Textile production has been transformed in the last 10 years by the introduction of industrial digital printing based on inkjet technology. Tim Phillips reviews the factors that have enabled this transformation.
Recently, the pigment ink market for textile inkjet printing is emerging rapidly. Pigment inks have a lot of benefits such as a high colour strength and high light resistance. They are considered as “universal inks” because they can be applied directly on a large range of textile substrates without sophisticated or environmentally unfriendly pre- or post-treatments. Dr Enrico Sowade of Zschimmer and Schwarz discusses the impact of pre-treatment on ink performance.
Software is fundamental to the operation of digital printers, as the image to be printed is defined in software itself as a file of data. This article discusses the importance of printing software, the way in which this is licensed from suppliers, and the significance of this for print costs.
Tim Phillips of IMI Europe and Catenary Solutions discusses the pros and cons of onshore and offshore sourcing in the world of digital textile printing.
Tim Phillips of IMI Europe and Catenary Solutions discusses the pros and cons of open and closed ink models in digital textile printing.
With inkjet printing rapidly proving itself as a true production process within the area of industrial printing, we as inkjet ink developers need to keep up with the pace and develop new fluids for these applications. Aqueous inks for industrial inkjet printing are potentially advantageous for many different applications. However, delivering the right functionality in a formulation with the constraints imposed by inkjet printing is no easy task.
James Rankin of World Textile Information Network (WTiN) discusses the current trends in digital textile printing, as well as future drivers for growth and hurdles that need to be overcome.