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Exclusive for our newsletter subscribers: 100 free tickets to InPrint 2017!

Exclusive for you as an InPrint Newsletter subscriber, this is your chance to gain free entrance to the show:

By using the Voucher Code "TSZ2G" via the link to our Online Ticket Shop below, the first 100 subscribers will be provided with one season ticket voucher for InPrint 2017 - the Exhibition for Industrial Print Technology. By activating your voucher code, your InPrint ticket will be generated for immediate printout. The season ticket guarantees free entrance to the exhibition and the specialised conference taking place alongside the show on all three days, from 14 - 16 November 2017.

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InPrint 2017 features strong Conference Programme with Three Days of Expert Talks and Discussions

Top industry experts will explore the impact that industrial print technology is having on manufacturing in a range of industries and present a series of case studies and practical examples. Attendees will learn more about manufacturing trends like personalisation, mass customisation, variable data and on-demand production, strategies for implementing new printing processes, the most promising manufacturing markets, and ways to generate new revenue streams. On all three show days and during around 70 sessions, there will be a wide range of presentations and talks by leading technology providers such as Roland DG, Mimaki Deutschland GmbH, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Dr. Hönle AG, Meteor Inkjet, CYCONJET, Global Inkjet Systems, Hinterkopf, Agfa Graphics, Xaar, Fujifilm, Tonejet, Hymmen and many others.

Some of the highlights of the conference programme:

Tuesday: Décor
09:30 Industrial Print 2.0 - Moving onto Another Level, Marcus Timson, InPrint and Pure Digital Co-founder

11:00 Adding Value in a Hyper Competitive World Through Inkjet Customisation, Stefan Höfs, Roland DG

13:00 DIGITAL DECOR PRINT SESSION, organised by Technical Conference Management

Wednesday: Functional
09:30 Functional Inkjet Applications - an Academic overview, organised by Dr Patrick J. Smith, University of Sheffield, UK

10:00 Driving the Future of Digital Automotive Décor, Thomas Wittmann & Markus Ritzi, Ritzi Lackiertechnik GmbH

13:30 Inkjet Enabled Manufacturing Session, organised by Archipelago

Thursday: Packaging
10:00 Taking Inkjet Direct Product Decoration to the Next Dimension, Debbie Thorp, Global Inkjet Systems Ltd

11:30 High Precision Printing for Metal and Cartons, Stephen Tunnicliffe Wilson, Inca Digital Printers, UK

11:00 Direct to Container Printing - Meeting the Needs of the Packaging Sector, Tim Scully, Engineered Printing Solutions

The full conference programme is available online:

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News for Visitors

Always up-to-date before and during the show – with Social Media

Would you like to receive the latest news on InPrint 2017? Visit the InPrint Social Media channels and receive regular updates for visitors, exhibitors and the press. You can find InPrint on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. Make sure you use our official hashtag for tweets: #InPrint2017

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InPrint 2017 Innovation Awards: Visit the ceremony!

At this year's InPrint, the organisers are rewarding exhibitors with the Innovation Awards sponsored by Ricoh. The online vote which took place on the InPrint website is now closed. The entire industrial print community participated in the voting to determine the winners!

The winners will be presented with their Innovation Award in an official ceremony on the first show day, 14 November 2017, at 11:30 am. The ceremony will take place at the Conference Stage, Stand 268. All visitors, exhibitors and press representatives are cordially invited to join the ceremony.

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Have you tried our Online Show Planner yet?

Prepare your visit to InPrint 2017 with your personalised show plan. With the InPrint Online Show Planner, you can create, download and print your personal choice of exhibitors in three simple steps.

The InPrint Online Visitor Show Planner quickly and easily allows you to create an overview of your areas of interest by ticking the relevant product categories. The website will then generate your personal planner for you.

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Travel arrangements & offers

InPrint 2017 will take place in hall A6 at the Munich Trade Fair Centre in Germany. It is well connected to the local transport infrastructure and a direct shuttle bus service will be running between the exhibition centre and Munich international airport for the duration of the show.

In addition, in cooperation with Deutsche Bahn, as a visitor of InPrint 2017, we can offer you Deutsche Bahn's exclusive best price offers. We will provide you with an overview of all the rail services on your route so you can compare the fares.

