Printing Blankets for Textile Printing: Basics, Key Considerations, Advantages

The fashion world keeps changing every minute, while for the textile printing industry, the need for top performance and accuracy remains constant. Top performance and accuracy can only be realized through the reliable and absolutely precise positioning of every single drop of ink, which in turn relies heavily on the quality of the printing blankets.

Textile Printing Blankets/Belts

Textile printing blankets/belts are specifically designed for machines that print on fabrics/textiles. They play an essential role for rotary printing, flat printing, and digital printing systems.

Rotary Printing Belts

Rotary printers utilize cylinder to transfer images onto fabric fed through the system. The rotating cylinders and running printing belts allow for high-speed printing onto a continuous textile.

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Flatbed Printing Belts

Flatbed printing belts transport fabric under stationary screen frames to receive the printed image.

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Key features that affect textile printing effectiveness include:

  • Makeup and the stability of the belt material: Optimized makeup and quality of belt material ensure durability and stability, resist ink chemicals while providing dimensional stability across wide belt widths.

  • Surface quality of the printing blanket: It needs to have excellent chemical resistant properties to prevent damage from dyes, such as bubbling or cracking. A high-quality surface extends the life of the belt compared to inferior or cheaper materials.
    A smooth and uniform surface is critical for printing accuracy. Flat, non-stretch surfaces give even ink metering for flawless prints. Uneven surfaces or variations in thickness can lead to printing deviations, especially at the joint area.

  • Material & quality of inner traction or carcass layers: The inner traction or carcass layers provide strength to the printing blankets. These layers are usually made of polyester. However, Aramid fibers are also used with polyester for long belts to provide even better strength.
    Some blankets have an inextensible layer between the fabric traction layers, which offers advantages in terms of belt retention and reduces downtime costs.

KCB (Kunming Conveyor Belts), a company with over 20 years of experience, offers a full range of printing blankets optimized for different types of textile printing machines. They have proven their exceptional performance in demanding printing applications worldwide and are a preferred choice for both original equipment and replacements.

The advantages of KCB printing blankets include:

  • Better printing accuracy

  • Sharp & uniform printing across the blanket

  • High reliability

  • Long service life

  • Easy maintenance and operation

  • Less machine downtime

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