In ITMA 2019, Zimmer (Austria) unveiled a digital printing machine that prints exclusively with pigment ink. This step forward for the application of digital printing is a result of Zimmer's years of experience in the field of digital printing, in tandem with Fuji StarFire printhead technology.

Existing customers are running this machine with pigment ink - as opposed to reactive ink - as pigment ink offers various advantages, such as:

High colour strength and brilliancy; 4 to 6 colours are enough to cover the full gamut of colours

     Unsurpassed colour fastness properties

     High drop size and flowability

     Suitable for any textile substrate

     No washing, only drying fixation required

     Easy print process as no pre-coating is required in many cases

     Minimal post print processing needed

     Energy efficient and environment friendly

     Simple process; low investment compared to reactive printing process

     Easy for short run print jobs

Zimmer Colaris DX3 - standard features:

     Ink tank with 10 litre capacity

     Ink and printhead heating and cooling for constant temperature

     Automatic printhead cleaning with water and vacuum

     Printheads with 12, 30 or 80 picolitre droplet size

     Sticky belt (permanent glue application device) for textiles and nonwoven products

Zimmer's Colaris DX3 pigment digital printing machine has high-performance Fuji StarFire Dimatix printheads, which have a number of salient features:

     RediJet: Continuous ink recirculation system that prevents nozzle blockage due to high density pigment inks

     Repairable

     VersaDrop technology with binary and greyscale jetting modes

     Coated metal nozzle plate to withstand abrasion and damage

Technical details

Colaris

12-2200

Colaris

48-2200

Colaris

48-2600

Colaris

48-3400

Colaris

96-2200

Colaris

96-2600

Colaris

96-3400

Maximum print width

2200 mm

2200 mm

2600 mm

3400 mm

2200 mm

2600 mm

3400 mm

Number of colours

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

Printhead/colour

Max. 2

Max. 8

Max. 8

Max. 8

Max. 16

Max. 16

Max. 16

Maximum speed square metres/hr at 400 x 800 dpi

120

470

510

580

890

970

1110

Dryer

3 pass

3 pass

3 pass

3 pass

2 x 3 pass

2 x 3 pass

2 x 3 pass

Typical applications for Zimmer Colaris DX3 digital pigment printing       

     All types of home-textiles where best light fastness is needed, such as bed linen, upholstery, cushion, fashion, etc.

     Work wear and uniforms

     Custom-designed camouflage pattern on poly-cotton fabrics

     Print on panels

In conventional printing, pigment printing holds a share of about 45%, or about 33 billion square metres of printed textiles. In digital printing, pigment printing had a share of a mere 1% of all printed textiles in 2017 - this underscores the vast potential for growth for digital pigment printing. With pigment ink development, latest printheads, and processes, Zimmer digital pigment printing is all set to lead the way in Europe as well as in India.