Embracing Digital Inkjet Printing
Our businesses can embrace this fast growing segment of the textile industry, digital inkjet printing, with the help of two different inkjet technologies. The first technology allows fabric printing using a UV or latex ink based inkjet printer. Both UV and latex printers require that the fabrics be pretreated with a special coating. Digital inkjet printing uses UV and latex technology available for fabric applications and the development of newer ink formulations make it possible for printers to print on a range of textiles with more applications. This technology is a fast way to produce textiles from the customer proofing stage to the final product.
Dye sublimation is the second technology that provides digital inkjet printing to textiles and fabric. Dye sublimation does not require pre-treated textiles. While dye sublimation printing can be direct or by transfer, both methods require heat to complete the process. However, the benefit of dye sublimation is that textiles are permanently dyed and completely washable, without the risk of losing quality. Our customers benefit from the color that is dyed into the fabric and not sitting on the surface, improving the feel of the final product. The specialized print heads result in continuous tones that are comparable to photographs.
Unlimited Possibilities for Textiles
The versatility of textiles and fabric gives our customers many new possibilities with more ways to promote upcoming events, meetings and point of purchase displays. Printed images on stretchable fabric create contours and unusual shaped signage or displays. Our customers are expecting faster turnaround times and more customization. Soft signage can include table covers with logos, wall graphics, fabric banners and custom teardrop flags for trade shows and conventions. Textile soft signage is easily stored and shipped for customer ease and cost savings.
Completely machine washable, most textiles and fabric can be folded and stored in a briefcase for access on the road. Textiles and fabric are lightweight, easy to transport and quick to construct on-site. Another growth market for textiles is interior design as many designers are moving to digitally inkjet printing textiles for wall coverings, curtains and upholstery. Digital inkjet printing patterns allows for shorter runs and more customization. Textiles provide an increase in print quality and achieve the high-end look that our customers desire.
Digital printing for textiles, fabric and soft signage meets our customers’ needs for design, durability and flexibility. Our industry can expect that printers will continue to enhance textile and fabric printing, become faster, and improve on the future expectations of our customers.