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News for Exhibitors

Spam warning: visitor lists

The organisers have been informed that dubious organisations are trying to sell visitor lists to our exhibitors. In these emails, exhibitors are being offered visitor lists of the shows they will be exhibiting at. They promise to provide directories including company names, contact names and complete contact details. Companies also claim to offer hotel discounts and are requesting the booking details of exhibitors.

Exhibitors are advised to ignore these emails and mark them as spam.

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News from the Industry

Tichawa Vision Presents VTCIS and VDCIS with all new Features

Tichawa Vision GmbH will be introducing not one, but two new innovations during InPrint. The specialist for high-precision CIS sensors will be presenting the VTCIS as well as the internationally acclaimed VDCIS. The industrial scanner streamlined for digital, inkjet and security printing has been equipped with new functions, which automatically recognize missing nozzles at a resolution of 1200 dpi. With its increased operating distance and depth of field, the VDCIS opens up completely new fields of application such as Direct-to-shape Printing and the inspection of strongly profiled surfaces in near 3D quality.

The trade fair InPrint is the ideal venue for Tichawa Vision for introducing their new CIS technologies, which were developed especially for the printing industry. „The demands of industrial printing on paper, metal, plastic and other surfaces are growing while the standards for quality are also continually increasing. Our products are a response to market demands. We develop CIS sensors which come with a 100% quality control guarantee for manufacturers and refiners“, explains Dr Nikolaus Tichawa, CEO of Tichawa Vision GmbH.

The VTCIS is capable of automatically detecting missing nozzles in the print image at a resolution of 1.200 dpi. Tichawa has also equipped the VTCIS with the all-new feature „Regions of Interest“. The CIS only scans particular section rather than processing the complete image, simplifying data processing and significantly reducing data volume. The integrated liquid cooling guarantees color stability throughout the whole printing process, thereby eliminating color deviations.

The VTCIS is currently market-leading among camera systems for quality control in terms of compactness and scanning speed. Thanks to the remarkable line rate of up to 250 kHz and a scanning speed of up to 20 m/s, the VTCIS is perfectly suited for all very fast running print processes. The optional sensor is available with a reading width of 260 to 1560 Millimeters.

The VDCIS, which was awarded Gold during this year’s Vision Systems Innovators Awards, is specially designed for the surface inspection of high profiled surfaces as well as products made of glass, wood, metal, plastics and ceramics. A great improvement is the increase of the operating distance between the sensor screen and the test object from a range of 10 Millimeters to a range of 60 to 80 Millimeters. At the same time, the depth of field has been increased from about 1 Millimeter to 15 Millimeters, enabling the CIS sensor to look deeper. It can, for example, determine whether any pills are missing in the packaging or inspect labels on cans, bottles, cylindrical shapes and other curved surfaces.

Due to its slim and very compact build, companies can easily install the VDCIS into their machinery at minimal expense. The sensor can be equipped with an optional scanning width of 300 to 1.800 Millimeters. The VDCIS is available with adjustable resolution (250 to 1.000 dpi) as well as with the lighting combinations RGB and monochrome (black/white). These groundbreaking features make the VDCIS product line deployable to completely new fields of application, such as Direct-to-Shape Printing or the inspection of strongly profiled surfaces in near 3D quality.

Picture: The VTCIS of Tichawa Vision automatically recognize missing nozzles at a resolution of 1200 dpi.
Photo: Tichawa Vision GmbH

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KNF: Pumps for clean print heads and the precise transfer of ink

Digital printing is a cost-effective solution for a growing number of applications. As requirements for print quality continue to increase, tasks in DOD and CIJ printing systems require specialized pump technology. With its FL 10 and NPK 03 pumps, KNF is presenting its latest product developments at InPrint 2017.

In order to achieve clean and precise printing results, the tightness of the components which transfer ink is key. That’s why KNF paid close attention to exactly this aspect when constructing its new FL 10 diaphragm liquid pump.

