Excellency in Italian digital silk printing process assisted by Montex
Italian Alatex Printing Ltd. purchase lately a new Montex stenter for preparation and finishing from German A. Monforts Textilmaschinen for the company’s inkjet digital printing applications
The Italian company was founded in 1970 and is family owned. It started with traditional high quality silk printing on tables, later on flat printers. With the introduction of rotary printer technology in 2000, the firm installed 12 colour and 10 colour printing presses, thereby relying on old second hand stenters for finishing.
Founder director Ambrogio Brenna explained his feelings at the time recognising the necessity to purchase the digital technology. He was very sceptical, unable to find pleasure for the digital printed fabric as against the traditionally produced printed fabric. He felt that computers were killing the creative aspect of the firm’s production. But now he states, “Today, I must admit that I have revised my rears, recognising that with digital printing you still require experience and knowledge to achieve great results. The key to this is sensibility in choosing the best colour for the right combination of colours and sensitivity of feel”.
Currently, with its third generation of digital printers, Alatex recognised the importance of a state-of-the art stenter, offering high performance and precision for ink jet preparation, preparing the silk fabric with chemicals before printing to achieve the specified high quality required for the digital printer. As a result, the company ordered a Montex stenter from the local representativfe Sacconaghi-Monaco Srl for this specific process.
In a first pass through the stenter, the opportunity is taken to join the 30 m, 40 m or 50 m rolls into larger batches as well as adding chemicals for digital preparation. Follwing printing, the fabric is washed and steamed before passing through the Montex in a second pass for finishing.
Fabrics for digital printing range from 20gm/m2 with around 80% of production up to 70gm/m2. A blend features 88 % silk and 12 % Lycra elastan. In 2012 Alatex’s total production amounted to closely five million meters and will exceed this mark by the end of 20913.
Following its recent installation, more than 120000 m of silk production has been processed by the Montex, ensuring the superior high specifications and quality finish. The stenter ordered specifically to handle fabrics for the digital printing process, the new stenter, together with a second recently installed used stenter, is also destined for finishing duties on the rotary and flat bed printed fabrics, and Brenna is extremely happy with the performance of the Montex.