Roland DG Corporation’s dye sublimation transfer technology has achieved certification of Oeko-Tex Standard 100, product class I.
The certification has been given for inkjet printing on polyester fabric with the company’s Texart ink, which is used for the Texart RT-640, the company’s latest dye sublimation transfer printer.
Oeko-Tex Standard class I ensures that printed textile items are safe for babies and toddlers and is the most difficult to achieve.
Yuko Maeda, division president of digital printing, market development for Roland DG said: “We are very pleased that the Nissenken Quality Evaluation Center has awarded our dye sublimation printing technology the Oeko-Tex Standard 100, product class I.
“We developed Texart ink and the RT-640 for a wide range of textile decoration applications, including sports and fashion apparel, curtains and other interior décor as well as promotional goods and personalised gifts. The Oeko-Tex certification provides not only an endorsement for our efforts to pursue environmentally-safe digital printing, but provides an important decision-making tool for our customers to better meet the needs of end users.”
Roland DG launched Texart ink and the RT-640 in October, 2014. Mr Maeda said the RT-640 incorporates a host of technological advancements that optimise sublimation transfer output while minimising running costs.
He added: “One of the RT-640’s major innovations is our new ink which is available in both four (CMYK) and eight colour versions (CMYK plus light cyan, light magenta, orange and violet). Previously, colours printed on sublimated fabrics could look faded with dull blacks, missing grays and fuzzy details. The RT-640’s variable droplet technology in combination with Texart ink displays bold, vibrant colours and rich velvety blacks, as well as subtle gradations and fine details.”