Roland DGA Unveils Multi-function Dye-Sublimation Printer

Roland DGA Corporation describes their newest wide-format dye-sub printer as an intelligent multi-function dye-sublimation printer. That’s because the Texart RT-640M uses specially formulated Texart SBL3 sublimation inks that enable you to print directly onto coated polyester fabrics or on different types of sublimation transfer papers.

The direct-to-textile print option on the Texart RT-640M simplifies the production of dye-sublimation fabrics for soft signage and trade show graphics. The ability to print to different types of transfer paper lets you create a range of products, including sublimated hard goods and rigid signs to apparel and decor fabrics.

Roland multifunction dye sublimation printer
The Roland Texart 640M multifunction dye sublimation printer enables you to print directly on coated polyester fabrics or transfer media for photo panels and other rigid substrates

Roland’s Texart SBL3 inks are available in 4-color (CMYK), 8-color (CMYKLcLmOrVi), and 8-color fluorescent (CMYKOrViFyFp) configurations.

Features

The RT-640M includes several advanced features:

  • The media take-up incorporates adjustable front rollers for no-skew printing, as well as magnet weights for improved tensioning and performance.
  • State-of-the-art 8-channel printheads deliver unmatched color and image results on a wide range of materials. The heads also optimize ink coverage for lower operating costs.
  • The Roland Bulk Ink Switch System features 1000 cc pouches and automatically switches to a back-up pouch for non-stop printing in a 4-color configuration.
  • An ink collection channel within the platen facilitates direct printing onto mesh, flag, voile and other thin textiles.

The Texart RT-640M comes with ErgoSoft Roland Edition 2 software. This software offers unique tools for textile dye-sublimation and allows users to RIP up to eight jobs simultaneously.

ErgoSoft Roland Edition 2 boasts an Aurelon PDF engine with 64-bit native support, plus unlimited hot folders and job cost estimation. Other features include a new smart fill function, rectangular image nesting, variable data, and a huge range of color profiles, and more.

“The RT-640M is an unbeatable investment for anyone looking to get into the dye-sublimation market,” said Lily Hunter, Roland DGA Product Manager, Textiles and Consumable Supplies. “This value-packed inkjet offers the most flexibility you can get in an entry-level sublimation printer. Its multi-function capabilities allow users to easily and cost-effectively produce everything from flags, soft signage and backlit signage to ChromaLuxe photo panels, apparel, and décor.”

To learn more about Roland’s new Texart RT-640M multi-function dye-sublimation printer, visit https://www.rolanddga.com/RT-640M.

For more information on the complete Roland DGA product lineup, visit https://www.rolanddga.com.

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ITMA 2019 Shows Digital Systems for Textile Printing

The ITMA Textile and Garment Technology exhibition, which has been held every four years since 1951, has become a leading showcase for digital systems for textile printing. Regarded as “The Olympics” of textile and garment manufacturing shows, the exhibition is organized by the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers (CEMATEX).

2019 ITMA Textile and Garment Technology Show in Barcelona, Spain

The ITMA 2019 show in Barcelona June 20-26 attracted more than 105,000 visitors from 137 countries. The 19 categories of products at the show included technologies for weaving, knitting, spinning, dyeing, bleaching, finishing, recycling and waste reduction, garment making, and printing. Of the 1,717 exhibitors at ITMA 2019, 157 were related to printing.

According to 2019 show organizers, the number of exhibitors in the digital printing and inks sector was up by 38% over 2015 because the textile industry has embraced digital transformation.

“The increasingly high level of automation and digitization in combination with real-time data tracking and interaction has spawned the fourth industrial revolution and the emergence of smart factories,” explained Fritz P. Mayer, president of CEMATEX. “ITMA is a unique showcase of live machinery demonstrations and innovative solutions that boost productivity and profitability.”

Below are some of the direct-to-textile and dye-sublimation printing systems that are are now available to designers and manufacturers of textiles and apparel. Single-pass inkjet systems are available from EFI, Konica-Minolta, MS Printing Solutions, and SPGPrints.

Direct-to-Textile Printers

EFI Reggiani Bolt: This single-pass, industrial inkjet-printing system for textile manufacturers can produce quality output at speeds of up to 295 linear feet per minute. EFI Reggiani Colors can print up to 12 colors of ink on fabrics used for fashion, home textiles, or outdoor use.

