SPGPrints promotes digital textile
printing at Colombiatex 2017
SPGPrints will present
the superior quality, productivity and cost-reducing
capabilities of its comprehensive inkjet printing solutions for
textiles at Colombiatex de las Américas 2017, 24-26 January
(booth 868, Plaza Mayor Medellín Convenciones y Exposiciones,
Medellín, Colombia). The company will also highlight its rotary
screen technologies including digital imaging systems and nickel
screens at the exhibition.
SPGPrints’ digital textile offering covers every
step in the workflow. This includes printing systems, inks and a
global support network providing technical support and
PIKE® single-pass printer and JAVELIN® scanning printer set the
standard for digital textile printing, and can be used with a
variety of inks and dryer configurations to suit individual
businesses. The PIKE is a full-production machine that is
already economically attractive at three to four million metres
per year, with a potential capacity of more than 10 million
meters per year. The JAVELIN, which received its first Latin
American showing at Febratex 2016, has a potential productivity
of up to two million metres per year, and is designed for
companies that might be taking their first step into digital, or
that wish to add to an existing digital capability. Besides the
standard width of 1.85m, JAVELIN is also available in a 3.2m
printing width to cater for the home furnishing market.
Both printers use SPGPrints’ Archer® technology, a
universal inkjet platform designed to evolve with the developing
print head technology. This means that an investment in PIKE of
JAVELIN will last for years, and can be retrofitted with newer
print heads once available. Currently, both PIKE and JAVELIN are
equipped with Fujifilm Dimatix Samba print heads to produce
sharp lines, precise geometrics, smooth gradations and solid
blotches, by firing variable drops (2pL to 10pL) to achieve the
perfect image. Print heads are 4mm from the substrate so risk of
damage to them is eliminated. Additionally, a wide range of
fabrics may be printed.
Understanding the economics of digital printing is
an important part of the readiness of a company to move into
digital, but those companies that have understood it, are
already taking leadership positions.
“A proof of this is that amid the economic and
political challenges in Latin America, the digital textile
market continues to grow – and at a fast pace” said Jorgen
Lindahl, senior areas sales manager (digital textiles) at
SPGPrints. “As printers have been increasingly adopting digital
technology as they and their customers, especially in the
fast-fashion sector, realised the enormous potential for
supply-chain cost reductions, and lower risk.”
“With digital, you are not printing garments to
sell, but ones that have already been sold,” Lindahl continues.
“Printing on-demand also means that companies can carry less
stock, warehousing costs are dramatically cut, and there are
much faster times-to market. All these things reduce risk –
which makes working with a printer with digital capabilities
more attractive. While these benefits are ideal for fast-fashion
houses, similar benefits are enjoyed at the higher end of the
market with easier and more affordable production of shorter
runs and limited editions.”
digital inks with superior density and colour gamut
SPGPrints develops and manufactures its own inks
at its ink plant in Boxmeer, the Netherlands. Offering the
widest colour gamut, and superior density, the digital inks
range continues to expand in response to market demands, and are
specially formulated for consistency, runnability, reliability
and trouble-free use.
SPGPrints’ PIKE and JAVELIN inks are designed for
the unique conditions of these printers. In addition, the
company offers a full range of NEBULA® inks, specially
formulated for any printing equipment using Kyocera print heads.
JAVELIN® Printer: This versatile new printer, designed for
production up to two million metres per year, offers a way
for textile printers to take the first step into digital
or for existing digital printers to step up their digital
The SPGPrints NEBULA® Sublimation ink set combines
bright, sparkling colours with the deepest black available in
the market. These inks are idea for printing with polyesters.
The sublimation inks add to the Nebula range that includes
NEBULA Direct Disperse inks, NEBULA Reactive HD inks, and the
new NEBULA Acid HD inks. NEBULA Acid HD inks meet all industry
standards for colour and water-fastness, and the specifications
for all major swimwear manufacturers.
Screen solutions for
SPGPrints continues to develop solutions for screen
printers to enable them to streamline their workflows while
printing textiles of unparalleled quality.
In the pre-printing stage, SPGPrints’ digital laser
technologies for imaging screens have proven to deliver advances
in resolution and image sharpness, repeatable results, faster
production and reduced operational costs.
Direct laser engraving is a single-step, dry
process that eliminates costly consumables such as film, ink or
chemicals, and time-consuming processes like exposing and
washing. With minimal process steps, the chance of human error
is greatly reduced.
For wet-process screen imaging workflows, SPGPrints
offers laser exposing systems. These use exclusive multi-beam
diode technology, which combines long lifetime, high
productivity and resolutions of up to 2540dpi. The entire
workflow remains the same as other exposure technologies such as
film or ink-masking.
SPGPrints’ electroformed seamless nickel screens
are renowned for their strength, durability, stability at high
print speeds, and the potential for high mesh-counts.
Manufactured in Brazil, fast deliveries are assured.
SPGPrints NovaScreen® screens offer the optimum in
print quality and productivity for printing all kinds of
fabrics, ranging from cotton, polyester and viscose, to silk,
rayon and heavy materials like car upholstery. The high mesh
count with streamlined bridges between specially shaped holes
maximises paste transfer. The most recent addition to the
NovaScreen programme, Mesh 245, features an exceptionally high
mesh count, allowing exceptionally smooth tonal degradations,
fine linework and smaller dots, thereby widening the scope for
creativity in geometric pattern and shirting design.
“SPGPrints has long supported the Latin American
market through SPGPrints Brazil, its sales and support facility
in Piracicaba,” Lindahl concluded. “Whether for digital
printers, inks or screen solutions, we see this as a key market
for us, and look forward to working with companies and brands
here to introduce our latest technologies and continue the
tradition of quality and innovation that we have found in Latin