Kornit Digital North America, based in Mequon, WI, today announced that the company will hold an open house event dedicated to industrial-grade direct-to-garment printing and textile mass customization. From July 11th to 29th, Kornit will open their demonstration facility to manufacturing brands, garment decorators, screen printers, e-commerce businesses and promotional goods manufacturers. Besides its entire line of direct-to-garment printing systems, Kornit will also demonstrate its new high-productivity, low-cost-per-print Vulcan system for the first time in North America.
The Vulcan was premiered in ITMA 2015 and has been in beta stage since then. With the commercial availability expected from third quarter 2016, Kornit North America will perform live demonstration of the new system during its Open House.
Kornit’s Vulcan is a digital platform that for the first time rivals screen printing for mid-to-long runs, due to its extraordinary speed and ink efficiency. Compared to the company’s current systems, Vulcan users can reduce the cost per print by up to 40%. Kornit’s new direct-to-garment flagship will be the fastest direct-to-garment printing system in the market, capable of producing up to 250 high quality garments per hour, with dark and light garments printed at the same speed. The Vulcan will produce excellent photorealistic quality, featuring 60 new-generation print-heads with an advanced recirculating ink system in a six-color-plus-white configuration. It also features a new and unique method for the garment transportation during the printing process. The system caters for multiple print sizes and configurations with a maximum print size of 70×100 cm / 27.5×39.5 in. Like all other Kornit systems, the Vulcan was developed around the company’s unique NeoPigmentTM patented printing process. Kornit’s own water-based inks work on a variety of fibers (natural, man-made and blends) and allow for inline-pretreatment. For the new system, the ink will be shipped in 4 liter bottles. After printing, garments are cured with a standard hot-air dryer. The inks are Oeko-Tex 100 certified and GOTS pre-approved.
“Kornit Digital works continuously on pushing out the break-even point between analog and digital production methods. With drastically lowered ink consumption and unit cost, the Vulcan competes with screen printing carousels not only for short but also for mid to long runs,” notes Rich Thompson, Marketing Director of Kornit Digital North America. “Plus, it offers the ability to offer completely new products and services, such as high-quality, photorealistic prints and variable data printing. In essence, the Vulcan is a groundbreaking technology that every major garment decorator and screen printer should be interested in.”