Ricoh Ri 2000 Industrial Direct-to-Garment Printer Offers ‘Walk-Up’ Ready Ease of Use

The RICOH Ri 2000 industrial direct-to-garment (DTG) printer delivers fast print speeds at an affordable price for enterprises in the modern custom apparel market.

Capable of producing full-color graphics at 1200 x 1200 dpi, the RICOH Ri 2000 can print on a full range of garments as well as face masks, art canvas, and promotional products such as a wood, glass coasters, and mouse pads. The printer is designed for “walk-up ready” ease of use and simple maintenance.

“Everything about the RICOH Ri 2000 was created with an eye toward making high-volume DTG production faster, easier, and lower cost than it has beenin the past,” explained Yasu Takashima, head of the Direct-to-Garment Printing Division of Ricoh Printing Systems America, Inc. (RSPA). “Furthermore, we included robust network management solutions to ensure the smooth integration of direct-to-garment printing with the existing ecosystem of Ricoh industiral print solutions.”

He said Ricoh collected extensive feedback of existing and prospective enterprise customers: “The needs of these power users become clear: high-volume operators need a DTG printer that is fast, easy to use, and designed for business: “That is exactly what the RICOH Ri 2000 delivers.”

Features

8 Ricoh piezo-electric drop-on-demand inkjet printheads. Ricoh printheads are designed for speed, precision, and durability.

Dual carriages. One set of printheads lays down a white underbase. The printheads on the second carriage deposit the colors.

Automatic table height adjustments. Laser-assisted adjustments of the height of the printing table ensure that substrates of different thicknesses are optimally positioned for print quality. Operators can easily switch between printing T-shirts to plaques, hoodies, and items up to 1.2 inches thick.

Quick-change magnetic platens. Available in sizes up to 16 x 19.6 inches, the platens are designed to easily snap on and off the machine. This means that printing different garments of different sizes and styles requires practically no downtime.

7-inch touchscreen display. The full-color display panel provides intuitive controls for print jobs and workflow. The Interactive Operation Guide on the display provides alerts reminding operators to perform maintenance tasks that aren’t automated.

Automated weekly printhead cleanings and continuous monitoring. The RICOH Ri 2000 continuously monitors it ink supply, air level, and dampers and makes adjustments as needed so the printer will always be ready to print.

Printhead cleaning jig. Instead of using swabs and wipes to manually clean the printheads, operators simply attach the cleaning jig and add cleaning solution.

Inks. The printer uses five colors of Ricoh-approved DTG water-based pigmented inks: cyan, magenta, yellow, black, and white. Four channels of white ink in are loaded in a separate carriage to lay down white ink in single-pass.

Print Speeds. In the single-pass 600 x 300 dpi, a 10 x 8 inch graphic can be printed in 9 seconds on a light garment and 54 seconds on a dark garment. Printing the same graphic in the Super Fine 8-pass 1200 x 1200 dpi mode takes 58 seconds on a light garment and 97 seconds on a dark garment. Intermediate print speeds include a 2-pass 600 x 600 dpi Speed Mode and a 4-pass 600 dpi Fine mode.

Printable Substrates. The RICOH Ri2000 can print on garments made with 100% cotton and high-cotton blends; 100% light polyester; and up to 50/50 dark polyester. Canvas and wood can also be printed.

Software: The software included with the printer makes it fast and easy to set-up, preview, and print jobs and calculate ink usage and costs. Robust network-management solutions make it easy to integrate direct-to-garment printing on the RICOH Ri 2000 with other RIOCH printing systems used for documents or wide-format graphics.

Optional software packages enable you to manage networked machines more efficiently and enable next-level features such as campaign printing, automated workflows, and quality control.

About Ricoh Direct-to-Garment Printing

Ricoh Direct-to-Garment Printing (www.RicohDTG.com) is a division of Ricoh Printing Systems America (RPSA). Since 2016, Ricoh Direct-to-Garment Printing has been developing DTG solutions for every budget and skill level. Other products include the award-winning RICOH Ri 100 all-in-one DTG system and the RICOH Ri 1000.

Ricoh announced the Ricoh Ri 2000 on September 16, 2020

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.

