Textiles & Materials



  • + Epson Australia Debuts First Industrial Direct-to-Garment Printer

    Bringing New Levels of Customisation to Growing Digital Textile Market New Epson SureColor F3060 Provides Low TCO a..

    15 October 2020


    Bringing New Levels of Customisation to Growing Digital Textile Market

    New Epson SureColor F3060 Provides Low TCO and High-Production Reliability Allowing Print Shops to Produce Hundreds of Custom Shirts Per Day

    Epson Australia will debut the new SureColor F3060, its first industrial direct-to-garment printer, at its Productivity & Efficiency Showcase to be held at XO Studios, 10 Lincoln Street, Brunswick East, VIC 3057 on 20 and 21 February 2020. To register for and to attend the event click here

    Designed to provide low total cost of ownership (TCO) and reliability for exceptional performance and savings in high-production print shop environments, the SureColor F3060 is Epson’s first direct-to-garment printer to leverage dual printhead technology and a bulk ink pack system, providing remarkably low ink cost and minimised waste compared to Epson cartridge systems. It touts all new automatic garment height adjustment and easy user maintenance features to increase production and reduce downtime for garment print shops creating custom apparel.

    Designed for mid-to-large size garment printers looking for a high-production, cost-effective equipment, the SureColor F3060 can produce a full-size shirt in about a minute, allowing shops to print hundreds of shirts per day.

    Ideal for digitally printing custom garments on variety of fabric types including cotton, linen and rayon, the SureColor F3060 is designed to meet the increasing market demand for unique clothing driven by the millennial population.

    The printer leverages a new dual 2.6-inch PrecisionCore® printhead for high-quality output at production speeds with true one-pass printing for both colour and White ink. Coupled with the first bulk ink system integrated into an Epson direct-to-garment printer, it is capable of housing 1.5 litres per colour and 3.0 litres of White ink for less frequent refilling, lower operating costs, and less waste.  

    First ever automatic printhead height adjustment is set based on garment thickness and texture for optimal print quality without user interference, and easily switches between thin t-shirts and thick sweatshirts with less downtime between garments. Built for reliability, the SureColor F3060 features an ultra-durable linear rail system and CNC milled print carriage, designed for years of production, and features user serviceable parts, including printheads, and low maintenance time ideal for high production print on-demand service providers, fulfilment houses and in-house print on-demand production.

    More about the SureColor F3060

    Delivering high image quality, productivity and reliability in an affordable, highly intuitive design, the SureColor F3060 offers advanced features for the garment printing industry, including:

    • PrecisionCore Printhead Technology – Dual 10-channel printheads with 16,000 nozzles delivering industrial quality output at impressive production speeds
    • Bulk Ink System – Replaceable bulk ink packs for less frequent ink refilling and lower costs compared to our ink cartridge systems
    • High-Quality Direct-to-Garment Printing – Epson UltraChrome® DG inks* are durable, vibrant and safe, with outstanding colour performance, plus equal pricing for colour and White inks 
    • Automatic Printhead Adjustment – Optimised for garment thickness for improved print quality without user intervention
    • Low Total Cost of Ownership – Low maintenance time and cost with dedicated cleaning solution channels and fabric head wiper system
    • Fast Loading for More Productivity – Easy-to-use, all-new quick-load platen reduces traditional hoop platen load times
    • Intuitive, Easy-to-Learn Workflow – Updated Epson Garment Creator Software, available for macOS® and Windows®, includes cost estimator, text tools, hot folders, and automation SDK
    • Designed Exclusively for Direct-to-Garment Printing – An entirely purpose-built system featuring Epson’s PrecisionCore printhead, Epson UltraChrome DG ink system and robust hardware
    • Scale Seamlessly – Scale production capability with additional printers featuring an easily repositionable compact design 

    Australian pricing and availability details will be announced after February’s Productivity & Efficiency Showcase.

    To register for and to attend the event click here





  • + CRAFT/HOBBY SCREEN PRINTING PRESS INTRODUCED BY VASTEX

    Vastex has introduced an all-new, low-cost CraftPrinter™ Model V-10 screen printing press for one-colour garments,..

    12 October 2020


    Vastex has introduced an all-new, low-cost CraftPrinter™ Model V-10 screen printing press for one-colour garments, promotional items, signage or other flat products, it was announced by Mark Vasilantone, President.

    It accepts screens up to 58 x 78 cm and incorporates registration features typically unavailable on low-cost tabletop presses including all-steel construction, a no-warp steel pallet, floating head, 3-point bearing lock, and screen off-contact and levelling adjustments.

    The compact unit measures 35.9 cm W x 72.4 cm D and weighs 11.4 kg, making it portable.  

    Options include a neck guide and rubber top for the included pallet, and a variety of specialised pallets for sleeves, youth-size garments, oversized garments, face masks, small signs, insulated can holders and other promotional items.

