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Download: eDossier “Special Digital Printing today 1-2016”

Download: eDossier "Special Digital Printing Today 1-2016"

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NarrowWebTech has introduced the special Digital Printing today to provide our readers with a forum of information about this seminal production process and the general market trends fuelling the spread of this technology. As the term digital printing stands for various procedures we accordingly start with a condensed overview of the current status of digital label and package printing, explaining the benefits and highlighting notable conditions.

In addition, “Digital Printing today” provides an overview of some of the current inkjet systems for label printing. To prove our general down-to-earth attitude, it also includes a report about the speedy progress, a large European label manufacturer achieved with digital printing.

1. Digital printing – a condensed overview

Digital printing opens up a perspective, with which all today’s label and packaging printers have to deal. And so it seems appropriate to present the current status of digital packaging printing, explain the benefits and indicate notable conditions. Read the full article in our eDossier “Special Digital Printing today 1-2016.“

Definition of the term

The term digital printing stands for various digital printing procedures. One thing they all have in common is the lack of printing plates in the classic sense of the word and the fact that they print directly from the digital database of the prepress stage. Toners or inks are directly or indirectly transferred onto the printing stock. In comparison to analogue printing procedures, there are no costs for manufacturing the printing plate. Although the focus of digital packaging printing is still mainly on label manufacturing, it also offers answers to the challenges of current market trends in other packaging applications.

2. Digital Inkjet printing – new impetus for an old printing process

Within the label industry, digital inkjet has become more and more important. During previous years, the quality and speed has significantly improved and this is why companies are increasingly using this technology. In the following article, technical details on some of the currents inkjet systems are introduced.

Inkjet printing has been in existence in its various forms since the 1960s, but the first commercially viable roll-to-roll inkjet printer did not appear until twenty years later. There are various types of inkjet printing but for today‘s label industry the so-called piezo technology (also known as drop-ondemand or DOD) is used almost exclusively. The principle is simple: the piezoelectric effect is used to force ink through a fine jet. In order to get more information, visit our shop to download the whole article for EUR 8,50.

3. Inkjet printing for functional applications

The acceleration of digital technology has reached printing. This has been obvious for some time in the graphics segment but today the trend has expanded to industrial applications and functional printing.

What is functional printing?

Functional printing rather than a finished product such as a poster or banner, it is part of the end item, and therefore it is a stage in the manufacturing process. Next to the decorative aspect, functional printing adds value, labels or performs a function – and up-to-date digital inkjet printing technology is capable of achieving this.

4. Telrol Group – their speedy progress with digital label printing technology

About a year ago, the Dutch Telrol Group installed their first Xeikon CX3 digital printer at their site in Almere, Holland. In the meantime the company has been able to gain extensive experience with it and is planning further steps to expand its digital printing sector. Learn more about “Special Digital Printing today 1-2016” – you can easily download it  for EUR 8,50 in our shop.

Andreas Keller

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