Technology vs knowledge

November 14, 2019

After working for technology companies for the last 35+ years i decided to do it differently this time. I decided that sharing is better than keeping information to yourself. Specially in our printing industry and textile markets, knowledge is kept close to the heart. Just in case the competitor is looking, might steal my idea or whatever reasoning you would like to come up with.

Transforming the famed ballroom at Mayfair’s iconic Claridges hotel into an Italian Palazzo for a Greek couple’s wedding was a piece of cake for special events company Kudos AV.

Kornit Digital (Nasdaq: KRNT), a worldwide market leader in digital textile printing technology, announced that OnPoint Manufacturing, an innovative leader in on-demand personalized apparel manufacturing, will be implementing Kornit Presto as a cornerstone of its manufacturing optimization efforts. The direct-to-fabric digital print system will be installed at the business’s Florence, Alabama facility.

“We’ve bought the right machine at the right time. You walk around retail and with every step you take all you see is fabric,” says Dan Pitts, Director at KGK Print Group. The machine he’s referring to is the company’s latest acquisition - an EFI VUTEk FabriVU 340 dye sublimation printer.

For the fourth consecutive time, Imaginators has won Best Branding at the Festival Supplier of the Year awards. This adds yet another trophy to its impressive cache of accolades that include multiple wins for Best SME Business of the Year, Best Wide Format and Best Superwide Format Digital Print Company of the Year and several others including IoD Director of the Year for founder and Managing Director Matt Tydeman.

Your Print Specialists (YPS) has announced the immediate availability of the new Poseidon textile printer from South Korean manufacturer, Digital Graphics Inc (DGI). This 1.6metre wide dye-sublimation transfer printer has production speeds of 80 -120m2 per hour.  The company has also launched an enhanced version of the printer, which incorporates an additional printhead.

Krit Patel, managing director of Printvision, invested in 3 EFI inkjet printers in the last 18 months to keep up with demand. The two EFI VUTEk FabriVU 340 dye-sublimation printers and the EFI VUTEk LX3 Pro hybrid LED printer allow the company to produce products of superior quality at an impressive speed – while becoming a close partner with EFI.

Brothers Ash and Krit Patel know a thing or two about wide format digital printing and dye sublimation, and so they should. The siblings have been offering wide format digital print services since 1996, and in 2011 became early adopters of large-format digital textile printing.

Mimaki USA, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, today announced the next-generation TX300P-1800 MkII printer that doubles the opportunities for business growth with dual-media and dual-ink support. The TX300P-1800 MkII offers the ability to switch between transfer paper for dye sublimation printing or direct-to-textile printing on one unit, and also offers additional dual-ink possibilities. The TX300P-1800 MkII printer will be on display in the Mimaki USA booth 5216 at the PRINTING United show in Dallas, October 23-25, 2019.

Epson America has introduced its first desktop dye-sublimation printer – the 24-inch SureColor® F570. Delivering fast, reliable dye-sublimation printing right out of the box, the new SureColor F570 is ideal for promotional products and apparel decoration, including personalizing awards, mugs, mousepads, and garment embellishments. The new printer will be on display in Epson's booth (#5410 and #5610) at PRINTING United in Dallas, Tex. from Oct. 23-25, 2019.

As digital printing technology continues to advance, textiles businesses are increasingly seeing the benefits of digital inkjet. In fact, the adoption of digital printing technologies was estimated at 6% of all printed textiles at the end of last year, accounting for 2.6 billion square meters of printed fabric.

French RIP software specialist Caldera has announced RIP support for the new HP STITCH series of printers, having developed TextilePRO printer drivers specifically for the range. The new and intuitive workflow suite has been designed to enable fast, precise textile printing that will cut down on waste and error, resulting in more profitable production.

For over 20 years, R A Smart has led the UK in digital textile print production and the supply of CAD and CAM printers and finishing solutions to the textile industry. Testament to their expertise in this field, the company was recently appointed exclusive UK reseller of the HP Stitch range of dye-sublimation digital textile printers.

One of the most exciting things about large format printing is the new technologies and products that are consistently being developed. From new printers and substrates to innovative software, forward thinking print suppliers are regularly rethinking how we design and develop solutions, to ensure our clients always have access to the most cutting edge, exciting installations.

Eighteen months ago, dye sublimation didn’t even register on the dial at Manchester Print Services, the wide-format digital printing company set-up by Lee Egan and Andy Lambert in 2010.

Kornit Digital (Nasdaq: KRNT), a worldwide market leader in digital textile printing technology, announced that Orleans, France-based Brodelec has installed the country’s first-ever Kornit Presto S system for roll-to-roll, pigment-based digital textile printing. This installation will enable the multiservice marking brand to expand their business further into customized décor and on-demand fashion.

Based in Middleton, Manchester Print Services has grown over its eight-year history to attract a range of customers in the retail POS and exhibitions markets. Recognising that these industries were moving away from typical board graphics and towards fabric materials, the business has invested in dye-sublimation and direct-to-textile printing systems – and, in 2018, a new Blackman & White laser cutting and routing table.

Star Incorporated, an event and trade show solutions provider of exhibits, graphics, and event services with over 50 years of proven success in the industry, recently upgraded its digital wide format printing portfolio with the investment in the revolutionary Panthera S4-3.2m dye sublimation printer.

Banner Box has been digitally printing textiles for over two decades, so they know a thing or two about materials. Through CMYUK, Banner Box has now converted almost entirely to PONGS® materials.

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) and the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) have partnered to produce the Digital Textile Printing Conference 4.0, taking place on December 11 - 12, 2019 in Durham, NC. Registration for the two-day event is now live. The conference covers an array of topics including the newest digital textile ink and printing technologies, key market drivers and conditions, color management and workflow developments, design software, and digital manufacturing and integration.

Michael Crook sits in the quiet eye of the storm. Commercial Director at CMYUK for the last six years, he is responsible for the consumables side of the business. As such, he is both a witness to the growth in proliferation of digital wide-format textile applications, and an active enabler in the adoption of these by print service providers and non-traditional businesses beyond.

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