Excerpt: Here are the News and Developments on Digital Textile Printing across the World

Colorjet at GTTES : Highlights Vastrajet textile digital printer

COLORJET INDIA LTD, India's largest manufacturer of digital textile printing technologies, will be showcasing live demonstrations of its direct to fabric printer—the Vastrajet—at the Global Textile Technology and Engineering Show (GTTES) in Mumbai. In hall A, booth no. 2, Colorjet will also display two other printers—the Metro and Fabjet Grand.

“Vastrajet is a workhorse with over 100+ installations across the globe. For the production rate it delivers, it probably has the lowest carbon footprint and is ideally suitable for fashion apparel producers with its working width of up to 180 cm,” Colorjet said in a press release. On the other hand, the Metro is an excellent example of applying Indian originality to technology that anyone can purchase at an affordable cost. It is a high-production speed printer with lower energy and water consumption, making it a cutting-edge textile printer, the release added. The third printer—the Fabjet Grand—is especially targeted at the industrial home furnishings textile segment with its working width of up to 320 cm. It is particularly suitable for printing home décor products like curtains, bed covers, table covers, and sofa covers. The printer prints both on cotton and polyester-based fabrics and uses environmentally friendly aqueous based pigment, reactive or disperse inks. Colorjet designs, manufactures and integrates every component of its printers such as inks, printheads and the control system to ensure maximum quality, reliability and uptime combined with the lowest cost of ownership. Colorjet's centralised customer care, team of engineers and well-maintained inventory levels of consumables or spares, with an all-India presence, ensures 100 per cent customer satisfaction. While assiduously pursuing excellence in digital printing since 2004, the company maintains its No.1 position in India as per the latest IDC 2018 Q3 Super Wide Format report. Over 4,000 Colorjet printers are in operation around the world, across India, Middle East, Australia and Europe and the company keeps its presence strong, by exhibiting at various international platforms like ITMA Asia, DTG- Bangladesh, ITMA Barcelona, etc.

DuPont Advanced Printing highlights “The Color Of Things To Come” at ISS show

DUPONt Advanced Printing (DuPont) will highlight its innovative digital ink offerings for textile printing during the ISS show in Long Beach, California, from Jan. 18-20, 2019. As part of the show, the team will showcase its recently launched brand campaign “The Color of Things to Come,” including the new website for textile inks: Artistri digital inks combine DuPont proprietary dispersions, polymers and ink formulations resulting in highly innovative digital inks for inkjet printing. From the brightest and richest colors to custom formulations, Artistri provides color consistency across production runs and over time. With a 25-year history in technology and innovation, DuPont Artistri delivers a comprehensive portfolio of ink products to bring your colors to life. At the show, DuPont will showcase its DuPont Artistri Brite Direct to Garment (DTG) ink and pretreatment portfolio. This includes the recently launched Artistri Brite P5003 pretreatment for application onto dark colored cotton t-shirts that enable efficient and consistent printing combined with bright, wash resistant color prints. Artistri Brite P5010 is developed for use with white cotton and polyester shirts and both offer improved wash fastness, white ink setup productivity and excellent tunnel dry and heat press performance. DuPont also will feature pigment ink offerings for both DTG and roll-to-roll (RTR) printing, including a color expansion to the Artistri Brite P6000 series for mid-viscosity printheads adding red, orange and green. DuPont Artistri Xite RTR pigment ink offerings range from low to high viscosity for compatibility with all major printheads. Visitors to the booth will be able to view print samples showcasing different ink applications on various substrates. “We are excited about offering such a broad portfolio of pigment inks and pretreatments to our customers, allowing them to expand solutions to the more environmentally friendly digital printing for the textile market. Our recent Artistri Brite P6000 DTG ink set gamut expansion and a sneak peek at our newest dark polyester DTG offering are just two examples of our ongoing innovations to support this important and fast-growing market,” said Eric Beyeler, Global Marketing Manager – Digital Printing.

VersaSTUDIO BT-12 direct-to-garment printer from Roland

ROLAND, a manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and 3D devices, has launched the VersaSTUDIO BT-12 desktop direct-to-garment printer for printing directly on cotton-based products. Built for on-demand personalisation, the BT-12 is ideal for businesses looking for new revenue opportunities by offering an engaging in-store experience for the customers.

