Kornit unveils two new D2G printers
Kornit launched two new direct-to-garment printers at Fespa in Amsterdam in March: the Storm Hexa and the Storm 1000. The machines, both of which garnered a lot of interest from visitors to the show, demonstrated the company’s emphasis on a one-step multi-fabric process that needs no pre-treatment and uses the company’s NeoPigment Pure Ink.
The systems, which are based on the Storm II model, come in response to customer feedback and add greater speed and new features. The six-colour plus white Hexa model provides the benefits of a wider colour gamut that has already been successfully used on the existing Kornit Avalanche Hexa model.
Both the Hexa and the 100 have been designed for higher efficiency throughout, offering an even more effective return on investment “while offering first-class print quality and process efficiency,” says Mark Smith, sales director of Adelco. “The increase in production and reduced ink consumption provided by the new Storm 1000 and Storm Hexa models have been extremely well received by our UK customers,” Mark adds. “We also have a number of UK customers eagerly awaiting the soon-to-be-released Kornit Vulcan machine that further increases production capabilities and reduces print costs to enable digital garment printing to enter into new market sectors.”
To read more about the machines, turn to our Fespa Digital show review in this issue. To see a video of the Storm Hexa in action at the show, go to www.images-magazine.com.
Expand your business beyond garments
Larger volumes of sportswear, clothing, soft signage and flags can be created with the SC-F9200 64” printer, which Epson says works in tandem with Epson high-density HDK Black ink to produce “deep, neutral blacks and dense shadows”. The printer features two high-capacity ink supply systems, meaning longer, uninterrupted prints runs are possible along with less time spent replenishing inks.
The Epson SC-F6200 printer can be used on clothing and textiles as well as sublimating on rigid substrates. In January at Heimtextil, Epson showcased a range of homeware products including tea towels, plates, mugs, aprons and lampshades produced using the 44” printer in association with 3D-sublimation specialist SubliTec. It was also used to dye-sublimate on to ChromaLuxe panels. Epson, in partnership with Premier Textiles, also produced curtains and armchair upholstery printed on a variety of fabrics with linen and brushed finishes using the latest Monna Lisa Vinci and Monna Lisa Evo Tre digital textile printers, designed by F.lli Robustelli and based on Epson technology, using Genesta pigment inks developed by For. tex.
Co-ordinated soft furnishings, wallpaper, window film and tableware can all be produced using the latest Epson dye sublimation technology, which the company says offers “affordable new business opportunities”.
Amaya Sales UK
The economical Texjet Plus Advanced
Amaya Sales UK offers a full range of digital printing processes ranging from the Texjet Plus direct-to-garment printer through to the Forever Transfer paper technology.
The Texjet Plus Advanced is, says Amaya Sales UK, “probably the most economical direct-to-garment available and at the same time gives excellent quality prints”. It has a 42 x 60 cm print area and a pressurised ink system with re-fillable cartridges, resulting in lower cost ink. The printer can be left switched off for over 30 days and still be in working condition.
“The TexJet Plus Digital Screen Mix is proving popular with existing screen printers,” says the company. “Kingfisher Screen Printers purchased one last year and has found it very successful.”
New from Amaya is Forever Transfer Paper, which does not require any weeding and offers many new processes that are aimed at making printing on to garments as easy as possible. The Forever system uses the OKI white toner printers in A3 and A4 size for printing on to dark garments with the Forever Dark Laser (No Cut) material. Amaya draws particular attention to the new Forever Flex Soft (No Cut), which uses a normal black laser printer. “All you do is print black on to our coloured, neon and metallic sheets and with no weeding,” the company explains.
MHM Direct GB
One-to-one training on Brother machines
Fresh from winning the Brother Sales Award for the third year running at Fespa Digital in March (see Fespa Review, this issue), MHM Direct GB is keen to highlight its customer care and after sales service along with its training centre.
“Full training facilities are provided in our own dedicated Brother studio based at our Midland offices where both potential and existing customers can receive one-to-one training on how to get the most from their equipment and the best possible printing results,” explains managing director John Potter. “In addition, our sales partner Ralawise also has demo facilities at its premises in Deeside where customers can again see the machines in action.”
The Brother GT-3 Series of digital garment printers is a line-up of three modular models allowing buyers to upgrade their printer when their business grows. This series of three machines offers a CMYK-only printer (GT-341), a CMYK printer with two white print heads (GT- 361), and a CMYK model with four white print heads (GT-381) for higher speed and performance. A user can start with the CMYK-only unit (GT- 341) and if they want to add the white ink feature after a while, they can easily upgrade their existing model rather than having to buy a new machine. An innovative feature is that both the white under-base and the CMYK colours are printed simultaneously rather than separately, ensuring perfect registration along with improved speed and efficiency.
“We encourage all customers to come and experience the ‘Brother Advantage’ and see why we believe this brand is the best in the industry in the small machine sector,” adds John. “Brother GT3 Series direct-to-garment printers are known all over the world for their excellent performance and outstanding reliability.”