Stella Color is SGP Certified.
Stella Color is a certified member of the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership. We embrace the SGP mission and commit to the practices outlined in our Sustainability Policy. SGP printers gain certification by maintaining a formal management system that focuses company activities on sustainability.
Green vs. Greenwashing.
What does it mean to be certifiably green?
The answer to that question depends on who is doing the certifying. Our sustainability efforts are certified by SGP.
The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership was formed as a collaboration between the Printing Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (PIA/GATF), the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA), and the Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) with primary goals of defining sustainable green printing and identifying steps to help the printing industry establish manufacturing and business practices that are more environmentally sustainable.
The application process takes an entire year to complete. Applicants must establish and maintain a rigorous management system to document, measure and report on their activities. Once certification is awarded, partners are required to undergo periodic SGP audits to confirm their continued compliance with all Certification Criteria. This ongoing process embodies the principle that sustainability is not limited to only an environmental aspect but also includes corporate and social responsibility. The SGP describes sustainability in terms of product, process and envelope.
Product focuses on design, engineering and material management. We work with clients and suppliers to facilitate a more sustainable product cycle.
Process is all about the manufacturing steps employed to convert raw materials into the finished product including production of by-products with an environmental, health and safety impact. We are committed to reducing or eliminating waste wherever possible and to continuously evaluating and improving our processes.
Envelope refers to manufacturing support activities involving the facility, grounds, utilities and employees. All areas of our business are evaluated and targeted for improvement.
Stella Color is G7 Master Printer qualified.
The IDEAlliance G7 Master Qualification program identifies Printing Companies, Prepress Service Providers and Agencies who have been trained to use the G7 Proof-to-Print Process and can consistently produce proofs and/or print to the G7 Method.
The G7 method is a new approach to press and/or proofing color calibration. Based on the ISO 12647-2 printing standard, G7 departs from traditional calibration to achieve more consistent visual appearance in neutral gray tones. Our facility has calibrated its equipment and systems to G7 gray balance and neutral tone curves. The G7 Master Qualification Seal verifies that we use the most modern technology, techniques, proofing, press controls and standards required to produce a close visual match from proof to print.
The main innovation of G7 is the direct measurement of a combined CMY neutral gray scale, instead of separate CMY dot gain (TVI) scales. This allows the well-proven photographic principles of gray balance and exposure control to be applied to CMYK printing, ensuring a close visual match between printed images no matter where or how they are produced. G7 is the first device-independent definition of a constant grayscale appearance.
Why should you be interested in G7?
Typically a print-buy is either distributed geographically or distributed across different print types. So, for example, a buyer may want to purchase marketing collateral, packaging and signage with the same brand imagery. Clearly the substrate, gamut and other print characteristics will vary for the different print products. But if all the print products have the same gray balance and neutral tonality defined by G7, they will look remarkably alike to the human eye. Because buyers believe the similarity of the visual appearance across print products is critical, they now make G7 an important factor in their vendor choices and buying decisions.
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We’ve optimized the ability to work directly from your desktop to drop key files to our production server workflow. If you need assistance to make changes to files, Stella Color’s team of prepress technicians have a design background, and can offer tasteful alteration of file content, allowing you to focus on additional customer needs.
At Stella Color, expect helpful feedback during your project. We strive to address issues in the pre-engineering stage, allowing for a seamless flow between you and your customer.
• Apple Pro workstations
• Howtek drum scanner
• D50 viewing station
Stella Color adds new technology regularly, staying current with the options you need to pass on to your customers.
The Epson 11880® is the world's most advanced photographic wide-format printer over 60" available today. It has a higher level of ink droplet accuracy, it features an all-new MicroPiezo TFP (Thin Film Piezo) print head, and new ink repelling coating technology for reduced nozzle clogging (important when printing on fiberous materials such as watercolor paper). Combined with an astonishing resolution of 2880 x 1440 dpi, Epson has again raised the level of image quality available in the industry.
With an expanded color gamut and breakthrough 8-color ink system, no other ink set can reproduce the quality and photographic feel of Epson UltraChrome K3 inks. This improved ink set also exhibits virtually no metamerism or "bronzing" typical in older technology.
The 11880's Advanced Black and White Printing mode is another unique Epson screening and color management technology developed to produce darkroom-quality black and white (and black and white "toned") prints from either color or grayscale files. This unique software takes full advantage of the three-level black ink technology to produce professional black-and-white prints with no color crossover or color cast.
Ultrachrome inks are rated to resist fading up to 108 years for color prints and more than 200 years for black and white prints on specific Epson papers.
