​Digital Textile Printing for custom fabrics

How digital textile printing can help you set new benchmarks for image quality, uptime, design flexibility and fast deliveries.

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Different types of industrial textile printing

How to decide which type of textile printing technique best supports your production process and caters to your customers needs? For industrial textile printing, three different printing techniques are most widely used: flat screen printing, rotary screen printing and digital textile printing.

Flat screen printing uses a rectangular, flat screen and is suitable for producing flexible width fabrics at a relatively low production rate. Rotary screen printing, however, uses a cylindrical screen at a rate which is three times faster than flat screen printing.

Digital textile printing
Digital textile printing is the latest innovation in textile printing. It is an inkjet-based method which allows manufacturers to print almost any design on virtually any fabric. The fabric will be pretreated, after which it will pass through the inkjet printer at high speed and will subsequently be dried, steamed, washed and finished. The digital textile printer uses a printable design of a data file, reads the right colour information and prints the desired colour onto the fabric with minuscule droplets of ink at an astonishing quick production rate. Learn more about digital textile printing here.

How digital textile printing improves production processes

Digital textile printing is the latest innovation in the textile industry. It helps printers to meet demands for high-quality designs, short-runs and rapid-turnarounds

Also, its fast sampling and short-term delivery, helps customers to bring new ideas to the market faster. With digital printing, designs can be adjusted digitally on the spot. This gives digital printing companies a competitive advantage over manufacturers using traditional printing techniques.

Benefits of digital textile printing:

  • High resolution, fine patterns and unlimited colour combinations.

  • Low initial costs as no screens have to be engraved for individual patterns.

  • A sustainable solution: less ink waste and high savings on energy and water.

  • Unlimited repeat size as it is not limited to the circumference of the rotary screen.

High-quality printing on a wide range of materials with digital textile printing

Digital textile printing enables printing on a large number of materials. Digital printers can be used for printing on silk fabric, polyester, viscose and numerous other organic materials like cotton, wool and linen. Our digital printing inks are most versatile, ensure a high-quality print and provide the best industry standard fastnesses.

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Digital textile printing machines: single-pass vs multi-pass printers

A single-pass digital textile printer has no moving carriage. The printheads are mounted over the full width of the fabric on a fixed printbar, one for each colour. The fabric moves under those bars with a constant speed, so the image is built up in one stroke over the full width. This enables very high printing speeds, ranging from 20 linear meters per minute up to 40 linear meters per minute.

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In the scanning (multi-pass) digital textile printer the printheads are mounted to a carriage that moves from left to right and right to left over the width of the fabric. These printers typically reach speeds ranging from 20 linear meters per hour up to 367 linear meters per hour.

Benefits of single-pass printing

  • printing speed: up to 40 linear meters per minute
  • suitable for a variety of print runs on a limited amount of fabrics

  • facilitates high-speed production of large quantities on the same fabric

  • preferred solution for several million meters of fabric per year on a limited amount of fabrics

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Benefits of multi-pass printing

  • printing speed: up to 367 linear meters per hour
  • high level of flexibility in fabrics as they can be changed quickly without a high fabric loss
  • suitable for gradually increasing production capacity by adding more printers step by step
  • smaller footprint
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Costs of single-pass printing

A decisive factor in choosing a printing method are the costs and how it will enable return on investment. The low initial costs, low loss of fabric during start-up and reduced use of energy and water are important benefits of digital printing. On top of that, single-pass digital printing offers you more cost-saving benefits:

  • Single-pass digital textile printing requires a higher initial investment

  • Lower service costs as there is more control over print head performance 

  • Low ink costs

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Costs of multi-pass printing

Digital textile printing provides you as a printer various cost-effective benefits: low initial costs, low loss of fabric during start-up, low amount of waste and reduced use of energy and water. Are you interested in multi-pass printing? The costs of this printing technique are made up of various elements:

  • An affordable initial investment when starting with multi-pass digital textile printing

  • In turn, it has the lowest depreciation costs per meters as a result of the large print capacity

  • The lowest ink costs as a result of the purchase of large quantities of kilos ink per year

Digital Sublimation Printing

Digital Sublimation Printing is known as one of the most sustainable, future-proof printing processes in the world of digital. But is it the right printing method for your application and manufacturing process? In our Webinar On-Demand about Sublimation Printing, our experts tell you everything they know about the advantages and challenges of this printing method. Download your recording here and discover what Sublimation Printing can do for your company.

If you want to see what Sublimation Printing can do for your application, but you don't want to invest right away, our Personal Sample might be exactly what you need. Request a Personal Sample, discuss your printing process and challenges with our specialist, and see what the possibilities are yourself!

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PIKE: a new performance standard for single-pass digital textile printing

With its industry-leading speeds, precision geometrics, fast throughput, Archer technology and low running costs, the PIKE digital Printing Line represents a new performance benchmark for textile printing.

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JAVELIN: a reliable, multi-pass digital textile printer to meet your customers’ quality standards

The JAVELIN printer offers unsurpassed quality and value to textile printers who are taking the first step into digital production. Apart from ease, accuracy and productivity, JAVELIN offers flexibility and may be used with reactive, disperse or acid inks and different drying methods.

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