    For higher production and/or multi-colour capability, the interchangeable print head, pallets and wheel lock assembly of the one-station/one-colour V-10 press can be transferred to the rotary frame of the company’s V-100 model to build a two-, three- or four-colour press at reduced cost when needs increase.

    Covered by a one-year warranty, the CraftPrinter press is shippable via UPS and comes with easy-to-follow instructions.

    Other Vastex equipment performance-matched to the CraftPrinter press includes an E-100 Tabletop Screen Exposer,  a D-100 conveyor dryer and a DRI-CAB Screen Drying Cabinet, which can also serve as a stand for the V-10 press and other tabletop equipment. 

    The company also manufacture commercial-grade and industrial-grade equipment including numerous models of screen printing presses, infrared conveyor dryers, flash cure units, exposing units, screen drying cabinets, washout booths and complete shops packaged according to desired capacity, printing capabilities, available floor space, and budget.

    For information contact Vastex International E: sales@vastex.com or www.vastex.com.






  • + Introducing HP Removable Adhesive Fabric

    HP introduces the NEW HP Removable Adhesive Fabric—a remarkable material that can be mounted to indoor or outdoor ..

    12 May 2020


    HP introduces the NEW HP Removable Adhesive Fabric—a remarkable material that can be mounted to indoor or outdoor surfaces without leaving a residue, and can be repositioned again and again without losing its adhesive qualities.

    It can be used on multiple non-porous, smooth and slightly textured surfaces such as walls, elevators, counter tops, and more. The applications for this adhesive-back fabric are truly endless including custom wall murals; wall cut-outs; indoor and short-term outdoor signage; trade show graphics; decals; decor event and campaign graphics; and the list goes on.

    “This is truly one media that can be used for just about any project,” says Kara Work, Product Manager for HP Large Format Media. “HP Removable Adhesive Fabric is a non-PVC product that meets strict environmental and safety standards and is certified flame-resistant and REACH compliant. It can be contour cut and applied without stretching”

    www.hplfmedia.com





  • + Fisher Textiles Adds Rebound Ultra Lite to Dye Sub Lineup

    Fisher Textiles, the leading supplier of fabrics for digital printing, has added GF1850 Rebound Ultra Lite, a lightweigh..

    14 April 2020


    Fisher Textiles, the leading supplier of fabrics for digital printing, has added GF1850 Rebound Ultra Lite, a lightweight version of its popular GF2000 Rebound printable carpet, to its Grand Format lineup for dye sublimation printing. GF1850 Rebound Ultra Lite is an anti-skid, rubber-backed printable carpet consisting of a non-woven face and a basket weave backing. It has been engineered for dye sublimation transfer printers, weighs 35 oz/yd2 and is available 126 inches wide. Rebound is resilient and does not hold a form when weight has been applied and released. This product is FR and meets 16 CFR Part 1630 and 16 CFR Part 1631, required by The Consumer Product Safety Commission for carpet materials. Uses include short-term carpet for events, trade show floor graphics, POP displays for retail advertising, bar mats and floor mats.





  • + SIHL products now available from Ricky!!!

    Poster Paper Pro Available in both 130gsm and 200gsm, SIHL Poster Paper Pro is multi-layered coated, weatherproof a..

    26 February 2020


    Poster Paper Pro

    Available in both 130gsm and 200gsm, SIHL Poster Paper Pro is multi-layered coated, weatherproof and is a high wet strength paper. With a matte finish and good scratch resistance these papers are suitable for printing with solvent, latex and UV-curing inks. SIHL Poster Paper Pro can be used for indoor and outdoor applications.

    Satin wallpaper


    This PVC free pre-pasted wallpaper is ideal for signs, posters and photos. SIHL satin wallpaper is a high-quality non-woven wallpaper for printing with solvent, latex and UV inks and is characterised by high colour brilliance and dimensional stability. Thanks to the water-activated paste on the back, this printed wallpaper can be glued to the wall directly after soaking in water.

    If you would like further information, contact one of the Print Media experts today on 029735 3333 or sales@rickyrichards.com.au





  • + Avery Dennison Introduces Graphic Solutions For Interior Designs

    Avery Dennison Graphic Solutions today launched its new Interior Design Collection to empower individuals and businesses..

    18 February 2020


    Avery Dennison Graphic Solutions today launched its new Interior Design Collection to empower individuals and businesses to create inspiration walls and enrich living spaces with beautiful works of art quickly, easily and without messy paint or primer.
     
    The new MPI® 8000 Wall series from the Avery Dennison® Interior  Design Collection enhances the existing MPI 2600 series wall film portfolio and printable textile film. The MPI 8826 which offers a textile finish and the MPI 8520 which offers a wallpaper finish are well-suited for printed wall graphics for retail decoration and branding, hospitality and commercial interiors, exhibitions and retail promotions and other interior decoration applications.

