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Australia’s DTG Digital to launch Q1•T DTF printer at FESPA 

 DTG Digital, a subsidiary of Sydney-based Impression Technology/Pigment.Inc, is launching its new flagship Direct-to-Film Transfer Printer, the Q1•T Series, at the FESPA trade show (31 May-3 June) at the Messe Berlin in Germany. 

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The Q1•T Series is a dedicated roll-to-roll DTF transfer printing system for indirect fabric decoration. It prints transfers onto a translucent PET film before passing through an in-line powder glue station and curing unit. The in-line system prints, polymerises and cures the ink and glue layer ready for heat transfer application onto a broad range of natural and synthetic fabric types including, cottons, Polyesters, Poly-cotton blends, Tri-blends, Spandex and Nylon. 

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"Large volumes of transfers
 at speed": Steve Richardson
         CEO Pigment.Inc 

“The DTG Digital Q1•T transfer printer is creating a new standard for professional garment decoration and we are excited to launch it at the upcoming FESPA event in Berlin,” says Pigment.Inc CEO Steve Richardson. “The system is designed for 24/7 operation and perfect for any garment decorator looking to expand and simplify the entire transfer printing process. 

“One of the big advantages of the Q1•T Series is its ability to produce large volumes of transfers at speed and which are suitable for more than just garment decoration. The Q1•T Series prints indirect transfers suitable for decorating an endless array of both natural and synthetic fabrics including backpacks, umbrellas, hi-vis workwear, rainwear and caps. 

“The DTF transfer system will make the ultimate addition to any garment decorator’s equipment line-up by expanding the range of products that can be decorated with indirect transfers and a standard heat-press for application. The Q1•T Series will open up new revenue streams and complement existing technology whether it be screen, embroidery, DTG or other garment decoration processes. The shorter transfer heat press time and production capacity on the Q1•T Series is what makes this new technology so innovative. You can produce brilliant full-colour prints on virtually any type of fabric in any placement on a wider range of substrates.”

With dual print heads for faster print speeds and eight ink lines dedicated to both white and colour inks, users can produce up to five times the volume of comparable garment decoration methods, says a press release:

“The colour configuration is CYMK + White + Flush liquid (A.I.R-ink refresh) with inks available in user replaceable 1.0L bags. The ink system is pressurised with re-circulation along with (WIMS) for white ink management which stops settlement of pigments in the ink - which in turn reduces print head maintenance. The A.I.R-ink refresh feature manages ink line, capping station, damper and print head maintenance with push button control to draw the flushing liquid around the system to reduce blockages and minimise maintenance downtime. The system can take PET film rolls up to a width of 460mm x 100 metres in length. The film and adhesive glue powders are designed for cold peel transfer and manufactured by Kodak. The translucent PET transfer film makes it easier for positioning onto the garment which remains visible through the transfer sheet for final positioning prior to heat pressing. The PET film’s thickness of about 0.75mm allows for better transfer characteristics including a short 10 second transfer time. The dimensions of the Q1-T Series measures 1330mm(W) x 1250mm(H) x 2100(L)mm - assembled and 770mm (W) x 1080mm (H) x 1610 (L)mm - unassembled and fits through a standard doorway.”

FESPA is Europe's leading exhibition for screen, digital, wide format and textile printing technology. Attendees can visit the Pigment.Inc stand number 27-B30 to see DTG Digital products.

For over a decade, Impression Technology/Pigment.Inc has designed, built and distributed digital industrial print equipment in the emerging markets of Textile, Graphics and Industrial marking.  Its corporate head office, R&D and laboratory facility is located in Sydney, with manufacturing and service centres in Singapore, Netherlands and Malaysia.

“Utilising in-house state-of-the-art engineering, mechanised production processes and highly skilled personnel in place with extensive experience in all aspects of inkjet engineering, ink chemistry, mechatronics, motion control, chemistry and software development – Impression Technology/Pigment.Inc is truly a wholly self-reliant engineering centre,” the company says.