Courtesy: Roland

The BT-12 is an easy-to-use A4 size printer that allows printing directly on cotton substrates. You can print full colour graphics including photos, logos, and text on a variety of products, such as t-shirts, tote bags and interior decoration items. Its compact size and affordable pricing allow businesses to offer personalisation services with a low initial investment and in locations where space is limited, including shopping malls, kiosks, apparel stores, hotel gift shops and tourist destinations, or even at events, Roland said. When combined with cotodesign, an optional design and print management software recently announced, the BT-12 can become a complete design, order and print management solution to open new business opportunities and increase foot traffic at retail locations. Cotodesign also supports additional Roland DG devices allowing businesses to use it for a wide variety of applications and events. The BT-12 is affordably priced, allowing businesses to explore new opportunities with very low initial investment. Capable of producing a product from start to finish in as little as 10 minutes, the BT-12 is designed for ultimate ease of use and can be operated by virtually anyone with minimal training. Cassettes are used for holding the items for printing and finishing ensuring the safety of operators and customers. With dimensions of 399mm (W) x 760mm (D), the printer unit requires very little space. The optional finishing equipment has been designed to be stacked with the printer unit. This clever design dramatically reduces the installation space that is typically required for a traditional direct-to-garment printer and finishing unit combination allowing businesses to install the BT-12 in retail locations and event venues with very limited area. The BT-12 is bundled with easy-to-use Roland Design Software. With an intuitive user interface, anyone can create unique designs with minimal training. In addition to the BT-12, the optional cotodesign software also supports the VersaSTUDIO BN-20 printer/cutter, the VersaUV LEF Series UV LED printer, which is widely popular for the production of promotional and one-off personalised products, and the LD-80 digital foil printer. These solutions not only help to add value to merchandise, but also provide customers with a rewarding new shopping experience, which can help build store traffic as well as become a popular topic of conversation on social media.

New DTG and wide format printer ink released: DIS150 for Epson print heads

DIGITAL Ink Sciences has recently announced their newest ink formulation for direct to garment (dtg) printers and wide format textile printers. DIS-150 is a breakthrough mid-viscosity ink formulation designed specifically for DX5 and DX7 Epson print heads. The company focuses on solving the most common and most costly problems of the printing business. That means developing inks which print the best colors, have the lowest maintenance and the shortest cure times of any aqueous textile ink. Grant French, Business Development Manager for Digital Ink Sciences, said: “The DIS150 ink set is surpassing our highest expectations. We're getting better colors, deeper blacks, and the custom ink formulation is reducing maintenance on the print heads.” Current Models Supported with DIS150: Epson DX5 and Epson DX7 The DIS-150 inks were specifically designed to decrease start-up time for larger shops. The ink is also uniquely suited for Epson DX series print heads because it is manufactured with a unique Hot Start Technology. With the new ink set, you drastically reduce the need for start-of-day nozzle checks and maintenance. That means a decrease in time required to create your first print from a cold start. The lower maintenance required when using DIS-150 inks leads to time and money saved. The ink set also requires fewer head cleanings and flushes, which means operators can keep the machines running longer. This allows more shirts to be printed in the same amount of time, thus making more money. DIS inks are also compatible with both heat press and tunnel dryers for curing. The 150 series also boasts some of the Shortest Cure Times in the business. Reduced cure times increase bottom line profits on every print, not just at the beginning or end of a shift. These gains all stem from what the company calls the “Perfect Drop,” which means more of the ink lands on the shirt and less gets dispersed into the air. That's less wasted ink and less overspray on internal components. Additional Benefits are:Ink Stability; Better “Jetability”; CMWK and Ultra White; Maintains Nozzle Integrity; Hot Start Technology; Lower Maintenance; Shortest Cure Times; Heat Press or Tunnel Dry; Incredible Blacks; 11% Wider Color Gamut; Great Wash-ability; Print Durability; Soft Hand; Matching Pre-Treatments; Stretch-ability / Elasticity and Flexibility Optimizing drop shape and size also helps the printer hit the same spot over and over again, which means the resolution can be lowered to print faster without compromising print quality.

