Kornit Digital has introduced a new HD printing technology for its Avalanche platform of direct to garment printing systems.
The Avalanche HD6, the successor of the Avalanche Hexa, is equipped with Kornit's HD print engine and the NeoPigment Rapid ink, which leads to significant reductions in ink consumption – and therefore cost per print – in comparison to the company's existing Avalanche systems. The HD6 will reduce the ink consumption by up to 30% compared to the current R-Series version and up to 46% compared to the previous Non R-Series versions of the Avalanche Hexa. Besides the HD6, Kornit is also launching an HD version of the Avalanche 1000 which will be called Avalanche HDK. The company also announced that existing Kornit customers now have an upgrade path for their Hexa and 1000 systems.
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 are running withbulk ink containers of Kornit's NeoPigment Rapid ink. This ink, which has been specifically developed for the company’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 print quality is further enhanced by ColorGate's Professional RIP solution, adding advanced colour management and screening capabilities, improved white base creation and pre-defined colour libraries for ultimate colour matching.
Omer Kulka, Kornit Digital's vice president of marketing and product strategy, commented: ‘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 personalised 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.’
The Avalanche HD6 includes six colour channels (CMYK, red, green) plus white, for a wider gamut and improved spot colour matching.
The Avalanche HD6 will be available for delivery during the first quarter of 2018 to be followed by the Avalanche HDK during the second quarter.