Dark shirt prints in under a minute
Every time Images passed the M&R stand at the ITMA show in Milan we noticed a crowd around the M-Link X, such was the draw of the company’s latest direct-to-garment machine, with its image quality the main talking point.
According to the company, the printer’s high image quality is possible thanks to M&R’s proprietary i-Color RIP software, exclusive Absolute Position Technology (APT) and DuPont Artistri Brite digital textile inks. “i-Color quickly converts digital art files into printed images with maximum sharpness, superior shading and gradations, outstanding colour accuracy, and minimal print time.”
While the M-Link machines both offer ten print modes, the most popular are single-pass modes for printing on white, colour and black, as well as single-pass highlight mode. They work by positioning the two white print heads ahead of the colour print heads. The White One-Pass mode prints CYMK with no underbase, the Color One-Pass mode prints a graduated white underbase and CMYK, while the Black or Dark One-Pass mode prints a graduated white underbase and CMY on black shirts, using the black background instead of printing K. Highlight mode prints CMYK and a white highlight.
i-Color is able to recognise black and near-black tonal ranges in digital artwork and then use that information to prevent the print heads from laying down white underbase and black ink on black areas of the shirt. M&R says that this not only saves ink and increases print speed, but it also results in superior image quality and garments that are soft, breathable and close to that achieved with water-based screen printing.
The M-Link X is capable of printing whites in 30-45 seconds and darks in less than a minute, while the standard M-Link model can print white T-shirts in 45-60 seconds and dark shirts in two-and-a-half to three minutes.
“M-Link X sets a new standard for speed, price, and image quality,” says Geoff Baxter, director of M&R’s Digital Products Division. “It isn’t the only printer for high quality images. And it isn’t the only high-speed printer. However, it is the only affordable high-quality, high-speed printer. M-Link X offers incredible value.”
MHM Direct GB
Award-winning dealer teams up with Ralawise
MHM Direct GB, which claims to be the UK’s only award-winning dealer for Brother direct-to-garment printers, has teamed up with distributors Ralawise to bring customers even greater flexibility and an increased level of service.
John Potter, managing director of MHM Direct GB, comments: “For the past two years running, our company has been recognised and awarded as the top UK dealer for Brother direct-to-garment printers, inks and consumables. During this time our level of sales and customer base have grown tremendously, so our exciting new alliance with Ralawise will allow us to increase our coverage even further and offer an unrivalled level of service to our customers.”
With two fully working demonstration studios, one at MHM Direct GB in the Midlands and the other at Ralawise HQ in Deeside, potential customers are invited to fully evaluate all aspects of the Brother DTG equipment prior to purchase, and are encouraged to bring along and print their own designs so they have a complete awareness of the quality, performance and reliability of the Brother product.
One-to-one training is also available and is offered free to new customers. This ensures they are fully aware of how to use all the features found on the machines, thus enabling them to operate the equipment to its full potential. “Our team members are experts at printing onto dark garments and we have conducted extensive research into finding the optimum settings and procedures to achieve the best possible results using Brother equipment,” explains John. “This helps both new and existing customers to maximise their ability to produce and maintain a better level of quality and achieve the fastest possible return on their investment.”
MHM Direct GB offers guaranteed next-day-delivery on all inks and consumables, and says it offers extremely competitive pricing along with full financing and leasing options on all new Brother direct-to-garment printers via the company’s specialist finance providers.
New Artistri Brite inks
DuPont Digital Printing introduced new DuPont Artistri Brite digital textile inks in October. The new inks, which have been tested for high-production print shops using next generation DTG machines by Belquette and M&R, are said by DuPont to offer a visible difference in quality, with up to 40% colour improvement compared to previous generation direct-to-garment ink.
The company comments: “The new inks exhibit ease of use and jettability that results in fewer mechanical defects. Because the pH balance of the formulation minimises print head issues such as clogging, it is a more consistent solution long term.”