The addition of Nebula Sublimation inks extends the realm of high quality digital textile printing with a wider colour gamut, reduced manufacturing costs and high print quality. In the last two years, sublimation printing has established a strong position in digital textile printing for fashion applications driven by the improved quality of polyester fabrics, making them suitable for fashion garments and acceptable to major brands.
Their adoption was also strongly influenced by the more environmental nature of sublimation printing (no post-processing by steaming and washing is needed). As a result, brands have, despite some limitations, accepted the quality of sublimation printing for their fashion articles.
The new SPGPrints Nebula Sublimation ink set combines bright, sparkling colours with the best deep black available in the market. The new sublimation inks add to the Nebula range that includes Nebula Direct Disperse inks (launched at FESPA Digital, Munich), and Nebula Reactive HD inks, (launched at FESPA, Cologne).
Formulated for use with Kyocera print heads, SPGPrints’ Nebula range enables printers using any equipment with those heads to benefit from the gamut, vibrance, image quality, runnability and productivity made possible by the latest ink technologies.
SPGPrints develops and manufactures its own inks at its ink plant Boxmeer, the Netherlands. The plant has recently completed the latest of three expansion programmes adding new equipment and doubling its production space.
Information and samples about SPGPrints’ new PIKE digital printer for textiles were available on the FESPA Digital stand (8-11 March 2016, Amsterdam). Since its launch at ITMA Milan in November 2015, the response to this printer has been tremendous and installations are underway at three major textile printers.
Using specially formulated PIKE Reactive inks that eliminate mist, and Archer® technology, the PIKE printer can jet up to 4mm between substrate and print head, making it possible to print a wide range of substrates in a single pass. This distance also means that print head damage from contact with substrates is virtually eliminated. An array of 43 Fujifilm Samba print heads fire at 32KHz across the 1850mm print width delivering variable dot sizes (from 2-10pl) at a resolution of 1200 x 1200dpi.
This powerful printer combines high volume output – up to 13 million square metres per year with high-quality print in a time-saving workflow, and opens a new era in the textile printing.
During the show, SPGPrints also provided the latest information about its JAVELIN® printer that will be launched at ITM in Turkey in June. 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 operations.