EFI Reggiani Bolt single-pass digital printing system

Durst Alpha Series: These super high-performance multi-pass inkjet printers feature different configurations and print widths for the digital production of clothing, home textiles and fashion. The Alpha series offers print widths of 6.2 to 10.8 ft. (190 – 330 cm) and can be configured with up to 8 colors and 64 Alpha-S print heads that achieve a native resolution of 600 dpi and print speeds up to 15,800 sq ft/hr. A new intelligent feed system adapts automatically to different textiles and roll diameters

Durst Alpha Series 5

Epson Monna Lisa Evo Tre Series: At ITMA, Epson introduced their new Monna Lisa Evo Tre series of digital textile printers, including the first digital textile printer that can print up to 16 different colors.

Epson Monna Lisa Evo Tre 32 digital textile printer

The Monna Lisa Evo Tre 32 has 32 Epson PrecisionCore printheads and can handle two different sets of 8 colors or 16 different colors of Genesta Acid, Reactive, Disperse, and Pigment inks and print at resolutions up to 1200 dpi. An external rack. capable of housing up to 16 different ink packs can be positioned wherever it is most convenient.

The 8-color configuration can print at speeds up to 692 square meters/hr at 300 x 600 dpi. The 16 channel configuration can print at 440 square meters/hr at 300 x 600 dpi.

Kornit Presto: The Kornit Presto is the first industrial-grade single-step solution for direct-to-fabric printing. It eliminates the need for pre- and post-treatment of fabrics and supports high-quality printing on a variety of fabrics used for on-demand printing of fashion or home decor.

Kornit Presto Direct-to-Textile Printer

Konica Minolta Nassenger SP-1e is an upgraded single-pass inkjet textile printer with features to improve ease of use, reduce maintenance costs, and enable faster production cycles. Konica Minolta also showcased an optimized and upgraded Nassenger 10 multi-pass direct-to-textile printing system.

MS Mini LaRio from MS Printing Solutions fills the gap between the single-pass MS LaRio and the multi-pass JPK-Evo. The MS Mini Lario can reach a maximum print speed of 1094 meters/hour and uses 64 printheads. The single-pass inkjet printing system MS LaRio now has an in-line fabric pre-treatment.

Colorjet Vastrajet: ColorJet India Ltd., India’s largest manufacturer of inkjet printers, introduced the Vastrajet -8164 textile printer with 16 printheads and ColorJet’s Adaptive Ink System (AIS).

Color Jet VastraJet

SPGPrints Javelin 2 single-pass textile printer printer can print up to 2 million linear meters of fabric each year, The upgraded model features improved ease of use, an optimized printhead cleaning cycle, and an enhanced ink supply. Equipped with Archer+ technology, the Javelin 2 is more robust . It enables faster printing cycles and reduced maintenance costs.

Mouvent TX802 is an 8-color multi-pass textile printer from Movent, a Bobst Group company in Soluthurn, Switzerland. It can print up to 2,000 dpi optical resolution with very high speeds (up to 1000 linear meters/minute). What sets Mouvent printers apart is the Mouvent Cluster, a digital printing technology that uses clusters of printheads instead of fixed size print bars. The printheads are arranged by color in a modular, scalable matrix. 

Mouvent TX802 Digital Textile Printer

DGI Apollon printer is a 16-printhead direct-to-textile printer from DGI, a Korean-based equipment manufacturer that produces an assortment of dye-sublimation and direct-to-textile printers. With production speeds of around 250 sq m/hr, the Apollon will be targeted at the fashion and interior décor sectors.

Dye Sublimation Printers

Thanks for advances in ink technologies, new dye-sublimation printers for fashion and home fabrics can print either onto transfer paper or or directly to treated fabrics. Companies that showed these hybrid dye sublimation printers included HP, Mimaki, and Roland.

HP Stitch: HP, which announced their entry into the textile dye-sublimation printing market this spring, showcased the first three printers in their Stitch line of printers: the 64-inch HP Stitch S300 and S400 printers for fashion design studios and print-service providers and the 126-inch HP Stitch 1000 printer for interior design fabrics and soft signage.

The HP Stritch S1000 dye-sublimation textile printer can print either on transfer paper or direct to fabric.

DGI POSEIDON is a new mid-range 1.6 meter dye-sublimation transfer printer for mid-level production companies that need both the capacity for high-volume production and the flexibility to print different designs on multiple printers.

Poseidon can print 80 to 120 sq m/hr at 600 x 600 dpi. It uses the same type of Kyocera industrial printheads used in the industrial DGI HSFT III. This proven technology renables the Poseidon printer to have up to a 118% speed increase over the DGI FT-1608. Poseidon is designed for unattended printing. A new sleep mode enables the user to print jobs without being present. The “SE” model has an additional printhead that enables users to install spot colors or fluorescent inks alongside CMYK.

