Zimmer Austria: Carpet printing, far from superficial
Zimmer Austria's Colaris printing machines provide 100 % penetration – to the effect that the clearly defined pattern will also appear on the backside of the carpet, just as though it had been knotted or woven from yarns in different colours.
Colaris printers come with an open ink system that works with a wide range of inks from various dye manufacturers. Accordingly, almost any fibre base can be printed: polyamide, wool or polyester. Especially cationic dyeable polyester is said to have a good potential. Additionally, the excellent colour yield of up to 100 % fixation counts for a substantial ink saving and may eliminate the need of post-print washing in many cases: a substantial contribution to a clean environment.
The Colaris product range for carpet printing can be used for the production of individual pieces like carpet tiles or mats, or for “endless designs” on wall-to-wall carpet rolls. The printing works on tufted or woven pile, on loop or velour or even on nonwoven materials, up to a pile weight of 3,000 g/m2
. Since 2019, Colaris digital inkjet printers can produce very high-resolution prints on PES pile.
“Process technology is the key to success,” says Tony Naschberger, CEO of Zimmer Austria. The Zimmer Technology Center in Kufstein comprises a laboratory and a demo facility complemented with small production lines for test prints.