An agreement between Digital Screenprinting Technologies Aps (DST) of Copenhagen and Xeikon allows digital printers to produce heat seal transfers and garment labels. The deal combines DST’s screen printing inks and process knowledge with Xeikon’s digital print know-how to achieve high resolution textile transfers suitable for both short and long run applications.
Users can produce transfers in either roll-to-roll or roll-to-sheet form. A variable data capability for transfer designs means that every transfer produced can include original content, ranging from an individual name or a more complex variation, such as a picture element. The integration of DST and Xeikon technology is said to offer users an environmentally safe system that opens up a significant range of new business opportunities.
The process uses both water based and plasticized inks, allowing the production of transfers capable of withstanding high-temperature machine washing, including industrial washing, and dry cleaning. The range of adhesives available for the process means that output can be transferred to literally any piece of fabric, including cotton, knitted and woven materials, polyurethane, PVC fabrics and films, rainwear, umbrellas, Spandex and other stretch fabrics, neoprene, and polyester.