|Machinery, equipment and supplies set for launch at Printwear & Promotion LIVE!
Anyone looking to either get started in garment decoration or enhance their existing set-up should pay Printwear & Promotion LIVE! a visit this year. The exhibition is regarded by many as the annual launch pad for new equipment and in 2022 there will be plenty to see demoed live.
Printwear & Promotion LIVE! 2022 returns to Hall 20 at the NEC in Birmingham next month (Sunday, February 20 to Tuesday, February 22). Each and every year, the exhibition plays host to a raft of new equipment launches and technologies. And this year is no exception.
Direct to film printing…
Processes in garment decoration are evolving all the time and direct to film printing is the latest method in this evolution.
The process uses a specific kind of water based ink to print a film transfer, which is then transferred directly onto garments and other substrates. The process is seen as an alternative to direct to garment printing, which first entered the scene 15 years ago.
At the last P&P LIVE! in 2020, direct to film printing wasn’t even on the horizon. But now in 2022 numerous exhibitors will be showcasing the very latest direct to film printers and processes.
Both TheMagicTouch (stand J40) and Resolute DTG (stand B20) will be showcasing the R-Jet PRO DTF – a standalone wide format printer. The transfers produce vibrant images with no requirement for pre-treatment. The printer is a joint venture between the two companies, with both stocking and supplying the associated films and inks required.
TheMagicTouch will also have on stand the new Mutoh/STS VJ-628D printer. The 630mm wide compact desktop printer, manufactured by Mutoh in Japan, is based on Mutoh’s proven Valuejet 628 eight channel printer chassis and Epson industrial print head.
Jim Nicol, Managing Director, says: “Having considered over the past 12 months the great response and uptake of DTF technology, combined with the success of those now using the process in production environments, we must ensure we are able to offer the right solution for specific customer needs. The existing R-Jet PRO DTF printer is truly fantastic and offers real transfer production capabilities up to 15sq m/hr but we strongly feel the size and space requirement is restrictive for many potential users. This new desktop option is perfect despite the slower production speed.”
Another stand to visit to see DTF printing in action is R A Smart (stand A1). The machinery supplier will be showcasing a full DTF solution on stand. R A Smart has partnered with a pioneering producer of the entire DTF package, with patented ink and application technology developed over the past four years.
DTF printing is also made possible through the modification of DTG printers. YES Group (stand G10) will be introducing the new DTG Q Series, a hybrid DTG and DTF printer. The DTG Q Series prints 100% in-line with white and colour inks in just one pass and is designed to produce high volume, low cost printed garments. It is built with an automatic vacuum platen for speed loading and patented white ink flush system. A first for DTG Digital, this printer also prints onto film, making the DTG Q Series a true hybrid, converting to DTF without changing inks or platens producing high quality transfers instantly.
Over on J&B Sewing Machine Co’s stand (stand A32), the team will be demonstrating how users of the Epson SureColor SC-F2100 and SureColor SC-F2000 can transform these printers into direct to film printers. Using Ecofreen PET films and Ecofreen hot melt adhesive powder, users can print onto the film and transfer onto any kind of fabric, including cotton, polyester, nylon and leather.
Also showcasing the benefits of DTG printer adaption for DTF printing will be Amaya Sales UK (stand F40) using the Polyprint Texjet and MHM Direct GB (stand G60) using the Brother GTX series.
There are sure to be many more stands showcasing this new technology, so keep an eye out for further announcements in the run up to the exhibition next month.
Direct to garment printing, screen printing and transfer printing will all see new product releases at P&P LIVE!
First up is Roland DG (stand E60), which will be launching the Texart XT-640S-DTG. This multi-station DTG garment printer prints full colour graphics directly onto cotton based T shirts and apparel in as little as eight seconds. Paul Willems, Roland DG's director of business development and product management EMEA, says: "The new Texart XT-640S-DTG is another great example of the opportunities offered by Roland digital technology. Its speed, accuracy and versatility make it ideal for garment suppliers moving from screen printing to digital, those already running multiple DTG machines, brands bringing production in-house, garment embroidery businesses looking to diversify their product offering, and many more. The digital DTG printing market is set to grow and grow, and we're looking forward to helping more of our customers join it."
MHM Direct GB (stand G60) will be demonstrating the first DTG printer designed specifically for mass production. The Brother GTX600 features ink recirculation in four key areas, a built in humidifier, increased print speed, increased auto cleaning frequency and reduced ink wastage.
The next generation Epson SureColor SC-F3000 will receive its exhibition debut on Xpres’ stand (stand C70) in February. This production level machine speedily delivers up to 60 full platen dark T shirt prints per hour, alongside top of the range quality with industry low ink costs; partly due to a 9L capacity bulk ink system alongside 1.5L ink pouches.
