Monday, 24 Jun 2019 14:48 GMT

Partnership showcases a mix of technologies

A new hybrid printer from Korean firm d.gen has been chosen to showcase new printhead technology from Xaar in a partnership which demonstrates the capabilities of d.gen machinery.

Xaar’s 1201 printhead and d.gen’s Arete Combo debuted at this year’s FESPA in Munich.

“The Arete Combo is the latest d.gen printer to build on the Xaar 1201 printhead, following the launch of the Papyrus Grande and Papyrus Arete last year,” explains Gerard Winn, senior product manager at Xaar.

“We are delighted to see continued growth in textile applications by d.gen, confirming the quality speed of the Xaar 1201, and how this was recognised by all visitors to their stand at FESPA.”

Equipped with Xaar 1201 printheads, the Arete Combo prints onto both transfer paper and directly onto fabric and offers six-colour and four-colour print options.

When printing, the continuous change of weight and diameter in media is monitored through the Arete Combo’s jumbo feeder, and a flexible control system enables printing of over 1500sq m each day.

...the Arete Combo can now print at 1200 dpi high resolution with only two passes and at a speed of 80m sq p/h, offering significant productivity advantages to customers

Xaar 1201 printheads use Thin Film Piezo Silicon MEMS technology and is able to jet a range of fluids including eco solvent, UV-curable and aqueous inks for wide-format graphics, direct-to-garment and textile applications.

Commenting on the collaboration, Bruno Ruggiero, sales director at d.gen, says: “We used the Xaar 1201 as it was the best printhead in its class. With 1280 nozzles per colour the Arete Combo can now print at 1200 dpi high resolution with only two passes and at a speed of 80m sq p/h, offering significant productivity advantages to customers.”

D.gen is showcasing its latest technology, the Papyrus - a six-colour hybrid dye-sublimation printer - at the International textile and garment technology (ITMA) exhibition in Barcelona this week.

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