Printing onto textiles offers new opportunities

Durst Rhotex 320 printerRoland DG promotional image promoting their new dye sublimation solution for its VersaArt series.
One area that has seen good growth in recent years for sign makers looking to widen their markets is the printing onto textiles. Printed fabric graphics are lightweight, easy to handle and fold, which cuts down storage space and transportation costs, and whether it's production of flags, banners, wallcoverings or other promotional items, this is a market that looks like it's set to continue growing in years to come.

In the July/Aug 2010 issue of Sign Update we featured Mutoh's new Viper TX printers and almost all of the major machine manufacturers have developed systems to print onto textiles.

Durst launched its Rhotex 320 industrial textile printer for soft signage at this summer's FESPA event, claiming it as the first inkjet printer for the industrial soft signage sector.

Unlike other textile printers which either use harmful solvent based inks or small cartridges of water-based inks for short print runs, the Rhotex is a true industrial standard printer. The Rhotex uses water-based dispersed dye inks which are entirely environmentally friendly, recyclable and disposable. The dyes are harmless to the skin, completely odour-free and produce no VOCs. They are also flame-retardant and provide bright, vibrant and impactful images. In addition, they comply with the Blue Wool scale 7 and can therefore be used in an outdoor application for up to two years and printing does not affect the textile's inherent feel.

The Rhotex's robust design and reliability provides for continuous operation and unattended printing. It utilises MEMS technology long-life piezo inkjet print heads to print up to 70 sq.m./hr at 600dpi in six colours.

Productivity is further enhanced by the ability to print two 1.6 metre rolls with different print queues, simultaneously. Other features include an automatic, self-cleaning jet system for continuous industrial printing and a controllable hot air drying system for consistent drying over the whole width of the printed material. Material-specific machine settings can be stored and recalled in the media channel and the dispensing system also includes a fold- compensation device and an antistatic system.

For soft signage, apparel and interior décor, Roland DG Corporation has developed a new dye sublimation solution for its VersaArt series of four-colour CMYK wide-format inkjet printers.

The new VersaArt S series sublimation printers deliver rich, vivid saturated colours and exceptional print quality while optimising productivity and performance, all at an affordable price. Two models are available: the 64" RS-640S and the 54" RS-540S.

Businesses can easily add sublimation to their workflow with a VersaArt S Series, to give a competitive advantage as well as a quick return on investment. The new printers are designed for easy operation and to deliver unmatched print quality and reliable performance for applications ranging from soft signage and apparel to interior décor items.

VersaArt sublimation printers are flexible production tools featuring Roland's proven SBL2 sublimation inks and patent-pending Roland Intelligent Pass Control technology for exceptional print quality in every mode. They produce vivid images well at print speeds up to 31.8 sq.m./hr (342.6 sq.ft./hr) and are also available as eco-solvent models featuring Roland ECO-SOL MAX ink. All Roland inkjets come complete with VersaWorks, Roland's professional RIP software for precision colour management.

Contact details: Durst

Contact details: Roland DG
Tel. 08452 309060

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