Textile printing is the process of printing a pattern or other design onto fabric. Although screen printing currently dominates the global textile printing market, inkjet printing recently made inroads as a revolutionary method of dying, mainly for apparel makers in areas such as fast fashion.
Inkjet textile printing may be useful for producing small lots, but demand for this method is now rising on the basis of its capacity to produce original designs along with rapid delivery times. There is an increasing need for ultra-fast devices capable of handling large lots.
Ultra-fast devices require a fabric feed speed, making it difficult to maintain a consistent feed volume of fabric. If the fabric is not supplied at a consistent speed, the feed volume fluctuates, and this causes the print density to become patchy. To prevent this requires technology that maintains its precision while minimizing factors that could adversely affect the feed.