Textile printing workflow
The diagram below illustrates the textile printing flow highlighting the advantages of digital over traditional processes.
The latter entails higher environmental impact, higher costs, more production waste, and less flexibility than digital printing.
Printing process with the Monna Lisa series
Industrial digital printing on textiles is part of a broader process, ranging from creative concept to fabric pre-treatment and finishing.
The diagram below illustrates the whole printing flow with the Monna Lisa series
1 Stenter machine
2 Office design CAD/rip
3 Digital printers Monna Lisa
4 Steamer machine
5 Washing machine Continuous relax dryer
6 Stenter machine with padder for finishing
Powered by PrecisionCore
Driving the Monna Lisa is a new print head array featuring Epson’s advanced PrecisionCore technology. Taking the example of 128 PrecisionCore MicroTFP print chips configured as 32 four-chip print heads, the array provides 12,800 nozzles* for each colour and outstanding productivity. While being highly durable, it is also designed for easy maintenance to minimise downtime.
PrecisionCore is the outcome of constant research and development to achieve greater efficiency, quality and reliability in Direct-to-Fabric printing.
Our range features models from 8 to 64 print heads.
* In 8-colour configuration
Symmetrical color alignment for maximum print quality and productivity
Symmetrical color alignment ensures consistent color overlap order is maintained during bidirectional printing. As a result, color and pattern reproduction are exceptionally uniform, and even areas of solid color and fine geometric patterning can be beautifully rendered while maintaining high throughput.
Monna Lisa Evo Tre: evolution, development and innovation
Monna Lisa Evo Tre has become the brand representing Epson industrial digital textile printers and a reference standard for high quality printing in such fields of application as haute couture & fast fashion, accessories, home textiles and sportswear. Characterised by the flexibility and productivity typical of digital technology, it is the right choice for an increasingly dynamic market, which demands swift responses to shifting needs
Introduction to Monna Lisa Evo Tre
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Flexibility and reliability
One of the most important qualities of Monna Lisa is its flexibility. It provides users with a single printer to meet a variety of different production needs. It handles different types of inks, prints on any type of fabric and reproduces the simplest or most complex designs with uncompromising quality, speed and repeatability. Inks are available in colour racks of different capacities (3 L or 10 L), with the possibility to swap ink types.
Moreover Monna Lisa is available in several configurations, differentiated by the number of print heads and printing widths.
The exclusive vacuum-packed degassed ink management system is designed to achieve the maximum efficiency while minimising ink waste. Ink racks are available in different capacities (3 L or 10 L).
The broad resolution range and interlacing methods ensure high quality prints on any fabric type.
Easy and safe access to the machine for inspections, management and maintenance operations.
PrecisionCore print head array
The new print head array combines quality, precision, speed and reliability with unprecedented results. It is the ultimate evolution of Epson’s proprietary Micro Piezo printing technology.
The efficient fabric feeding system is studied to ensure highly precise printing speed and quality.
Epson Edge Print Textile
Epson Edge Print Textile is the RIP software specifically designed to get the most out of your Monna Lisa. The freedom to use other RIPs or textile CADs remains one of the main features of the printer flexibility.
Monna Lisa Evo Tre range
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The programme that controls Monna Lisa has been designed to combine outstanding performance with extreme versatility and ease of use. The operator is able to control and manage the printing process using a dedicated user interface, which displays the real-time status of the different machine functions on the monitor.
Print settings and control
A number of these parameters can be set at origin directly on the CAD station where the design is processed. The printer operator can make changes to or choose all the free printing parameters, such as, for instance, printing width and length, single or bi-directional printing, etc.
Color control and management
The function keys are divided into 3 separate groups:
- printer controls
- design management
- monitor interface selection
The printed metres are shown continuously on three screens, with relative hourly production data divided into linear metres and square metres.
Control and management of the colours loaded into the printer is made simple through a visual representation which shows the ongoing situation in real time.
In addition to levels, other messages show ink status, indicating to the operator not only when cartridges are empty, but also any faults due to errors during loading.
The maintenance section makes it possible to manage all the ancillary print functions, such as head cleaning, performing tests to check nozzles, forcing a specific colour drop heaviness, etc.
For print head cleaning, operators can choose from three levels of intensity: normal, medium or extra. The nozzle check test can be carried out during printing, with no interruption in the continuity of fabric printing.
The forcing of colour drop heaviness can be selected from one of three levels: small, medium or large; it is also possible to choose between normal or extra printing mode.
Monna Lisa uses the proprietary “.ROB” file format, which makes it possible to print designs developed using different graphic design systems.
In addition to supporting those companies that use different brands of colorways applications and printing systems for their internal operations, this also makes it possible for the printing company to directly print designs produced by outside companies or by other printing companies.