Hamamatsu, Japan, November 4, 2015 – Roland DG Corporation, a leading worldwide manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters, today announced the launch of its new Texart XT-640 inkjet printer for the textile printing industry.
The XT-640 is a dye sublimation transfer*1 printer designed especially for the production of colorful fashion and sports apparel. The XT-640 features dual print heads to achieve high-speed performance at a usable print speed of 41m2/h. The rail and frame structure has been reinforced to enable highly detailed printing with precise ink droplet placement. A new, more convenient Feed Adjuster at the front and back of the printer provides even tensioning and prevents skewing of the media. Optimized for textile printing, Texart ink delivers bold and vibrant colors and deep, rich blacks. Adding orange and violet inks increases the color gamut and allows for exceptional reds, oranges, deep blues and purples, while light cyan and light magenta provide subtle gradations, beautiful skin tones and a remarkably fine level of detail. ErgoSoft Roland Edition RIP software, developed especially for Roland DG by ErgoSoft, the premier RIP provider in the textile printing industry, is available with the XT-640.
According to Yuko Maeda, division president of Digital Printing market development for Roland DG, the XT-640 meets the needs of professional fashion and sports apparel production with excellent output performance and image quality. “In October 2014,” she said, “Roland DG launched the RT-640 as the first product in the Texart brand lineup. With the RT-640, we looked for a wide range of textile decoration applications, including sports and fashion apparel, soft signs such as polyester banners and flags, curtains and other interior décor as well as promotional goods and personalized gifts. Since the RT-640’s launch, we have confirmed the demand for higher volume production of fashion and sports apparel. The XT-640 was developed as the ideal solution to meet this need.”
Regarding market potential, Maeda said: “In the fashion apparel field, trend cycles are becoming shorter as seen in “fast fashion” and the desire for personalization that represents individual preferences and lifestyles. Within these trends, there is growing demand for digital printers that can quickly provide custom one-off and small-lot production. Also,” Maeda continued, “in the field of sports apparel, highly functional polyester materials such as sweat-absorbing, quick-drying and dry-touch features have become popular. There is increasing focus on dye sublimation transfer printers that can produce patterns and logos simultaneously while avoiding the uncomfortable seams inside that arise due to post-process sewing.
Prior to the XT-640’s launch, Roland DG acquired OEKO-TEX® Standard 100, product class I*2 certification, ensuring the safety of textile items printed with the XT-640 using Texart ink. Our aim,” Maeda said, “is to provide print businesses not only with excellent productivity and image quality, but also with added value including safety and eco-friendly aspects.”
Among the long list of features contributing to the XT-640’s productivity and ease of use, the Roland Ink System uses one-liter ink pouches to ensure long-run printing. In four-color mode, the system provides two liters per color. The proprietary Roland Ink Switching System automatically switches to the backup ink pouch when the primary pouch runs out. Further enabling unattended operation, Roland Printer Assist allows users to check printing status from anywhere in the building using an iPad app.
*1 Dye sublimation transfer is a printing method that transfers illustrations, photos or other images that are printed in inverse on transfer paper with sublimation ink to polyester or other textiles using heat.
*2 A worldwide examination and certification system verifying that textile products do not contain substances that are harmful to health. Product Class I certifies the safety of textile products for babies and toddlers aged up to 36 months, whose skin is sensitive, and these products are required to achieve the strictest of standards.