Digital printing

The auxiliary chemical products have an important role in digital printing on textiles.

The printer Monna Lisa® and the Genesta® inks ensure a high quality production on the most important textile fibers.

These results can be improved and optimized with the use of suitable auxiliary chemicals in the processing.

The products described herein are the result of our research and are confirmed by the results obtained in collaboration with our customers.

Textile digital printing is a new technology that is taking its first steps in mass production. For.Tex followed this process from the very beginning and keeps on following the expansion of digital.

Our aim is to offer to the market really effective products, complementary to the performance of Monna Lisa® and Genesta® in order to always get the best results.

The printer

Monna Lisa®  can be definitely ranked at the top of the international market of textile digital printers for sampling and production.

Monna Lisa  was created thanks to the union of the Como textile experience with Epson’s inkjet technology and provides the modern answer to all the productivity problems related to digital printing on textile fabrics. Monna Lisa  is the digital printer manufactured by F.lli Robustelli that used their most innovative mechanical and technical solutions.

The use of Piezoelectric printheads, designed and supplied by Epson and the Genesta  inks, studied in collaboration with Epson and distributed by For.Tex, complete the perfect combination of technology and productivity.

The project Monna Lisa and Genesta  fits into a forefront context at an international level, that has been developed with the specific aim of ensuring the highest printing quality and mass production.

Nine reactive inks, ten acid inks, eight disperse inks and eight pigment inks are supplied in 1, 3 and 10 liter cartridges, fully exhaustible. The Genesta  inks cover a wide and perfectly balanced color range.

Genesta and Pregen  pretreatment products with Monna Lisa  ensure the highest printing quality, without waste of ink, production downtime and processing waste.

Fabric preparation for printing with Pregen

The fabrics meant for printing, both traditional and digital, must be carefully prepared, that is: without any type of impurity that might compromise printing, well-hydrophilic, flat, straightened and adequately stabilized by size.

In addition to these requirements, the fabric must be treated with all those products that allow:

  • Fixation of the color, contained in the ink, to the textile substrate
  • Optimize the printing definition
  • Facilitate the absorption of ink into the fabric so making the drying easier
  • Optimize the intensity of the color
  • Optimize the brilliance of the color

Fabric preparation is essential for all the digital printing processes and it is optional for printing with pigment inks.

Pregen®FibreGenesta® Inks
A 1005Silk, PA
Acid
A 800 SSilk, PolyamideAcid
R-CABCellulosics, SilkReactive, Acid
T-RCPAAcid
THPES, Cellulosics, SilkDisperse, Reactive, Acid
TH-2PES, Cellulosics, SilkDisperse, Reactive, Acid
A-T6PAAcid
R-CACellulosics, Silk, WoolReactive
R-BACellulosicsReactive
PGAllPigment
PCAAllPigment
DS 6040PESDisperse
DDSPESDisperse
A WoolWoolAcid

Inks

Genesta® is the registered trademark of the inks designed and formulated in partnership with Epson to meet the highest quality standards of production reliability and printing fastness for all the fibers.

The full range of Genesta inks has ECO PASSPORT certification by OEKO-TEX® for a sustainable textile production

With all their series, the Genesta inks cover a wide and perfectly balanced color space.

Genesta inks are packed in 1, 3 or 10 liter thermo-sealed multilayer aluminum envelopes that are completely exhaustible and this is a guarantee of absolute reliability and low consumption. Packaging is done with the utmost care and the ink inside them is totally degassed for a perfect printing performance.

The high reliability of the Genesta inks, manufactured by Epson, allows to reduce the washing cycles of the printheads and the consumption is dramatically low.

Each envelope has an identification chip to prevent incidental loading of the wrong ink.

Cyan

Black

Magenta

Yellow

Cobalt

Blue

Black

Orange

Magenta

Cyan

Across

Yellow

Crimson

Cyan

Across

Orange

Magenta

Grey

Yellow

Magenta

Grey

Orange

Blue

Black

Yellow

Magenta

Grey

Orange

Cyan

Black

Adhesives for blankets

For a correct digital printing, it is necessary that the blanket has the right degree of adhesiveness.

Atrafix ML

The blanket of the Monna Lisa  printer requires a coating with a permanent adhesive and, for this purpose, the series Atrafix ML was created. These are special solvent-based copolymers (available in 4 kg drums) and their application on the blanket is very easy. It is possible to blend the various adhesives in order to get the best result for each type of fabric.

Atraclean ML

It is suggested to carry out a periodical cleaning of the blanket using the Atraclean ML solution that allows the removal of the accumulated dirt, thus restoring the initial adhesion.

Adhesolv ML

To redo completely the adhesive, it is necessary to remove totally the old one using the product Adhesolv ML  (non-flammable and environmentally friendly solvent).

ProductCategoryTackAdhesiveness
Atrafix ML/TThermoplast adhesive>30°CVery Good
Atrafix ML/SPermanent adhesiveHighGood
Atrafix ML/KPermanent adhesiveVery HighVery Good
Atrafix NYPermanent adhesiveVery HighVery Good
Atrafix ML/PPRSpecial resin-Good
Unilevel MLLeveling resin-Very Good
Atraclean  MLCleaner and refreshnerN/AN/A
Adhesolv MLAdhesive removerN/AN/A

Post-treatments

After printing with acid, reactive and disperse inks, it is necessary a steaming and a washing process (with pigment and sublimation inks these steps are not necessary). Both these processes are critical in achieving a final results, so it is very important to use the right equipment (for steaming and washing) and the right products (in case of the washing step). For.Tex offers a wide range of products to be used in post-treatment of digital prints, from soaping agents to fixing agents to finishing products to increase fastness of prints made with pigment inks.

ProductField of applicationGenesta inks
Forpon SCRSoaping agentReactive
Texiprint GASoaping agentAcid, Reactive
Texiprint BSoaping agentAcid
Texiprint CSSoaping agentReactive
Texiprint PELSoaping agentDisperse
Forgal EL-80Soaping agentDisperse
Forfix HFNFixing agentAcid
Forfix ZDFixing agentReactive
Forfix SFixing agentAcid
Polifen SBFixing agentAcid (PA only)
Oxal XCross linking agentPigment
Oxal R3-NCross linking agentPigment
Forbinder GE-PCBinderPigment
Forcryl C-40Cationic binderPigment
Forsyl HYRSoftening agent Pigment
 Forsil MCSSoftening agent Pigment