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A Direct-to-Garment Deluge

(May 2009) posted on Tue May 19, 2009

The garment-inkjet floodgates are wide open, leaving many screen printers who want to boost revenues with complementary digital technology drowning in options. This article will help you wade through the crowded pool of printers.


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By Ben P. Rosenfield

Among the recent developments at Kornit Digital is the Kornit 933 (pictured), an add-on station for carousel screen presses. It’s designed to allow screen printers to combine screen and digital printing techniques on the same garments without additional handling of the apparel. The all-in-one printing module is fastened to the carousel. It uses Spectra Nova AAA printheads and pigmented solvent or water-based inks (CMYK + White) for printing on light and dark garments. The 933 supports maximum print size of 15 x 19 in. (390 x 480 mm) and imaging resolutions up to 636 x 363 dpi. Kornit says the printer can decorate up to 200 shirts per hour with image sizes of 5 x 11 in. (127 x 279 mm). The company suggests the use of Onyx and Wasatch RIPs designed for Kornit. The company’s other offerings include the 931, 931DS, 932D, and 932NDS. The 931 is a dual-platen printer that uses a CMYK inkset and supports a maximum image size of 16 x 20 in. (406 x 508 mm) and imaging resolutions up to 630 dpi. Kornit says the printer can decorate up to 300 shirts per hour with image sizes of 5 x 11 in. The 931DS is a dual-platen printer that uses a CMYK + White inkset and supports a maximum image size of 20 x 28 in. (508 x 711 mm) and imaging resolutions up to 630 dpi. Kornit says the printer can decorate up to 220 light shirts per hour or up to 100 dark shirts at A4 size (8.3 × 11.7 in. or 210 × 297 mm). The 932NDS, which also is available as the Kornit 932 model for light garments only, is a single-platen printer that uses a CMYK + White inkset and supports a maximum image size of 14 x 18 in. (356 x 457 mm) and imaging resolutions up to 630 dpi. Kornit says the printer can decorate up to 70 light shirts per hour or up to 25 dark shirts at A4 size. The 932D is a single-platen printer that uses a CMYK + White inkset and supports a maximum image size of 14 x 18 in. and imaging resolutions up to 630 dpi. Kornit says the printer can decorate up to 70 light shirts per hour or up to 25 dark shirts at A4 size. All printers use proprietary inks and are compatible with Windows XP.


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