SPGPrints cost-efficient, high-performance
rotary screen and digital textile
This editorial contributed by
SPGPrints highlights the long-term savings and reliability of
its reusable nickel rotary screen printing solutions and also
the high performance of its inkjet technology for textile
SPGPrints offers a fully controllable, efficient rotary
screen process, with solutions covering every step in the
workflow. The nickel electroformed NovaScreen® and RandomScreen®
screens are capable of faster print speeds and achieve even
paste transfer with relatively low squeegee pressure, resulting
in improved paste yields.
The NovaScreen, available in mesh counts from 135 to 245
holes per inch, combines high resolution with high open area,
thanks to a unique mesh and hole shape. The RandomScreen
features an irregular hole distribution that eliminates moiré
that can be caused by clashing patterns. With a 125 mesh and
79µm hole size, the screen contributes to paste savings,
especially when printing pigment.
Thanks to their strength, NovaScreen and RandomScreen screens
can withstand the rigours of relatively fast production speeds,
handling and multiple re-engraving cycles. As a result,
SPGPrints’ textile rotary screen customers report being able to
re-use the company’s screens for several different designs,
thereby saving consumable costs. New water-based stripping
technologies that contain no corrosive chemicals can extend the
life of SPGPrints’ screens further and provide a lower-risk and
environmentally responsible way of stripping.
Additionally, SPGPrints offers digital imaging solutions for
fast rotary screen preparation, with a fast return on
investment. SPGPrints’ smartLEX 7043 direct laser exposing
system, with its unique multi-beam diode technology, combines
long life, economical use of energy, high productivity and
resolutions of up to 2540dpi. Using an intuitive Smart-GUI,
smartLEX 7043 exposes screens between 300mm and 3500mm length,
in exposing cycles as short as 12 minutes.
Information on SPGPrints’ digital printing solutions will be
available from SPGPrints and Nutek personnel at both stands.
SPGPrints’ digital printing machine offerings include its high
productivity, fixed-array PIKE® printer, capable of printing up
to 13 million linear metres per year, and its scanning head
JAVELIN® printer for outputting up to 2 million linear metres
Both printers feature SPGPrints’ unique Archer® technology.
With nozzles 4mm from the substrate, a wider range of substrates
can be run, and the chance of print head damage is reduced.
Using only six colours, Archer technology enables a gamut wider
than the HD-gamut of other digital textile printing solutions.
In addition, SPGPrints’ ‘Archer Print Head Program’, provides a
two and a half year guarantee on the print heads in combination
with the use of accredited inks.
SPGPrints has invested significantly in the development of
digital inks that ensure unattended printing, with unrivalled
quality and runability.
The PIKE and JAVELIN printers may be configured for use with
acid, disperse and reactive inks, all manufactured by SPGPrints.
These inks are 100% compatible with Archer technology used in
these printers, based on the Fujifilm Dimatix Samba print heads.
SPGPrints manufactures inks that are specially formulated for
the leading industrial print heads and fabrics, through its
NEBULA, QUASAR and FLARE ink ranges.
SPGPrints’ solutions are well suited to many leading markets
with its high use of cotton, rayon and polyester fabrics. “The
company’s dedication to innovation and technological
development, as well as its commitment to local markets have
given SPGPrints a leadership position in global textile
Ronald Meuffels, senior area sales manager at SPGPrints,
comments: “In a market that is increasingly characterised by
fast turnarounds, price sensitivity, and online sales, the
ability of textile printers to respond as quickly as possible
with the highest quality at the right price is essential.
SPGPrints offers the latest solutions for the entire workflow,
whether digital or conventional. Its worldwide service, support
and applications expertise makes it an ideal partner in