Kornit Digital Ltd. Is a dynamic, leading edge company that develops, manufactures and markets state of the art solutions for the garment & apparel printing industry.
Founded by seasoned professionals with extensive experience in the digital printing industry and based on its proprietary innovative technology, Kornit Digital introduces the Kornit line of high-speed digital inkjet printers, known to be the first digital industrial printers which print Direct-To-Garment.
Featuring a unique balance between the development of custom-made industrial digital printers and revolutionary textile digital printing chemistry applications, this ground-breaking technology of D.T.G Printing offers custom printers a complete and wide-ranging solution, enabling them to effectively and efficiently reach optimum digital printing results on a large variety of textile applications and finished garments.
Kornit Digital develops manufactures and markets industrial digital inkjet printers and superior digital chemistry solutions including pigmented ink and wetting additives for the garment and apparel printing industry. Among its products are:
Kornit Storm 931series – Dual Pallet Industrial Digital Inkjet PrintersKornit Thunder 932 series - Single Pallet Industrial Digital Inkjet PrintersKornit Breeze 921 – Entry Level Industrial Digital Inkjet PrinterKornit Paradigm 933 – Digital Add-on station for Screen Printing Carousels
Water-based White inkWater based CMYK inkSolvent-based CMYK ink
PalletsQuickP RIP Software
D.T.G Printing comes from Direct-To-Garment Printing and defines Kornit`s patented method of printing on light & dark garments using Kornit`s industrial digital inkjet printers combined with its chemistry solutions of our NeoPigment ink and wetting additives within the printing process.
Kornit developed pigmented water-based inks that include CMYK & white, formulated to ensure the highest level of compatibility and performance for working with Kornit printers.
The company has an in-house laboratory that is staffed by top professional chemists and equipped with high-end equipment and materials for digital ink developments. In addition, Kornit owns an ink factory enabling it to mass produce CMYK and white ink for its customers.
Kornit developed a unique and patented printing method that integrates the garment`s pre-treatment procedure into the printing process. Immediately before printing, our PreT system that is integrated into the machine automatically sprays the Kornit Wetting Solution (a fixation agent based on wetting additives and water). During the curing process, a chemical reaction occurs between the ink and the Wetting Solution. The ink then sticks to the fibers which results in extremely vibrant print colors. After the curing, the Wetting Solution evaporates off of the garment.
The Kornit printers arrive with basic machine software. In order to translate files to the printer, you must use a RIP software that can produce ripped files for the printer. Kornit has designed and developed its own QuickP RIP software, specifically for the Kornit printers. The Kornit QuickP Designer RIP is able to translate all files, from all graphic software, in order to successfully print with the Kornit printers and achieve optimum results, on both light and dark garments.
The Kornit machine has an automatic procedure for maintenance that is performed daily. Moreover, Kornit printers need to have a regular checkup and go through full system maintenance on a yearly basis. The yearly maintenance includes ink and pneumatic filter replacement, axis greasing, software update and system adjustment to maximize the printer’s uptime and to achieve optimum printing quality.
More information is available in the Kornit Maintenance Guide.
Kornit offers two types of training: Onsite & Offsite.Onsite Training takes place at the time of the printer`s installation. This training includes comprehensive operator training, technical training on printer hardware & software, and basic pre-press and file preparation training. All customers receive the onsite training as a part of their purchasing agreement. Offsite Training is an enhanced training program offered by Kornit`s Training Center. This program includes enhanced technical and application training classes, and also, one-on-one art preparation webinars for file optimization.
Kornit`s printers were specially designed for digitally printing on light & dark garments. First, the Wetting Solution is applied automatically during the pre-treatment process directly onto the printed area and prepares the surface to accept Kornit`s special textile ink. Following that, the printing process digitally creates a printable surface of white ink on the printing area (only for dark garments) then immediately applies the CMYK inks. The White and CMYK colors are printed wet-on-wet. When printing on light garment no white-ink is applied.
When printing on a colored media that is not white, you must take into consideration the color of the garment itself. Kornit inks allow us to use the colors of the shirts as a background color. Since the ink Kornit uses is based on 4 colors (CMYK), the Kornit software can redefine the file color, taking into account the media dye color. The QuickP Designer RIP features tailor-made screening and calibration processes for garment printing and innovative tools to adjust color saturation and achieve good results on all garment colors.
In order to print on different clothing items, such as sleeves, hats, bags, scarves, pants etc and in special sizes, you must use a custom-made pallet that will allow printing on different shapes and sizes. The pallet should suit the media to the printing head and be adjusted according to the size and location of the media. Kornit has a large variety of pallets that allow printing on different substrates and on different locations on the media. The flexibility of our printers allows us to develop different pallets according to the market`s needs.
