Kornit Digital’s Allegro brings single-step printing to the fashion, home textile and e-commerce markets
The Kornit Allegro roll-to-roll industrial textile printing system is being demonstrated at FESPA and is claimed to be the only stand-alone, one step, no-pretreatment, digital printing solution. The system supports multiple fabric types for fashion, active and home-decor applications.
The Allegro is based on Kornit’s NeoPigment printing technology that completely eliminates pre- and post-treatment processes for both natural and synthetic fabrics.
Unlike typical digital technologies, the Kornit Allegro offers an innovative, enabling solution, saving on energy, water, space, and labour time. The Allegro eliminates the entry barrier to the digital fabric printing market which is currently addressable only by manufacturers with industrial grade printing facilities. Through its simple operation the Allegro enables the development of new business models which cater for the strong trends of mass customization and personalization of textile in fashion and home decor. The Kornit Allegro can be located anywhere without environmental constraints, designed to support ultra-short up to medium-length runs. It offers amazing print quality, a vivid and wide colour gamut, excellent colour fastness and hand feel, a fully sustainable and safe process, and is OekoTex 100 certified and GOTS pre-approved.
The print engine, which enables speeds of up to 100 linear metres per hour, features a new generation of print-heads with an advanced recirculating ink system and new algorithms for dynamic control of drop firing conditions in all printing modes. The Allegro also features an advanced adhesive belt conveyor system and an axial unwinding system that incorporates adjustable fabric width and tension mechanisms for faultless output of materials. The printed fabrics are UV-resistant, with excellent wash fastness and an attractive hand feel. These benchmarks make the Kornit Allegro ideal for brands, retailers and decorators in the fashion and home textile industries that are looking to in-source or back shore their production projects, and for e-commerce business models.
With full support for mass customisation and personalisation business models, the Kornit Allegro has a robust construction and compact footprint that makes it the ideal solution for production houses that need to print direct to virtually all types of fabric.
Providing live demonstrations on the company’s booth with examples in its sample gallery, at FESPA, the Kornit Allegro’s output will also be featured in the event’s new Printeriors application showcase where visitors can explore living room furniture and home textiles produced from Allegro-printed fabrics.
The Kornit Allegro joins several systems from the company’s extensive direct-to-garment portfolio which will be demonstrated at FESPA. All these systems establish how today’s textile production businesses can benefit from working with Kornit’s NeoPigment process’s pigmented inks for sustainability and swift end-to-end productivity across all run lengths.
Kornit Digital’s new NeoPigmentTM Pure ink drastically improves look and feel of printed garments
In a significant move to keep ahead of trends and developments in the garment printing market, Kornit Digital has announced a new series of digital inks that is designed for use with all of its direct-to-garment systems. Being previewed at FESPA 2015, the new NeoPigmentTM Pure formulation is designed as an organic evolution of the company’s existing NeoPigment process and brings users a host of benefits including increased vivacity, an improved hand feel and a more opaque and smooth reproduction of white.
Kornit Digital’s NeoPigment Pure ink comprises CMYK plus red, green and white and is formulated to supersede the company’s existing ink families by providing color standards that are closer to ideal LAB values. Improved overall smoothness resulting in an increased gamut of more than 15%, is accompanied by a deeper black (K), while the white ink has greater brightness and opacity with greater coverage.
With a refined hand feel, Kornit’s NeoPigment Pure ink offers reduced post-print odour, and is suitable for use on virtually all fabric types with the added benefit of offering 100% sustainability and biodegradability. The ink is fully compliant with OekoTex 100 and is GOTS pre-approved.
In addition, the new NeoPigment Pure ink has been designed to increase the performance of the Kornit Digital direct-to-garment systems’ print-heads with faster start-up and better reliability. The new ink also offers better wash-fastness, a longer shelf life and the likelihood of waste is vastly reduced. Once commercially available, the new inks will be able to be used with all of Kornit’s direct-to-garment printing systems in the field, without any hardware changes.
“Kornit Digital’s policy is never to stand still but to continue with developments across all of its technologies in order to bring customers and new users the best pigmented ink technologies to combine with their Kornit direct-to-garment printers,” states Guy Zimmerman, Kornit’s Executive Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. “Our new NeoPigment Pure inks respond to customer demand for refined characteristics that we’re able to offer with our NeoPigment process, and we now have the widest colour gamut in the industry, a velvety touch and the ultimate in white ink performance.”
Kornit Digital’s NeoPigment Pure ink is making its début at FESPA where it is being demonstrated on the company’s Avalanche Hexa. Kornit’s direct-to-garment printers cover all budgetary and production requirements. The product line-up at Fespa includes the Kornit Avalanche portfolio of industrial high volume solutions, the Kornit Storm II, which is designed for single-operator use and the entry-level and small business Kornit Breeze. Kornit’s FESPA presence also features its Paradigm II printer integrated with a screen printing carousel and the Allegro 1.8m high-speed roll-to-roll fabric system.