Durst has launched a new series of multi-pass textile printers, aimed at the digital production of home textiles and fashion.

   The Alpha series is available in two widths; the 1.9m-wide Alpha 190, for fashion applications, and the 3.3m-wide Alpha 330, for decor textile applications.

The machines can be configured with up to eight colours (CMYK plus special colours, dependent on ink type) and 64 Alpha-S printheads that achieve a native resolution of 600dpi and a print speed of 460m/hr (linear) on the Alpha 330 and 610m/hr on the Alpha 190.

The Alpha series machines are available to order with immediate effect and the first installation will be in January 2016. Prices range from $435,220  to $652,830 for the Alpha 190 and from $652,830 to $870,440 for the Alpha 330, all prices are dependant on the configuration.

Durst said the digital technology behind the Alpha series gave them a significant benefit over traditional screen-printing presses.

The manufacturer believes the Alpha series has the advantage of more economical, more efficient and more reliable printing technology, compared with the single-pass trend.

The Alpha machines provide continuous ink circulation in all ink circuits in order to guarantee constant ink quality and reliable stand-by availability.

In the event of a printhead failing, an automatic emergency mode will deactivate the affected printhead row and continue printing with the maximum possible number of heads.

A new intelligent feed system has been developed for the Alpha series that adapts automatically to different textiles and roll diameters while an integrated spray system allows materials to be chemically pre-treated before printing.

“The Alpha series makes digital textile production more economical and efficient,” said Martin Winkler, textile printing segment manager at Durst Phototechnik.