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[Kornit General] Printing Tote Bags With A Kornit Storm

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Old February 12th, 2016 Feb 12, 2016 3:53:08 AM -   #1 (permalink)
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Default Printing Tote Bags With A Kornit Storm

Hi,

We are starting to print more and more tote bags with our Kornit Storm II

We are struggling however with Allignment. We use a Kids platten and place the tote bag on top of the platten and shut the lid, then print. The bottom of the print, the allignment is way off.. sometimes it's ok, sometimes its way off, like mm's.

I have attached a photo - how do you guys print Tote bags? Do they have a Tote platten?



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Old February 12th, 2016 Feb 12, 2016 5:45:03 AM -   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Printing Tote Bags With A Kornit Storm

I think the t-shirts are in cheap quality, kindly use the high quality shirts
 
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Default Re: Printing Tote Bags With A Kornit Storm

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I think the t-shirts are in cheap quality, kindly use the high quality shirts
Did you even read my post?
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Default Re: Printing Tote Bags With A Kornit Storm

I have a few suggestions.


1.) Try using some spray tac adhesive on your pallet to keep the bag from slightly moving around while printing it. I do this with all sweatshirts that I print. Even hardware store adhesive will do. On my DTG I make sure to spray my pallet AWAY from the DTG (in the other room for me) because that stuff can linger in the air, land on and in your expensive machine and wreak havoc with it. Also, spray adhesive cleans up easily with Mineral Spirits (called paint thinner by most) after a few minutes of soak time and will not harm your acrylic or metal platen in any way.

2.) See if your RIP software will let you print Uni-Directional (you get one print stroke in only one direction per each full pass) instead of Bi-Directional (you get two print strokes with each full pass, one each way back and forth) to keep your registration tight. This will take a little bit longer but the results can be excellent.

3.) Try choking your white a wee bit more too maybe.
 
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Default Re: Printing Tote Bags With A Kornit Storm

Thanks for your help and suggestions with this issue guys.

We have however found the problem.

The tote bags we were using were the Westford Mill WM101 bags. Once they have been sprayed - the bags immediatley begin shrinking, so the white layer prints fine, but by the time we get to the colour layer - the bags have shrunk further thus leading to the mis-allignment.

We found that if you spray the bag, leave it for around 30 seconds - 1 minute. (Maybe while the other pallet is printing) then print the bags the problem is resolved.

Hope this helps anyone else who comes into this problem!

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Default Re: Printing Tote Bags With A Kornit Storm

Does anyone have issues with the pretreat staining canvas? We just did a canvas cushion cover and it came out with a big square stain.
 
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Default Re: Printing Tote Bags With A Kornit Storm

Hi... funny.. we just found out the same, with the same tote from westford Mill... we dont use those anymore..

About the stain.. you only get the problem on whites and naturel right. ? - we turned down pretreat to 8-10% and all the way down to i think about 140 Celsius. 12min. - we usually use 165..10 min. That fixed the problem..
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