|Digital printing onto textiles is a specialist process – RA Smart have been at the forefront of this cutting edge technology in the UK for over 10 years, installing the latest systems throughout the UK, covering a vast array of applications.
We have seen enormous developments in both print head and ink chemistry over recent years and digital printing onto fabrics is now an accepted means for not only producing bespoke short and sample lengths of printed textiles but longer true production runs are now being printed on a daily basis.
With systems capable of handling every fabric including cottons, silks, wools, polyesters plus specialist and technical fabrics our unique expertise and textile printing background allows us to offer a ‘turn-key’ solution for a myriad of applications. Our in-depth knowledge of ink chemistries, textile finishing requirements, fabric pre-treatments, etc. gives our customers the assurance that they are working together with a partner that understands the various techniques associated with digitally printing onto textiles and we will help to optimize any investment in digital technology.
Textile digital printing systems can be utilized for a wide range of applications including household textiles, fashion, accessories, flags & banners, sportswear, exhibition graphics, soft signage to name but a few. Textile dyes including reactives, acids, pigments and disperse both for direct and indirect (sublimation process) can all be used in conjunction with a range of systems to suit various levels of production requirements. Soft signage using water based textile dye is a big growth area with the environmental concerns of using solvent inks in the point of sale market place.
Not only are water based inks far more environmentally sound but they also offer far more vibrant colours and a vastly superior product to the end user. With the latest generation of machines now capable of printing up to 320cm wide at superb high resolutions, more and more customers are seeing the benefits of turning to water based textile ink technology for their super wide digital printing requirements. A key part of digital printing onto textiles is the textile itself.
RA Smart has developed a range of pre-treated fabrics specifically coated for the digital process, from light-weight fashion silks through to heavy cotton canvas and linens. All of our fabrics are available from stock at our warehouse and we can even pre-treat customers’ own fabrics subject to minimum quantities. RA Smart offers a choice of dedicated textile finishing equipment for use in conjunction with our digital printing systems including continuous or batch fabric steamers and flat and rotary heat presses available in various sizes and models depending on production requirements.
Service and Support
All new wide format systems supplied by RA Smart are sold with either a 12 or 24 month on-site warranty depending on the specific model, with extended warranties and service contracts also available.
As an authorized dealer and reseller, working with the world’s leading manufacturers in digital printing equipment and related products, we can offer our customers full peace of mind that our fully trained support engineers will keep their investment running at the optimum.