Kornit introduces smart curing

Kornit has introduced two new options for its Atlas Max range of direct to garment printers, including a new approach to curing the prints from the water-based pigment inks.

Smart Curing is an intelligent and adaptive solution significantly streamlining curing processes based on field-proven solutions from the acquisition last year of the German company Tesoma. Kornit’s CEO Ronen Samuel said at the time that this would lead to new integration concepts and this new system appears to make good on that prediction.

The idea is to sync production and finishing for an end-to-end process that reduces the energy consumption. This has led to the introduction of two new curing units: Orion, which is designed for mid-level production with a single printer; and Titan for higher-capacity volumes of up to three Atlas Max printers. 

These new units should be available later this year in Q3. The dryers themselves will work with any printer but the advantages of the smart curing only works with the Atlas Max printers as these are the only models with the necessary connectivity. However, it seems inevitable that Kornit will add this feature to future printer models.

The second of these new features is Rapid SizeShifter, which is offered as a chargeable option. This is an adjustable pallet that can quickly change its size and shape to handle different application requirements from t-shirts with or without neck tags and hoodies to children’s apparel. It allows for on-the-fly adjustments, addressing demand changes in seconds. This is said to reduce the downtime associated with pallet changes and streamlining production for accelerated time-to-market. Kornit is planning to introduce this Rapid Size Shifter option for other printers in its range in the future. But for now it will only be available on the Atlas Max, starting from the end of Q2 this year.

Chris Govier, President EMEA at Kornit Digital, stated: “These new solutions come at a critical time for the EMEA market and are designed to specifically address emerging customer requirements across the region – streamlining production processes, improving time-to-market, and offering more diverse applications while answering environmental imperatives.”

He added: “With Smart Curing, we’re rounding out our end-to-end solutions, while enabling customers to globally mitigate energy waste and reduce operating costs. Rapid SizeShifter further advances ease-of-use and productivity for Atlas Max users by enabling print size changeover in seconds while increasing application versatility. We’re very excited to showcase these new automation and connectivity benefits based on accelerated customer demand across the region – enabling them to experience how end-to-end, intelligent digital production can transform and grow their business.”

You can find further information on Kornit’s range of textile printers from Kornit.com.


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