Polyprint introduces two new generation Direct to Garment printers

New TexJets designed to compete with mid range industrial printers

Polyprint DtG printers
This TexJet New Generation 120 DtG printer from PolyPrint uses Epson printheads Photo Nessan Cleary

Polyprint, which has developed a range of desktop DtG printers, has announced a number of new products, including two new Direct-to-Garment printers the TexJet NG 120 and its slightly larger sibling, the TexJet NG 130. These are designed to compete against mid range industrial printers, which marks a new direction for Polyprint.

Both these printers use Epson I-3200 printheads, which should mark a considerable step up in terms of productivity and image quality compared with the company’s existing DtG printers. Polyprint has added a white ink recirculation system and an auto CMYK/White agitation system.

The NG 120 is fitted with two of these heads, which can be configured for either two sets of CMYK or CMYK plus white. It can print across a maximum area of 40×50 cm. It takes 82 seconds to print on dark materials or 28 seconds for lights, assuming its loaded with CMYK plus white ink.

The NG 130 has three printheads, giving users a choice of different configurations. Thus, it can be set up with three sets of CMYK for faster printing on lighter garments. Or with double CMYK and one white, or CMYK plus two whites. There’s a further, more interesting option of using CMYK, plus white, plus RGB inks to increase the color gamut. This machine can cover a maximum print area of 50×70 cm. It takes 50 seconds to print on dark materials, and 28 seconds for lights, assuming one set of CMYK and two whites.

PolyPrint will introduce two further printers later this year. The NG 110 will be built on the same chassis as the NG 120, with the same print area, but just a single printhead. Then there will also be a top of the range model, the NG 140, which will have the same print area as the NG 130, but with four printheads for even faster printing.

There are 14 different snap-on platens available for these printers, which should allow them to cover a wide range of different applications for both DtG and DtF. They also come with CadLink software to take care of the design and RIP.

At the same time, Polyprint has also launched new water-based DtGt inks that can also be used for DtF. The new ink offers better washability and stretchability and quicker fixation. Polyprint is claiming that this ink can be fixed in 40 seconds for light materials, and 120 seconds for dark materials. It’s available in 250ml, 1lt, 2lt and 5lt containers.

The new machines should be available later this year. The NG 120 should be priced around €25,000, with the NG 130 likely to come in at €31,000. In the meantime you can find more details from polyprintdtg.com.

Reprinted by permission from www.nessancleary.co.uk

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

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