The new Storm Hexa at DTGUK.com with (from left) Nick Davis, Phil Walker and Luke Smith
Adelco has installed the first Kornit Storm Hexa in the UK at Milton Keynes based DTGUK.com. Nick Davis and Phil Walker, DTGUK.com’s co-directors, explain what the new machine brings to their company’s production capabilities
DTGUK.com has become the first UK company to install the Kornit Digital Storm Hexa direct-to-garment digital printing system, following the new model’s launch at Fespa Digital 2016 earlier this year.
The company, which already operates two Kornit Breeze machines, made the investment in the new Storm Hexa to boost its production capabilities and also to broaden the range of products it is able to digitally print. The machine has 16 print heads and two additional colours to provide full support for CMYK, red, green and white. It is ideal for producers of colour-conscious applications that need to match specific brand and corporate requirements, and can output up to 170 garments per hour in high productivity mode. Its recirculation system reduces ink consumption, and optimises reliability while double the numbers of nozzles increases throughput by up to 40% when compared with its predecessors.
The Storm Hexa was supplied and installed by Kornit agents, Adelco Screen Process. The company migrated its knowledge of the textile industry to the digital production segment more than 12 years ago, and looks after all aspects of the purchase, training, supplies and servicing of DTGUK.com’s three Kornit printers. “At Adelco we have the advantage of generations of experience in the textile printing market and this enables us to help businesses make the transition and expand their digital production. We work closely with our customers to make sure that they invest in the best solutions for their needs,” stated Adelco’s Luke Smith.
Co-directors of DTGUK.com, Nick Davis and Phil Walker explained that DTGUK.com’s growth and changing business model led to the need for an additional high productivity direct-to-garment printer, with the addition of the Kornit Digital Storm Hexa allowing the company to concentrate on fulfilment printing. They commented: “This further investment into a direct-to-garment system is ideal for heavy-duty production cycles with a variety of apparel and garment products, including items such hoodies and aprons as well as T-shirts.”
Nick continued: “The Kornit Storm Hexa gives us the heavy duty production levels we need with our new business model and adds the benefit of a wide gamut with its CMYK plus red and green colour palette. Our two Kornit Breeze printers have been ideal for our existing direct-to-customer market but, with the move to higher mixed volumes with our new trade service, we needed an industrial-strength platform for longer, versatile runs of personalised and versioned products.”
“It’s also vital that we’re not restricted to only printing on cottons and mixes,” added Phil. “Kornit’s NeoPigment process frees us up to work with virtually all textiles without requiring specialist pre- and post-treatment routines.”
The installation of the new Storm Hexa was timed to coincide with DTGUK.com’s move to new premises in Milton Keynes – part of its wider expansion strategy. The Kornit printer is now up and running, producing custom-printed products with no minimum order number, including workwear, jumpers, aprons and speciality apparel as well as more typical T-shirts, hoodies and sweatshirts.