Fume Extractors
For Digital Printing

Using a wide-format inkjet printer, dye-sub inks are printed on a special transfer paper or directly onto fabric. From there, the image is heat transferred into the fibers of the fabric by using a heat press. The ink changes from a solid to a gas (hence the term “sublimation”) and is fixated deep into the fibers of fabric and returns to a solid state. The dye pigments are carried by a glycol based solvent which is evaporated off the fabric during the heating process. This generates a fog made up of tiny liquid glycol particles which can cause irritation to the eyes, nose and throat.

You can protect yourself by using a fume extractor which captures the
and tiny liquid particles. The pre-filter and HEPA filter capture the fine particles while the gas filter captures the odors.

Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Digital Printing Fume Extractors

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What is the primary purpose of a fume extractor in the digital printing industry?

The primary purpose of a fume extractor in the digital printing industry is to capture and neutralize harmful fumes and particles released during various printing processes. Removing toxic fumes ensures you and your workers a clean, safe, and pleasant work environment. Specifically, the fume extractor is capable of capturing tiny liquid glycol droplets or fog particles, ink pigments, and odorous ink solvent VOCs that can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat, making it an invaluable addition to any digital printing setup.

How do Filtrabox fume extractors work?

Filtrabox fume extractors utilize a multi-layer filtration system, including a pre-filter, a HEPA filter, and a gas filter. The pre-filter and HEPA filter capture fine liquid glycol particles, while the gas filter captures and neutralizes odors. 

Why are fume extractors essential for dye-sublimation printing?

Dye-sublimation printing involves heating inks to turn them from solid to gas, which can release glycol-based solvent fog. These fog particles can cause significant health problems if inhaled. A Filtrabox fume extractor quickly captures these particles, safeguarding the health of everyone in the vicinity. In addition, the solvent fog can condense and settle on surfaces within the equipment and workspace, leaving an oil-like residue which can stain the print substrates and/or finished product. Using a Filtrabox fume extractor to capture the fog at the source mitigates these issues. 

How often should I replace the filters in my Filtrabox fume extractor?

The frequency of filter replacement can vary depending on how often you use the machine and the volume of fumes generated. A good rule of thumb is to check the filters at least once a month and replace them as needed. It’s a small task that can make a big difference in air quality.

Is it difficult to install a Filtrabox fume extractor?

Not at all! Filtrabox fume extractors are designed for easy installation. Usually, all you’ll need to do is place the unit close to the printing machine and connect it to a power source. It’s as straightforward as that: no rocket science involved!

Can a Filtrabox fume extractor capture odors as well?

Absolutely. The gas filter in Filtrabox fume extractors is specifically designed to capture and neutralize unpleasant smells. Say goodbye to that chemical aroma in your workspace!

How noisy are Filtrabox fume extractors?

Filtrabox prioritizes both efficiency and comfort, so our fume extractors are designed to operate quietly. You will barely notice the machine is on while it keeps your workspace air clean and healthy. It’s often quieter than the printing equipment itself! 

Are Filtrabox fume extractors portable?

Many models in the Filtrabox range are designed with portability in mind. Portability makes moving the unit between different workstations or rooms easy, offering flexibility for various printing setups.

How cost-effective are Filtrabox fume extractors?

While there is an initial investment, the long-term benefits far outweigh the costs. You’re investing in the health and safety of your workspace, which can save you significantly on potential healthcare costs or lost productivity due to illness. 

Where can I buy a Filtrabox fume extractor?

Filtrabox fume extractors are available through various distributors, both online and in physical stores. Please contact us today, and we will help you select the perfect fume extractor to fit your exact requirements.

Extracting Dye-sublimation Fumes

Dye-sublimation printing is often used by those who make custom textiles using a large-format inkjet printer. Using this approach, we can print high-resolution graphics into the fabric, generating colorful and durable patterns.

However, specific measures must be followed to protect the safety of anyone in the vicinity, as is the case with any printing process. Tiny particles of liquid glycol released during dye-sublimation printing constitute a significant safety issue since they may be inhaled and cause serious health problems. These particles result from the ink’s interaction with the fabric’s fibers when heated.

A fume extractor may quickly solve this issue. Thanks to this device, you and your workers will be in a much more secure setting. A gas filter removes unpleasant smells, while a pre-filter and HEPA filter collect tiny particles from the air. This combination captures and neutralizes pollutants, making the area clean and secure—an easy and efficient method of ensuring a safe and pleasant work environment.

In conclusion, dye-sublimation printing is an excellent method for making one-of-a-kind fabrics. Still, it is essential to remember that dangerous particles may be released during the heating process. A clean and pleasant work environment may be maintained with a fume extractor. It’s a small price to pay to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you.

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