FabricAir, Lawrenceville, Ga., has introduced the Colors & Prints Program (C&PP) for surface printing on fabric duct with custom colors, repetitive patterns and graphics. The C&PP expedites custom color and pattern ventilation projects by 75-percent, reduces custom color costs and cuts waste, while offering end-users color matching in commercial and institutional facilities.
The C&PP’s printed custom color segment uses a feature of a 6- by 4-foot fabric palette with 1,100 printed colors for selection. The palette is shipped free to the end user to match and choose the best color for a cooling, heating or ventilation project. All colors appear differently under various lighting color temperatures and on surface mediums, regardless of CMYK, Pantone TPX, RAL and other specification codes. Therefore, the fabric color palette allows end-users to view the fabric type, printed technology and color under their own unique space lighting conditions to ensure an exact match when interior design and aesthetics are critical. The end-user can also optionally request a larger 8.5- by 11-inch swatch of the chosen color and fabric for a final matching confirmation and satisfaction.
The C&PP’s printed pattern segment offers the end user a number of repetitive patterns available through online stock photo services such as Shutter Stock or Google Search. Using printing technology perfected in the sports apparel industry, FabricAir’s technology can now depict a number of repetitive patterns. Some examples are coffee beans for a café, vegetables for a produce department, camo for military facilities or tiger stripes for a zoo exhibit.
Both the printed custom colors and patterns do not affect the fabric’s weight, longevity, form/function, flexibility, NFPA 90A-2018 fire ratings, or the permeability in FabFlow designs where air disperses partially through the fabric.
The C&PP complements FabricAir’s existing custom dye color and screen printing graphics processes. The dyeing process takes several weeks of preparation and customer approvals, whereas the C&PP typically only adds one week to the project’s lead time at a fraction of dyed fabric costs. The C&PP also reduces waste, because printing is only on the necessary amount of fabric, versus custom dye processes that require dying entire bolts.
Other C&PP features:
- Affordable and precise
- Printed colors are best suited for education, office and retail spaces, while printed patterns are popular in supermarkets, retail stores and restaurants
- Plastic suspension hooks and sliders, plus air distribution nozzles are available in primary colors, in addition to black and gray
- Laundering doesn’t affect the color or performance of the process
- Available on Trevira as well as Combi fabrics, and all dispersion styles
- Standard warranty based on fabric type
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