RA Smart (CAD & Machinery) are delighted to announce our new partnership with HP as the exclusive UK and Ireland specialist reseller for the ground breaking new range of textile dye sublimation printers aimed at print professionals for every level of productivity.

HP launch the revolutionary Stitch range of dye sublimation printers which is set to reinvent the way we print dye sublimation offering a host of new features aimed to increase productivity and reduce downtime.

The new S300 and S500 solutions make their world debut at the ISA Show in Las Vegas on the 23rd April 2019 closely followed by the European debut at FESPA in Munich on the 14th May 2019 where we will also see an addition to the Stitch line -up which will cover all levels of productivity.

Each system has user interchangeable print heads, patented media drying system, integrated built-in colour control, easy end user colour profiling, fully automatic smart nozzle compensation system, direct to textile and dye sublimation paper transfer capability for versatility plus so much more.

There is a HP Stitch solution to meet the requirements of all sectors of digital textile printing including high end & fast fashion, home furnishing, household textiles, sportswear, soft signage, retail, TFS and exhibitions, education.

RA Smart has been established since 1972 initially as a screen supplier to the textile printing industry and specialist textile printer and supplier of bespoke textile printing systems. RA Smart have been supplying and supporting digital textile systems since 1999 covering all aspects of textile printing including high end fashion, fast fashion, customized goods, home furnishing, household textiles, sportswear, education and soft signage.

To find out more about the HP Stitch range of systems and to book your exclusive demonstration and see how HP have reinvented dye sublimation contact RA Smart for further details.

As a machinery and solution supplier, a very important customer base for R A Smart is our Educational market. We are committed to supporting the next generation of textile designers are are actively involved with all design Colleges and Universities in the UK and Ireland.

Retail and exhibition graphics throughout Europe are migrating to printed fabrics in stretch frames. It’s easy to understand why once you see the numerous benefits.

What Is It?

Simply put, the combination of printed fabric and aluminium frame can replace printed, rigid substrates in most applications. It begins with the rich and vibrant colours of the printed fabric. The non-reflective surface offers a refined look that is especially important in environments such as TV news sets and red carpet back walls.

Next, a silicon strip, or welt, is sewn to all edges of the fabric. The welt holds the fabric in place in a specially designed frame system. The prints are held taut in the frame and can be free standing, hung or wall mounted.


The Benefits

A primary goal was to limit the total number of pieces to keep it simple. The framing and fabric are lightweight and ship unassembled in smaller packages compared to printed rigid substrates. That cuts the costs on packaging and shipping. The frames are easily assembled with hex keys. If the framing is wall mounted or hung, there will be additional installation steps and tools needed. Once the frame is installed, the graphics are fitted in minutes. Swapping graphics also takes just a few minutes without tools. Once installed, the frame becomes very unobtrusive. The high-end look presents customers with more graphic and less frame. The fabric surface won’t reflect trade show or studio lights making them ideal backdrops for video and photography.


The Options

REXframe extrusions are available as single sided, double sided, cubes, suspended, curved and lightboxes. Plus, these different extrusions can be combined to build truly unique 3D structures such as cash wraps, entry arches and trade show displays. The modular system allows endless customization.

The Future
R A Smart is the master UK distributor for REXframe and we're looking for reputable dealers and partners to join the brand. REXframe offers:

  • A lightweight, easy to assemble, reusable framing solution. 
  • Versatility to create almost any design you can think of. 
  • Low shipping costs and easy storage.

Sound good? Please get in touch using the details below to discuss the next steps and how REXframe can benefit your business.

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R A Smart has been at the forefront of digital textile technology since the early pioneering days of the late 1990’s and can rightly claim to be experts in the supply and support of dedicated textile digital print solutions, partnering with the leading machine manufacturers and installing the latest systems throughout the UK. Covering a vast array of applications including fashion/furnishing/sportswear/household textiles and soft signage we are in a unique position to advise our customers of the various machine solutions, ink chemistries and processes required for any textile application.

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