ATPColor has launched what it claims is the world’s first 5.3m-wide grand-format textile printer with integrated inline fixation at Fespa.
The DFP2000 is commercially available with immediate effect for €400,000 (£336,000) in a basic configuration.
The Italian manufacturer said inline fixation made the DFP2000 a one-step machine and eliminated the need to load and unload both the printer and the calender.
The device features the ability to print simultaneously on two rolls of different widths, enabling the user to print on a 1m-wide roll next to a 2.6m-wide roll. The manufacturer said this gives customers the ability to maximise the entire system when not requiring five-metre output, as well as providing the flexibility of multiple rolls.
ATPColor managing director Roberto Martellono said: “There are a lot of market requests for a machine of this kind from the US in particular, which is one of our key markets.
“If you buy a five-metre machine, you will likely only use it at that width around 10% of the time, but this offers something more flexible.”
The DFP2000, which is available in four- or six-colour options – CMYK plus two spot colours if desired, also features an integrated ultrasonic automatic sewing system to attach new rolls. This is said to significantly reduce waste as there is no need to completely web the system on roll change-outs.
Additionally, the DFP2000 features several ways to adjust the fabric tension, so the system prints consistently and reliably regardless of the type of fabric, while an integrated patented heating drum is designed for consistent and repeatable fixation.
The machine uses Ricoh Gen5 printheads, in either a six- or 12-head configuration, or Kyocera heads in a four, six- or eight-head configuration. The resolution from both printhead options is up to 1,200x600dpi.
In four-colour, two-pass mode the maximum speed achievable with the printer is 320sqm/hr using eight Kyocera heads, 160sqm/hr using four Kyocera heads, 240sqm/hr using 12 Ricoh Gen5 heads or 120sqm/hr using six Ricoh Gen5 heads.
The DFP2000 is being demonstrated on OEM Gandy Digital’s Fespa stand as the Softjet 5000 – Gandy’s name for its version of the device.