Alpha is a groundbreaking, patented chemistry platform allowing textile decorators to reduce the need for water within a printing environment. Highly innovative inks combined with a new approach to textile processing allow users to reduce highly expensive and closely legislated procedures and replace them with a clean, green and ultra-efficient method of printing.
Ideally suited to lightweight fashion polyester, Alpha technology allows direct printing of the fabric without the need for a chemical pre-treatment process or any requirement for steaming and washing consistent with the laborious methods required for tradition direct printing of polyester. Adaptable to any industrial print head, Alpha technology can be fine-tuned for maximum production reliability in single pass or industrial scanning inkjet printers. Compliant with all recognized textile regulatory bodies, Alpha represents the start of a truly sustainable process and the beginning of a revolution in textile printing.
Alpha technology meets and exceeds the high demands of the fashion industry:
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Printing & Process
Inks based on Alpha technology are printed directly onto the polyester textile and thermally set. Unlike traditional direct disperse inks, Alpha technology does not require a steaming or washing process resulting in a more sustainable and environmentally responsible process.
To obtain a good fixation, it is recommended to thermally set the printed substrate at 210°C (410°F) for 30s.
In order to achieve optimum results, it may be appropriate to use a light pre-treatment. Please contact your local Sensient contact to discuss specific requirements for your process to achieve optimum performance.