CMYUK to build new digital textiles development facility

CMYUK is to construct a new digital textiles development facility to make the most of a “significant growth area”. The wide-format distributor will expand the floorspace of its Shrewsbury base by an additional 50% to make room for the facility. It will be used as a demo centre for its expanding textile machinery portfolio, as well as making use of the machines onsite to test possibilities in new textile substrates and their interaction with machinery. Construction is set to begin next month and be completed by the summer. The extension will be headed up by Brett Platt, who was appointed as CMYUK's new digital textiles division manager after leaving Mimaki distributor Hybrid Services. He said: “Everyone at CMYUK feels like textiles are a significant growth area at the moment. We have been selling a lot to the soft signage and display market but we would also like to see those sorts of businesses look sideways to see how they can enhance their offering. “We want to use the new facility to grow our offering by eventually bringing in new machines that reach from the industrial standards to entry-level, building a good cross-section in the sector. “By testing fabrics and substrates on the machines, from polyester to natural fabrics like cotton, linen, velvet and silk, we will be able to advise on what machines in what settings go best with which textiles and hopefully develop our clients' businesses further that way.”

Brett Platt

CMYUK's textiles hardware portfolio currently includes EFI's Vutek FabriVu dye-sublimation printers, which the business became the sole UK and Ireland distributor for last year, and a raft of Mimaki devices. It is looking to expand with further prospects including the tech developed by EFI Reggiani and Mimaki machines such as the new TS55 paper sublimator. Using a wide range of sublimators and textile machines, including heat presses, a range of new fabrics are hoped to be brought to market by testing them in the facility's R&D wing. The reseller will also be working with chemical companies to develop and prove coatings for its expanding range of natural fabrics to improve the quality of clients' colour and fixation when printing directly. The Shrewsbury demo centre currently houses anywhere up to 20 members of staff when its roaming sales team is onsite.CMYUK, which has its head office in Woodley, Berkshire, UK will also be partnering with designers and production companies to showcase solutions for textile market sectors including contemporary wall and ceiling systems, décor and fashion, as well as hosting innovation days for customers within the business and educational sectors.

Kornit Digital launches the Atlas, super-industrial, next-generation direct-to-garment printing platform

KORNIT DIGITAL, a global supplier of digital textile printing innovation, has announced the introduction of the Kornit Atlas. Following the success of Kornit's Storm HD6 and Avalanche HD6/HDK, the Atlas is the first instance of the company's next-generation direct-to-garment printing platform, providing garment decorators and screen printers a unique tool for mastering the current and future challenges of the textile supply chain. The Kornit Atlas is a heavy-duty system created for super-industrial garment decoration businesses. It was designed to deliver a typical annual production capacity of up to 350,000 impressions, optimizing production efficiency and cost of ownership. The Kornit Atlas is aimed at highly productive garment decorators, mid to large size screen printers and innovative businesses looking to combine state-of-the art technology with lowest cost of ownership. The system is equipped with new recirculating print heads and comes with a newly developed ink, NeoPigment Eco-Rapid. The Kornit Atlas is equipped with a unique printing engine, featuring an enhanced version of Kornit's HD technology, complemented by a professional RIP (raster image processing) software solution, and produces prints that meet the highest standards of retail quality and durability. The all-new Atlas comes ready for Kornit's future releases of its cloud-based business intelligence, productivity analytics and optimization software platforms, scheduled to be released in the second half of 2019. It will allow for easy future network connectivity required to support fleet management and optimization of global multi-systems and multi-site enterprises.

Omer Kulka, Kornit's vice president of Marketing and Product Strategy, commented, “This is a huge leap forward, not only for Kornit, but also for the direct-to-garment industry as a whole. We have delivered the Atlas on the collective feedback of thousands of Kornit systems' operators and on the experience collected from hundreds of millions of printed garments — simply put, the Atlas is the best and most cost-efficient direct-to-garment printing technology for high-quantity and high-quality production requirements. On top of that, the Atlas has been designed in a modular and future-ready way, driving quick and easy implementation of new developments in the future. At Kornit, we remain focused on constantly introducing technology that allows the industry's leading brands to better connect with their customers and to adapt to the rapid changes in consumer preferences, impacting the fashion and apparel industry and is driven by the talent in our global research and development division.” The new NeoPigment Eco-Rapid ink is a main driver of the Atlas' retail quality prints. It provides an industry-leading white ink opacity, matched to those of conventional screen inks, and meets highest durability standards on multiple fabric types. Its increased color gamut and saturation allow for deep full tones and precise spot color matching. The new ink has been developed with sustainability in mind, carries the Oeko-Tex Eco-Passport certification and is GOTS pre-approved. The new Eco-Rapid ink will be integrated with new Storm HD6 and Avalanche HD6/HDK systems and will also be retrofitted to existing Kornit HD systems. Kornit intends to switch all existing HD customers to NeoPigment Eco-Rapid during the year 2019. The launch of the Atlas completes an extensive period of beta testing, with extremely positive feedback from early adopters. Deborah H. Merrill, president of the Delta Group, parent company of DTG2Go, commented, “Many of the Kornit Atlas' innovative capabilities, including the wrinkle detection and pallet ergonomics, present clear productivity benefits. The new Eco-Rapid ink provides impressive brilliance and color gamut, meeting all wash test standards with no discernible scent. We are glad we had the opportunity to beta-test the Kornit Atlas and are certain it will become a key component within DTG2Go's production line.” Jon Lunt, co-founder and director at T Shirt & Sons, added, “Using the Atlas, T Shirt and Sons achieved a significant boost in garment decoration production through the peak holiday season. In several weeks of rigorous testing in a high-volume production environment, the Kornit Atlas — with its new Eco-Rapid ink set — was a revelation, doubling our output with very high-quality prints and the reliability this high-pressure season demanded.” The system can be viewed in live demonstrations at Kornit Digital's booth at the ISS Long Beach show, taking place January 18-20, 2019, and in all of Kornit's experience demo centers around the globe shortly after, as well as at Fespa Munich from May 14-17, 2019 and ITMA Barcelona, June 20-26, 2019. In addition, the company is planning Open House events to demonstrate the new systems in April in its regional subsidiaries.