    “Today’s launch of new products in the Avery Dennison Interior Design Collection broadens our range of offerings to designers and building owners for high quality printed solutions,” said Jordan Leach, Senior Business Manager for Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions in Australia and New Zealand. “Made for even the most challenging indoor applications where there are hard-to-stick walls and walls with different surfaces, installation of these films is quick, easy and clean yet adheres well. The MPI 8000 Wall Film series will make transforming any indoor space easy and more visually rewarding than ever before.”

    Available through all authorised Avery Dennison Graphic Solutions distributors throughout Australia and New Zealand, the new MPI 8000 Wall series films can be applied without the need for primer, and excellent opacity ensures that the underlying wall is completely concealed.





  • + Fisher Textiles Now Offers No-Bleed Black Liner Fabrics

    Fisher Textiles, the leading supplier of fabrics for digital printing, now offers several black liner fabrics with no-bl..

    11 February 2020


    Fisher Textiles, the leading supplier of fabrics for digital printing, now offers several black liner fabrics with no-bleed yarns that are 100% colorfast and do not bleed or fade when washed.

    GF1707 Soft Knit Black is 100% Polyester, stocked 126 inches wide, weighs 5.1 oz/yd2 and is flame retardant. It has a tight structure and high opacity with excellent durability. Recommended for double sided banner liner or exhibit graphics, the no-bleed yarns used to manufacture this fabric ensure that it can be washed without fading or bleeding.

    GF4608 Power Stretch Black is 90% Polyester, 10% Spandex, stocked 126 inches wide, weighs 7.3 oz/yd2 and is flame retardant. It has 20% stretch in the width, 40% in the length making it a great liner for geometric/stretch or tension displays. It is a matte, colorfast fabric made with no-bleed yarns and has no crocking.

    www.fishertextiles.com





  • + Air Mesh 120 is now available from Ricky

    This PVC FREE mesh is ideal for banners, flags, beach flags and wall coverings. It is extremely lightweight and has..

    04 February 2020


    This PVC FREE mesh is ideal for banners, flags, beach flags and wall coverings.

    It is extremely lightweight and has high air permeability. With excellent print quality using dye-sub, UV or latex inks, you will be able to create vibrant colours using Air Mesh 120.

    If you would like further information, contact one of the Print Media experts today on 029735 3333 or sales@rickyrichards.com.au





  • + Epson Australia Debuts First Industrial Direct-to-Garment Printer Bringing New Levels of Customisation to Growing Digital Textile Market

    Epson Australia will debut the new SureColor F3060, its first industrial direct-to-garment printer, at its Productivity ..

    28 January 2020


    Epson Australia will debut the new SureColor F3060, its first industrial direct-to-garment printer, at its Productivity & Efficiency Showcase to be held at XO Studios, 10 Lincoln Street, Brunswick East, VIC 3057 on 20 and 21 February 2020. To register for and to attend the event click here
     
    Designed to provide low total cost of ownership (TCO) and reliability for exceptional performance and savings in high-production print shop environments, the SureColor F3060 is Epson’s first direct-to-garment printer to leverage dual printhead technology and a bulk ink pack system, providing remarkably low ink cost and minimised waste compared to Epson cartridge systems. It touts all new automatic garment height adjustment and easy user maintenance features to increase production and reduce downtime for garment print shops creating custom apparel.

    Designed for mid-to-large size garment printers looking for a high-production, cost-effective equipment, the SureColor F3060 can produce a full-size shirt in about a minute, allowing shops to print hundreds of shirts per day.

    Ideal for digitally printing custom garments on variety of fabric types including cotton, linen and rayon, the SureColor F3060 is designed to meet the increasing market demand for unique clothing driven by the millennial population.
     
    The printer leverages a new dual 2.6-inch PrecisionCore® printhead for high-quality output at production speeds with true one-pass printing for both colour and White ink. Coupled with the first bulk ink system integrated into an Epson direct-to-garment printer, it is capable of housing 1.5 litres per colour and 3.0 litres of White ink for less frequent refilling, lower operating costs, and less waste.  

    First ever automatic printhead height adjustment is set based on garment thickness and texture for optimal print quality without user interference, and easily switches between thin t-shirts and thick sweatshirts with less downtime between garments. Built for reliability, the SureColor F3060 features an ultra-durable linear rail system and CNC milled print carriage, designed for years of production, and features user serviceable parts, including printheads, and low maintenance time ideal for high production print on-demand service providers, fulfilment houses and in-house print on-demand production.