Poseidon is designed for unattended printing. A new sleep mode enables the user to print jobs without being present. The “SE” model has an additional printhead that enables users to install spot colors or fluorescent inks alongside CMYK.

ROLAND TEXART RT-640M: Roland describes their new Texart™ RT-640M as an intelligent multi-function dye-sublimation printer. Specially formulated Texart SBL3 sublimation inks give users of the Texart RT-640M the freedom to print directly onto coated polyester fabrics or to sublimation transfer paper.

Roland Texart RT-640M can print on coated polyester fabrics or sublimation paper
for fabrics or rigid substrates.

Mimaki Tiger 1800B MkII was shown at ITMA in dye-sublimation configuration. Combining Mimaki’s Japanese expertise in electronics with La Meccanica’s know-how in building solid and robust belt printer bodies with ‘made-in-Italy’ design, the Tiger-1800B MkII enables users to produce extremely high-quality products (up to 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution) at up to 385 sq m/hr.

Mimaki also previewed a direct-to-textile and direct-to-transfer printer as an evolution of the TX300P-1800. The new Mimaki printer will allow multiple sets of inks to be loaded simultaneously, supporting increased fabric range versatility and maximum product variety.

Mimaki direct-to-textile and direct-to-transfer printer

The next ITMA Show is scheduled for June 14-18, 2023 in Milan, Italty.

HP Unveils Stitch Line of Dye-Sublimation Printers for Textile Printing

At spring trade shows in Las Vegas and Munich, HP introduced their new HP Stitch line of wide-format and grand-format inkjet dye-sublimation printers.

The new HP Stitch S series of digital textile printers includes the 64-inch HP Stitch S300, the 64-inch HP Stitch S400, and the 126-inch HP Stitch S1000. The printers are built for easy maintenance and fast, precise color-matching, made possible by a built-in color-measuring device called a spectrophotometer.

About Dye-Sublimation

Inkjet dye-sublimation has become a wildly popular process for printing fabrics for trade-show banners, backlit signs, stage backdrops, sportswear, and fashions. Because the ink colors are fused into the molecules of different types of polyester textiles, the printed fabrics retain their soft feel, vivid colors, and draping characteristics. (In other words, the fabrics don’t “feel” printed.)

Unlike existing wide-format dye-sublimation printers that use piezo printheads, the HP Stitch printers uses thermal printheads heat to eject tiny droplets of ink onto a transfer paper. The printed transfer paper is then fed through a heat press, which uses carefully controlled amounts of heat and pressure to transfer the colors from printed paper to a wide range of dye-sub-compatible polyester fabrics from companies such as Fisher Textiles, Berger Textiles, and Top Value Fabrics.

Even though HP isn’t the first company to introduce wide-format and grand-format dye-sublimation printers, the market for digitally printed textiles is growing quickly.

“Décor and fashion application trends, on demand production and personalization are boosting digital print growth,” says Santi Morera, Head of Graphics Solutions Business at HP. “The digitally printed textiles market is experiencing double-digit annual growth, forecast to reach $5.5 billion by 2023, according to Smithers Pira. We look forward to more digital print transformations being realized with the arrival of the new HP Stitch S series.”

The HP Stitch S300 Printer was designed for newcomers to dye-sublimation printing who will be using it to create short runs of fabrics for soft signage, interior decor, or prototypes of fashion or sportswear designs.

The S300 uses one set of 775-mil cartridges of cyan, yellow, magenta, and black HP Dye-Sublimation Ink cartridges.

HP Stitch S300 wide-format dye-sublimation printer

Unlike dye-sublimation printers that use piezo inkjet printheads, you don’t have to call a service technician to replace a faulty printhead on HP Stitch printers. Because a printer operator can easily replace the thermal inkjet printheads as needed, users will experience less downtime and lower service costs.

“Our experience with HP Stitch S300 has been much easier and faster than other dye sub printers we’ve previously used,” says Teunis Roos of the Color Concepts independent profiling and testing lab for the digital wide-format printing industry. “Most printers require manual action in terms of head maintenance and alignment, but the HP Stitch S300 is more proactive and automated when it comes to performance.”

The HP Stitch S500 Printer for high production sites enables predictable dye sublimation color and less media waste. The symmetrical 2xCMYK printhead configuration and Optical Media Advance Sensor allow you to achieve saturated colors even in the fastest print mode. Inks are available in either 775-mil cartridges or 3-liter cartridges for lower ink costs and unattended print jobs.

