For some time, ink jet technology has been used to digitally print textiles, but with relatively low productivity. Recently, however, systems have been introduced that use piezo based ink jet printheads to digitally print textiles at rates required for practical production volumes. This paper reports the development and application of these new digital textile printers, which move productivity from that suitable for sampling to production speeds running from 600 ft2/hr. to 3000 ft2/hr. Characteristics of the printing systems, printheads and inks will be presented. Data for reliability and performance in the field will be presented along with production samples.
Linda T. Creagh, Howard T. Baldwin, "High Performance Piezo Ink Jet Printheads and Production Printing of Textiles" in Proc. IS&T Int'l Conf. on Digital Printing Technologies (NIP17), 2001, pp 435 - 437, https://doi.org/10.2352/ISSN.2169-4451.2001.17.1.art00097_1