    More about the SureColor F3060

    Delivering high image quality, productivity and reliability in an affordable, highly intuitive design, the SureColor F3060 offers advanced features for the garment printing industry, including:
    • PrecisionCore Printhead Technology – Dual 10-channel printheads with 16,000 nozzles delivering industrial quality output at impressive production speeds
    • Bulk Ink System – Replaceable bulk ink packs for less frequent ink refilling and lower costs compared to our ink cartridge systems
    • High-Quality Direct-to-Garment Printing – Epson UltraChrome® DG inks* are durable, vibrant and safe, with outstanding colour performance, plus equal pricing for colour and White inks 
    • Automatic Printhead Adjustment – Optimised for garment thickness for improved print quality without user intervention
    • Low Total Cost of Ownership – Low maintenance time and cost with dedicated cleaning solution channels and fabric head wiper system
    • Fast Loading for More Productivity – Easy-to-use, all-new quick-load platen reduces traditional hoop platen load times
    • Intuitive, Easy-to-Learn Workflow – Updated Epson Garment Creator Software, available for macOS® and Windows®, includes cost estimator, text tools, hot folders, and automation SDK
    • Designed Exclusively for Direct-to-Garment Printing – An entirely purpose-built system featuring Epson’s PrecisionCore printhead, Epson UltraChrome DG ink system and robust hardware
    • Scale Seamlessly – Scale production capability with additional printers featuring an easily repositionable compact design
     
    Australian pricing and availability details will be announced after February’s Productivity & Efficiency Showcase.
     
    To register for and to attend the event click here





  • + be tex. Green Samba FR is now available from Ricky.

    Consisting of yarn obtained from recycled plastic bottles, this printable textile leads the way when it comes to sustain..

    07 January 2020


    Consisting of yarn obtained from recycled plastic bottles, this printable textile leads the way when it comes to sustainability in the printable textiles industry. be.tex® Green Samba FR has all the same features and delivers the same high-end quality print as world leading backlit textile, Samba, but the fact it uses recycled materials makes a positive alternative for the more environmentally conscious. 

    Ideal for light boxes, inflatables, display frame systems, banners, stand construction, bean bags and tablecloths.

    If you would like further information, contact one of the Print Media experts today on 029735 3333 or sales@rickyrichards.com.au






  • + ColDesi, Inc. Announces New DTG G4 T-Shirt Printer

    “Cutting edge, NEW technology is what’s at the heart of the G4 Direct to Garment Printer from ColDesi.&rdquo..

    07 January 2020


    “Cutting edge, NEW technology is what’s at the heart of the G4 Direct to Garment Printer from ColDesi.” Commented Mark Stephenson, Director of Marketing.

    With more than 50 years of combined experience in digital printing, embroidery, and the bling industry, ColDesi is excited to announce the release of their new, innovative direct-to-garment printer.

    Designed for speed and functionality, the cutting-edge DTG G4 features a patented Vacuum Platen, custom designed Kodacolor inks and a new touch screen interface.

    New Product Highlights:

     Time saving vaccuum platen (no hooping required)
     Custom formulated inks with higher saturation & density
     Self-regulated maintence
     Onboard print queue for PC-free operation

    “The Vacuum Platen can easily save 15-20 seconds, or even more, of loading and unloading garments,” DTG Product Manager Jerid Hill said. “High productivity isn’t only about how fast the printer prints, it’s also material handling, the G4 Vacuum Platen absolutely increases productivity, even on printers with similar speeds.”

    ColDesi reports that the majority of the maintenance for the G4 is self-regulated. Hill noted that this give users more confidence that they will have perfect prints.

    The G4 uses custom inks, powered by Kodacolor from Kodak, that have been specifically formulated for direct to garment printing.

    “Since we couple the Kodacolor inks with our G4 printer, the increased densities of ink and higher saturation of colors allows the G4 to print faster and use less ink,” Hill said.

    The G4 also contains an onboard print queue, allowing users to save time during production.

    “I’m positive the G4 will not only be a great experience for the end user, but it has the potential to make non-believers of DTG our spokespeople,” Hill said.

    www.coldesi.com





  • + Two new printable textiles are now available from Ricky!

    be.tex Flash Light FR is a fine knitted textile with a special light diffusion coating for light boxes and a colour boos..

    26 November 2019


    be.tex Flash Light FR is a fine knitted textile with a special light diffusion coating for light boxes and a colour boost coating specifically developed for dye sub printing. You can achieve very deep blacks and sharp prints with be.tex Flash Light FR and it is ideal for light boxes and displays.

    e.tex Latfinity FR is a woven polyester backlit textile designed for latex printing. It is 100% recyclable and delivers a perfect black colour without shine through. 

    If you would like further information, contact one of the Print Media experts today on 029735 3333 or sales@rickyrichards.com.au





  • + SMALLEST DTG-CAPABLE DRYER NOW IN 76 CM WIDTH

    The LittleRed X1D Dryer, designed to match the output of DTG printing systems, is now available with a 76 cm wide convey..

    20 August 2019


    The LittleRed X1D Dryer, designed to match the output of DTG printing systems, is now available with a 76 cm wide conveyor belt, offering greater flexibility to the small shop operator, it was announced by Mark Vasilantone, president.

    Equipped with a 61 cm wide heater, this dryer can cure up to 29 garments per hour DTG-printed with digital white ink at 2 minutes dwell time, as well as screen-printed garments at rates to 65 per hour for water-based ink or discharge, and 150 per hour for plastisols.

    By curing DTG-printed garments in an infrared conveyor dryer, the garments avoid the flattened, ironed-on appearance and halo associated with heat-pressing of printed images.

