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ProSpangle Spangle Transfer Machine

ColDesi Inc.; Tampa, FL; (877) 793-3278; www.prospangle.com; www.coldesi.com

Cost: Contact manufacturer for price.

What it is: The ProSpangle is a six-color and -size spangle transfer machine, or threadless sequin transfer machine. The ProSpangle produces spangle transfers that add to – or substitute for – rhinestone transfers. The process produces up to 1,000 spangles per minute.

What’s new: Now available with Hotfix Era for Sequins and Spangles design software

Key features:

  • Six sizes or colors per design; 54 colors available, more than half holographic
  • No air compressor necessary; no holes; spangle transfers only, and no outdated Hotfix sequin transfers; always lead-free

Buyer’s note: This machine is intended forany business that wants to offer bling, from startups or companies that aim to produce children’s wear, dance or exercise clothing that needs to be light and soft.

CAMS 1V2P Automatic Rhinestone-Transfer System

ColDesi Inc.; Tampa, FL; (877) 793-3278; www.rhinestonecamsmachines.com; www.coldesi.com

Cost: Contact manufacturer for price.

What it is: This small-footprint machine enables users to make rhinestone-decorated T-shirts, rhinestone decals and more.

What’s new: Now available with Hotfix Era for Rhinestones, part of the Design Era Suite of software

Key features:

  • Two sizes or colors per design and up to 150 stones per minute
  • Works with rhinestones or rhinestuds, without manufacturer restrictions
  • Uses standard 120V power
  • Free training and support

Buyer’s note: The machine is tailored for apparel-decorating startups, custom T-shirt businesses and established embroidery or screen-printing shops that are adding rhinestone transfers or custom bling tees.

CAMS 1V6P Automatic Rhinestone-Transfer System

ColDesi Inc.; Tampa, FL; (877) 793-3278; www.rhinestonecamsmachines.com; www.coldesi.com

Cost: Contact manufacturer for price.

What it is: Designed for the wholesale rhinestone-transfer company or busy online retailer, this machine with a 15.75” x 15.75” work area offers businesses the ability to produce high-volume rhinestone transfers.

What’s new: Now availablewith Hotfix Era for Rhinestones, part of the Design Era Suite of software

Key features:

  • Six sizes or colors per design and up to 170 stones per minute
  • Works with rhinestones or rhinestuds without manufacturer restrictions
  • User-friendly LCD menus
  • Free training and support

Buyer’s note: In addition to giving decorators the ability to make large numbers of rhinestone transfers quickly, the 1V6P offers the creative license to produce multi-colored and sized rhinestone designs that look amazing. This machine is designed for decorators who are serious about the rhinestone-transfer business.

VersaCAMM VSi Series Wide-Format Printer/Cutter

Imprintables Warehouse (asi/58475); Carmichaels, PA; (724) 966-8599; (800) 347-0068; www.imprintables.com

What it is: This is a new series of wide-format inkjet printer/cutters available in 64”, 54” or 30” models that can be used to create heat transfers, signs, banners, vehicle graphics and wraps, fine art posters, packaging, labels, decals and more.

What’s new:

  • Faster drying GreenGuard gold certified Eco-Sol MAX 2 inks in CMYKLcLm
  • New light black ink for improved grayscale graduations, more natural skin tones and sharp photographic images
  • Highly reflective metallic silver ink prints as a spot color or combines with CMYK to create hundreds of metallic and pearlescent colors
  • Front-loading cartridges

Key features:

  • High-density eco-solvent ink
  • Integrated contour cutting
  • Offered in five ink configurations: CMYKKYMC; CMYKLcLmLk; CMYKLcLmLk+WH; CMYKLcLmLk+MT; CMYKLcLm+WH+MT

Buyer’s note: This printer/cutter series is intended for any decorator looking to expand its services into on-demand, full-color heat-applied graphics, signage and other items, such as stickers, decals and labels.

GSG Roland VersaArt RE-640 Dye Sublimation Printer

Graphic Solutions Group; Dallas; (214) 712-6200; (800) 366-1776; www.gogsg.com

Cost: Contact distributor for pricing.

What it is: Afour-color, dual CMYK sublimation large-format inkjet printer, the RE-640 is capable of producing everything from trade show exhibits and vibrant banners and textiles, to fabric fine art reproductions and wall décor.

Key features

  • Maximum print speed of 248 square feet per hour and image quality up to 1440 x 720 dpi
  • Optional automated take-up system for overnight and unattended printing
  • Supports heavy media rolls up to 88 lbs.
  • Roland VersaWorks RIP software included

Buyer’s note: This printer is made for any mid- to high-volume shop that wants to expand its products and services. With this printer, users can print a wide range of graphics and products for the promotional product and corporate markets, as well as schools and other organizations.

DECOR Automatic Rhinestone Setter

MESA Distributors Inc. (asi/16004); Fort Worth, TX; (800) 456-3727; www.mesamachines.com

Cost: Contact manufacturer for price.

