Derbyshire-based wide-format reseller Digital Print Innovations (DPI) has added the latest machine from the Portuguese manufacturer POD to its growing selection of direct-to-textile machinery.
The newest member of the family, the MTEX 1800, is a 1.9m-wide printer with inline infrared fixation, ensuring excellent colour fidelity while reducing the costs associated with two-step dye sublimation and opening up new high-profit markets for display producers, such as interior décor, light-box applications and soft signage.
The MTEX 1800 is built on a reliable and popular Mimaki chassis with the manufacturer's full approval, and was launched at the Remadays trade show in Poland earlier this month to a fantastic response from show-goers.
The machine's Epson DX6 drop-ondemand piezo print-heads are arranged in a two-head staggered array, which combine to create a thoroughly robust and reliable direct-to-textile solution. At speeds of up to 65sq m/hr in standard mode and 35sq m/hr in high quality mode, the MTEX 1800 can print to a wide variety of soft substrates, including flag, silk, backlit, canvas and many more. It joins DPI's strong line-up of direct-totextile machines that already includes the MTEX 500, 1600 and 3200DS.
Available with a four-colour ink set, which comes in two-litre bulk ink packs for minimal print run disruption, the MTEX 1800 produces vibrant output with three variable dot sizes at a maximum resolution of 1,440dpi, suitable for closely-viewed display jobs. Blue replaces cyan in the standard set to provide particular vibrancy, an asset emphasised by the machine's inline infrared fixation, which evades the need for a separate fixation unit and thereby saves space, production time and capital invest- ment costs. The machine also benefits from the inclusion of electronics and automation control components from leading manufacturers Omron and Festo.
For more information please call 01332 228150 or visit www.dpi-uk.com