    The dryer can also be employed to dry the pretreatment, relegating the heat press to flattening of raised fibres prior to printing with a one second 'touch' per garment.
    As standard, it is equipped with features found on the company's larger DTG-capable dryers including adjustable belt-to-heater clearance to accommodate bulky items, a dual digital PID temperature controller accurate to ±1°C, and an X-Series conveyor belt roller tracking system with Teflon-coated fibreglass belt. A powered exhaust removes moisture and air contaminants at a rate of 5 CMM, while cooling the housing and controls.  

    The heaters of all Vastex dryers carry an industry-leading 15-year warranty, and feature closely spaced coils that provide high-density, medium-wavelength infrared heat for maximum cure speed without cold spots or under curing associated with conventional units.

    Fully expandable, the X1D-30 can accommodate additional heating chambers and belt extensions as business needs grow. 

    The company also offers DTG-capable conveyor dryers in widths up to 198 cm with capacities of up to 185 DTG-printed garments per hour, up to 555 per hour screen printed with water-based ink and discharge, and up to 1080 per hour screen printed with plastisol ink.

    Vastex also manufactures heavy-, medium- and light-duty presses, athletic numbering systems, flash cure units, screen coaters, screen exposing units, screen drying cabinets, pin registration systems, washout booths and complete equipment packages for entry-level to large commercial shops. 

    For information contact Vastex International, Inc., +1 610 625 2702, www.vastex.com





  • + AFI BRANDING LAUNCHES NATIONAL SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE

    AFI Branding, an Australian leader in fabric signage solutions, is launching a sustainability initiative, the first of i..

    25 July 2019


    AFI Branding, an Australian leader in fabric signage solutions, is launching a sustainability initiative, the first of its kind in the Australian signage industry.

    On 1st August 2019, AFI Branding, in partnership with BlockTexx, will launch its ‘be sustainable’ initiative, a fabric takeback scheme where all fabric printed by AFI Branding can now be directly returned for recycling. Mimco, a long term partner of AFI Branding, is the first retailer to join the initiative. AFI Branding is inviting the return of printed fabrics to its headquarters in Carrum Downs, Victoria where it will be sorted and separated and provided to BlockTexx for repurposing, all within Australia. Through the program, AFI and Blocktexx aim to divert 100 tonnes of fabric from retail in the first year alone.





    Glenn Watson, Managing Director at AFI Branding says: “At AFI Branding, we print over 15,000m2 of fabric per month. So we recognise that we have an important role to play in sustainability. After supplying the signage for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games last year, we were able to recycle many components but not all within Australia. We wanted to change this. We’ve spent a long time researching a 
    solution and we are really excited to have created this initiative alongside BlockTexx.”

    AFI Branding supply a range of industries within Australia including retail, events and exhibitions and Mimco, Best and Less, and Myer are amongst its client base. The company is confident the scheme will make a significant difference to their customers and to Australian landfill. With AFI’s client’s participation we estimate we can divert over 100 tonnes per year rising to 300 tonnes in year 3.

    Mimco is the first retail partner to join the initiative and will commence returning fabric next month with the official launch. Brad Poett, VM Production Manager at Mimco says: “Mimco has proudly been using AFI’s ReFrame system for many years now. Working towards our goal of promoting a good business journey through sustainable processes, we are proud to have worked with AFI Branding through the formative stages of this program. We are so happy that the recycling process will now be available locally and to more clients of AFI.”

    ‘be sustainable’ – how the initiative works

    - Client returns fabric to AFI Branding in Carrum downs, Victoria
    - Fabric is sorted and separated and stored at AFI Branding
    - Naked fabric transported to BlockTexx textile waste recycling centre from January 2020 onwards
    - BlockTexx S.O.F.T.™ process: from fabric separation, BlockTexx creates two high quality recycled materials - 
              - rPET for use in textiles, packaging, food containers, bottles and building products.
              - Powdered Cellulose for use in textiles, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and food products.

    BlockTexx Co-Founder Adrian Jones welcomed the partnership and said textile waste in Australia is beginning to gain the recognition it needs from government, industry bodies and forward-thinking companies like AFI Branding.

    “Stakeholder collaboration is key to achieving commercial scale impact and making a real difference in diverting textile waste from landfill,” Mr Jones said.

    “We will begin processing in January 2020, and it is our goal to divert 35,000 tonnes of textile waste from landfill each year. This partnership is a big step towards achieving this goal.”





    For more information on the scheme visit www.afibranding.com.au or to sign up contact AFI Branding on 1300 652 514.





  • + LONGINA PHILLIPS DESIGNS CHOOSES EPSON SURECOLOR SOLUTION

    Longina Phillips Designs was established in 1988 and is now Australia’s leading creative print design studio. Rece..

    28 May 2019


    Longina Phillips Designs was established in 1988 and is now Australia’s leading creative print design studio. Recently the company made a major investment in a new printing solution and the choice they made was to use Epson SureColor printers to print all of their designs.
     
