PF DTG PRINTING 44 images SEPTEMBER 2023 Direct-to-garment printing remains a go-to option in the custom apparel market for vibrant, soft-feel, retail-quality prints. From the latest innovations in high-volume printing through to newest hybrid DTG/DTF systems, we review the options from the leading suppliers The D to G of printing Epson: SureColor SC-F2200 Hybrid DTG & DTF Printer The new Epson SureColor SC-F2200 is ideal for start-up companies or medium-volume businesses that need high levels of flexibility and accuracy, with fast turnaround times, says Epson. “The significant upgrade from the SureColor F2100 DTG printer delivers a productivity increase of up to 25% via Epson’s advanced PrecisionCore MicroTFP print head technology, which ensures faster printing and data processing speeds, while maintaining extremely high print quality. “With a highly compact, flat top design that allows easy installation into smaller spaces, flexibility is further enhanced through Epson’s bundled GarmentCreator2 software, which not only enables the printing of both DTG and DTF [direct-to-film], but improves the quality of fine lines and small text,” commented the manufacturer. Using new UltraChrome DG2 ink pouches, the SC-F2200 also includes enhanced features designed with ease of use in mind, such as a transparent lid and internal light to enable easy printstatus checking. It also features an intuitive 4.3” touchscreen for fast and simple operation, and an easily removable platen for straightforward adjustments, adds Epson. “In addition, it’s supplied as a complete package, including consumables, warranty, servicing, and support for fast set up and operation.” Kornit Digital: Kornit Apollo DTG System Enabling digital production to go mainstream, the new Apollo DTG System allows decorators to become more agile, drive revenue opportunities, shift to localised production, and ease complex workflow processes, says Kornit Digital. “The Apollo platform is built on fieldproven and industry-leading Kornit Max technology, and is the most comprehensive, streamlined singlestep solution for nearshore short- and medium-run apparel decoration. “Empowering users to sidestep the hazards of complex supply chains, it also offers unmatched speed and agility in digital decoration, designed from the ground up to decorate 400 unique garments per hour.” In addition, the Apollo’s features include automated loading and unloading, integrated smart curing, and inline garment type adjustment, which “yield higher output and reduce labour for optimised profitability”. “The platform helps fulfiller and brand supply chain managers gain ultimate visibility into their production, ensuring consistency and operational control across multiple systems and locations,” adds Kornit. “This pairs with ondemand production strategies to continuously fulfil orders of multiple sizes, strengthen supply chains, and shorten fulfilment times!” The SureColor SC-F2200 includes Epson’s GarmentCreator2 software to enable both DTG and DTF printing The Apollo DTG System incorporates Kornit Max technology