The HP Stitch S500 also can hold larger rolls and is equipped for a Tension-Sensing Winder that reduces the risk of errors during overnight operations. The Stitch S500 includes HP Services and cloud-management tools.

HP Stitch S500 wide-format sublimation printer

With HP SmartColor tools, you can distribute print jobs across a fleet of printers and get consistent color from printer to printer. 

The front-loading printer is designed to save floor space and the HP Smart Nozzle Compensation system Help avoid reprints and media waste with 1200 native dpi printheads and HP Smart Nozzle Compensation system, saving up to 50 percent floor space with frontal media loading and a spindle-less system.

The HP Stitch S1000 Superwide Printer is designed for shops that require high levels of productivity when printing textiles for sportswear, fast fashion, backlit and frontlit signage, curtains, and upholstered chairs and sofas.

Designed for simplified operation, high uptime, and unattended printing, the 126-inch printer enables high-production shops to handle short deadlines and seasonal peaks. The HP Stitch S1000 can achieve production speeds up to 2,370 sq. ft./hr.

HP Stitch S1000 superwide dye sublimation printer

The printer delivers continuous high-quality prints on both transfer paper and fabric. Fully automatic maintenance ensures optimal image quality without user intervention. The HP Drop & Dry print zone dryer helps ensure sharp prints even when printing high-density jobs direct to fabric.

The printer holds 10-liter ink supplies and rolls up to 600 lbs. so jobs can run overnight when necessary.

The HP Stitch S1000 includes a built-in spectrophotometer and HP SmartColor tools that make it possible to achieve consistent colors even when jobs are printed on a fleet of HP Stitch printers.

New HP Dye Sublimation Paper

HP has also launched a set of new dye sublimation papers for the new HP Stitch S Printer series. These papers are designed and tested as a system with HP dye sublimation inks and the HP Stitch S Printer series to achieve excellent image quality and color consistency.

The HP Stitch S300 and S500 printers and HP dye-sublimation paper were showcased at the 2019 ISA Sign Expo in April. The HP Stitch S1000 Printer made its debut at the FESPA Global Print Show on May 13.  

Why Digital Textile Printing Is Growing

HP sees plenty of room for growth in the printed textiles market. For one thing, in a world of 7.8 billion citizens, everyone is surrounded with textiles from birth. Of course, only a small fraction of the portion of textiles are printed. Only 10% of the $308 billion worth of printed textiles are printed digitally. But this percentage is accelerating because the growth of e-commerce and digital marketing are transforming how fashions, apparel, and home goods are sold.

Design studios can use the HP Stitch S300 to print prototypes of fashion and sportswear designs.

Not long ago, only big brands and retailers could afford to create and sell apparel. Before digital printing and e-commerce, it took about 100 days for mass-produced garments to go from the design stage to the selling floor of the brick-and-mortar retailers. Designers and buyers had no way of knowing how many copies of a specific design consumers would buy. So unsold excess merchandise was either sold at clearance prices or destroyed.  And the manufacturer of the goods didn’t receive payment until the products were sold.

With digital printing and e-commerce technologies, garments don’t have to be printed, sewn, and delivered until the customers has actually ordered and paid for the garment. Consumers can  shop a marketplace of designs to have printed on whatever type of garment or accessory they choose. So with these new types of business models give consumers more choices, manufacturers a better cash flow, and the ability to reduce waste.

HP envisions the textile business of the future to be on-demand, personalized, intelligent, and circular. Print-on-demand garments can include new types of inks that change the functionality of the apparel. They believe “Textile printing should be accessible to everyone, sustainable, smart, and limitless.”

HP officials said they chose to enter the textile printing market because 60% of the square meters of fabric consumed in the $3.6 billion digital textile printing market is polyester.

Adobe and Datacolor Tools Streamline Digital Design for Textiles

Datacolor®, a global leader in color management technology, is collaborating with Adobe to launch tools to streamline the process of digitally designing prints for fabrics. The collaboration pairs Datacolor’s professional color lookup tool, ColorReaderPRO, with the Adobe Photoshop plug-in: Adobe Textile Designer.

The integration of ColorReaderPRO with Adobe Textile Designer software allows designers to measure color inspiration in the real world and transfer the data to Photoshop automatically via Bluetooth connection.

The Adobe Textile Designer solution and ColorReaderPRO debuted at the ITMA Textile and Garment Technology exhibition in Barcelona, Spain from June 20-26.

