Roland DG Achieves OEKO-TEX Certification
Roland DG Textile Decorating Technology Achieves OEKO-TEX® Class I Certification
Sydney, Australia, May 25, 2015 – Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer/cutters worldwide, announced today that the company’s dye sublimation transfer technology has achieved certification of OEKO-TEX® Standard 100, product class I. The certification has been given for inkjet printing on polyester fabric with the company’s Texart ink, which is used for the Texart RT-640, the company’s latest dye sublimation transfer printer.
OEKO-TEX® is an independent certification system for testing the safety of textile materials and chemicals at every stage of production from raw materials to end products. OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 is divided into four classes based on human ecological requirements, with class I which ensures that printed textile items are safe for babies and toddlers being the most difficult to achieve. Growing awareness among customers has fostered the rise in popularity of the OEKO-TEX® label.
“We are very pleased that the Nissenken Quality Evaluation Center has awarded our dye sublimation printing technology the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100, product class I,” Yuko Maeda, division president of digital printing, market development for Roland DG said, “We developed Texart ink and the RT-640 for a wide range of textile decoration applications, including sports and fashion apparel, curtains and other interior décor as well as promotional goods and personalised gifts. The OEKO-TEX® certification provides not only an endorsement for our efforts to pursue environmentally-safe digital printing, but provides an important decision-making tool for our customers to better meet the needs of end users.”
Roland DG launched Texart ink and the RT-640 in October, 2014. Maeda said the RT-640 incorporates a host of technological advancements that optimise sublimation transfer output while minimising running costs. “One of the RT-640’s major innovations is our new ink which is available in both four (CMYK) and eight colour versions (CMYK plus Light Cyan, Light Magenta, Orange and Violet). Previously, colours printed on sublimated fabrics could look faded with dull blacks, missing greys and fuzzy details. The RT-640’s variable droplet technology in combination with Texart ink displays bold, vibrant colours and rich velvety blacks, as well as subtle gradations and fine details.”
The Texart RT-640 was on display at the recent Visual Impact trade show in Sydney, and will be showcased at various trade shows throughout 2015.