Kornit's Vulcan Plus targeted for Asia

The Vulcan Plus is the highest capacity DTG mass customisation print system in Kornit’s product portfolio, provides a genuine replacement for short-mid run screen-print jobs.

Kornit announced the launch of the Kornit Vulcan Plus, a next-generation system for DTG mass customization. The Vulcan Plus represents the highest-capacity DTG print system in Kornit’s product portfolio and according to the company, in the broader marketplace.

The predecessor Vulcan is a DTG print system that was awarded the SGIA Product of the Year in 2017. Based on customer feedback, Kornit has improved the system to come out with the Vulcan Plus. The Vulcan Plus adds value to the customer over the Vulcan by enabling use of Kornit’s proprietary retail quality NeoPigment Eco-Rapid ink set. It is also compatible with ColorGATE RIP software, which enables colour matching, Pantone libraries and effects like colour knock-outs and PDF workflows.

“During the past three years in which the Vulcan has been in the market, we have gathered a lot of knowledge on how to improve the reliability and stability of this revolutionary platform. It’s fair to say that there isn’t a sub-system that wasn’t improved. All these improvements, which include the software, ink delivery system, pallet conveyor, fixation station and more, mean that the system is highly reliable with over 90% availability time at our customers’ sites,” said Andy Yarrow, president of Kornit Asia Pacific.

According to Kornit, it learnt from its customers printing “literally millions of shirts” to improve the stability and reliability of the Vulcan platform considerably. The Vulcan Plus gives the customer improved uptime and utilisation from his equipment to lower overall cost of ownership.

The system is targeted to two groups of print businesses. Digital printers with some DTG experience who are looking to scale up capacity, and medium to large screen printers looking to streamline their production floor by moving their short runs to digital.

“As well as screen-transfer, we consider the Vulcan Plus to be perfect for those customers who have already invested in digital, but have multiple systems, and are maybe working with online B2C platforms. They are perfectly suited for the Vulcan Plus, because generally their jobs are one-offs, and lots of them every day. Turnaround time is tight and the flexibility of the Vulcan Plus gives them and amazing opportunity to increase throughput, serving more and more customers,” Yarrow added.

Prior to launch, the system has undergone beta testing by customers in both the United States and Europe. The Vulcan Plus is now available globally including the Asia Pacific region.

When asked why Asia needs the Vulcan Plus, Yarrow said: “Good question. It’s really about giving customers a genuine replacement for short-mid run screen-print jobs. The unique set up of the Vulcan platform with its multiple pallets means that you get the productivity of screen with the flexibility of digital. We are seeing genuine throughput at customer sites of more than 230 shirts per hour, which is almost double that of the Atlas platform that we launched last year. This is incredible.”

Vulcan Plus is rated to print up to 235 impressions per hour, sized 13” by 13” on dark garments, with Kornit’s single-step process. Depending on the job types and working hours involved, this translates to anywhere from 550,000 to more than one million impressions annually. Achieving approximately 50% higher throughput than Kornit Atlas, Vulcan Plus does compromise on application flexibility, requiring all eight of its pallets to be of the same type. Available pallets include standard tee, youth/ladies, zipper hoodie, sleeve/legging, tote bag.

“I believe the launch of the Vulcan Plus really makes a bold statement to the market that Kornit is here to really drive the industrial end of the market. We are committed to delivering cutting-edge solutions that enable our customers to transfer from analogue to digital, deliver prints at incredible speeds and amazing retail quality,” Yarrow concluded.

First published in Issue 02/2020 of Print Innovation Asia.

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