“Adobe Textile Designer was conceived to help streamline the print design process,” said Mike Scrutton, director of print technology and strategy for Adobe’s Print & Publishing Business Unit. “We are excited to incorporate the ColorReaderPro into the solution to simplify the process of capturing inspiration color for designers.”

Many designers use Photoshop when starting fabric designs, but with the introduction of Adobe Textile Designer, users can now build and preview repeating patterns, define separations, work with colorways and keep every element editable in Photoshop until a design is print ready.

With this Adobe plugin, designers can use Datacolor ColorReaderPRO to measure any source of color inspiration and translate the color data directly to Photoshop.

“Adobe Photoshop has always been an indispensable tool for designers and brands, and the pairing of our ColorReaderPRO with Adobe Textile Designer opens the door for users to be more creative than ever before,” said Diane Geisler, Vice President of Marketing for Datacolor. “We are thrilled to collaborate with Adobe to help artists and designers streamline the process of designing prints for fabrics, while cutting costs, saving time and increasing overall efficiencies.”

The ColorReaderPRO works seamlessly with third-party color standard libraries, including Color Solutions International’s (CSI) ColorWall™, and brands’ color libraries. This integration offers tremendous time and cost savings in the textile design process by eliminating the need to manually search and match textile color samples with swatches or color codes.

Designers can use Datacolor’s ColorReaderPRO with CSI’s ColorWall library and Adobe Textile Design plug-in for Photoshop to streamline the process of choosing colors for fabrics for fashion and furnishings.

“Finding the correct color can be an inefficient activity in the print design process that can lengthen the production cycle,” said Tim Williams, Marketing Manager, CSI. “Adobe Textile Designer paired with the ColorReaderPRO offers users an efficient means to create colorways, whether using CSI’s 3,700+ ColorWall or selecting from existing Custom colors in their own library.”

VirtualSign Augmented Reality App Helps Sign Buyers Visualize Sign Designs On Site

SAi’s VirtualSign is an augmented reality app that creates a virtual representation of how sign designs will look when installed in real world locations.

Virutal Sign augmented reality app for SAi Flexi software subscribers

Available at no extra cost to SAi Flexi subscribers, the app enables sign and display users to project a customer’s banner or sign onto the side of a building or other space for which it is intended. This makes it easier for customers to visualize a sign design that has been created in SAi Flexi software.

SAi created the app to enable sign and display businesses to secure the go-ahead for projects faster. It has the potential to increase production throughput by improving customer interaction and enhancing the buying process.

SAi VirtualSign can help sign buyers visualized what the designed sign will look like on a wall.

Not only does VirtualSign allow users to visualize signs in real life, but they can also capture and send images directly from the app, making it easier than ever to share creative ideas.

VirtualSign is available to download on iTunes and Google Play

SAi Flexi is all-in-one sign design, print, and cut software for sign and print providers. Subscriptions to the cloud-based software include a range of features for preparing and sending design files to wide-format printers, vinyl cutters, and print-and-cut devices. SAi software is also available in traditionally licensed versions.

PRINT 19 to Recognize RED HOT Technologies

APTech has announced the the return of the RED HOT Technology Recognition Program at PRINT 19 in Chicago (McCormick Place North, October 3-5). The RED HOT Technology Recognition Program highlights “what’s new” on the show floor, by showcasing publishing and printing technology, equipment, or services that have come to market within the past 12 months.

RED HOT Technologies will be recognized in 10 categories:

  • Analog presses and add-on devices
  • Color management, prepress, and pre-media
  • Consumables and substrates
  • Digital production printing devices
  • Imprinting, mailing, shipping and fulfillment
  • Marketing and multi-channel solutions
  • Post-press, specialty, and finishing
  • Sales and management systems
  • Wide-format digital printing devices

Each of the RED HOT Technologies identified at a show may also be eligible to win one of three RED HOT Vanguard Awards:

  • The RED HOT Vanguard Awards recognize products that may be industry game-changers.
  • The RED HOT Collaboration Awards recognize innovative new products that result from a collaboration among different manufacturers.
  • The RED HOT Pioneer Award will be given to a product that is the first of its kind or entirely new to the industry.

“The RED HOT program showcases ‘what’s new’ without judgement,” explains Thayer Long, president of APTech. “The Vanguard Awards recognize technology that breaks new ground, opening new markets and business opportunities that the industry needs.”

Produced by the Association for PRINT Technologies (APTech), PRINT 19 will feature an array of printing equipment and technology and 80+ educational sessions including hands-on labs,

Ricoh to Show Wide-Format Printers, Cutters, and More at ISA Sign Expo

At the ISA Sign Expo 2019 in Las Vegas April 24-26, Ricoh will showcase a portfolio of printing and cutting devices that sign shops can use to make indoor and outdoor signage and displays, customized T-shirts, promotional products, and more.