Océ Arizona 660 XT
The Océ Arizona® 660 XT UV flatbed printer is an extra large table model that prints on any reasonably flat surface for just about any application.
One of the most impressive features of the Arizona 660XT is Océ VariaDot™ imaging technology. "Variadot" enables a printhead to produce droplets in different sizes instead of a typical single large droplet. This means images always appear less grainy than those printed on a six colour, fixed dot printer - regardless of the resolution. Varying the droplet size to as little as 6 picolitres also produces sharper images with smoother gradients and quartertones. Conversely, the ability to create droplets up to 42 picolitres also produces dense, solid colours. The net result is near-photographic image quality with sharpness usually expected at resolutions of 1,440 dpi or higher.
This is all further enhanced by active pixel placement compensation; the flatbed table is literally mapped to determine system flatness, so pixel placement is actively adjusted to guarantee uniform, extra-sharp printing.
• Vutek QS3220 flatbed and roll-to-roll printer
126" wide; six color + white
• Canon Arizona 660XT flatbed printer; rigid substrates to 98.4" full bleed; six color + white
• HP Designjet L65500 printer; 104"; six color latex ink supply
• HP Designjet L26500 printer; 61" roll width; six color latex ink supply; up to 1200 dpi
• Epson 11880 64"; 9 color UltraChrome K3 inks; up to 2880 dpi: suitable for fine art reproduction
• Three Mimaki dye sublimation printers; 60", 72", 98"
• Konica Minolta 654 12" x 18" duplex printer; Simitri® HD toner
Stella Color Fabrics:
• Act II (Firesafe)
• Eco-Knit (Firesafe)
• Gaming Suede
• Gloss Knit
• Knit (Firesafe)
• Mesh Knit
• Poly Satin
• Poly Silk
• Tri Poly
• Ultra Sheer
How fabric dye-sublimation works
Inkjet dye-sublimation is a full color imaging process that uses a heat sensitive sublimation dye to print onto special inkjet paper, referred to as dye sub transfer. The dye-sub transfer sheet and fabric are faced together and run through a heat press at very high temperature and pressure. The pressure and heat convert the solid dyes in the transfer sheet into a gas, immediately dying the fabric. When the fabric is removed from the heat press, the temperature drops and the gas reverts back to a solid state. It has now become part of the fabric; you will feel no ink coating or layer - it can be washed and you would not see any changes.
Sublimation is always done with a polyester fabric, or one with a high polyester content. Why not cotton? Because natural fiber will scorch under the required heat needed to transfer the dyes. Additionally, the dye particles are designed to bond with polyester. This also makes images and graphics more vibrant, and will last longer than a cotton/polyester blend. Sublimation is typically done on white fabric. This is because the dye colors are transparent after sublimation and need a background to be visible. White is the ideal background since it does not add a bias to the colors.
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In addition to direct-to-substrate printing, Stella Color offers a complete line of services to bond and laminate materials to change the reflective quality or ensure integrity in high use areas. We have all the tools and expertise to fabricate and finish complex large format graphics – meeting the needs of customers from exhibit, corporate communications, environmental graphics, and many other industries. We’ve also added one of the fastest digital cutting tables, capable of cutting materials up to 3 inches in thickness, with a working surface of 80 x 120 inches.
• Orca 60" thermal laminator
• AGL 64" thermal laminator
• Seal 38" thermal laminator
• Neschen Accu-coat 1600 60" liquid laminator
• Complete sewing & grommeting capabilities
• Sawing, drilling, and fabrication tools
At Stella Color, we're not only about exhibit and display work. We work with a wide variety of customers that often require collation, packaging, and fulfillment of larger quantities with drop shipping anywhere. Our complete kitting and fulfillment area focuses on the ability to take complex distribution lists and break them down to similar kits – allowing the internal team to distribute a package that will be guaranteed to arrive undamaged.
As a certified installer, Stella Color serves a wide range of clientele from small businesses to hotels, university systems, school districts, hospitals, apartment complexes, condominiums, commercial developments, and government facilities. Our certified installers* are available for local and national projects and our association with the PDAA (Professional Decal Application Alliance) allows us to source qualified installers for our clients with multiple locations.
* PDAA MASTER Certified Installers have passed the PDAA's Master Proficiency Certification Tests, demonstrating proficiency in all types of vinyl installations including complex curves and vehicle wraps. The requirements for certification are unbiased and not tied to any specific product line or company.
Contact our installation department about your next project's logistics!
Hirabayashi installation 2017
Local or larger, many companies have chosen to work with Stella Color: