Textile
Mimaki USA, a manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, in October announced the next-generation TX300P-1800 MkII printer designed to double the opportunities for business growth with dual-media and dual-ink support.
Last week at Printing United in Dallas, Texas, Epson introduced five new products – three new SureColor F-Series dye-sublimation printers (including a model with fluorescent ink and Epson’s first 24-inch desktop model) and two new SureColor S-Series solvent printers with a bulk ink system.
Roland DGA describes the new Texart RT-640M as an intelligent multi-function dye-sublimation printer that gives users the freedom to print directly onto coated polyester fabrics, or to sublimation transfer paper, using the same specially-formulated Texart SBL3 sublimation inks.
A new Vastex International LittleRed X3D-78 infrared conveyor dryer with a 2-metre wide conveyor belt can cure 185 garments/h DTG printed with digital white ink, 1080/h screen printed with plastisol ink, and 555/h screen printed with water-based ink or discharge.
Today at FESPA 2019, HP introduced HP Stitch S1000, a superwide dye-sub production printer for interior décor and soft signage that aims to enable fast speeds, high uptime and unattended shifts.
HP has announced the new HP Stitch S Printer series, a portfolio of digital printers designed to bring precise colour-matching, less waste and simplified management processes  to the textile industry.
Kornit Digital Americas recently debuted the Kornit Avalanche Poly Pro, calling it the industry’s first digital direct-to-garment system built specifically for polyester and poly-blend substrates, a market that has seen increased popularity due to non-cotton sportswear and athleisure apparel.
Vastex International has introduced a new 67 x 95 cm vacuum pallet to hold poster board, corrugated plastic and other flat substrates in place on a standard textile screen printing press.
Roland DGA has released its first direct-to-garment printer for on-demand personalization, the VersaSTUDIO BT-12, that can print directly on cotton-based products.
Cutting plotter manufacturer Summa is introducing two new sizes of its finishing flatbed systems: the F3232 and F3220. Leveraging the technology of the Summa F Series, the new flatbeds are expected to be ready for shipment between February-April 2019.
The next-generation, single-pass EFI Reggiani BOLT textile digital printer from Electronics For Imaging made its debut this week during an open house event at the EFI Reggiani facility in Bergamo, Italy.
Updated and new tools available in version 4 of the EFI Fiery DesignPro software suite from Electronics For Imaging (EFI) aims to help apparel and textile design professionals save time and streamline their design processes.
The new Reggiani Terra solution from Electronics For Imaging (EFI) is described as a high-performance digital production offering featuring a new pigment ink set and binder for sustainable industrial textile printing.
Mimaki says its new TS55-1800, a 76.3-inch, dye-sublimation transfer inkjet printer, offers low running costs and unattended continuous printing for the mid-level and high-end markets.
Mimaki announced the availability of its Tiger-1800B printing system in the Americas. The Tiger-1800B is described as a high-production inkjet printer capable of direct-to-textile or transfer dye sublimation output.

It is designed to deliver both large-scale production at manufacturing sites and small-scale production at on-demand sites, explains Mimaki, making it well suited for digital textile applications.

The 74.8-inch Tiger-1800B includes an adhesive belt transport system with belt washing technology and in-line heat drying unit for what Mimaki describes as an all-in-one process for direct-to-textile printing.

For high-volume production, it features 16 print heads in a staggered array for the direct-to-textile model, or 8 print heads for the transfer dye sublimation model, resulting in print speeds of up to 4,144 square feet per hour. Usable quality can be achieved even at these high print speeds to meet volume demands, explains Mimaki, or to quickly produce shorter-run projects such as for regional or seasonal fashion requirements.

Its print speeds are supported by what the company describes as a sophisticated textile transport system, achieved through twin pressure roller shafts attached to the edge of the transportation belt. Textiles are transported onto the belt through the rollers. Wrinkle and Media Jam sensors detect textile wrinkling or creasing early in order to minimize potential damage to the print heads from collisions with raised or jammed textiles.

As previously mentioned, the Tiger’s belt washing mechanism prevents stains on fresh fabric from ink remaining on the belt. It is equipped with two squeegees to prevent splash-back, and two heaters to dry and re-activate the belt surface. A cleaning liquid is automatically applied to each wiper before and after head cleaning. This liquid enhances the head cleaning process, explains Mimaki, and reduces daily maintenance time by providing a clean wiper.

The Tiger-1800B printer features Variable Dot Printing and a standard Degassing Module reduces clogging by removing air bubbles in the ink, and an Ink Circulation ensures stable ink supply by constantly circulating the ink.

Options for the direct-to-textile model include: a Roll Media Centering Unit featuring a feeding unit with a centering device and tension bar; a Jumbo Roll Unit; a Plaited Unit; and a Drying and Take-Up Unit for high density printed fabrics. The dye sublimation model includes the Jumbo Roll Unit as a standard feature.
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