Kornit bags silver at Hong Kong Digital Printing Award

KORNIT DIGITAL has announced that the company bagged a silver at the Hong Kong Digital Printing Award 2018 (Special Material Category) bestowed by the Hong Kong Digital Printing Association. The award was presented for the colour vibrancy and print quality of a neon neck pillow printed on the Kornit Allegro using the unique NeoPigment Intenso neon inks.

The print job on the polyester neck pillow was produced on one of Kornit's most innovative printing system solution. The Kornit Allegro is a single-step, waterless printing system solution equipped with NeoPigment Intenso neon inks. These inks, which are the only pigment-based Neon inks in the digital textile printing industry, can be used in several print modes, for example to replace process colours or to extend the colour gamut of a printed design. The NeoPigment Intenso neon inks open open-up a wide array of new applications, allowing Allegro users to tap into new market segments and to increase system solution utilisation, for example in fashion, sportswear, and children's costumes, the company said in a press release. An important feature involved in printing the winning sample was the adjustable head height mechanism of the Allegro: users can easily adjust the system's print heads to accommodate the thickness of the printing substrate and produce high- quality, sharp, and saturated prints on the delicate substrates. The Kornit Allegro roll-to-roll digital textile printing system solution demonstrates its unparalleled flexibility as the only stand-alone, one step, no-pretreatment, digital printing solution. In fact, the Allegro can produce a finished fabric from the digital file in less than seven minutes. Kornit's NeoPigment printing process works on both natural and synthetic fabrics. Unlike typical digital technologies, the Allegro offers an innovative solution that eliminates the need for multiple steps of pre-press and post-press treatments. Kornit's technology is leading in sustainability with a 100 per cent waterless process utilised in all the company's printing system solutions. All the latest developments are geared towards making digital textile printing more competitive, profitable and straightforward. That way, Kornit gives garment decorators, textile producers and web-to-print players the tools that they need in today's demanding markets. The Hong Kong Digital Printing Association introduced the awards programme in 2003 to spotlight the innovative technologies, products, and systems emerging in the digital printing industry. The Hong Kong Digital Printing Award 2018 recognises the best print works produced within the year, and this prestigious award ceremony honours the most esteemed digital printing vendors and promotes excellence across the plethora of digital printing services and solutions.

