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A Direct-To-Garment Deluge, Part Two

(May 2009) posted on Wed May 20, 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

Shima Seiki

Shima Seki’s SIP-100F and SIP-160F (pictured) are flatbed inkjet printers that use an eight-color reactive-dye inkset (light and dark CMYK) and support a maximum imaging resolution of 300 x 600 dpi. The two models share most features. Both offer a CCD camera for accurate material placement, touch-sensitive control panels, maximum printhead speed of 7.5 ft/sec (0.7 m/sec), head-height range of 0.12-2.1 in. (3-53 mm), and PC system with 40-GB hard drive, full-color LCD display, layout software and more. SIP-100F has 512 MB of RAM, while the SIP-160F has 1 GB. SIP-100F and SIP-160F support maximum image areas of 63 x 39.4 in. (1600 x 1000 mm) and 87 x 63 in. (2200 x 1600 mm), respectively. Both models also are designed to work with Shima Seiki’s apparel-decoration peripherals, such as the SUM 100 pretreatment station, SDM 100 drying station, and SSM 100 steam boiler.


U.S. Screen Print & Inkjet Technology

U.S. Screen’s T-Jet Blazer Express (pictured) is an eight-color (CMYK + 4 x White or RGBO for light garments only) system engineered to print white ink in one pass. Fast T-Jet Blazer Pro supports a maximum image size of 16 x 30 in. (406 x 762 mm) and imaging resolutions up to 2880 x 1440 dpi. U.S. Screen says the unit can images on white shirts in approximately one minute and 20 seconds and dark shirts in less than minutes. It uses a bulk-ink and bulk-cleaning system, and up to four devices can be connected to a computer with the use of U.S. Screen’s Multi-Queue upgrade. The Fast T-Jet Blazer Pro (pictured) is an eight-color (CMYK + 4 x White) system engineered to print three standard or two oversized prints at once and is designed to print white ink in one pass. Fast T-Jet Blazer Pro supports a maximum image size of 16 x 47 in. (406 x 1194 mm) and imaging resolutions up to 2880 x 1440 dpi. U.S. Screen says the system can images on white shirts in less than a minute and dark shirts in less than two minutes. It uses a bulk-ink and bulk-cleaning system and features a user interface that gives access to a variety of printer functions. U.S. Screen’s Multi-Queue upgrade allows for up to four Fast T-Jet Blazer Pro printers to be connected to one computer.


Manufacturers Of Direct-To-Garment Inkjet Printers


AnaJet Inc.

3050 Redhill Ave.

Costa Mesa, CA 92626


Fax: 714-662-3600



25000 Trans X Dr.

Novi, MI 48375

Michigan USA



Azon Printer

Jandriceva 20

10000 Zagreb



Fax: +385-1-4618-004


BelQuette Inc.

4400 34th St. N., Unit J

St. Petersburg, FL 33714



Brother Int’l

100 Somerset Corporate Blvd.

Bridgewater, NJ 08807


Fax: 908-704-8235


Digital Color Corp.

509 S. Chickasaw Trail #108,

Orlando, FL 32825



DTG Digital Garment Printers

SWF East, Inc.

5409 S. West Shore Blvd.

Tampa, FL 33611


Fax: 813-839-2896


MESA Distributors, Inc.

3134 Marquita Dr.

Fort Worth, TX 76116


Fax: 817-560-4455



Daehyeon Techno World 1206

OjyunDong 174

Ewang-si, Kyungki-do 437-820



Fax: +82-31-477-7044


Graphics One

3300 N. San Fernando Blvd., Ste. 101

Burbank, CA 91504


Fax: 818-260-9589


Kornit Digital NA Inc.

9060 N. Deerbrook Trail

Brown Deer, WI 53223


Fax: 414-354-0906


Lawson Screen & Digital Products, Inc.

5110 Penrose St.

St. Louis, MO 63115


Fax: 314-382-3012



1 N. 372 Main St.

Glen Ellyn, IL 60137


Fax: 630-858-6134


Mimaki USA

150 Satellite Blvd. NE, Ste. A

Suwanee, GA 30045



OmniPrint Int’l

1720 E. Garry Ave., Ste. 111

Santa Ana, CA 92705


Fax: 614-748-4970



3450 NW. 114th Ave.

Miami, FL 33178


Fax: 305-418-5036



Sanwave Int’l Corp.

14392 Hoover St., B-10

Westminster, CA 92683



Sawgrass Technologies, Inc.

2233 Hwy. 17 N.

Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466



Shima Seiki USA, Inc.

22 Abeel Rd.

Monroe Twp, NJ 08831


Fax: 609-655-3989



U.S. Screen Print & Inkjet Technology

1901 E. 5th St.

Tempe, AZ 85281


Fax: 480-929-0766


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