What it is: This machine line-sets rhinestone designs to transfer paper at speeds up to 170 stones per minute. The designs can then be sold as transfers or heat-set to garments for more profit potential.

What’s new: No air compressor required; a quiet, built-in vacuum pump provides all of the air requirements

Key features:

  • The two-color model setter has a design area of 12.5” x 12.5”; models with four and six colors feature design area of 15.75” x 15.75”
  • Large color touchscreen control panel with 6.4” display
  • Transfer designs using standard SD Memory Cards
  • LAN port for design transfer via FTP
  • Dual sensors help prevent missed, skipped or flipped stones
  • On-board memory holds up to 1,000 designs

Buyer’s note: This line of automatic rhinestone setting machines allows shops to offer custom design transfers or custom rhinestone apparel.

Roland VersaStudio BN-20 Desktop Printer/Cutter

Roland DGA Corp. (asi/18201); Irvine, CA; (800) 542-2307; www.rolanddga.com

Cost:  $8,495 (MSRP)

What it is: This 20” desktop printer/cutter with integrated contour cutting offers users a choice of four different ink configurations, including metallic and white options. 

Key features:  

  • Eco-Sol MAX ink in CMYK, CMYK+Mt (Metallic Silver) or CMYK+W (White)
  • Supports Windows 7, Vista and XP operating systems
  • Supports Windows design software, including CorelDRAW and Adobe Illustrator
  • Comes with bundled VersaWorks RIP software, R-Works design software, Windows Driver

Buyer’s note: Compact and versatile, this machine is intended for entry-level shops that want to produce everything from heat-transferred T-shirts and signs, to labels and decals. The BN-20 is also tailored for medium-sized and larger shops that want to supplement their existing equipment and capabilities in order to handle shorter runs.

Roland VersaUV LEF-20

Roland DGA Corp. (asi/18201); Irvine, CA; (800) 542-2307; www.rolanddga.com

Cost:  $29,995 (MSRP)

What it is: This printer’s advanced UV-LED flatbed is capable of printing directly on many substrates, including three-dimensional objects up to 3.94” thick.  Specially formulated Roland ECO-UV inks in CMYK, white and clear image beautifully and allow for unique embossing and varnishing effects.

What’s new:

  • Larger, 20” x 13” x 3.94” print area
  • More advanced, faster drying UV-LED curing system to expedite production
  • Significantly enhanced production capabilities

Key features:  

  • Distance print mode produces outstanding print quality on curved objects
  • Long-lasting, energy efficient UV-LED lamp dries ink quickly while generating low heat levels

Buyer’s note: This printer is made for shops that want to open up new profit centers by expanding current offerings to include other types of personalized and promotional items, including pens, key chains, smart phone covers, signs, awards, giftware and more.

JAFA-0412-495 with Single & Twin Sequin Attachments

ZSK Machines (asi/18320); St. Louis, MO; (877) 724-6400; www.zskmachines.com

Cost: Contact vendor for pricing.

What it is: The German-made J Series four-head, 7.2 million-stitch memory machine features single- and twin-sequin attachments. The high-speed sequins option allows for a wide range of sequin decoration. There’s no need for an air compressor and the machine can adapt to this attachment without changing any electronic or mechanical components. This machine accommodates up to four different sequin sizes and shapes simultaneously, and runs flats, tubular and caps at 1,200 spm.

What’s new:

  • Newest Windows-based T-8 control unit networks to PC without additional software
  • Standard barcode reader holds appropriate information and settings
  • Change presser foot height with a single lever
  • Multiple frame options (including pocket frame, shoe clamp and boot frame)

Key features:

  • Integrated Design Editor accepts all industry formats
  • Small cylinder arm for small items
  • Windows-based networking and three USB inputs and Ethernet connection

User review: Dean DeCaussin, owner of Chatsworth, CA-based DLD Sales, says this four head and its attachments are top notch. “This machine is user-friendly and I’ve seen a generous increase in my productivity,” DeCaussin says. “I was running in less than an hour from removing the machine from the box.”

K-Series, Chain and Chenille

ZSK Machines (asi/18320); St. Louis, MO; (877) 724-6400; www.zskmachines.com

Cost: Contact vendor for pricing.

What it is: The German-engineered ZSK specialty K Head Series embroidery machine is used for chain and chenille stitching. It can operate as a chain/chenille machine only or can be combined with conventional embroidery heads. It features six colors with automatic color changes and an expanded embroidery field. This design capability is popular for letterman jackets as well as fashion and textile design. The chenille (moss stitch) is composed of loops to fill areas and was originally produced by freehand single-needle machines.

What’s new:

  • Newest Windows-based T-8 control unit can network to PC without any additional software
  • Standard barcode reader holds appropriate information and settings

Key features:

  • Four single motors follow different variations and allow needle, presser foot and thread settings to change accordingly
  • Electronic components help find optimal setup
  • Can be combined with embroidery heads and attachments like single or twin sequins