Swiss manufacturer Lüscher-Tschudi (7-R165) is demonstrating its recently launched T-Rex 320 industrial textile printer on its first Fespa Digital outing.
The 3.2m-wide machine, which is aimed at the soft signage and textile printing sectors, uses Konica Minolta KM 1024i printheads and eco-friendly water-based textile inks.
The machine is available in four- to eight-colour set-ups, with four to 16 heads, depending on configuration.
A soft signage configuration is available for €185,000 and a textile printing configuration, which adds the extra colours, is available for €200,000.
In two-pass mode the machine can print at up to 230m2/hr with a 360x720dpi resolution, in three-pass (standard) mode it can print at up to 180m2/hr with a resolution of 360x1,080dpi and in four-pass (high-quality) mode it can print at up to 120m2/hr at 720dpi.
Lüscher-Tschudi marketing director Thomas Schweizer said it had other benefits: “This machine also has an automatic feeding system, so it is not necessary to have three or four people to load the machine, which increases productivity.”
The T-Rex 320 works in tandem with the Quickfix Neo 320 multi-purpose roll-to-roll fixation unit, which offers fabric heat fixation up to 210°C and features a tension control and winding system for all kinds of fabric. This unit costs €75,000.
“Nobody buys this machine blind as it needs to be seen and tested with a company’s own substrates as seeing is believing, but Fespa Digital is a good lead-making opportunity for us,” said Schweizer.