Imagine the Possibilities with Fabric Printing
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McRae Imaging of Ontario...
Sep 30, 2012

McRae Imaging's use of the direct-to-fabric Jeti 3324 AquaJet from Agfa Graphics helps it dominate the digital fabric printing market from its headquarters in Ontario, Canada.

McRae Imaging is one of the world's leading textile printed graphics and custom structures businesses. McRae's 50,000-square-foot facility in Mississauga offers the latest in digital dye-sublimation and inkjet printing equipment, with an in-house finishing department and a state-of-the-art metal fabrication shop.

The Jeti 3324 AquaJet inkjet printing system is essential for McRae to print banners, flags, table drapes, fabric murals and more. Fabric offers a versatility that other media do not and is being used more and more frequently to replace traditional vinyl printed graphics. 

"Digital fabric printing has come a long way since the late 90s, when traditional photofinishing was being over-taken by digital technology, and has achieved world renowned HD photographic image quality today. It has forever changed the tradeshow exhibit landscape," from Bob Murray, Chairman, McRae Imaging. "Fabric structures are now grand splashes of color on the show floor and they're known for allowing the designer's imagination to expand more than ever before." 
Agfa Graphics' booth at Sign Expo 2012 is a great example of the capability of the Jeti 3324 AquaJet. The large eye-catching overhead graphics and the Application Zone structures were produced by McRae on their new Aquajet.

The six-color Jeti 3324 AquaJet is an aqueous-based textile printer and features the latest generation disperse inks to produce output onto any polyester-based fabric. The Jeti 3324 AquaJet provides McRae the additional versatility to print on additional fabrics and specialty applications. McRae saves time and money, as the Jeti 3324 AquaJet prints direct to fabric, eliminating the more traditional transfer process of other fabric printing systems.

"The growing level of interest we have seen in fabric graphics over the past few years has shown that more and more output providers are considering fabric printing as a product they can offer their clients," said Deborah Hutcheson, director of Marketing, Agfa Graphics, North America. "Many exhibit and retail designers are now using fabric as a key component of their display portfolio”.

Fire Damages McRae Imaging Production Facility
Aug 31, 2012

Like the mythical Phoenix that rises from the ashes—renewed and reborn; McRae rebuilt from the fire that devastated much of our production facilities, now stronger and more robust than ever. An overnight fire within our print production facility decimated almost all of the print production equipment, including printing, heat setting, sewing and other equipment and materials. The business offices were temporarily unusable, contaminated with foul air and water.

Our disaster recovery plans kicked into action immediately that day. We were located and up and running in temporary offices in an adjacent building within 48 hours with access to phones, internet and our computerized systems and technologies. We mobilized our emergency plan for utilization of colleagues in the industry (to whom we are very thankful) for printing and transfer of the most urgent requirements. We transferred our sewing, finishing and fabrication production temporarily to an adjacent building. We mobilized a specialty team to restore and return our print production facilities to proper working condition, including purchasing and air freighting several new state of the industry printers and heat setting equipment.  Within 4 weeks we had returned to full print production capacity in our own facility.

“If one of the keys to a successful company is sometimes dealing with and overcoming adversity, then we are a very successful business” said Bob Murray, Chairman, McRae Imaging, who continued “our people always make the difference with their commitment and passion and truly amazed me with their resolve to gets us back up and running and to ensure we met every client deliverable”.
Recovering from the fire we almost doubled our business and production facilities as we signed a long term lease for the temporary space we had utilized during this time. We added additional new equipment that has increased our printing capacity to over 50 million square feet per year. We are one of the largest digital fabric printers in the world; bigger, better and faster than ever.