Kornit will introduce a new Storm HD6 garment printer at next week’s Fespa show, effectively updating the Storm platform with the HD technology.
We’ve already seen the HD printing, which was originally developed for Kornit’s Vulcan system and was also added to the Avalanche series earlier this year. Essentially the HD technology is a combination of Kornit’s NeoPigment Rapid ink plus smaller drop sizes. The ink itself can be used with the existing Storm printers.
Kornit claims that the NeoPigment Rapid ink offers an improved gamut for spot and brand color matching, increased opacity and saturation of the white ink, as well as improved hand feel. There are 4l bulk ink containers for use with the Avalanche and Storm HD6 as well as the Avalanche HDK printers.
In addition, the smaller drop sizes used by the new HD6 model leads to significant reductions in ink consumption and cost per print – roughly 30% for the Storm HD6 when compared to the Storm Hexa. Kornit believes that this will make it attractive to screen printers and digital printers for print runs between one and 500 copies.
The Storm HD6 comes with a RIP from ColorGate that’s said to give advanced colour management and screening capabilities, improved white base creation and pre-defined color libraries for colour matching.
The Storm platform is an industrial direct to garment printer aimed at the mid-production market. It has six colour channels (CMYK, Red, Green) plus white and Kornit says that it can easily reproduce the true colors of licensed sports teams and accurately match corporate logos. The NeoPigment inks meet most environmental regulations, including Oeko-Tex Standard 100 and GOTS V5 pre-approval.
The Storm HD6 can be seen at Fespa but won’t be available until at least October of this year.
Kornit will also show off its Allegro printer with neon inks and a complete production demonstration that includes a sewing machine and Zund cutting table, as well as an Avalanche HD machine connected to a web-to-print ordering workflow.
Omer Kulka, Kornit’s vice president of Marketing and Product Strategy, commented: “All our developments are geared towards making digital textile printing more competitive, profitable and straightforward. That way, we are giving garment decorators, textile producers and web-to-print players the tools that are required in today’s demanding markets. And the best thing is, at Fespa we are going to show them in a workflow setup which is representative of today’s actual production facilities.”