ARMOR Industrial Inks announces its launch of a new range of aqueous aqueous for direct film print, with white stability and washability that are unmatched in other textile applications.
New DTF Ink Range
A2i, a semi-industrial brand of ARMOR Print Solutions (an ARMOR GROUP Company), announces the launch its new range of aqueous aqueous inks for Direct To Film (DTF). The range is aimed at the textile industry and specifically cotton applications. It includes five colours: cyan, magenta and yellow. These aqueous Inks are compatible to several EPSON Printheads. Lastly, they have been certified OEKOTEX. Standard 100 by OEKOTEX is a global uniform system of testing methods, criteria, and limits for harmful chemicals, which allows the OEKOTEX test institutes to certify textile products as safe. Standard 100 by OEKOTEX – tested for harmful substances – is a label that can be applied to products like ARStyle Inks.
Tom Strähnz, Managing Director A2i Germany, comments “Our range of inks goes beyond functionality; they also cater to the creative needs of companies in the fashion wear industry. Our inks are a brilliant addition to any design, adding a splash of color and retaining the colors for a long time. They make designs more eye-catching and visually appealing. “Whether you are printing on cotton fabrics or synthetic cotton blends, our inks will deliver exceptional results. Your fashion creations will stand out.
Superior washability, stability and durability
In addition to the four CMYK colours, A2i’s R&D team has focused on white, advancing the technological progress through the use of advanced water-based polymers.
Giovanni Manca, Director of Ink Development, says: “White in textile applications is essential.” As a backdrop on fabric, white plays a crucial role in the brightness and vibrancy of colors. We paid particular attention to this because ARStyle’s White is more stable than the average. It also makes it easier to prepare for reprinting. Stability of the white ink allows for a quicker restart after production interruptions. “Whether there is a long or short break, our white ink will maintain consistent performance to minimise disruptions to workflow.”
A2i also conducted tests in-house adapted from ISO 6330 methodology for Textiles: Domestic Washing and Drying Methods. And the results show that colour loss after 10 washes at 40°C for a 150min cycle is minimal compared to five competitors.
Tom Strähnz, Managing Director A2i Germany, concludes: “The properties of our inks allow the colors to stay vibrant for much longer, which not only meets a quality and aesthetic challenge, but also has an impact on sustainability. Consumers will be able to keep their garments for a longer period of time, which is important in a world that is one of largest emitters greenhouse gases.