The pump can transfer even low-viscosity inks, which are difficult to manage, without loss. This is achieved using a carefully designed sideport that creates a reliable hydraulic connection to the system. The pump is mounted without hoses or screw joints, thereby reducing costs and minimizing the number of sealing points. In addition, the integrated NC valve function ensures that when the pump is switched off, the ink in the feeder line comes to a stop. This prevents the ink from flowing through the pump head uncontrolled – even when the ink container is positioned upstream of the pump. The uncontrolled flow of ink into the ink return line, to which a vacuum is applied, is likewise prevented.

An integrated resonating chamber absorbs turbulences caused by negative pressure peaks, thereby ensuring that ink is transferred gently. The FL 10’s flow rate of up to 100 ml/min can be linearly controlled by varying the frequency from 0–50 Hz. The pump speed is flexible and can be precisely adjusted.

In order to ensure the durability of the print heads and thus ultimately the quality of the printed products, it is essential that the print heads are cleaned regularly in order to prevent ink from drying out in the capillaries. The new NPK 03 swing-piston pump from KNF quickly builds up the air pocket needed for this process above the ink level. The size and weight of this micropump were designed so that it can be placed directly on the print head, thereby eliminating complex hose connections.

If solvents are to be used in cleaning the print heads, it’s best to use the FL 10. The components that come into contact with media are chemically resistant and meet all the requirements of DOD and CIJ printers.

Picture: The FL 10 from KNF is a linearly controlled diaphragm liquid pump for low-viscosity, aggressive and volatile media.
Photo: KNF Neuberger GmbH

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ESC presents a wide range of industrial printing solutions

Constantly rising quality demands in all areas of industrial printing require sophisticated, proven production plants. So when it comes to delivering custom-fit printing solutions in screen, pad and digital printing, ESC is the optimum partner due to their long-lasting experience in customized manufacturing. Even the crosslinking of different technologies is implemented successfully by ESC. One example is the TRS-600 tray system with robot cell as shown on the booth. It is often integrated into automated production lines to carry out quick material feeding and unloading.

As a logical step, this TRS-600 is part of the ESC Multicolour Screen Printing Line, which can also be laid out as pad or digital printing line alternatively. This innovative plant is a very interesting solution for the automotive industry, for white goods producers etc. and wherever plastic, metal, glass or wood must be printed with extremely special requirements. High production capacity, combined with exact register precision as well as a good energy balance, resulting in low operating costs – are only some of the positive aspects of this printing line. The ongoing digitization is manifested in modern production survey. Apart from a centralized, there are also existing decentralized control possibilities, carried out by a master control box as well as control panels at each production cell. These cells also allow saving separately the printing and drying parameters of the individual jobs. By combining the printing stations with latest UV and K-NIR drying technology, with the already mentioned feeding modules and digital monitoring mechanisms, the user has the chance to get this production system designed according to every special demand.

InPrint visitors will also see the versatile ESC-COMEC pad printing machines or the high-grade semi- and three-quarter-automatic ESC-AT screen printing systems, which are often used to print foils, keypads, transfers etc. Another focus is lying on the UV inkjet printers. One possible field of application is individualized print jobs for interior design items.

ESC has set itself the goal of helping the visitors to discover and make use of the potential which offers all three printing methods - screen, pad and digital printing - and to discuss the corresponding solution approach directly at the show.

Picture: ESC Multicolour Screen Printing Line Example

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IST: Comprehensive UV solutions for industrial printing

At InPrint 2017, IST METZ will present together with its subsidiary ITL in hall A6 at booth 613 innovative new products as well as standard and LED units for curing and industrial coatings by using UV light.

In collaboration with its subsidiary Integration Technology Ltd., which specialises in digital printing products, IST METZ GmbH offers the world’s largest portfolio of UV systems for drying inks and varnishes using UV light. At InPrint 2017, IST METZ presents its new LED HANDcure. Additionally, ITL will show its new XT8 LED boost technology.

HANDcure is the mobile wireless UV LED handset from IST METZ for irradiating spots and larger areas. The HANDcure is typically used for cross-linking and detection. IST developed the HANDcure on the basis of battery-operated electrical tools made by Nürtingen specialists Metabo. At an operating voltage of 15-18 VDC, the device runs on a battery and uses a spectral range of 365 nm to 415 nm. The basic variant weighs 1kg. This allows fatigue-free working in a huge range of applications. The HANDcure contains no mercury, nor does it produce any ozone.

