“Simvol was one of the first companies in Russia to adopt heat transfer dye sublimation printing technology, said Sergey Babenko, the company’s CEO. “We worked with Smart-T, a reseller to the industry, to determine the best printing solution for our needs. Not only did we transition much of our production from screen-printing to heat transfer dye sublimation several years ago, but we were also creative in the use of our existing screen-printing equipment to add unique finishing to our dye sub flags and signs. Plus, we also offer embroidery, applique, fringe and other embellishments to set our flags apart from the competition.”
Today, Simvol still uses its original Mimaki JV4 printer, which increased press speed over its early experiments with heat transfer dye sublimation by a factor of 10, but also operates a Mimaki DS-1600 direct-to-fabric printer, a Mimaki TS34 printer for heat transfer dye sublimation, and most recently, a Mimaki JV300. “The JV300 is the model we look to use as our primary production platform in the future,” Babenko noted. “It has the ability to replace all of our other printers.”
According to Babenko, Simvol already had experience with producing banners and flags for large events, having done significant work to support the 2014 Winter Olympics hosted in Sochi, Russia. In addition to supporting large events such as the Winter Olympics and World Cup, Simvol produces a wide range of textile-based products, including flags, banners, pennants, and sportswear on five Mimaki printers. Simvol produces some 40,000 jobs per year, with run lengths ranging from one to 10,000.
Mimaki JV300 Series large format, high-speed inkjet printers use gamut-extending eco solvent inks that enable large format prints such as anything from fine art reproduction, wall décor and stunning backlits, to vehicle wraps and outdoor displays or dye sublimation inks to create vibrant wearable textiles, unique home fabrics or soft signage. The JV300 prints at up to 105.9 square meters per hour at a print resolution of up to 1,440 dpi. Eco-solvent inks are available in nine colors including white and orange, while dye sublimation inks are available in six colors.