Monna Lisa is an industrial inkjet digital textile printer jointly developed by EPSON and Italian textile manufacturing equipment manufacturer Robustelli. The printer is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year. Robustelli develops, manufactures and sells textile printers in the Como region of Italy, a major centre for the textile printing industry and the home of many luxury brands. EPSON provided Robustelli with inkjet technology such as Micro Piezo printheads and ink supply mechanism components, enabling the two companies to commercialise a digital textile printer that can handle volume printing.
Monna Lisa is fitted with EPSON’s proprietary high-density Micro Piezo printheads that can eject ink droplets in variable sizes. EPSON also worked with For.Tex s.r.l.t, an Italian company with strengths in pre- and post- printing processes, to develop a special ink suited to textile printing. Combined, the printer and ink enable the beautiful gradations and colour reproduction typical of inkjet printing, with the flexibility to print on a range of fabrics including silk, cotton, nylon and polyester, said EPSON.