SYDNEY, Australia — March 1, 2022 — DTG Digital, subsidiary of Pigment.Inc, is launching its new flagship Direct-to-Film Transfer Printer, the Q1•T Series at the FESPA Trade Show which takes place May 31 to June 3, 2022, at the Messe Berlin in Germany. The event is Europe’s leading exhibition for screen, digital, wide format and textile printing technology. The Q1•T Series is a dedicated roll-to-roll DTF transfer printing system for indirect fabric decoration. The transfer is printed onto translucent PET film and then passes through an inline powder glue station. In-line systems can print, polymerize and cure the glue layer. This allows for heat transfer onto a wide range of synthetic and natural fabrics, including cottons, polyesters, poly-cotton blends.
The Q1•T Series Printer simplifies the transfer printing process while simultaneously boosting production capacity and application versatility. Users can achieve up to five times more volume than similar garment decoration methods thanks to dual print heads that allow for faster printing speeds and eight lines of ink dedicated to color inks. Color configuration is CYMK+White + Flush liquid (A.I.R.ink replenish) with inks that can be used in user-replaceable 1.0L bags. The ink system is pressurized with re-circulation along with (WIMS) for white ink management which stops settlement of pigments in the ink — which in turn reduces print head maintenance. Push-button control of A.I.R.ink refresh manages the ink line and damper. The flushing liquid is drawn around the system to reduce maintenance downtime and blockages.
PET film rolls can be taken by the system up to 460mm wide x 100m long. Kodak makes the film and the adhesive glue powders. Translucent PET transfer film allows for easier positioning on the garment. The transfer sheet can be seen through to final positioning before heat pressing. The PET film’s thickness of about 0.75mm allows for better transfer characteristics including a short 10 second transfer time. The dimensions of the Q1-T Series measures 1330mm(W) x 1250mm(H) x 2100(L)mm – assembled and 770mm (W) x 1080mm (H) x 1610 (L)mm – unassembled and fits through a standard doorway.
Pigment.Inc CEO Steve Richardson said: “The DTG Digital Q1•T transfer printer is creating a new standard for professional garment decoration and we are excited to launch it at the upcoming FESPA event in Berlin. The system can operate 24/7, making it ideal for any garment decorator who wants to streamline the transfer printing process. One of the big advantages of the Q1•T Series is its ability to produce large volumes of transfers at speed and which are suitable for more than just garment decoration. The Q1•T Series prints indirect transfers suitable for decorating an endless array of both natural and synthetic fabrics including backpacks, umbrellas, hi-vis workwear, rainwear and caps. The DTF transfer system will make the ultimate addition to any garment decorator’s equipment line-up by expanding the range of products that can be decorated with indirect transfers and a standard heat-press for application.
The Q1•T Series will open up new revenue streams and complement existing technology whether it be screen, embroidery, DTG or other garment decoration processes. The shorter transfer heat press time and production capacity on the Q1•T Series is what makes this new technology so innovative. Full-color printing can be done on any type of fabric and in any position on a greater variety of substrates.
Posted March 7, 2022
Source: DTG Digital (A subsidiary Pigment.Inc).