Our special ink allows us to print on any type of fabric that can tolerate curing conditions, such as 100% cotton, any cotton polyester blends, Lycra, Viscose, Microfiber, Linen, leather and synthetic leather, satin, canvas, silk, velvet, PVC etc…
The development of tailor-made ink - The ink applied by the printer should be versatile in order to implement a high-quality result on as many materials as possible. Kornit developed special ink that can be implemented on a large variety of applications and that is designed to achieve high-vibrancy and high-durability results.
Kornit has developed its printers from the ground-up using industrial components only. The ink systems industrial structure enables to adjust the printing heads according to the thickness of the media that it prints on, so that the print heads will not touch the media. This feature also allows over-seams printing by simply defining the required printing height. The maximum thickness available is 2 inches (5cm).
Kornit developed a unique solution for printing on dark garments (US Patent # 7,134,749). First, the system prints a white layer (one or two layers, according to the printing mode) and then immediately follows up with a CMYK layer. This unique patent also enabled developing the application of printing white & CMYK with the same pass, currently used with the Kornit Breeze 921 printer.
Kornit Storm, Thunder & Paradigm use 4 printing modes: Normal- 363 DPI, Best – 454 DPI Super – 545 DPI Special – 636 DPI. Kornit Breeze uses 600 x 1200 DPI.Usually there is no need for more than 454DPI for printing on cotton. 636DPI is only for thick and very absorbent substrates.
In order to check the wash fastness, we had a variety of printing samples (light and dark garments) examined in an official lab. The results were (ISO STD): Wash fastness - 4 in a scale of 5; Crock fastness - 4-5 in a scale of 5. .
The cost per print depends on the size and resolution of the prints. When printing on light garments, only CMYK is needed. For an image 8 inch X 8 inch (20cm X 20 cm) the cost per print is 10-12 US cents. When printing on dark garments, you must print a white layer first and then apply the CMYK colors. For the same size image the white ink will cost 30-40 US cents, meaning, the total printing cost will be 40-50 US cents.
Kornit printers have the capabilities to print in different resolutions.Higher resolutions will provide us with the best results, but when using a lower resolution, you can get higher production. The Kornit printers carry Spectra print heads that can print in high resolution and in different speeds. In order to get high production with the best resolution possible, we can increase the printing speed and preserve the quality of the print.
We have different kinds of pallets that we can supply with our printers, enabling you to print on different sizes of garments and on different locations on the garment. The maximum printing size available is 20`` X 28`` (50cm x 70cm) using the Grand Pallets for the Kornit Storm 931-8 only. The machine arrives with a STD pallet in the following sizes:Kornit Storm 931-8: 16`` x 20`` (40cm X 50cm) Kornit Thunder 932-6: 14`` x 18`` (35cm X 45cm)Kornit Breeze 921: 14`` x 18`` (35cm X 45cm) In order to receive a grand pallet, you must request it when ordering the printer.
The software of the Kornit machine uses queue management exactly like "home printers". When you need to produce variable data (printing the same image and changing data or text for each one), the QuickP RIP software enables you to load as many files as you need. The machine then prints them continuously, one after the other, without any delay times between prints.
The Kornit DTG printers are the only industrial models oin the marketplace that were designed and developed specifically for the garment printing industry.Kornit`s main advantage is the incorporation, into the printer`s industrial design, of such state of the art technologies as:
The PreT System – A pre-treatment system integrated into the printer for automatic pre-treatment of the garments.Industrial print heads ideally suited for printing on fabrics – Kornit uses Spectra print heads with 256 nozzles of 80 Pico liters volume of drop (as opposed to other digital printers which use print heads with 92 nozzles of 30 Pico liters volume of drops).A proprietary ink system – Kornit developed an exclusive ink system based on many years of professional experience, and created a tailor-made ink especially for the machine. The ink system is designed to handle opaque white inks in addition to CMYK, smoothly and efficiently, preventing any ink-flow setbacks. Moreover, Kornit`s ink system allows the lowest ink utilization per print (the lowest cost per print).Motion System – Kornit uses linear motors, which work on magnetic fields for all the movements within the machine (pallets and print heads unit). These kinds of motors are built to work as an industrial unit 24/7 without any maintenance for years, and considered to be the most accurate motors in the industry.
Since Kornit uses cutting edge industrial components, all Kornit machines print much faster than other comparable printers in the market.
Kornit uses its worldwide distribution network to sell its printers and also to provide professional support services to the end user.
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