark film positive you will lose the crisp, clean look of your design. The darker your positive the better the image will wash out on your screen, and this is why your film output system is crucial.

Epson printers are the best printers on the market! These printers will ensure a dark ink positive and come with AccuRIP software. Since these printers only print black ink they are fast, reliable, and can print halftones. Below are the Epson Film Output Packages that we recommend at Mclogan’s:

Epson 1430 All Black Ink Film Output Package  The 1430 can print 13 inches wide and comes with 6 black ink cartridges, AccuRIP software and 200 sheets of waterproof film. Easy to set up, and affordable while still offering Epson’s amazing quality prints.

Epson 490o All Black Ink Film Output Package  This 17 inch wide printer comes with AccuRIP Pearl, 11 cartridges of black ink, waterproof film and free shipping.

Epson T-3270 Output Package  The new SureColor T-Series printer deliver presentation quality print at 24 inches wide. Copy, scan and the share feature are best-in-class speeds saving you time and money.  Paired with AccuRip Black Pearl SE to create an amazing output printer for automatic press printing shops. 24 inch by 100 ft roll of waterproof film also comes with this package.

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Call Mclogan Supply today to speak to a sales associate and start printing your positive the right way!

McLogan Screen Printing Starter Kits

Screen Printing Starter Kit

The McLogan Screen Printing Starter Kit is finally here! We’ve been working hard the past few months on getting these amazing kits ready and we can’t wait to share them with you. Whether you are wanting to start your own screen printing business, or looking to print a few shirts as a hobby; this is the best universal kit for everyone. McLogan has hand picked all of our top selling, reliable, eco-friendly products and equipment and placed them into one kit. We’ve designed the perfect start up shop from a one color professional screen printing press, mesh wood screen, all the chemicals needed, tools, bulbs, instructional manual, and a DVD.

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What’s Inside The McLogan Screen Printing Starter Kit Box:

  • 1-One Color Professional Screen Printing Press 
  • 1-19×22 160 Mesh Wood Screen – A larger screen than seen in other kits, so you can screen print larger images
  • 1-Tekamar TBHV Pallet Adhesive With Applicator
  • 10-Mclogan Waterproof Film 8.5×11 – To print on your ink jet printer for your film positive
  • 1-14″ Emusion Scoop Coater – To evenly apply a perfect coat of emulsion
  • 1-8oz Chromatech WR Emulsion
  • 1-13″ Squeegee
  • 1-8oz Franmar Degeaser – For cleaning screens
  • 1-8oz Franmar Emulsion Remover
  • 2-Scrub Pads
  • 1-8oz Matsui Black Ink – Top brand ink to ensure that you get the best print possible
  • 10-Ultimate Clean Up Cards – Disposable cards for scraping and scooping, making your job so much easier
  • 1-Darkroom Light Safe Bulb
  • 1-Screen Exposure Bulb
  • 1-Instruction Manual – Step-by-step manual that explains how to set up, create, expose and print your first shirt
  • 1-Instructional DVD

We look forward to introducing screen printing to you! The McLogan Screen Printing Starter Kit will make all the steps along the way so easy.  Create your own brand, have some fun and start making money through screen printing.

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McLogan at the Imprinted Sportswear Show: It’s the ISS Show Long Beach 2016

McLogan will be at the Imprinted Sportswear Show 2016 in Long Beach, CA

The next Imprinted Sportswear Show (ISS Show) is almost here!

January 22-24th, 2016, Long Beach, CA; visit McLogan’s booth #465.

We are so excited to debut all this at the show:

  • New Screen Printing Starter Kit; All-in-one starter kit can teach anyone how to screen print. Best news is everything you need to print comes in one box!
  • Monthly Screen Printing Classes; Learn how to screen print, with hands on, interactive lessons, led by Ross Hunter in our new education room. Artwork, burning a screen, printing and what not to do, so that you can run a thriving business.
  • Thermotron Heat Presses; The most affordable heat press on the market. Come see why we have been selling these machines like crazy!
  • Live screen printing of Permaset Waterbased inks on Friday;
  • Screen printing with International Coatings Plastisol inks on Saturday;
  • NFL Football game on Sunday at the Long Beach Convention Center.