    To see Epson printers in use at Longina Phillips Designs go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goJ_VOtUMVs&feature=youtu.be





    Lola Phillips, founder and managing director of Longina Phillips Designs explained, “Our talented design team creates new trend directions with consistently forward-thinking, boundary-pushing collections of textile designs.
    Longina Phillips Designs consists of a full-service studio offering three mainline collections. In addition to our collections, we share decades of experience in fashion and design by offering tailored trend reports, custom print work, a gifts section for limited edition art prints, and our very own print school. In other words, the printers we use are essential to the success of our business and for those, we chose Epson SureColor.”
     
    Epson SureColor printers now play a key role in bringing the unique Longina Phillips Designs to the global fashion industry.

    Phillips continued, “As a design practice we have always sought the best colour output, the best product and the best support. Our relationship with Epson started early around 1995 with desktop printers. Colour has always been the first consideration for us and our first models were Epson desktop A4 and A3 printers, then we moved on and purchased an A2 printer. Our first wide-format Epson stylus had water-based inks and was our favourite printer as it gave a much greater colour gamut. We now have all our Epson wide format printers calibrated to give the best colour.”
     
    It’s clear that colour and quality feature heavily on Lola Phillips’ and Longina Phillips Designs’ list of key requirements.
     
    Phillips added, “Colour is absolutely paramount and the flexibility of printing different sizes of paper is also very important to us too. We now use Epson wide format SureColor printers to print all our design work with. We love the SureColor as the colour of our printed designs is outstanding. Our clients always comment on the colour of our designs and ask us what printer and inks we use. The printing and the quality of colour can be always relied on with Epson.”



    In the fashion world, what you see is not just what you get but what you sell so the imagery and prints Epson help Longina Phillips Designs achieve go a long way within the company.
     
    Lola Phillips concluded, “There are several key benefits for Longina Phillips Design in using Epson SureColor printers moving forward. Critically it’s the reliability and quality of their printers combined with Epson’s first-class support, knowhow and knowledge. When all is said and done that’s an unbeatable combination for us.”
     

    For more on Epson SureColor printers go to: https://www.epson.com.au/Prographics





  • + WORLD'S SMALLEST DTG-CAPABLE DRYER INTRODUCED BY VASTEX

    Vastex International has introduced the world's smallest conveyor dryer matched to the output of Anajet®, Brother&re..

    07 May 2019


    Vastex International has introduced the world's smallest conveyor dryer matched to the output of Anajet®, Brother®, Epson®, Polyprint® and other DuPont®-based DTG printing systems, depending on model size and image saturation, it was announced by Mark Vasilantone, president.
     
    Dubbed "LittleRed X1D," the compact dryer measures 46 x 122 cm (dimensions of its conveyor belt) and is the first dryer with a heater that spans the entire belt width.
     
    Mr. Howard Debney from Leapfrog Machinery (Australian Distributors for Vastex) says “this is an exciting development for the Australian DTG Market. The LittleRed X1D offers an extremely dense machine; engineered to meet the space, budget and performance needs of DTG shops.”
     
    Compatible with the most popular inkets on the market, the LittleRed X1D can cure up to 27 garments per hour DTG-printed with digital white ink, as well as screen-printed garments at rates to 81 per hour for water-based ink or discharge, and 162 per hour for plastisols.
     
    As standard, it is equipped with features found on the company's larger DTG-capable dryers including adjustable belt-to-heater clearance to accommodate bulky items, a dual digital PID temperature controller accurate to ±1°, and an X-Series conveyor belt roller tracking system with Teflon-coated fibreglass belt. A powered exhaust removes moisture and air contaminants, while cooling the housing and controls. 
     
    The heaters of all Vastex dryers carry an industry-leading 15-year warranty, and feature closely spaced coils that provide high-density, medium-wavelength infrared heat for maximum cure speed without cold spots or under curing associated with conventional units.
     
    With many Australian printers moving towards the DTG market, Mr. Debney says “The LittleRed X1D will play an important role for small businesses, enabling them to compete in the DTG Market.”
     
    Vastex, through Leapfrog Machinery, offer the Australian market a range of quality screen printing equipment for entry level to large commercial shops. 
     
    For further information or to see this compact DTG dryer in action, contact Leapfrog Machinery on (02) 9482 4999 www.leapfrogmachinery.com.au





  • + Kornit Digital Unveils the Kornit Presto System, a Breakthrough Single-Step Industrial Solution for Digital Direct-to-Fabric Printing

    Kornit Digital, a global market leader in digital textile printing innovation, has announced the introduction of the new..

    23 April 2019


    Kornit Digital, a global market leader in digital textile printing innovation, has announced the introduction of the new Kornit Presto, the only industrial single-step solution for direct-to-fabric printing. The Kornit Presto solution eliminates the need for pre and post treatment of fabric and allows for high-quality printing on an extraordinarily broad variety of fabric types and applications. The Kornit Presto does not consume water in the printing process, making it the most environmentally friendly solution available for direct-to-fabric textile printing today.

