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Reggiani, Aprion, Ciba Launch DReAM Digital Printer

DReAM is a new digital textile printing machine developed by Reggiani Macchine S.p.A., Aprion Digital Ltd. and Ciba Specialty Chemicals Inc. According to the companies, the printing machine is the first high-speed digital textile printer - allowing 1.6-meter-wide, 600-dpi resolution prints at speeds of up to 150 square meters per hour.

DReAM digital printer

The machine combines Italy-based Reggiani's substrate conveying system with Israel-based Aprion's multiple array graphic ink-jet color (MAGIC) drop-on-demand piezo six-color ink-jet print heads.

Switzerland-based Ciba Specialty Chemicals created CIBACRON® RAC reactive inks especially for the DReAM printer. Ciba claims the inks are suitable for cellulosic fabrics, will produce bright shades and will perform well.

Other ink types are in development, including acid inks for silk and polyamide/Lycra® blends, disperse inks for polyester and pigmented inks for various fibers for home furnishings end-uses.DReAM has undergone various customer trials at the Reggiani facility in Italy. The companies expect the machine to be available later this year.

January 2003