Epson Unveils Next-Generation Direct-to-Garment Printer

Epson SureColor F2100 DTG printer

At the ISS Decorated Apparel Expo and Conference in Long Beach, California, Epson announced a successor to their popular SureColor F2000 direct-to-garment (DTG) printer — the new SureColor®F2100. Designed to improve reliability, performance, and print quality, the SC-F2100 can help garment decorators increase their efficiency on short-run orders and enable print shops and design studios expand their service offerings.

Epson SureColor F2100  (PRNewsfoto/Epson America, Inc.)

The SC-F200 can be equipped with different types and sizes of platens to print directly onto cotton and poly/cotton garments and accessories, including T-shirts, hoodies, jackets, and tote bags.

Background

The first DTG printers were built by enterprising engineers who adapted inkjet printing technology originally designed to print photos and graphics. Some of these models were used repurposed Epson printheads. But they often didn’t perform as well as expected.  Those printheads weren’t really designed for use with the textile ink chemistries required to print T-shirts that remain soft, comfortable, and machine-washable.

So, when Epson introduced their own purpose-built, commercial-grade SureColor F2000 DTG printer in late 2013, the printer was an immediate hit. The Epson printheads, inks, hardware, and software were all designed by Epson to ensure consistent, reliable printing on garments.

Screen printing companies that produce high volumes of decorated garments use the F2000 for short-run orders and on-demand printing of custom T-shirt orders from e-commerce sites. It is also used by designers who want to start a T-shirt printing business on the side and art stores that want to enable customers to convert popular wall-art designs into wearable art.

“The SureColor F2000 is the number-one selling direct-to-garment printer in the market and has helped customers increase efficiency on short-run orders and expand service offerings,” said Tim Check, senior product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America. “We listened to our customers and addressed common direct-to-garment pain points with the new SureColor 2100.”

The SC-F2100 delivers requires less maintenance by users and provides increased speed and efficiency.

The SC-F2100 printer features the Epson PrecisionCore TFP printhead, UltraChrome DG garment ink technology, robust hardware, an integrated self-cleaning system, and new print modes that can achieve up to twice the printing speeds of the F2000.

Unlike the SC-F2000 (which could be purchased either as a CMYK printer or CMYK + White ink printer), the SC-F2100 will be sold only as CMYK + White configuration.

Reliability

Many buyers of DTG printers expect to be able to use their printers for several years beyond the three-year period for which extended warranties are available. In order to do, the printer must be properly maintained to prevent build-ups in the ink lines or clogs in the printhead.

The white inks used as a base layer for accurate color printing on dark garments can be tricky to work with. The pigment particles are heavy and can clump together, causing blockages in the ink tubes and print nozzles.

The inline cleaning system on the F2100 automatically transports cleaning fluid through a channel in the printhead and the ink lines to dissolve ink build-up. This eliminates the need for the printer operator to perform a five-minute ink-tube flush at the end of each workday. According to Check, the cleaning cycle doesn’t use any ink and cleaning cartridges designed to last two or three months will cost around $20.

The advanced ink filtration system on the F2100 ensures that white ink is filtered three times before it reaches the printhead. An in-cartridge filter prevents white ink coagulated particles from entering the printer’s ink system. An inline white ink filter continuously filters the white ink before it reaches the print carriage. And, the on-carriage filter provides a final filtering process before the white ink enters the printhead. White inks is circulated through the inline filter automatically throughout the day.

Airborne lint and fabric fibers in a garment-printing environment can also create issues with printer performance and print quality.

A user-replaceable air filtration system on the F2100 removes dust and loose garment fibers from the print area by pulling air through the filter. A printhead dust and lint guard prevents dust and garment fibers from contacting the printhead. This dust guard is periodically cleaned with the printer’s fabric wiper.

Thanks to these built-in improvements, users of the SC-F2100 will typically only need to spend about 10 minutes a week on maintenance.

Print Quality

To improve print quality, the SC-F2100 includes Epson Precision Dot technology. By varying the size of the ink droplets, Epson Precision Dot improves image detail, produces a greater range of colors and smoother tonal gradations, and reduces the appearance of “peppering” and other visual artifacts.