    The new Kornit Presto comes with the ground-breaking NeoPigment Robusto, the best Pigment-based ink available in the Industry. Implemented into the renowned Kornit NeoPigmentTM process, the Robusto provides above industry standard wash and rub results and exceptional color fastness across a wide fabric and application range. The Robusto enjoys faster physical and chemical bonding characteristics, enabling a significantly shorter curing time, while providing industry-leading quality and a wide color gamut. The NeoPigment Robusto ink was developed with sustainability priorities and is ECO PASSPORT and GOTS V5 approved.

    The Kornit Presto solution suits a wide range of business and application needs in a variety of industry segments, including fast growing segments within the on-demand fashion and home décor markets. It is a highly productive solution, available in multiple configurations and able to print 450 square meters per hour.

    Gart Davis, CEO at Spoonflower, the world’s first web-based service for custom, on-demand fabric and design creation and a long-time Kornit customer, commented, “We were thrilled to be able to test the new system and found the Presto to be in a class by itself; it prints beautifully on all kinds of fabrics, in a single-step, with an environmentally friendly dry process, and now at a multiple of productivity.  Our partnership with Kornit continues to be fundamental to our mission to make custom fabric accessible to designers, creative individuals and small businesses all over the world. We can’t wait to get going.”

    Kerry King, Senior Vice President of R&D at Spoonflower, added, “The unique integration of the pre-treatment step into the printing process enables a level of efficiency that’s key to our web-to-print business.”

    Omer Kulka, Kornit’s VP of Marketing and Product Strategy, also commented, “Kornit is on a mission to reinvent the textile printing industry with game-changing sustainable technologies for growing market segments.  We continue to see demand growth for on-demand production in fashion and home décor. This revolutionary technology is further proof of Kornit’s commitment to address the textile industry’s most urgent needs.”





  • + Roland DG Announces First Direct-To-Garment Printer for On-Demand Personalisation

    Roland DG Announces First Direct-To-Garment Printer for On-Demand Personalisation Roland DG Corporation, a leading ..

    15 January 2019


    Roland DG Announces First Direct-To-Garment Printer for On-Demand Personalisation

    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and 3D devices worldwide, today announced the launch of the VersaSTUDIO BT-12 desktop direct-to-garment printer for printing directly on cotton-based products. Built for on-demand personalisation, the BT-12 is ideal for businesses looking for new revenue opportunities by offering an engaging in-store experience for their customers.
     
    According to Etsuo Harada, Division President of COTO Business Division for Roland DG, since the introduction of VersaCAMM SP-300 in 2003, Roland DG inkjet printers have increasingly been used in the production of custom apparel and fabric goods. “More recently,” Harada said, “in-store personalisation services for printing customer designs have grown rapidly. To meet this demand, the COTO Business Division developed the new DTG printer.”

    The BT-12 is an easy-to-use A4 size printer that allows printing directly on cotton* substrates. You can print full colour graphics including photos, logos and text on a variety of products, such as t-shirts, tote bags and interior decoration items. Its compact size and affordable pricing allow businesses to offer personalisation services with a low initial investment and in locations where space is limited, including shopping malls, kiosks, apparel stores, hotel gift shops and tourist destinations, or even at events.
    * Fabric must be 50~100% cotton.
     
    When combined with cotodesign, an optional design and print management software that can be purchased separately, the BT-12 can become a complete design, order and print management solution to open new business opportunities and increase foot traffic at retail locations. cotodesign also supports* additional Roland DG devices, allowing businesses to use it for a wide variety of applications and events.
    * cotodesign supports VersaSTUDIO BN-20, VersaUV LEF Series and LD-80 Laser Foil Decorator.     
     
    Harada said that the BT-12 is affordably priced, allowing businesses to explore new opportunities with very low initial investment. Capable of producing a product from start to finish in as little as 10 minutes, the BT-12 is designed for ultimate ease of use and can be operated by virtually anyone with minimal training. Cassettes are used for holding the items for printing and finishing, ensuring the safety of operators and customers.
     
    With dimensions of 399mm (W) ×760mm (D), the printer unit requires very little space. The optional finishing equipment has been designed to be stacked with the printer unit. This dramatically reduces the installation space that is typically required for a traditional direct-to-garment printer and finishing unit combination so that businesses can install the BT-12 in small spaces at retail locations and event venues.
     
    The BT-12 is bundled with easy-to-use Roland Design Software. With an intuitive user interface, anyone can create unique designs with minimal training. In addition to the BT-12, the optional cotodesign software also supports the VersaSTUDIO BN-20 Printer Cutter, the VersaUV LEF Series Printers, that are widely popular for the production of promotional and one-off personalised products, and the LD-80 Laser Foil Decorator. These solutions not only help to add value to merchandise, but also provide customers with a rewarding new shopping experience, that can help build store traffic as well as become a popular topic of conversation on social media.
     