The RICOH Pro L5160 Latex Roll-fed printer uses safe, non-toxic inks to print everything from backlit graphics and wallcoverings to window displays, textiles, and floor graphics. It is available in CMYK or CMYK plus White ink configurations.

With the white ink, you can print full-color images on a range of clear and dark substrates without sacrificing vibrant color or durability.

“From hospitality to hospitals, many industries are starting to more fully embrace wide format. When we designed the RICOH Pro L5130/L5160 series, we were engineering a platform specifically to equip printers to reliably excel at meeting those diverse needs,” said John Fulena, Vice President, Commercial & Industrial Printing Business Group, Ricoh USA, Inc. “Through the combination of Ricoh inks, Ricoh printheads and Ricoh design, these devices empower users to deliver the kinds of applications their customers are looking for – and do it better and faster than the competition.”

Ricoh Pro l5160 printer
Ricoh Pro l5160 Latex Wide-Format Printer

The RICOH Pro TF6250 UV-LED Flatbed Printer can print graphics and images on a wide range of substrates up to 4.3 inches thick, including wood, metal, glass, styrene, corrugated cardboard, and stone. In addition to CMYK inks, the printer can apply clear, white, and primer inks. The low-heat LED UV curing enables you to print on thin substrates without the risk of warping.

“In wide format, the difference between an application that stands out and one that does not often comes down to the inks that deliver the highest quality with adherence to a wide variety of substrates,” said Fulena. “With the RICOH Pro TF6250, we developed a technology platform that can handle the wide range of applications our customers’ customers are seeking.

Ricoh Pro TF6250 UV-LED Flatbed Printer

The RICOH Ri 1000 Direct-to-Garment Printer from AnaJet (a Ricoh company) can help sign shops diversify their offerings. With this fast, accurate, easy-to-use printer, you can decorate T-shirts, hats, bags, socks, and more. With just a three-step process (design, print, cure), you can fulfill orders for hundreds of customized T-shirts or a personalized one-off.

The RICOH Ri 1000 prints full color graphics at 1200 x 1200 dpi on garments of a diverse array of sizes, colors and materials. Quick-change magnetic platens, available in multiple styles and sizes up to 16 x 19.6 inches, provide a variety of print options. These platens easily snap on and off the machine, so switching between different garment styles and sizes requires virtually no downtime.

“Ricoh and AnaJet understand our customers’ need to diversify revenue streams through new printing technology,” said Karl Tipre, CEO, AnaJet, Inc. “With the RICOH Ri 1000’s affordable price point, automatic maintenance features and built-in Interactive Operation Guide, capitalizing on the garment market opportunity has never been so attainable. We’re proud of its speed, versatility, ease of use, and ability to deliver vibrant, high-resolution graphics. The RICOH Ri 1000 is our most user-friendly, full-featured DTG machine yet.”


Ricoh Ri 1000 Direct to Garment Printer

Other equipment displayed in the booth will include:

Colex Sharpcut SX Series Flatbed Digital Cutters. With work tables up to 10 feet by 10 ft., these powerful systems can cut: two-dimensional signs, decals, and lettering; three-dimensional point-of-purchase displays; package prototypes using corrugated, paperboard, chipboard, and folding cartons. The system can also be equipped to cut fabrics and other fibrous materials.

EFI Pro 16h UV-LED Hybrid Printer. With this space-saving wide-format printer, you can run rolls of flexible materials up to 65 inches wide and 65-in. sheets of rigid substrates up to 2 inches thick. It can print day/night backlit displays, exhibition graphics, indoor signage, long-term outdoor signage, point-of-purchase graphics, posters, and more.

EFI Pro 16h UV-LED Hybrid Printer

A pop-up shop in the Ricoh booth will show the wide range of products and graphics that can be printed and customized as needed.

Pop-Up Shop in Ricoh Booth

For the full range of products, services, and software available from the Ricoh Commercial and Industrial Production group, visit https://TakealookatRicohProduction.com

Roland’s New TrueVIS VG2 Wide-Format Printer/Cutters Use TR2 Eco-Solvent Ink

Roland DGA has launched its TrueVIS™ VG2 series of 54-inch and 64-inch wide-format eco-solvent inkjet printer/cutters. Engineered for demanding sign and graphics printing projects, the new TrueVIS VG2 printers offer comprehensive color choices, improved machine efficiency, and increased print-and-cut accuracy for true unattended production.