All modules feature ITL’s high output XT8 UV LED Booster technology, which offers high-performing thermal properties and UV output increases without any need for additional driver current. In turn, this technology yields stable output and an exceptionally long service life well in excess of 50,000 hours, all backed by ITL’s unrivalled five-year LED module warranty. XT8 features new supporting technologies in form of STEADYcool and VARIcool, for water and air cooling respectively and offering quieter and more consistent cooling performance.

STEADYcool features specially designed water passages fitted with dynamic flow devices which enhance the water cooling surface area ensuring maximum thermal transfer and cooling efficiency. This ensures uniform cooling to within 5°C and consistent UV output even on the longest of arrays.
VARIcool is a closed loop electronic system which automatically adjusts the cooling to individual segments within the total length of the LED array depending upon both the ambient temperature and working duty cycle. This consequently eliminates any start-up spike and delivering a consistent output even in working environments up to 45°C. A significant feature of VARIcool is the low noise level from the cooling fans, which are quieter than any other products currently on the market.

Picture: The mobile LED handheld HANDcure from IST METZ is ideally suited for spot and area irradiation.
Photo: IST METZ GmbH

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Wallpen Colours The World Using Xaar Technology

An innovative and highly practical solution that uses inkjet technology from Xaar to create wonderful designs on indoor and outdoor walls has been launched in Germany by Wallpen GmbH. The Wallpen printer is a patented, mobile, large format UV printer system for printing pictures and graphics direct to walls and vertical surfaces. It prints in brilliant, durable and high-definition colours directly onto a wide variety of substrates including plaster, wallpaper, wood, stone, plastic, tiles, glass, metal and concrete.

Following extensive market research, the Wallpen printer was developed over two years and is underpinned by 15 patents, enabling the creation of a unique and high-performance printer. Incorporating a four-colour Xaar 128 print bar, the Wallpen printer utilises a rigid and lightweight aluminium structure to print the image. At the same time, it scans across the surface using a laser to adjust for surface imperfections and undulations. Therefore, the printer automatically and continuously adjusts the print arm for any changes in the surface of the substrate onto which it prints.

Able to create colourful designs on walls up to almost four meters high, with no limit to the printable width, the Wallpen printer can cover up to four square metres per hour at a resolution of 370 x 600 DPI. It is compact, fits in a mid-size car, can be easily transported and can be set up by one person in just five minutes.

The Xaar 128 has long been recognised as the leading 17mm piezoelectric drop-on-demand printhead for the Wide-Format Graphics sector and is ideal for applications such as printing graphics on a range of surfaces, as well as outdoor and indoor signage. Light and powerful, it is also particularly suited to applications where printhead weight and size are important considerations – a key part of its relevance to the Wallpen printer.

Picture: The Wallpen large format UV printer system for printing pictures and graphics direct to walls and vertical surfaces.
Photo: Xaar

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USHIO presents its UniJet Air-cooled UV-LED light source i III series

USHIO’s varied, custom designs, in the forms of the A, E and i-Series, are developed around the unique functions of the numerous applications in the commercial and industrial UV curing and printing industries. With features such as water-cooling, air-cooling and dimming, each user can be sure that their specific needs are met.
UV LED UniJet modules have distinct advantages over mercury-based lamps for the curing and printing industry. They are safe to operate and their efficient design offers generous energy savings. The superior performance of this series also allows for high peak irradiance, stability and consistent uniformity.

The UniJet-Series compact design and operating life exceeding 10,000 hours offer the user convenience and ease of operation.
USHIO is delighted to present its UniJet Air-cooled UV-LED light source i III series at this year’s edition of InPrint. The light source is new for 2017 and in comparison with other products in the same category, the USHIO version has a superior intensity and a higher energy dose.

Furthermore, the new model is fully scalable and is driver integrated and also features LOC (USHIO Lens on chip) technology to achieve a higher performance but without the need for increased power.

Picture: The UV LED UniJet light source
Photo: USHIO

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Marabu: Printing Inks for Highest Demands

As an established ink manufacturer, Marabu has the necessary expertise to develop solutions for integrating the printing process into complex industrial production processes and to master and advance the changes of the ongoing digitalization. For this purpose, Marabu offers a wide range of industrial applications and refers to the individual strengths of screen, pad and digital printing.

