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Textiles specialist Kornit Digital has added to its range of Storm systems with the launch of the Storm Hexa and Storm 1000 industrial direct-to-garment printers.  The machines, which are aimed at medium-sized businesses, feature a recirculating ink system to reduce ink consumption and to further optimise reliability, as well as a doubled number of nozzles to increase productivity of up to 40% over previous Storm configurations.

The Storm 1000 is the standard configuration and features 12 heads in a CMYK plus white configuration. It produces up to 170 garments per hour in high productivity mode, including inline pretreatment, and prints an area of up to 500x700mm.

The Storm Hexa, which can also produce up to 170 garments per hour in high productivity mode, has 16 printheads and two additional colours for full CMYK, red, green and white support.

Kornit EMEA marketing director Oliver Luedtke said: “We had this configuration in the Avalanche Hexa system before but this is the first time we’ve bought it to the Storm mid-range systems.” Both machines are based on Kornit’s NeoPigment printing process and offer 1,200dpi resolution.

They are equipped with productivity features such as a built-in pretreatment system, a quick replace pallet mechanism, a four-litre bulk ink system, an integrated humidity system and a backup power system for a quick and easy system start.

“We expect to see a lot of mid-level businesses with a garment decoration background at Fespa; either screen printers that want to switch to digital or digital printers that want to pick up garments as a new offering,” said Luedtke.