Konica Minolta IJ Technologies, Inc. announced the launch of Nassenger VII, a high-speed inkjet textile printer equipped with newly developed high-performance inkjet printheads. Sales of the printer will begin in the European market in mid-April, 2009.
The new Nassenger VII, is characterized by newly developed 512-nozzle high-speed drive inkjet printheads to deliver a maximum print speed of 210 square meters per hour (about 3.6 times faster than its predecessor, Nassenger V) making it one of the fastest inkjet textile printers in the world. This printing speed allows Nassenger VII to be highly productive, comfortably meeting the needs of print works for short-run production of a variety of printing in small lots. Furthermore, equipped with a multi-gradation recording mode to control droplet size, the new printer enables the reproduction of a wide range of tones from the lightest to the darkest. Whereas it is quite difficult to produce a subtle gradation using the conventional screen textile printing, the new mode allows users to meet varying design needs of the textile industry while ensuring high-quality printing.
To secure high productivity, the new printer is equipped with a high-capacity ink tank that can hold ten liters for each color. The inline degassing unit incorporated in the ink supply system ensures greater stability during long hours of operation. Capable of printing on a maximum fabric width of 1,850 mm, Nassenger VII is also suitable for printing fabrics used for curtains and bed linens.
The inks developed exclusively for Nassenger VII satisfy Konica Minolta?s stringent safety standards and overseas safety regulations and are safe for human health. They contain no carcinogenic materials, making them safe for use by operators.
Unlike the conventional screen textile printing system, an inkjet textile printing system does not need plate-making and ink-mixing processes. Instead, it only uses the amount of ink necessary to print images in the designated space, thus requires the least amount of resources including power, color paste, and water, and minimizes waste. The inkjet system is also capable of making additional prints whenever necessary, therefore eliminating the problem of disposing dead stock during the distribution stage. With its environmental friendliness and ease of operation achieved through recent technical innovations, the inkjet textile printing system is expected to gain greater popularity among users in the textile industry.
Konica Minolta will exhibit and demonstrate Nassenger VII at FESPA Digital 2009 to be held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from May 12-14, 2009.