The speedometer discs in car cockpits have traditionally been screen-printed. However, even in the car cockpit digitization is not stopping there: more and more displays are being used instead of usual dashboard elements. The application changes, and with it the requirements of the printing ink. Thanks to a wide range of solutions, Marabu is able to address the changes in industrial printing applications and their immense variety and complexity in terms of surfaces, shapes and substrates. Be it with UV-curing and solvent-based screen and pad printing inks for traditional dashboard elements such as dials, switches and controls, or special screen printing inks for displays made of glass or plastic. Similar to the printing of touch panels for smartphones or tablets, Marabu offers suitable high-opacity inks such as Mara® Glass MG3C and Ultra Glass UVG3C.

The remaining interior of a vehicle also impresses with its many printed design and construction elements, depending on the equipment made of aluminium or plastic. Matte aluminium trim strips or glossy logo emblems are embossed, punched and formed after printing. Screen printing inks such as Mara® Poly P, Mara® Pur PU or the Mara® Cure HY dual-cure screen printing varnish for matte contrasts and gloss effects are ideally suited to the enormous chemical and mechanical requirements. Mara® Mold MPC, on the other hand, is suitable for directly back-injected plastic parts in the film insert moulding (FIM) process and convinces with its excellent adhesion to the injection moulding material and its high mechanical strength.

Marabu’s Tampa® Flex TPF, Tampa® Star TPR, Tampa® Pure TPU and Tampa® Pol TPY pad printing inks are recommended for technical marking of engine covers, function buttons or tacho needles. Strict ink tolerances apply here. The printed markings must also be resistant to temperature and climatic conditions, sweat, hot oil, abrasion and cleaning chemicals.
Marabu's UV-curing digital inks are also suitable for printing on molded parts from the interior. For outdoor applications, solvent-based digital printing inks are mainly used, especially in the aerospace industry, in addition to the automotive market. Here, Marabu is working on solutions for printing on 2D and 3D surfaces on the aircraft fairing.

For control panels, Marabu recommends the use of a combination of screen and digital printing, exploiting the advantages of both methods. In this instance, the PET material used to make the switch is decorated by digital printing using the Ultra Jet DUV-A ink system – which is also compatible with screen printing. This approach accelerates printer set-up and enables short production runs and customization of the individual switches for each print job. The blocking layer is created in a subsequent step by means of screen printing – as digital printing still has its limitations in terms of opacity in special cases. Screen printing can play a supporting role, building upon the digital ink layers. For the blocking layer, panel manufacturers can choose between the solvent-based Mara® Switch MSW system with white, black and silver, or the UV-curable Ultra Switch UVSW system.

This two-pronged strategy can also be transferred to other manufacturing processes. For example, the same series of steps and ink systems can be employed for rigid substrates such as polycarbonate and PMMA for the production of front panels. The pairing of screen and digital opens up new opportunities without neglecting cost or efficiency.

The progressing digitalization is reaching our homes. Household appliances are networked with each other and can be remotely controlled via our mobile phones. For the technical operation on site, more and more devices require front panels that previously only had simple control buttons. Capacitive touch interfaces are no longer only used in washing machines, dryers, dishwashers and ovens, but also in fully automatic coffee machines or microwave ovens. Marabu has expanded its portfolio for décor printing on front panels. The new special ink series Mara® Panel MPA offers unbeatable high-opacity white and a deep, non-conductive black, which has been developed for printing on plastic (second surface) of the commonly used PMMA or PC materials. The decorative inks of the Mara® Panel MPA series have a very high electrical resistance, so as not to impair the functionality of the input system. At the same time, well-known manufacturers tested the resistance to water vapour and common cleaning chemicals. On request, special lacquers for metallic-looking silver-effects supplement the ink series. In household appliances, the plastic covers are often integrated into metal housings. The advantage is that Marabu offers printing inks for the complete device, be it the individual parts made of plastic, metal or glass. Glass fronts are also becoming more popular with household appliances. Glass combines noble design with high surface resistance, scratch resistance and dirt resistance. For front and decorative glass panels, Marabu offers the highly resistant, solvent-based two-component ink systems Mara® Glass MGL and Tampa Glass TPGL. For the use of UV inks, we recommend the tried and tested ink shades of Ultra Glass UVGL and the high-capacity Ultra Glass UVG3C.

