Inkjet print technology is becoming increasingly important. It offers high potential to achieve high quality premium prints with good colourfastness, and not forgetting new functions, on the most diverse textile materials. Due to the variety of textile materials, a large range of different dyes and printers is needed. "SITex-Print - Solid Inks for Textile Printing" is the name of the sub-project in the German-Dutch project "TKV FO" dealing with the development of an environmentally-friendly inkjet technology with thermoplastic inks. A digital textile print process is to be made possible with a universally applicable printing system – irrespective of the textile material. Developments focus on applications for interior decoration, such as panel blinds and roller blinds or soft signage for printing textile displays, banners, flags or wallpaper, which are used in the areas of fashion, decoration, advertising, architecture and shopfitting.
Junkers & Müllers GmbH is a competent project partner and the company has extensive know-how as well as the technological competence and power of innovation in this segment. Furthermore, the company's aim is to achieve continuous improvement of environmental protection within the business. It is committed to carrying out production processes in an environmentally conscious way and permanently monitoring their efficiency. The focus is on careful handling of resources. Energy is used specifically and economically. Technical and organisational measures ensure that residual materials, waste products, emissions that are damaging to the environment and wastewater are all minimised. Junkers & Müllers is fully determined to pursue the company policy of sustainable, economic growth in the future and to push it forward. This is why the company is supporting the SITex-Print Project; the possible use of thermal inks for textile print on suitable digital print media whilst avoiding high cost and energy intensive drying and fixing processes would be a further step towards the use of sustainable production processes. Interior applications would also benefit from an ink technology free of solvents and emissions.
One aspect shown over course of the project is that the use of simple pre-treatments in combination with low temperature processes on suitable PES fabrics achieves prints with sharp contours and sufficient resistance to abrasion.
Further information can be found at: http://www.tkvfo.eu/
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