This article first appeared in Focus Label Machinery Ltd's website on June 5th, 2019
At ITMA, 20th – 26th June 2019 in Barcelona, Focus Label Machinery Ltd will showcase their latest development for digitally printing on fabric clothing labels. This unit is fitted with Konica Minolta (KM) KM1800iSHC printheads and demonstrates the versatility of KM’s high quality inkjet products, in combination with Industrial Inkjet Ltd’s (IIJ) ink system and drive electronics which can be seen in the video below.
Production is under increasing pressure to deal with smaller volumes of orders, with less time to process & less time to deliver the finished product. Buyers order less labels at more regular intervals with closer deadlines and have a close eye on keeping costs down. A number of digital possibilities for the label producer currently exists, from desk top thermal transfer printers to high end clean room print only solutions.
The new d-Tex concept is the first equipment designed specifically for this application. The d-Tex is a practical industrial production level machine and an effective method of producing short run digitally printed garment & apparel labels based on proven technology developed over several years by Focus Label in our packaging & paper division.
The launch of the Focus d-Tex concept equipment coincides with emerging Inkjet single pass print technology which will deliver quality & industrial performance suitable all label manufacturers who want to capitalize on fast changing market habits for shorter runs, high quality and variable data applications.
10 labels or 100,000 labels, the d-Tex delivers effectively with a digital print solution, combining an entry level 2 colour (MK) or full colour (CMYK) inkjet system.
Typical running speeds of up to 30-60 mts/min are achievable with high end software that will handle small orders, variable data and high resolution graphics.