SPGPrints promotes digital textile printing at Colombiatex 2017

SPGPRINTS will present the superior quality, productivity and cost-reducing capabilities of its comprehensive inkjet printing solutions for textiles at Colombiatex de las Américas 2017, 24-26 January (booth 868, Plaza Mayor Medellín Convenciones y Exposiciones, Medellín, Colombia). The company will also highlight its rotary screen technologies including digital imaging systems and nickel screens at the exhibition. SPGPrints' digital textile offering covers every step in the workflow. This includes printing systems, inks and a global support network providing technical support and consultancy. SPGPrints' PIKE single-pass printer and JAVELIN scanning printer set the standard for digital textile printing, and can be used with a variety of inks and dryer configurations to suit individual businesses. The PIKE is a full-production machine that is already economically attractive at three to four million metres per year, with a potential capacity of more than 10 million meters per year. The JAVELIN, which received its first Latin American showing at Febratex 2016, has a potential productivity of up to two million metres per year, and is designed for companies that might be taking their first step into digital, or that wish to add digital capability. Besides the standard width of 1.85m, JAVELIN is also available in a 3.2m printing width to cater for the home furnishing market. Both printers use SPGPrints' Archer technology, a universal inkjet platform designed to evolve with the developing print head technology. This means that an investment in PIKE of JAVELIN will last for years, and can be retrofitted with newer print heads once available. Currently, both PIKE and JAVELIN are equipped with Fujifilm Dimatix Samba print heads to produce sharp lines, precise geometrics, smooth gradations and solid blotches, by firing variable drops (2pL to 10pL) to achieve the perfect image. Print heads are 4mm from the substrate so risk of damage to them is minimized. Additionally, a wide range of fabrics may be printed. Understanding the economics of digital printing is an important part of the readiness of a company to move into digital, but those companies that have understood it, are already taking leadership positions. “A proof of this is that amid the economic and political challenges in Latin America, the digital textile market continues to grow – and at a fast pace” said Jorgen Lindahl, senior areas sales manager (digital textiles) at SPGPrints. “As printers have been increasingly adopting digital technology as they and their customers, especially in the fast-fashion sector, realised the enormous potential for supply-chain cost reductions, and lower risk.” “With digital, you are not printing garments to sell, but ones that have already been sold,” Lindahl continues. “Printing on-demand also means that companies can carry less stock, warehousing costs are dramatically cut, and there are much faster times-to market. All these things reduce risk – which makes working with a printer with digital capabilities more attractive. While these benefits are ideal for fast-fashion houses, similar benefits are enjoyed at the higher end of the market with easier and more affordable production of shorter runs and limited editions.”

Specially formulated digital inks with superior density and colour gamut

SPGPRINTS develops and manufactures its own inks at its ink plant in Boxmeer, the Netherlands. Offering the widest colour gamut, and superior density, the digital inks range continues to expand in response to market demands, and are specially formulated for consistency, runnability, reliability and trouble-free use. SPGPrints' PIKE and JAVELIN inks are designed for the unique conditions of these printers. In addition, the company offers a full range of NEBULA inks, specially formulated for any printing equipment using Kyocera print heads. The SPGPrints NEBULA Sublimation ink set combines bright, sparkling colours with the deepest black available in the market. These inks are ideal for printing with polyesters. The sublimation inks add to the Nebula range that includes NEBULA Direct Disperse inks, NEBULA Reactive HD inks, and the new NEBULA Acid HD inks. NEBULA Acid HD inks meet all industry standards for colour and water-fastness, and the specifications for all major swimwear manufacturers. Screen solutions for improved performance SPGPrints continues to develop solutions for screen printers to enable them to streamline their workflows while printing textiles of unparalleled quality. In the pre-printing stage, SPGPrints' digital laser technologies for imaging screens have proven to deliver advances in resolution and image sharpness, repeatable results, faster production and reduced operational costs. Direct laser engraving is a single-step, dry process that eliminates costly consumables such as film, ink or chemicals, and time-consuming processes like exposing and washing. With minimal process steps, the chance of human error is greatly reduced. For wet-process screen imaging workflows, SPGPrints offers laser exposing systems. These use exclusive multi-beam diode technology, which combines long lifetime, high productivity and resolutions of up to 2540dpi. The entire workflow remains the same as other exposure technologies such as film or ink-masking. SPGPrints' electroformed seamless nickel screens are renowned for their strength, durability, stability at high print speeds, and the potential for high mesh-counts. Manufactured in Brazil, fast deliveries are assured. SPGPrints NovaScreen screens offer the optimum in print quality and productivity for printing all kinds of fabrics, ranging from cotton, polyester and viscose, to silk, rayon and heavy materials like car upholstery. The high mesh count with streamlined bridges between specially shaped holes maximises paste transfer. The most recent addition to the NovaScreen programme, Mesh 245, features an exceptionally high mesh count, allowing exceptionally smooth tonal degradations, fine linework and smaller dots, thereby widening the scope for creativity in geometric pattern and shirting design. “SPGPrints has long supported the Latin American market through SPGPrints Brazil, its sales and support facility in Piracicaba,” Lindahl concluded. “Whether for digital printers, inks or screen solutions, we see this as a key market for us, and look forward to working with companies and brands here to introduce our latest technologies and continue the tradition of quality and innovation that we have found in Latin America.”

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