When printing on dark-colored garments, the Epson SC-F2100 applies a base layer of white inks. This enables the four process colors (CMYK) to look more like they look on a white sheet of paper. Instead of being muted by the dark background, the colors on the white ink base layer look bright and true.

The new Highlight White feature on the Epson SC-F2100 applies a second coating of white ink to those areas of the image that are intended to be white. This increases the brightness of the white areas of the image without using a lot of extra ink or affecting the soft feel of the decorated garment. Best of all, the highlight white ink in the top layer is applied simultaneously with the four colors so it doesn’t slow down production.

 

Image printed with Highlight White
This image was printed with the Highlight White feature on the Epson SureColor F2100 printer.

 

If you print on heavier weight garments, such as hoodies, you can adjust the platen height in 0.5 mm increments to accommodate garments up to 25 mm thick. The printer then automatically verifies that distance between the printhead and the surface of the garment is acceptable for high-quality printing.

Performance

To improve the profitability of garment printing, the SC-F2100 includes several features to speed up production.

New print modes, including a Light Garment Mode, make it possible to print simple designs on light garments much more quickly.

“When users spend time with the printer, they will learn how to take advantage of these print modes to meet the level of quality a specific garment requires,” says Check. For example, if the design is trying to replicate the distressed look of a retro T-shirt, you can print it in a faster print mode than a shirt with full color image and small text.

To hold garments in place during printing, users of the SC-F2100 can use either a metal platen hoop or a garment grip pad that adheres to the platen. The platen hoop may be a better choice when the garment must remain perfectly flat. But the garment grip pad reduces the time it takes to load and unload garments.

Platens, cartridges, and printer stands used with the SC-F2000 will also work with the SC-F2100.

Epson is proud that all of the key components (printer, ink, printhead, software, precision-dot technology, and warranty) have been developed in-house to deliver the best performance. “All of these pieces are put together in Epson facilities so that we know everything works together,” said Check. “People can trust these printers to operate reliably.”

Availablity

The Epson SureColor F2100 includes Epson Garment Creative Software with powerful tools for layout and text, color management, ink control, and job-cost estimating.

The SureColor F2100 has an MSRP of $17,995 and will be available in March 2018 through Epson DTG Authorized Professional Imaging Resellers. A one-year Standard Epson Preferred Service Warranty is included. An extended warranty is available as an option. For more information, visit www.proimaging.epson.com

 

Kornit Adds Two New Direct-to-Garment Printing Systems

Kornit Storm 1000

Kornit Digital has launched two new industrial-grade direct-to-garment printing systems for medium-size producers of decorated garments or promotional T-shirts: the Kornit Storm Hexa and Kornit Storm 1000.

The Storm 1000 is the standard configuration of the new product family and features 12 printheads in a CMYK and White configuration. In high productivity mode, the Storm 1000 decorates up to 170 garments per hour including inline pretreatment. It covers a print area up to 50 x 70 cm / 20 x 28 in.

Kornit Storm 1000
Kornit Storm 1000

 

The Kornit Storm Hexa is for color conscious applications such as brand-related and promotional garments. This printer has 16 printheads and two additional colors for full CMYK, Red, Green and White support. It also can produce up to 170 garments per hour in high productivity mode.

Both printers feature recirculating ink systems to reduce ink consumption and optimize reliability. For increased productivity, both printers feature twice as many nozzles as previous Storm configurations.

Both systems are based on Kornit’s NeoPigment™ printing process and are equipped with a built-in pretreatment system, a quick-replace pallet mechanism, a 4-liter bulk ink system, an integrated humidity system, and a backup power system for a quick and easy system start.

All Kornit printing systems are compatible with a variety of fabrics (cotton, polyester, blends, denim, silk wool and more) and are geared towards industrial mass-customization.

“The Storm series of direct-to-garment systems have been Kornit’s signature product for more than a decade,” says Guy Zimmerman, Kornit’s Vice President of Marketing Business Development. “The Storm II is the best-selling industrial direct-to-garment printing system in the market. Launching a new and improved generation of Storm printers is an important milestone for us.”

Zimmerman calls the Storm 1000 and Storm Hexa “perfect production tools for a broad range of applications.” The new Storm configurations show drastically improved throughput, reductions in ink consumption, and excellent print quality.