Caldera pairs up with Luescher-Tschudi GmbH for high-speed textile production

The French print software innovator Caldera has developed an OEM version of GrandRIP+ to drive the company’s 3.200 mm textile printer, the T-REX 320.

Swiss printer manufacturer Lüscher-Tschudi GmbH announces today its strategic partnership with Caldera.

The French print software innovator Caldera has developed an OEM version of GrandRIP+ to drive the company’s 3.200 mm textile printer, the T-REX 320. The combination allows those entering this expanding market achieve high quality results across high-speed runs for soft signage and industrial textile applications.

Lüscher-Tschudi GmbH combines its Swiss reputation for quality manufacturing with a innovative but experienced approach to engineering. The T-REX 320 is built for accuracy, featuring a specially engineered fabric loading and transportation system to avoid banding. Incorporating Konica Minolta 1024i print-heads in a four- or 16-head configuration and available with four or eight colours, this new printer – which can hit an impressive 120 sqm/hour in top quality mode – can be used with water-based, disperse dye or reactive dye inks and includes an in-line fixation unit and dryer named QUICKFIX NEO.

Caldera’s GrandRIP+ allows users to extract the ultimate power and precision from this strong new challenger in the digital textile printing market. Native features within the company’s award-winning software include color management functions crucial to top-quality image reproduction onto fabrics, as well as media and ink optimisation to help owners avoid consumables waste. For true full industrial production of decorative and functional textiles, T-REX 320 owners can upgrade to the newly launched Caldera TextilePro suite to benefit from RGB workflow and pattern options.

To take full advantage of T-REX 320’s top production speed of 230sqm/hour – enabled by GrandRIP+ – businesses are encouraged to consider Lüscher-Tschudi’s QUICK FIX NEO thermo fixation unit. Available in widths between 2.6 and 3.2 metres, each of which matches the printer’s top speed, the QUICKFIX NEO brings integrated heat extraction, thermal cutting, variable speeds and excellent thermal stability. Lüscher-Tschudi GmbH also offers free consultancy to businesses entering the digital textile area as part of its ‘SWISS SOLUTION’.

Lüscher-Tschudi GmbH has led innovation in digital textile printing since 1999, making it a logical partner for Caldera, which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary. Both companies are renowned for their partner-based approach to developing solutions for soft signage and industrial textile and are committed to providing a new vision for the market. Recognising the importance of such collaboration, the companies CEO's provide different visions for this unfurling of the market.

“As the textile market unfolds over a year with key events FESPA DIGITAL and ITMA rapidly approaching, Lüscher-Tschudi GmbH is aligned and prepared for its ongoing production needs,” states Werner Tschudi and Hans Luescher, both CEO's of the Swiss company . “Our experience across the screen, digital and textile worlds has led us to their convergence in 2017. It’s thanks to forward-thinking partners like Caldera that we are able to deliver the precise, versatile machinery the business now needs.”

Caldera is celebrating its many partnerships across print and further afield as part of its 25th anniversary in 2016 – a strategy CEO Joseph Mergui has pursued since he founded the company. He concludes: “Our exploration of textile with partners such as Lüscher-Tschudi GmbH is helping us improve production times for fashion and economies of scale for local industry. By creating bridges between processes that have not before spoken the same language we are creating benefits for companies around the world. We look forward to celebrating both them and our mutual customers through 2017 and beyond.”