    “Consumer behaviour has been shifting from consumption to experience due to the diversification of consumer values,” Harada said. “As a result, businesses have an opportunity to offer high-value merchandise such as personalised products to meet customer needs and desires.”
     
    “Our goal,” Harada continued, “is to provide our users with tools that help deliver a unique experience and quality time for their customers and to transform their imagination into reality.”

    www.rolanddg.com.au/products/printers/versastudio-bt-12-direct-to-garment-printer





  • + Kornit Digital launches the Atlas, the super-industrial, next-generation direct-to-garment printing platform

    Kornit Digital launches the Atlas, the super-industrial, next-generation direct-to-garment printing platform Kornit..

    15 January 2019


    Kornit Digital launches the Atlas, the super-industrial, next-generation direct-to-garment printing platform

    Kornit Digital, a global market leader in digital textile printing innovation, has announced the introduction of the Kornit Atlas. Following the success of Kornit’s Storm HD6 and Avalanche HD6 / HDK, the Atlas is the first instance of the company’s next-generation direct-to-garment printing platform, providing garment decorators and screen printers a unique tool for mastering the current and future challenges of the textile supply chain.

    The Kornit Atlas is a heavy-duty system created for super-industrial garment decoration businesses. It was designed to deliver a typical annual production capacity of up to 350,000 impressions, optimising production efficiency and cost of ownership. The Kornit Atlas is aimed at highly productive garment decorators, mid to large size screen printers and innovative businesses looking to combine state-of-the art technology with lowest cost of ownership. The system is equipped with new recirculating print heads and comes with a newly developed ink, NeoPigment Eco-Rapid. The Kornit Atlas is equipped with a unique printing engine, featuring an enhanced version of Kornit’s HD technology, complemented by a professional RIP (raster image processing) software solution, and produces prints that meet the highest standards of retail quality and durability. The all-new Atlas comes ready for Kornit’s future releases of its cloud-based business intelligence, productivity analytics and optimisation software platforms, scheduled to be released in the second half of 2019. It will allow for easy future network connectivity required to support fleet management and optimisation of global multi-systems and multi-site enterprises.

    Omer Kulka, Kornit’s VP of Marketing and Product Strategy, comments, “This is a huge leap forward, not only for Kornit, but also for the direct-to-garment industry as a whole. We have delivered the Atlas on the collective feedback of thousands of Kornit systems’ operators and on the experience collected from hundreds of millions of printed garments – simply put, the Atlas is the best and most cost-efficient direct-to-garment printing technology for high-quantity and high-quality production requirements. On top of that, the Atlas has been designed in a modular and future-ready way, driving quick and easy implementation of new developments in the future. At Kornit, we remain focused on constantly introducing technology that allows the industry's leading brands to better connect with their customers and to adapt to the rapid changes in consumer preferences, impacting the fashion and apparel industry and is driven by the talent in our global research and development division.”

    The new NeoPigment Eco-Rapid ink is a main driver of the Atlas’ retail quality prints. It provides an industry-leading white ink opacity, matched to those of conventional screen inks, and meets highest durability standards on multiple fabric types. Its increased colour gamut and saturation allow for deep full tones and precise spot colour matching. The new ink has been developed with sustainability in mind, carries the Oeko-Tex Eco-Passport certification and is GOTS pre-approved. The new Eco-Rapid ink will be integrated with new Storm HD6 and Avalanche HD6/HDK systems and will also be retrofitted to existing Kornit HD systems. Kornit intends to switch all existing HD customers to NeoPigment Eco-Rapid during the year 2019.

    The launch of the Atlas completes an extensive period of beta testing, with extremely positive feedback from early adopters. Deborah H. Merrill, President of the Delta Group, parent company of DTG2Go, comments, “Many of the Kornit Atlas’ innovative capabilities, including the wrinkle detection and pallet ergonomics, present clear productivity benefits. The new Eco-Rapid ink provides impressive brilliance and colour gamut, meeting all wash test standards with no discernible scent. We are glad we had the opportunity to beta-test the Kornit Atlas and are certain it will become a key component within DTG2Go’s production line.”

    Jon Lunt, Co-Founder and Director at T Shirt & Sons, adds, “Using the Atlas, T Shirt and Sons achieved a significant boost in garment decoration production through the peak holiday season. In several weeks of rigorous testing in a high-volume production environment, the Kornit Atlas – with its new Eco-Rapid ink set – was a revelation, doubling our output with very high-quality prints and the reliability this high-pressure season demanded.”





  • + Longina Phillips Designs | Epson Graphics and Fabric Printers

    Lola Phillips, founder and managing director of Longina Phillips Designs, discusses the part that Epson SureColor printe..

    05 June 2018


    Lola Phillips, founder and managing director of Longina Phillips Designs, discusses the part that Epson SureColor printers play in bringing their unique designs to the global fashion industry. Learn more about Epson SureColor for graphics here: http://bit.ly/2xmmF3C and for fabric here: http://bit.ly/2GXGcqr