The Italian company NoeCha has shown off its new inkjet textile printer, the NoeCha Roll2 Sublimation at the Fespa show, here in Berlin.
It’s a roll to roll system, designed for printing to sublimation transfer paper and aimed firmly at the fashion and textile industry, particularly sportswear. It takes rolls up to 1.8m wide and prints at 850 linear metres per hour or about 14mpm.
Not surprisingly, NoeCha has taken the same modular approach to its design as with the existing NoeCha 1. Thus customers have a lot of options in the configuration of the printer. It can take up to eight colours, and there can up to five printheads per colour. It’s a fairly solid design, which it should be given that the print carriage has to support up to 30 heads.
The machine at the show has already been sold to a company in Northern Italy, and will be installed there directly after the show.
NoeCha intends the Roll 2 to be a series of printers, and has announced two other variants. The Roll2 Textile is meant for direct printing on textile with a choice of different inks that can be used with various substrates, including disperse, acid, reactive and pigmented inks. There’s also the Roll2 for Blueback paper and folding carton, which can be used with UV or water based inks.
Marco Baio, founder and CEO of NoeCha, commented: “With the release of the ROLL2 series, NoeCha is extending and diversifying drastically its product portfolio which is giving us an important place on the high-end inkjet printing market. This revolutionary printing system will allow NoeCha to enter not only the growing market of textiles for the fashion industry, but also for interior decoration, packaging and signage applications.”
It’s an ambitious aim but Baio, who was previously managing director of Nur Europe, has a good track record. The company is backed by several venture capital funds including 035 Investimenti, as well as Itema SpA, which makes advanced weaving solutions.
NoeCha also demonstrated its NoeCha1, which was launched at Fespa 2015 and is a UV LED printer offering native resolution of 600 × 600 dpi in a single pass with variable drop sizes from 3 to 14 picolitres. It takes boards up to 3.2 x 2m and is mainly used in the folding and corrugated cardboard markets, where it can produce up to 487 sqm/hr.