Advantages of Custom Sublimated Patches

Many people already know that EnMart sells blank patches and that those patches can, among other things, be sublimated, but some people may not be aware that EnMart also sells custom sublimated patches.   These patches are the exact same patches that you would buy as blanks and sublimate yourself,  except instead of you doing the sublimation,  we do it for you.

If, of course,  you want to sublimate your own patches,  we’ll be happy to sell you the blank patches,  and the printer, ink and paper with which you can do just that.    For those who may not have a sublimation system, however,  or who may not wish to sublimate their own patches,  EnMart can take the necessary artwork and create sublimated patches here in our facility.

There are some advantages to buying custom sublimated patches from EnMart:

Advantage 1:  We have a lot of experience with sublimation and with patches – EnMart’s parent company was created to sell emblems to industrial laundries.  Ensign Emblem was also instrumental in bringing inkjet sublimation to those same laundries.  We’ve been sublimating patches for a number of years,  and we’ve gotten very good at the process.

Advantage 2:  Sublimation allows use of complicated artwork – If artwork can be printed, it can be sublimated.   If your customer has a logo or a piece of artwork that has a lot of colors or a complicated design,  embroidery might not be an option.  Sublimation, however,  can handle complicated designs with ease.

Advantage 3:  You’re not limited to a standard rectangle –  EnMart offers patches in a variety of shapes and sizes.  Although the custom sublimated patches listed on our site are limited to the most popular sizes,  we do have a wide variety of sizes available.  If you need a special size or shape sublimated,  we can help.

Advantage 4:  EnMart’s custom sublimated patches are durable – Our custom sublimated patches are created to withstand and industrial wash and dry, so they’re sure to hold up under an ordinary laundry cycle.

If you would like to see a sample of a blank patch, or like a sample to wash test,  contact us.  We’d be glad to send you a sample sublimated patch.

Ensign Emblem and Sublimation

In Monday’s post,  I promised that I would cover a bit of the history of EnMart’s parent company, Ensign Emblem, and sublimation some time this week.    As a general rule, EnMart and Ensign tend to stand as pretty separate entities.  One, of course,  owns the other,  but we deal with different markets and some different products and so most of the time there isn’t much reason to mention one company when speaking about the other. When it comes to sublimation, however,  the history of Ensign Emblem directly impacts EnMart.    The advice that EnMart dispenses on a daily basis,  and the sublimation products we sell are strongly influenced by what Ensign Emblem has learned about sublimation over the years.  Given that,  a little explanation of how we got to this place is probably in order.

The history of Ensign Emblem the company begins in 1974 when the company was founded.  The history of Ensign Emblem and sublimation begins in the early 90’s.   Ensign started sublimating back when sublimation was still done with thermal ribbons.  Apparently we used Seiko printers and created a lot of custom sublimated emblems using this method.

The next step in the story comes when we ventured into inkjet sublimation.  Ensign was the first company to bring inkjet sublimation to industrial laundries with our Merlin system.   Ensign also played a part in inspiring a more durable sublimation ink.  As with anything else created for industrial laundries,  the sublimation ink had to hold up under intense conditions.  An industrial wash and dry is not a gentle process,  and eventually, a sublimation ink was developed that could withstand that process.

After the Merlin program was developed,  Ensign began installing the systems in industrial laundries across the country.  The Merlin system also required the development of special tools,  like registration boards,  and software that was designed specifically for the commercial uniform rental and laundry industry.    Ensign’s technicians create each Merlin system from the ground up and have years of experience in installing the systems and working with the sublimation process.

When EnMart was created,  sublimation was not initially part of the company,  which then focused solely on embroidery supplies.  As time went on, however,  we realized that we had a wealth of experience, knowledge and information about sublimation,  and it only made sense to begin offering the benefit of what we knew to our EnMart customers.    Because of our experiences with the Merlin systems,  we knew about paper and sublimation inks and printers,  and we were confident in recommending what we felt were the best supplies and components because we’d tested those supplies and components for use with the Merlin system.

Our long history with sublimation means that when you purchase your inks, papers or printers from EnMart you’re purchasing from someone who has experience with these products and who knows what works and what doesn’t work.   Our technicians are happy to assist should you have questions or problems,  and we’re also happy to offer assistance and advice if you’re not sure what sort of system you need.   Ensign Emblem’s participation in the evolution of sublimation has worked to make EnMart a terrific  resource when it comes to sublimation printing.

Knowledge = Power (and a Good Supplier)

Those of you who read this blog on a regular basis know that I often talk about the fact that EnMart’s parent company, Ensign Emblem,  was instrumental in bringing inkjet sublimation to industrial laundries.    In fact,  Ensign has been involved with sublimation in some form since the early 1990’s.    Later this week, I will be writing a post about Ensign’s history with sublimation, but today I wanted to talk about why that history matters and what it means for EnMart customers today.

First of all, for those who are not aware,  EnMart is part of the Ensign Group,  which was created by Ensign Emblem.   The Ensign Group was formed so that Ensign Emblem could create subsidiary companies and bring quality products and the benefits of the knowledge Ensign had accumulated to new markets.   EnMart is the first company in the Ensign Group and sells machine embroidery and sublimation supplies.

When EnMart was created,  it automatically had access to all the knowledge Ensign Emblem had accumulated over the years.    We could speak knowledgeably about the best paper for sublimation because we’d tested many types of paper until we found what we felt was the best.    EnMart’s sublimation experts could give advice on sublimation ink because we’ve worked with Sawgrass for years and had seen the development of sublimation ink.  We know how to get the best sublimation prints possible because we’ve created tons of sublimated emblems, and we’ve developed systems that allow Ensign’s industrial laundry customers to do the same.

In the end,  what all this means is that EnMart customers have access to a large database of sublimation knowledge.  Whether it’s a consultation about  which printer or heat press to buy,   or tips on how to get the most from your sublimation ink,  or advice that helps you figure out a problem,  we’re very likely to have the knowledge you need.  Best of all, becoming an EnMart customer gives you access to that knowledge, any time you need it,  every time you need it.