Glass is a versatile and attractive material with unique properties and appearance that make it suitable for a wide variety of industrial applications.

A highlight in screen printing is the relief or thick-film coating for the noticeable difference. The two-component system of the Ultra Glass UVGL ink series impresses with its versatile application and the ultimate haptic effect. The motif, which has already been pre-printed with screen printing on container or flat glass, is overlaid with a thick-layer coating and cured under UV light. High-viscosity, especially rheologically transparent varnish settings allow very fine, high-structured details in the print motif. A low-viscosity transparent varnish setting is suitable for flat areas of the motif, e. g. for a broader letter-ing integrated into the motif.

Tampa® Glass TPGL was developed on the basis of state-of-the-art raw materials specifically for pad printing decorations on 3D objects. It offers ease of use, brilliant results, and exceptionally high chemical and mechanical resistance. This ink is suitable for glass and ceramic items, metals, chrome-plated and varnished substrates, and thermosetting plastics. The already comprehensive product line has now been extended to include 4C process inks. The entire offering can be employed on both screen and pad printing presses, ensuring great flexibility. The recent addition enables the generation of photorealistic images on 3D glass objects, such as bottles for perfumes and beverages, and drinking glasses.

Digital printing is clearly gaining traction in the manufacturing sector, with applications including the decoration of beverage bottles made of glass or plastic. It is possible to print up to 36,000 bottles per hour using an in-line method, with a different design on each bottle (e.g. in various languages, with modifications to the design, or with sequential numbering). Other applications are in the advertising materials industry (e.g. container glass) and interior design (e.g. kitchens and furniture). Flexible digital printing offers manufacturers unlimited possibilities and supports the adoption of new, innovative technologies.

Tampa® Tex TPX system was developed specifically for textiles and offers very high adhesion and high opacity in conjunction with a flexible ink. As numerous test prints and quality checks have now demonstrated, this best-selling pad-printing ink is also ideal for other, highly demanding tasks. The extremely carefully sourced, high-purity raw materials mean this line not only complies with the strict specifications of clothing manufacturers, such as Adidas A01 und Nike RSL, it also fulfils requirements for baby products, toys and packaging. As a result, Tampa® Tex TPX is no longer restricted to prints on T-shirts, shoes and similar items. It is now perfect for other sensitive products, such as babies’ bottles, dummies (pacifiers), toys, and packaging for personal care products and foodstuffs.
For decorating toys, Marabu offers water-based inks with spray guns and brushes. This innovative, eco-friendly line consists of Maqua® Coat MAF base shades and Maqua® Color MAC concentrates. The rapid-drying blend of the two elements can be applied to non-absorbent materials with airbrush equipment, spray guns, or with brushes with synthetic bristles – and is perfect for decorating toys. Recommended substrates include soft PVC (polyvinylchloride), and other materials that have been suitably pre-treated. Low-pressure plasma ensures excellent ink adhesion on polyester, thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPUs), certain thermoplastic elastomers and biopolymers.
Water-based digital printing inks are also in great demand. The focus is on products that come into direct contact with the skin or foodstuffs. In close cooperation with the industry, Marabu develops digital printing solutions for flexible packaging such as food packaging, cardboard boxes, toys or digitally printed wallpapers.

The Texa® Jet DX-DTE digital printing ink based on pigmented resin boasts all the major advantages of transfer technology. The image is printed using the CMYK process onto a specially coated film, without the need for complex prepress work. Screen printing is only required for the white blocking layer or, if needed, the application of adhesive. The final patches are produced by means of a heat press. The patches are extremely thin, ensuring the final result has a soft handle and safeguarding the comfort of the T-shirt. When deployed on the Mutho Value Jet 628, cost-effective and efficient small and mid-sized production runs are possible. Further strengths are wash resistance, and the ability to generate high-resolution images in bright colours.

Picture: Smart solutions for automotive manufacturing
Photo: Marabu GmbH & Co. KG

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