Come to the ISS show to see why we pride ourselves in having the most personal, and knowledgeable staff to help you with your new or current business. Our business is a success, because of all of you; so come chat with us and see all the new products we have to offer. See you at ISS!

 

 

5 Must-Have Tools for Sign Makers

Here are the top 5 must-have tools for your sign shop:

  1. The Big Blue Safety Ruler maximizes straight cutting with minimal effort.  Chip resistant, non-slip, smudge proof and a finger guard makes this the best safety ruler.
  2. Pro-Roll Tape Applicators allow for better control and use of application/transfer tape. The applicators come in 3 different sizes, so now you can apply your transfer tape with only one person.  Making your job easier and more efficient.
  3. Knifeless Tech Tape will cut like a plotter, have a slight stretch to adjust to curves or great for straight lines for pin-striping. There’s no preheating of vinyl or knifes required. Just break the tape with your hands and pull up. Such a time saver!
  4. Xtreme Cutting Mats is a counter sealing top mat that is super durable, solvent proof and helps to lengthen the life of your cutting knife.
  5. Wetedge Squeegee is the only squeegee made to be used wet. Slides over vinyl easily, ensuring a smooth, scratch free finish. It can also be used without water if you’d prefer.

May the addition of these tools save you time and become your favorite sign tools in your shop! If you have any question feel free to call us. We love hearing from you!

New Product: Thermotron Heat Presses

Thermotron Heat Presses are great additions to any sign supply, screen printing shop, or graphic design business.  With 6 different presses to choose from, there’s sure to be one perfect press for your business needs.  All presses come with a digital LCD screen that reads as a timer, counter, and thermostat!

9×12 Hobby Swing Press: This is the perfect start up press from someone doing smaller scale transfers.

Hat Press:  For all your hat transfer needs, this is the best press on the market.

Odyssey 15×15 Clamshell: Medium scale transfers and t-shirt heat press.

Odyssey 16×20 Clamshell: Large scale transfers for t-shirts and sublimation.

15×15 Swing Away:  Medium scale transfers with the swing away option so that it’s easy to print without burning yourself.

16×20 Swing Away:  Large scale with swing away movement.

Aside from Thermotron designing great products that are stainless steel and solid steel, their warranty is reassuring.

Warranty:
1. Free life-time technical support on all heat press.
2. One-year warranty on entire heat press machine.
3. Two-year warranty on castings, welds.
4. Three-year warranty on heating plate.

Come visit us today to try out one of these presses!

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ISS Long Beach 2015 Show Coming in January!!!

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Meet the Mclogans’ team at the ISS Long Beach 2015 Show from January 16-18th.

WhereLong Beach Convention Center

When: January 16-18th

What: “ISS trade shows bring together buyers, suppliers and manufacturers in screen printing, embroidery and graphic design. The shows are filled with exhibitors ranging from apparel screen printing equipment, multi-head embroidery machines, direct-to-garment printing options, heat-applied rhinestone designs, neon inks, performance stretch inks, sublimation equipment and much more.”

Why:  Come visit us for our “Show Sale Prices” and for free giveaways.  Mclogans will be in booths 556 and 557.

Our digital booth will be in 556 where we will be showing off Graphtec Vinyl Cutters, Roland Vinyl Print/Cut, Stahls Heat Presses and Thermotron Heat Presses.

Booth 557 will be our screen printing booth.  We will have Hopkins BWM Screen Printing Presses, Permaset Waterbased Inks, International Coatings Inks, and Triangle Plastisol Inks.

 

We hope to see you there!

 

We look forward to seeing you!

Large Format Vinyl Wrapping

Updating the look of your RV, truck or boat can be as easy as printing a new vinyl wrap and applying it.  Let your creativity go into full force as you design an image that can represent you and/or your business.  Here’s how to print on a large format printer and  how to vinyl wrap a large object (truck, houseboat, rv).

Roland SOLJET Pro 4 XR-640 is the best large format printer on the market!  This wide format (64 inch) plotter and cutter is precise, quick and efficient.  Offering the use of 8 different colors with 4 different color variations.  These large format prints are so vivid and offer up a “wow” factor unlike other printers.  This printer is perfect for banners, signs, decals, vehicles, boats, etc.

