Kornit broadens textile colour gamut

11th March 2014

Kornit Digital has released its Avalanche Hexa six-colour system to the European market with machines already sold to Germany, France and Portugal.

This can print direct to multiple fabric types and claims 30% more gamut than other textile printers thanks to having red and green alongside CMYK inks as well as white.

Kornit Digital partnered with top fashion printers throughout Europe, including Blur Impressao Digital Textil of Barcelos, Portugal, during the beta testing phase of the Avalanche Hexa. “The extended colour range of the Avalanche Hexa sparks our creativity,” says Mariano Dias, owner of Blur. “It helps us produce really outstanding prints. It is not only the brilliant reds and greens that we get; the Avalanche Hexa produces smooth and saturated colour all over the colour range. Plus, the speed of the system is really amazing.”

The printer uses 20 Dimatix Spectra Polaris print-heads, renowned for their rugged and accurate performance, with 256 nozzles each, optimising production across the overall print area of 60 x 90cm (23.5 x 35 inches). Additionally, this printer includes an integrated humidity system, battery back-up and automatic maintenance procedures for reliability and ink saving efficiencies.

It uses a NeoPigment process that delivers intense colours and long term durability without needing any pre-treatment. The inks are formulated for several different types of material and meets rigorous environmental regulations, including OekoTex 100 standard and GOTS V3.0.


Mutoh updates ValueJet 1638 LFP

19th February 2014

Mutoh has updated its 165cm-wide ValueJet large format printers with the launch of the X-series. The new ValueJet 1638X is targeted at long term outdoor and indoor sign & display applications and can be configured with Mutoh Eco Ultra inks as well as Universal Mild Solvent (UMS) inks.  

There’s a textile version, the 1638WX, which uses Mutoh’s new DS2 series dye sublimation inks, said to offer a wide colour gamut with bright and vibrant colours as well as comfortable light, washing and perspiration fastness properties.

The main improvement is a new 64-bit RISC mainboard that allows for faster data communication and data processing. Thus the ValueJet 1638X’s production print speeds start at 10 m²/h at 1080 x 1440 dpi and go up to 15, 20, 29 and 36 m²/h, the latter still at 720×720 dpi.  The ValueJet 1638WX dye sub model offers production speeds of 11 m²/h at 1080 x 1080 dpi, 25, 42, 50 and 65 m²/h, the latter at 360x360dpi.

The printers also use updated micropiezo heads, with two mounted in a staggered configuration. The area over which the printers actively spread the ink dots covers nearly 2 inches, which allows increased print speeds with preservation of image quality. Depending on the Mutoh ink used, the ValueJet 1638X produces droplets from 3.5 picolitres up to 35 picolitres, or from 5.9 up to 45.3 picolitres for the VJ-1638WX.


Mimaki launches new textile printer

25th October 2013

Mimaki has launched a new textile printer, the Tx500-1800B, a variation on the existing Tx500-1800A. The new model includes a specially designed conveyor belt that feeds fabric without tension, enabling high quality printing on elastic materials, even with unattended operation. Print speeds are said to be 1.6 times faster than conventional Mimaki textile printing products at 60m2/ hour at a resolution of 600×450 dpi.
There are several inks available for handling different materials, including reactive dye ink (Rc300), sublimation dye ink (Sb300), acid dye ink and pigment ink. Acid dye and pigment inks will be available in the near future and all the ink is available in 2-litre ink bottles for reduced ink costs.
Mike Horsten, marketing manager for Mimaki Europe says that this new model will drive greater adoption of digital printing in the textile and apparel markets, adding: “Fashion designers and others in the industry will be able to produce vibrant small lot products on unique materials that were not readily available for digital printing in the past. This includes cotton, silk, hemp and rayon, all popular fabrics in the world of fashion design. Our dedication to eco-friendly printing is also demonstrated with this new textile printer, which uses less ink and water and results in less waste than other printing methods.”

Hollanders upgrades printheads

1st June 2013

Hollanders Printing Systems will use the Seiko 508GS print-head with nozzle guard in all of its future ColorBooster XL installations, following a test earlier this year. This new head features a stainless steel cap to protect the anti-wetting layer of the nozzle plate from deterioration during operation and cleaning cycles. The new heads will also be an option for existing customers.
Hollanders has also introduced a capping station that includes a nozzle plate cleaning system with fluid flush and soft wipers for its ColorBooster XL 320 systems which should extend the life cycle of these machines. This will be added to existing systems and will allow for an extension of the warranty.