In terms of screen printing, H.G. Kippax & Sons (stand A52) will be showcasing the Thunder – an industrial grade manual screen printing press designed to handle high demand printing while minimising wear and tear on the user. The Thunder is available with possible configurations of four station/four colours, four station/six colours, six station/six colours, four station/eight colours, eight station/eight colours, 10 station/10 colours, and 12 station/12 colours.
And, for those who transfer their artwork from computer to screen, EXILE Technologies (stand H52) has announced that the new FREEStyler 2 DTS will receive its official launch at P&P LIVE! The FREEStyler 2 frees screen printers from having to perform manual and labour intensive film registration. It features a new industrial all metal design and upgraded mechanics and electronics for improved precision and reliability.
And finally, Target Transfers (stand D30) will be bringing along a selection of new products to P&P LIVE! This includes the new Hotronix Tag Along Platen and the new Hotronix 360 IQ Hat Heat Press. The Tag Along Platen enables users to apply a full front print and a branded neck label at the same time, while the IQ Hat Heat Press enables users to print the front, back and sides of caps without removing it from the press.
Nearly a fifth of all stands at P&P LIVE! will have some form of embroidery equipment and supplies on display. It really is surprising how technology advances year on year in this field.
AJS Embroidery Services (stand K1 & K10) will be showcasing the very latest machines from Tajima, including the TMEZ-KC series, which is equipped with intelligent thread management function for automating the embroidery finish process. i-TM analyses the stitch by stitch sewing direction and the fabric thickness to compute the appropriate amount of upper thread feed for the next stitch and makes proper adjustments to the finished stitches, so that the embroidery finish that is considered to be good can be achieved in a stable manner.
Launched late last year, Barudan (stand E70) will be demonstrating the new twin head embroidery machine, the BEKT-S1502CII. This machine features an 8.4in LCD high resolution touch, high speed colour change system for increased production, new tensioner system and a LED thread break detection light, and a maximum speed of 1100spm onto flat garments or 1000spm onto caps.
Michael Selby, office manager, Barudan UK, says: “It will be such a delight to see the return of the fabulous Printwear & Promotion LIVE! after the lockdowns we have all experienced – P&P LIVE! 2022 – bring it on!”
Four new machines from Merlin Pro will be on display on GS UK’s stand (stand B55). These include the Merlin Pro RS10-1504 four head, 15 needle machine, the Merlin Pro RS10-1502 – twin head, 15 needle machine, Merlin Pro RS7-1501, 15 needle machine single head, and the Merlin 101. The new the Merlin Pro RS10-1504 has a maximum stitching speed of 1000spm plus a host of new features including an in built, high definition, true colour 10.4in LCD touch screen.
Hobkirk Sewing Machines (stand A70) will be showing the latest eight inch touch screen models from Ricoma. Following on from the hugely popular seven inch screen models, all new Ricoma MT, TC and SWD models will now come as standard with the latest eight inch definition LCD touch screen. They also now come with WiFi connectivity meaning users can send designs from PC top to the machine without the need for cables. As with the previous model they still boast a large 500mm sewing area and sewing speeds of up to 1200spm.
For those looking for something different from the usual suspects, new exhibitor Holiauma UK (stand P60) will be demonstrating the latest in embroidery machines from Holiauma. On stand will be a single head and two head model, but the team will be able to provide information on all models of machine. The machines are high speed and run at 1200spm. As standard, each machine in the range is fitted with an automatic oiling system, which users need to pump once a day to send oil to all the moving parts. The 47 head type on each machine is the newest on the market, which allows the machines to run at high speed for caps and provide high quality embroideries. Besides all of this, each machine has standard features such as built in WiFi and a graffiti function with a stylus.
And finally, YES Group will be showcasing the newest releases from SWF and Ricoma. The new SWF KX series of single and high speed multi-heads are just packed with the very latest operational technology, including automatic thread tensioning, digitally controlled pressor feet, smaller cylinder arm, picker free, fantastic high speed stitching with speeds of 1200spm, and so much more tech. While, the Ricoma MT20 8s 20 needle single and multi-heads feature a large embroidery area of up to 510x155mm per head.
John-Paul Burton, director, YES Group, says: “My team and I are extremely excited to welcome everyone back to P&P LIVE! We have missed face to face interaction over the past 18 months, and we can’t wait to show you, what’s on offer at YES in 2022!”
All of these machines and much more besides will receive their exhibition debut in February. Make sure you don’t miss out on seeing the latest garment and product decoration equipment on the market by visiting Printwear & Promotion LIVE!
Register now at www.printwearandpromotionlive.co.uk