Durst launches fifth-gen textiles printers

Rhys Handley
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Durst has launched the fifth generation of its Alpha family of textiles printers.

The Durst Alpha Series 5 models are available in various modular configurations
The Durst Alpha Series 5 models are available in various modular configurations

Unveiled today at ITMA 2019 in Barcelona, the duo features Durst’s SuperMultipass technology which the manufacturer claims will provide “30% better performance” than comparable systems.

The new technology is based around enhancements to printheads, inks, drying units and software and workflow upgrades.

Segment manager for textile printing Martin Winkler said: “The new Alpha Series 5 printing systems feature improvements in terms of material handling, efficiency increases, and material diversity."

The machines can be configured with water-based disperse-, acid- and reactive-based ink systems as well as Durst's new Advanced Digital Pigment (ADP). According to Durst, ADP is the first ink system to offer a one-step process with soft touch, brilliant colours and a wider colour space.

“The Alpha technology platform offers a sustainable, flexible, and scalable solution for every application, even enabling waterless one-step production with the new Advanced Digital Pigment ink.”

The Alpha 190 is a 1.9m-wide single-roll system that can print at speeds up to 990sqm/hr at single-pass 300x600dpi resolution. Its 3.3m-wide sibling, the Alpha 330, can print up to 1,470sqm/hr single pass in single-roll mode and 1,184sqm/hr in dual-roll mode.

Both print from eight colour channels in 32- and 64-head configuration. Various modular options are available for both machines, including knitwear and dual-roll options, small-roll, jumbo-roll and folded material entry and exit, and a second drying unit.

A patented SwiftJet pre-treatment system can also be added, intended to aid with short-run and fast-turnaround work.

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