Kornit Digital has expanded its reach in the DTG market to include medium to long runs with a new system.
The Vulcan is a digital platform that for the first time rivals screen printing for mid to long runs, due to its speed and ink efficiency.
Compared to the company’s current systems, Vulcan users can reduce the cost per print by up to 40%. With the Kornit Vulcan, more textile printers and garment decorators can benefit from digital printing advantages which include drastically reduced turnaround times, mass customisation capabilities and the elimination of setup costs, coupled with significantly reduced labour and manufacturing space.
Kornit’s new DTG flagship will be capable of producing up to 250 high quality garments per hour, with dark and light garments printed at the same speed. This marks a significant increase of productivity at more than double the effective throughput of previous Kornit systems.
The Vulcan features 60 new-generation print-heads with an advanced recirculating ink system in a six-color-plus-white configuration. The system caters for multiple print sizes and configurations with a maximum print size of 70×100 cm / 27.5×39.5 in. Like all other Kornit systems, the Vulcan was developed around the company’s unique NeoPigment patented printing process. Kornit’s own water-based inks work on a variety of fibres (natural, man-made and blends) and allow for inline-pretreatment. For the new system, the ink will be shipped in four litre bottles. After printing, garments are cured with a standard hot-air dryer. The inks are Oeko-Tex 100 certified and GOTS pre-approved.
Oded Kraft, Kornit’s VP of product development, commented: “The Kornit Vulcan significantly expands the addressable market for digital direct to garment printing by offering a true alternative to large scale screen printing manufacturing.
“The Vulcan is an exciting incremental step in our mission to deliver competitive digital solutions that eliminate environmental impact in an industry which has struggled to meet global standards.”