Roq has entered the direct-to-garment printing market with the launch of the new Roq Hybrid – “A digital printing machine that works in perfect synchrony with an automatic screen printing machine,” and which offers, “The productivity of a screen printing machine with the definition of a digital printing machine”.
The Hybrid is capable outputting 450 pieces per hour, according to the company, and it can be supplied with either 8 or 12 print heads. The 8-heads model uses CMYK inks; the 12-head model uses CMYK plus two extra colours to enhance and extend the colour gamut.
ROQ has chosen the Fujifilm Dimatix print head for the Hybrid, which, it says, “represents the future of this technology.” The company explains that one of the major advantages of the Dimatix head is that its nozzles can be repaired instead of having to replace the whole print head. “This feature allows for a greater lifespan of the print heads,” Roq adds.
The ROQ Hybrid offers a maximum printing size of 500 x 700mm or 750 x 900mm, and its Z axis can be adjusted by up to 20mm to accommodate different heights of garments and textile substrates.
ROQ has also launched a new line of digital inks and products, as well the ROQ Studio a RIP software powered by Neostampa, alongside the Hybrid machine.