Roland TruVIS VG2 wide-format inkjet printer/cutters with graphics
54- inch Roland TrueVIS VGS2-540 and 64-inch TrueVIS VG2-640

In addition to incorporating a host of technological advancements for optimum overall performance, the VG2 series uses Roland’s new specially formulated TR2 ink.

The inks are available in three different configurations:

  • 8 colors: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Light Cyan, Light Magenta, Light Black, and White
  • 8 colors: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Light Cyan, Light Magenta, Light Black, and Orange
  • 4 colors: Two sets of Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black

The ink choices, including new Orange ink, allow for a wider color gamut and more color control than ever before.

A new Multiprocess Color Function enables Orange to be used as a process color. A new True Rich Color preset allows you to combine vibrant color with neutral grays, smooth gradations and natural skin tones for stunning graphic output.

TrueVIS VG2 printer/cutters with TR2 ink are certified for long-lasting results by the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty providing assurance of the quality and durability of graphics on qualified 3M materials.

The VG2 with TR2 ink has also earned Avery Dennison’s ICS performance guarantee, and is certified GREENGUARD Gold for safe indoor graphic applications.

For unsurpassed image quality and printing precision, VG2 printer/cutters are equipped with Roland DG FlexFire™ print heads that produce neutral grays, vivid colors and smooth skin tones, even at high speeds.

The VG2-540 and VG2-640 also feature improvements for increased printing and cutting accuracy as well as reliable, unattended operation. For example:

New middle pinch rollers raise automatically prior to starting the cutting process. New crop mark options for cutting laminated printed materials, combined with optimized pinch roller pressure, ensure maximum cutting stability.

A new, included TU-4 take-up unit supports two modes according to the type of media being used. This further stabilizes the machine for a smooth post-printing process.

Roland’s Most Powerful RIP

New VersaWorks® 6 RIP software, included with the VG2 series printer/cutters, boasts the latest Harlequin® dual core engine with PDF 2.0 and native 64-bit processing. Other features include a new icon-based interface with drag-and-drop functionality, and other easy-to-use capabilities. that make it Roland’s most powerful RIP ever.

“Roland DG’s original VG series won prestigious 2019 Pick Awards from Buyers Lab for their outstanding color and productivity,” notes Daniel Valade, Roland DGA Product Manager, Color Products and Cutters. “With the VG2 series, we’ve created a new generation of printer/cutters that are even more advanced, productive and easy-to-use. These innovative inkjets aren’t designed to simply meet customer expectations, they’re built to exceed them.”

2019 ISA International Sign Expo Innovation Award

On March 29, the International Sign Association announced today that Roland’s TrueVIS™ VG2 series eco-solvent printer/cutters won the 2019 ISA Sign Expo® Innovation Award in the “Printer” category.

The ISA Innovation Awards recognize the most unique and outstanding product launches at ISA Sign Expo 2019. The VG2-540 and VG2-640 impressed the judges – an outside panel of experts – with technological advancements, comprehensive color choices, improved machine efficiency and increased print-and-cut accuracy.

“The ISA Innovation Award winners truly represent the most creative and innovative products available on the ISA Sign Expo floor,” said Lori Anderson, ISA president and CEO. “Attendees at ISA Sign Expo have come to expect groundbreaking products and the latest solutions. These raise the bar.”

Roland DGA President and CEO Andrew Oransky was quick to point out the importance of winning this coveted award. “To have ISA recognize our new TrueVIS VG2 series as a standout product for 2019 is quite an honor, especially considering the stiff competition.”

“The cutting-edge technologies and features of these next-generation printer/cutters put them in a class by themselves,” Oransky added. “An amazing amount of research and effort went into the design and development of these machines, ensuring that every VG2 is built to exceed the needs of the most demanding graphics professional.”

For More Information

To learn more about Roland’s award-winning new TrueVIS VG2 series wide-format printer/cutters, visit http:// https://www.rolanddga.com/VG2. For more information on Roland DGA Corporation, or the complete Roland product line, visit https://www.rolanddga.com.

Kornit Atlas Industrial Garment Decorating System Handles Higher Production Levels

The Kornit Atlas is a heavy-duty system for industrial garment-decoration businesses. Capable of running to 350,000 impressions per year, the Atlas is being marketed to highly productive garment decorators, mid- to large-sized screen-printing firms, and innovative businesses. 

The Kornit Atlas direct-to-garment printer can print images and design on garments made
from cotton, polyester, cotton-polyester blends, lycra, viscose, silk, leather, denim, linen, wool and more.