Here are the 4 different color variations that help make the prints look so real:

  • CMYKLcLm + Light Black
  • CMYKLcLm + White + Metallic
  • CMYKLcLm + Light Black + White
  • CMYKLcLm + Light Black + Metallic

Most people will design their large image in Photoshop Illustrator and then send it to Roland Versaworks Rip Program where you can then tweak your design as needed. You can adjust the ink amount that goes onto the vinyl, adjust the colors, or flip the image if you are printing on two sides of something.

When it comes to vinyl wrapping a large object you first want to take accurate measurements of whatever you plan on wrapping.  For this post we will be talking about a houseboat, so we took overall measurements, took some photos of the houseboat and took measurements of all the windows where there wouldn’t be any vinyl.  Some vehicles will have exact templets of the vehicle make and model that you get online, this doesn’t apply with a houseboat, but for other large vinyl jobs it is convenient.

Once you have your measurements and templet made then you can begin the design process in Photoshop Illustrator.  Adding in ghost images that overlap to create depth, business logos/brands, splatters, dripping ink pieces, shadows, themes… let your creativity run wild!   Then transfer your image to Versaworks and get ready to print.

If you are printing on Avery or Oracal you want to do a color profile to ensure that your colors print the way you intend for them to look.  Most people will pick a piece of their artwork to test print.  However, some vinyl printers do NOT do test prints unless there is a specific pantone color that they need to match for brand recognition (think of McDonald’s golden arches).

You can choose to print your image vertically or horizontally depending on the surface you are wrapping, how many people you have to helping you, and by the number of seams that you will want to have.

The picture below shows a houseboat being wrapped horizontally which look challenging, but they had enough guys helping to make it work.  Also their design was very detailed so it was probably a smarter choice for them to have just one seam to have to worry about lining up rather than 5 or 6.

When you get to the actual vinyl wrapping process you first want to clean and prep it.  Some people will detail their vehicles before, but for a houseboat you can spray and wipe down RapidPrep.  Once the surface is fully dry then you can begin to wrap.

If you are wrapping vertically then you would tape the middle, cut the backing off of the top and apply the top vinyl piece first.  Then you would apply the bottom piece.

If you are wrapping horizontally you would tape along the bottom edge, flip it down, peel off the backing and cut off the backing as close to your cut edge as possible.  Then flip it up and start squeegeeing from the middle out.  Using a wet edge squeegee with a wet application usually works best so that you don’t scratch the image.  You can get a Wet Edge Squeegee here and the Rapid Tac application fluid here.

Ducky Vinyl Wrap is the fluid to finish the job.  This will remove all the water spots, protect and enhance the shine of your nice new wrap!

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Removing Old Vinyl with Vinyl Off


IMG_2211Vinyl wrapping cars, boats, and trailers is now so common that most of us see different advertisements, images or designs daily.  But what happens when you want to remove your existing vinyl?  That’s where Vinyl Off by CrystalTek makes all the difference!!!

First, lets start with the vinyl that you should be using on your wrap jobs.  We recommend our vinyl customers to wrap with either Avery Vinyl or the Oracal 970 Series.  Both brands offer vinyls in many different colors, finishes, prints; all the while lasting anywhere from 5-10 years depending on the conditions.

When starting a new wrap job you may need to remove existing old vinyl.  Removing old vinyl can take hours and be very labor intensive.  The adhesive on most vinyls is made to last years, so removing larger pieces of vinyl, especially old vinyl can be tedious when the vinyl is cracked and breaks apart every few inches.  Imagine trying to remove a small sticker from your car that continually keeps ripping every time you try to pull it off, but on a much larger scale when dealing with full wraps…It’s exhausting!

We experienced this first hand when trying to remove 5 year old vinyl from a houseboat.  The first day was spent with a heat gun, and plastic scrapers, where the vinyl broke off in about 3-6 inch pieces.  After hours of labor, and blistered hands we eventually called it a day and then had a friend bring up Vinyl Off.  Once we were using Vinyl Off the job was so much easier.

With Vinyl Off we were able to remove the vinyl we applied 3 years ago, along with the black and purple reflective vinyl that we applied 15 years ago.

