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Watch for Ongoing Improvements in DTG Inks

(June/July 2018) posted on Mon Aug 27, 2018

The markets for DTG printers are growing, thanks to changes in apparel retailing, new inks, better RIPs, easier-to-use printers, and ready-to-print DTG garments.

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By Eileen Fritsch

In January, Kornit announced its new HD printing technology for its Avalanche series of industrial-grade DTG printers. The 6-color Avalanche HD6 (successor to the Avalanche Hexa) is designed to reduce ink consumption by up to 30 percent compared to the R-Series version and up to 46 percent compared to the previous non-R-Series of Avalanche Hexa. The Avalanche HD6 uses seven channels of Kornit’s NeoPigment Rapid Ink (CMYKRG + white), which are also used in Kornit’s highest productivity DTG platform, the Vulcan.

The expanded color gamut of the Avalanche HD6 enables users to hit a wider range of brand colors, team colors, and spot colors. Kornit says the opacity and saturation of the white inks has also been improved. Shirts printed on the Avalanche HD6 produce an improved hand compared to previous generations of DTG printers. 

ColorGate’s Professional RIP solution provides advanced color management and screening capabilities and improved white underbase creation. It includes predesigned color libraries for color matching.

According to Omer Kulka, Kornit Digital’s VP of marketing and product strategy, Kornit’s HD technology provides a profitable alternative for print runs of one to 500 pieces. The inks can print on a variety of fabrics and provide durability and washfastness. Kulka says that ink costs for a simple 4-color graphic on a dark T-shirt are about 25 to 45 cents per shirt. Print speeds range from 150 light garments per hour to 110 dark garments per hour. 

In April, Kornit reported more than $5 million in orders for new Avalanche HD6 systems and upgrades. “We have seen an immediate and clear interest from screen printers in the HD technology,” says Gilad Yron, Kornit Digital’s executive VP of global business.

Kornit’s Avalanche 1000 R-Series of DTG machines include features such as an ink recirculation system, double bridge architecture enabling white and color print phases to happen in parallel, and an automatic height adjustment mechanism for printing over buttons, zippers, and beyond. The new Avalanche HD6 is said to reduce ink consumption by up to 30 percent. Courtesy of Kornit.  


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