Digital printing is ranked in emerging market ranking with a growing power. The statistics of trade unions and market analyst firms indicate that the increase in consumption of this area has often increased by up to one-two percent. Since 2008, in the geographically disadvantaged regions, production has been steadily declining, we no longer used these quantities, especially in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Digital Textile Printing has opened new markets. During the recent International Textile Digitization Conference (FESPA), Fespa presented a typography of this type of printing, co-created by the major players in the textile printing market.
They first introduced the definition posed by Michel Riva (sales manager for EFI) during the conference: “Everything that can be printed on textile is considered as a textile publication.” According to this statement, we can Specify:
Textile fabrics, namely, fashion / clothing, sports clothing, shoes, clothing accessories (ties, bags, belts and shawls).
Decorative textiles, namely home textiles, wallpapers, textile accessories, ornaments
ADV and communications textiles, soft billboards, banners, screens, flags
Industrial textiles, all applications that are not included in other categories, are statistically relevant to specific vertical markets. Like the automotive industry, transportation (ships, airplanes, etc.), military and carpet.
DTG (direct on clothing), that is, printing on finished clothing
The print solution for each of these sections will be part of the Print4all offer that runs from May 29 to June 1, 2018. At the same time, our newsletter will put you in the stream of related news. Editor’s note: Please note that Italian machines are the fastest and most widely used on the digital textile market. However, we must admit that three of them, MT Italia, Rijiani and Rabastili have entered international groups in the last two years (judge, AFP and Epson respectively).
Market and technology
In the global textile industry, about 65% of all 30 billion meters used by analogue and rotary cylinders are made up of 25% with flat analogue devices and 6% of hand-held printers with fixed stack or sublimation printing use. The phenomenon of digital printing was raised about fifteen years ago, it continued to grow and the market share of other traditional technologies. It is estimated that in terms of workload, its value is about 3 to 4%.
The rapid growth of digital printing is due to the various demands that brands, especially those active in the fashion industry, are raising. Fresh purchases and end user habits Increase the demand for a wider range of color patterns and shorten the time it takes to market. The style and trends of sports garments, general clothing, or home decor are changing at a great rate. Digital printing is a real replacement for mass production, as it can face up to the challenges of fashion and meet the requirements of mass production customization. Unlike screen printing, digital technology, with no creative and operational constraints, re-creates a wide range of patterns and colors in a variety of sizes.
Digital printing is used for sampling as well as manufacturing technology. In the sampling, digital printing provides instant results and offers flexibility in choosing patterns and colors, and this technology also saves time and money. As a tool, this technology eliminates inventory (the inventory of previously used materials and the display of frames and rollers), and most importantly, by reducing the production times that have a broad connection with a new concept. Which is very much like print-based demand, helps to optimize costs.
Including all the way
Among digital printing technologies, the inkjet printing has created new opportunities in the textile industry. In particular, nowadays, the three parts of the Incident are at the heart of attention. Each of them claims to have dedicated production lines: direct printing of rollers to rollers, printing sublimation and direct printing on clothing (DTG).
Direct rollers to rollers
The direct field of rollers to rollers is undoubtedly the most dynamic and fast growing. In addition to smaller and slower mapscreens (mainly for the purpose of producing sportswear, soft signage and fashion), industrial scanning systems play an important role in the development of digital textiles. These systems are conceptually similar to digital inkjet printers and allow you to print up to 3.2 and 3.4 meters wide. They are used in a variety of occasions, such as fashionable fashion upgrades and home textiles.
In addition, we also have single-pass printing systems, which are an alternative to analog systems and have a fixed print space for each color. High-speed single-pass printing systems have recently been released. These systems can compete with the traditional rotating printing system in terms of speed and cost, but they have consistent management of a limited number of pattern colors and a consistent range of them. Single-pass systems are suitable for use in clothing and home appliances.
Color Sublimation Printing
Digital printing is usually done on a composite fabric (polyester) and through color sublimation printing.
Printing of color sublimation either directly or indirectly. Printing of direct sublimation directly from the inkjet printers to the pulley is used in polyester textiles, these are specialty fabrics of this kind of ink. Renal sublimation printing