In the picture below you can see that we used an Oracal 970 Series Silver Metallic vinyl hoping to cover up the old existing black and purple stripes.  We had tried previously to remove the stripes, but the chemical solutions to remove vinyl were not made the way they are made today.  Hoping to just cover the old stripes we applied the Silver Metallic in vertical panels.  Within 3 years the reflective beads and the heat from the sun made the old stripes burn through our newer vinyl.  This is where Vinyl Off made all the difference.  Not only did the newer vinyl peel right off, but we were able to scrape off the 15 year old vinyl!

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Vinyl Off works by penetrating through the vinyl and then by attacking the adhesive.  Allowing you to remove the vinyl in large strips, speeding up the process by hours.  It’s always best to remove old vinyl with some sort of heat.  Either a hot heat gun, or in much warmer climates the strength of the sun.

After your old vinyl is removed there will be some slight adhesive left and you will then want to use Rapid Remover to remove all the adhesive.  Rapid Prep will be your next step to prep your vehicle for your next wrap job.

If you have any questions or if you would like Mclogan to put together a “wrap chemical kit” for you call us.

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Grow Your Business With Roland Printers

Roland Printers offer superior digital printing equipment with reliability, service and support. Roland’s inkjet family includes a wide range of technologically advanced, yet user-friendly, color printers and printer/cutters designed to suit the varying needs of graphics and specialty imaging professionals.

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Die Cut Labels and Decals
Roland’s printer/cutters are perfect for creating die-cut labels and decals of virtually any shape with optimum precision, speed and ease. Integrated printing and contour-cutting technology simplifies the process dramatically, saving you considerable time and money. Roland’s printer/cutters also allow for unattended printing. You can program a job to run all night, and your labels or decals will be perfectly printed, contour cut and waiting for you in the morning.

Banners
Offering different ink configurations and boasting advanced  print head technology, Roland printer/cutters are designed to produce stunning banners at fast speeds. State-of-the-art print head and variable droplet technology delivers banners with rich color density, greater detail in the highlights and smoother blends and transitions overall.  248820_1873122682165_7340521_n

Signs
Roland printer/cutters work in conjunction with Roland’s Eco-Sol MAX  eco solvent ink to create signs with exceptional images and text that are durable up to three years outdoors without lamination. Offering high color density and a wide gamut, Eco-Sol MAX  performs beautifully on a wide range of coated and uncoated media. Prints dry quickly for easy handling and production throughout the sign production and finishing process.

Vehicle Wraps
Roland’s large format (30”-64”) printer/cutters are synonymous with professional quality, eye-catching vehicle wraps and graphics. Each model boasts an integrated two-stage heater system that dries prints quickly, even in high-speed modes, for immediate finishing, installation or collection by the take up roll.  111 Ink vehicle wrap

Posters and Backlit Displays
Eco-Sol MAX ink increases the versatility of every Roland printer/cutters by performing on a wide range of both coated and uncoated media, including a variety of papers for posters and film for unsurpassed backlit displays.

Wall Graphics and Murals
Roland printer/cutters are ideal for producing a variety of wall graphics and murals for residential, office and retail applications. Roland’s newest media offerings are designed to perfectly complement the performance of Roland’s advanced large-format inkjets and Eco-Sol MAX  inks. This results in stunning, easy to apply and remove graphics for enhancing the walls of any home or workplace.  th-4

Fine Art and Photos
Eco-Sol MAX ink and variable droplet technology allow the RIP to choose from seven different droplet sizes, enabling each Roland printer/cutter to deliver fine art and photographic reproductions with exquisite detail and vivid color. Roland’s line of Solvent Canvas Media offers excellent gamut and image quality with Roland Eco-Sol MAX ink.

Colorful Print & Cut Heat Transfers
Making profit on custom short run apparel is all about versatility and ease of use. The Roland printers deliver vibrant printing, contour cutting and metallic ink for creating full-color, short-run T-shirts, sweatshirts, bags, hats and other textiles. Choose our specialized HeatSoft® Transfer Material (ESM-HTM2) and Polyester Transfer Mask (PGM-PTM), specifically designed to work with Eco-Sol MAX ink for print/cut inkjet heat transfers to cotton or cotton blend garments.