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Digital textile printer manufacturer Kornit Digital has introduced fresh high definition printing technology for its Avalanche platform of direct-to-garment printing systems.

The company says its Avalanche HD6 will reduce the ink consumption by up to 30 to 46 per cent compared with earlier models. Kornit will also launch the Avalanche HDK, an HD version of the Avalanche 1000 which will be called. The company says existing Kornit customers now have an upgrade path for their Avalanche Hexa and Avalanche 1000 systems.

Kornit believes the new cost per print levels make the new HD systems an attractive choice for screen printers for print runs between one and 500 copies. The new systems run with 4l bulk ink containers of Kornit’s NeoPigment Rapid ink. Kornit says this ink, specifically developed for Kornit’s HD technology, offers an improved gamut for spot and brand colour matching, increased opacity, and saturation of the white ink, as well as improved hand feel – an important requirement by screen printers. The company says the Colorgate rip further enhances the print quality, adding advanced colour management and screening capabilities, improved white base creation and pre-defined colour libraries for ultimate colour matching.

The company uses the HD print engine and the NeoPigment Rapid ink int its Vulcan system and says they have been field proven in a number of installations over the past year.

Omer Kulka, Kornit Digital’s vice president of marketing and product strategy, says, “Today’s market trends put traditional screen printing service providers under pressure given increased demand for short run production with frequent inventory cycles, the online and direct-to-customer business models, the demand for personalized garments, demand for shorter delivery times. Added to these trends is the current retail meltdown which particularly impacts fashion and apparel outlets. Kornit’s HD technology, based on our 15 years of digital textile printing experience, provides an excellent and profitable alternative for print runs of one to 500 pieces with quick turnaround times.”

Kornit’s Avalanche platform represents the high productivity segment of Kornit’s industrial direct-to-garment printing product family which provides a choice of different systems for different application requirements. The Kornit Avalanche HD6 includes six colour channels (CMYK, Red, Green) plus white, for a wider gamut and improved spot color matching. Kornit says users can easily reproduce the true colours of licensed sports teams and accurately match corporate logos.

Designed for the mass production of garments, Kornit’s Avalanche HD6 includes a patented architecture of dual bridge and dual pallet, which the company describes as a robust platform for heavy duty use designed to achieve optimal performance in an industrial production environment, and is a very robust platform designed for heavy duty use.

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