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A Guide to Garment Inkjet Printers

(February 2010) posted on Mon Jan 25, 2010

The garment-inkjet landscape is changing. Use this source list to keep up with the latest systems on the market.


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By Ben P. Rosenfield

The MS TWO supports a printing area of 43 x 43 x 5 in. (1092 x 1092 x 127 mm), imaging resolutions up to 2880 dpi, up to eight colors, up to six T-shirts at a time, and print speeds up to 110 T-shirts/hr. It uses water-based inks and offers uni- and bi-directional printing. MatchPrint MS-DUA Soft software is included. The MS JP-3 (pictured) supports a printing area of 63 x 79 x 5 in. (1600 x 2067 x 127 mm), imaging resolutions up to 1440 dpi, up to eight colors, up to 36 T-shirts at a time, and print speeds up to 180 T-shirts/hr. It uses water- or solvent-based inks and offers uni- and bi-directional printing.

OmniPrint
OmniPrint’s FreeJet 320TX prints at sizes up to 12 x 18 in. (305 x 457 mm). According to OmniPrint, the system can produce an image approximately 10 x 10 in. (254 x 254 mm) in size in 45 seconds. It supports bi-directional printing and imaging resolutions up to 2880 dpi, and it uses bulk-supplied inks (CMYK + 4 x White or 2 x CMYK). Head height is automatically adjusted via optical sensor up to 2 in. (51 mm). On-board control functions include auto cleaning, step and repeat, printhead management, and more. The machine features OmniPrint’s WetCap integrated head-cleaning system and comes with OmniPrint DirectRip software.

The FreeJet 500TX is an eight-color printer (CMYK + 4 x White) or (2 x CMYK) that features laser-guided product-height adjustment and an integrated head-cleaning system. It supports imaging resolutions up to 288 x 1440 dpi, uni- and bi-directional printing, and a full print area up to 16.5 x 29.5 in. (419 x 749 mm). DirectRIP software is included. The FreeJet 700TX (pictured) prints at sizes up to 24 x 59 in. (610 x 1499 mm). It supports bi-directional printing and imaging resolutions up to 2880 dpi, and it uses bulk-supplied inks (CMYK + 4 x White or 2 x CMYK). Head height is automatically adjusted via optical sensor up to 5.9 in. (150 mm). On-board control functions include auto cleaning, step and repeat, printhead management, and more. The 700 TX features OmniPrint’s WetCap integrated head-cleaning system and comes with OmniPrint Direct-Rip software.



Ricoma
Ricoma’s TexPro uses Epson Advanced MicroPiezo AMC printhead technology and supports imaging resolutions up to 2880 dpi. Ricoma says the TexPro can print a 10 x 12-in. (254 x 205-mm) design in approximately one minute. The printer offers a maximum print area of 17 x 25 in. (432 x 635 mm) and uses water-based pigmented inks (CMYKLcLmLkLLk+photo black or matte black) formulated to withstand repeated washing on white and light colored apparel made of 100% cotton and 50/50 blends. It features manual platen-height adjustment up to 4.8 in. (122 mm), Single and Double print modes, automatic head alignment and cleaning, and USB (1.1/2.0) and CompactFlash interfaces.

Shima Seiki
Shima Seki’s SIP-100F and SIP-160F 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.
 


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