DTGUK.com becomes first UK company to invest in Kornit’s Storm Hexa

The new Storm Hexa at DTGUK.com with Nick Davis, Phil Walker and Luke Smith
The new Storm Hexa at DTGUK.com with Nick Davis, Phil Walker and Luke Smith

Milton Keynes-based DTGUK.com has become the first UK company to install Kornit’s Storm Hexa, which was supplied by Adelco Screen Process.

DTGUK.com already uses two of Kornit’s Breeze machines and this new addition means that throughput rates can now be augmented with the added benefit of working with a wider variety of garments and apparel.

The growth of DTGUK.com has resulted in the need for an additional high productivity DTG printer and the addition of the Kornit Digital Storm Hexa now means that co-directors Nick Davis and Phil Walker can concentrate on fulfilment printing. This further investment into a DTG system is ideal for heavy-duty production cycles with a variety of apparel and garment products, including items such hoodies and aprons as well as T shirts.

Mr Davis said: “The Kornit Storm Hexa gives us the heavy duty production levels we need with our new business model and adds the benefit of a wide gamut with its CMYK plus red and green colour palette.

“Our two Kornit Breeze printers have been ideal for our existing direct-to-customer market but, with the move to higher mixed volumes with our new trade service, we needed an industrial-strength platform for longer, versatile runs of personalised and versioned products.”

Mr Walker added: “It’s also vital that we don’t want to be restricted by only printing to cottons and mixes. Kornit’s NeoPigment process frees us up to work with virtually all textiles without requiring specialist pre- and post-treatment routines.”

Both Mr Davis and Mr Walker have always enjoyed working with Adelco, whose knowledge of the textile industry migrated into the digital production segment more than twelve years ago.

Adelco’s Luke Smith said: “Kornit’s wet-on-wet and in-line pre-treatment processes are key for production – there are few restrictions to which textiles Kornit can print on.

“At Adelco we have the advantage of generations of experience in the textile printing market and this enables us to help businesses make the transition and expand their digital production. The fact that Nick and Phil returned to Adelco for their latest investment demonstrates how we work closely with our customers to make sure that they invest in the best solutions for their needs.”

The Kornit Storm Hexa incorporates the NeoPigment process that makes it ideal for use on nearly all fabrics. It has 16 print-heads and two additional colours to provide full support for CMYK, red, green and white. It is ideal for producers of colour-conscious applications that need to match specific brand and corporate requirements, and can output up to 170 garments per hour in high productivity mode. Its recirculation system reduces ink consumption, and optimises reliability while double the numbers of nozzles increases throughput by up to 40% when compared with its predecessors.

Timed for installation to fit in with DTGUK.com’s move to new premises, the Storm Hexa is now up and running, producing custom-printed products with no minimum order number.

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