Konica Minolta to Launch High-Speed Inkjet Textile Printer, the Nassenger SP-1, at End of 2015


Konica Minolta’s Nassenger SP-1 inkjet textile printer.

Konica Minolta of Tokyo reports that it’ll be demonstrating its new high-speed inkjet textile printer, the Nassenger SP-1 in Italy next month, and launching the system at the end of 2015.

The Nassenger SP-1 employs a single-pass inkjet-printing system, and incorporates all Konica Minolta-developed print heads, printing mechanisms, and inks for inkjet textile printing.

According to Konica Minolta, its main features include:

  • Single-pass system that prints on a fabric (or other print medium) as the fabric is fed under a fixed print unit. The firm says this model boasts a much faster print speed than a scan-type printer that prints by moving a print head carriage back-and-forth, and thus can match speeds of a screen-printing machine.
  • Ink-ejection control capability enables high-resolution images to be reproduced at faster print speeds.
  • Newly developed print heads that can eject smaller ink droplets than conventional printers, as well as Konica Minolta’s proprietary ink-ejection control technology, the latter of which enables the ink droplet size to be adjusted (large, medium, or small), thus achieving higher-quality reproduction of fine patterns and color gradients.
  • The following mechanisms that help to reduce downtime: Konica Minolta’s proprietary image-processing technology that’s said to minimize the problems of streaking and uneven image density, and modular print heads that can automatically adjust ink-droplet ejection positions, enabling faster exchanging of print heads.
  • Reactive dye ink 1 (for fabrics made of plant fibers such as cotton and rayon) and disperse ink 2 (for fabrics made of artificial fibers such as polyester) developed specifically for the single-pass system. The reactive ink meets the criteria of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).

Konica Minolta notes that in the global textile market, there’s been increasing demands for low-volume, high-mix production, shorter lead time, and improved print quality, with inkjet textile printing gaining popularity among customers for its on-demand printing without the use of plates and chemicals used in offset printing.

The firm will be demonstrating the Nassenger SP-1  at the Konica Minolta IJ Textile Europe, a sales subsidiary in Como, Milan, Italy, and the center of the textile printing industry in Europe, to give demonstrations of the Nassenger SP-1 for prospective customers beginining in September 2015. It’ll also be demonstrating the system at ITMA 2015 which will be held November 12 to 19 in Fiera Milan (Rho) in Italy.

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