“This is a huge leap forward, not only for Kornit, but also for the direct-to-garment printing industry as a whole,” said Omer Kulka, Kornit’s VP of Marketing and Product Strategy. “Simply put, the Atlas is the best and most cost-efficient direct-to-garment printing technology for high-quality and high-quality production requirements.” 

The system is equipped with ink-recirculating printheads and features a newly developed NeoPigment™ Eco-Rapid ink that meets global sustainability standards. The new ink carries the Oeko-Tex Eco-Passport certification and is GOTS pre-approved. It provides a white-ink opacity similar to those of conventional screen-printing inks and meets high durability standards on multiple fabric types. Its increased color gamut and saturation allow for deep, full tones and precise spot-color matching.  The Atlas system features six colors (CMYKRG) plus white. 

The unique print engine on the Kornit Atlas features an enhanced version of Kornit’s ink-saving HD technology and is complemented by professional RIP software that produces prints that meet high standards of retail quality and print durability.

Kornit Atlas with operator

The Kornit Atlas comes ready for the cloud-based business, productivity analytics, and optimization software platforms that are scheduled to be released in the second half of 2019. The platforms will allow for future network connectivity required to support fleet management and optimization of global multi-printer systems and multi-site enterprises.

Companies that participated in beta testing included DTG2GO and T Shirt & Sons

According to Deborah H. Merrill, president of the DTG2GO’s parent company, said Kornit Atlas innovations such as wrinkle detection and pallet ergonomics, present clear productivity benefits.  

“The new Eco-Rapid ink provides impressive brilliance and color gamut,and meets all wash test standards with no discernible scent,” said Merrill. “We are glad we had the opportunity to beta test the Kornit Atlas and are certain it will become a key component in DTG2Go’s production line.” 

Jon Lunt, co-founder and director at T Shirt & Sons, said, “Using the Atlas, T Shirt and Sons achieved a significant boost in garment decoration production through the peak holiday season. In several weeks of rigorous testing in a high-volume production environment, the Kornit Atlas was a revelation, doubling our output with very high-quality prints and the reliability the high-pressure season demanded.”

The Kornit Atlas will be demonstrated at the Fespa Global Print Expo in Munich from May 14-17, 2019 and at the ITMA textile and garment technology show in Barcelona from June 20-28, 2019. You can also see the Atlas at a Kornit Open House event in Las Vegas in April and at its regional subsidiaries.

About Kornit Digital 

Kornit Digital, headquartered in Israel, develops, manufactures, and markets industrial digital printing technologies for the garment, apparel, and textile industries. Kornit’s complete digital printing systems are enabling innovative business models based on web-to-print, on-demand, and mass customization concepts. Kornit serves customers in more than 100 countries and has offices in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. For more information, visit www.kornit.com 

Roland Introduces Its First DTG Printer

Roland DGA has released its first direct-to-garment (DTG) printer. The new VersaSTUDIO BT-12 makes it easy, efficient, and cost-effective to print directly on cotton apparel and accessories. Users can print full-color graphics (including photos, logos and text) directly on T-shirts, tote-bags, and interior décor items made from fabric that is at least 50-percent cotton.

Roland DTG printer
Roland_VersaSTUDIO_BT-12_direct-to-garment printer

Because of the printer’s small footprint and attractive pricing, individuals and businesses can personalize products with a low initial investment and in locations where space may be limited. For example, the BT-12 can be set up in retail shops, kiosks, gift shops, tourist destinations and special event venues.

The footprint of the BT-12 is 15.7 inches wide and 29.9 inches deep. This includes a finishing unit stacked with the printer unit. This clever design dramatically reduces the installation space typically required for a traditional DTG printer and finishing unit.

The Roland Design Software included with the BT-12 makes the printer easy enough for novices to use. With the intuitive software and hardware interface, anyone can create unique personalized apparel and accessories with minimal training.

“Roland has been a key player in the production of graphics for custom apparel and fabric goods for many years,” said Lily Hunter, Roland DGA Product Manager, Textiles and Consumable Supplies. “The addition of the BT-12 to our product line satisfies growing demand for a compact, value-packed direct-to-garment printer that offers outstanding performance alongside the benefits of Roland’s renowned customer service and support.”

Capable of producing a product from start to finish in as little as five minutes, the BT-12 is the designed to suit the needs and budgets of newcomers to the fast-growing garment-decorating market.

To learn more about the new VersaSTUDIO BT-12 direct-to-garment printer, visit www.rolanddga.com/bt-12.  For more information on the complete Roland product line, visit www.rolanddga.com.