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The growing pains of industrial print

The growing pains of industrial print

On Thursday 24th March I ran a webinar focused on the results from a survey that we conducted in January. Joining me on the panel were Mark Hanley of I.T. Strategies, Paul Jenkins of ThePackHub, Ralf Ehrlich of PAS, Tim Phillips of IMI Europe and Marvin Jensen of CyconJet. I thought the panel collectively gave some excellent insight using the results as triggers of discussion.

The idea of the survey is to give us some insight on the state of the market, the pace of growth and the areas where we could perhaps see opportunity. On top of this the idea was to give us a clue as to what the key issues are. Of course it is nice banging the ‘growth drum’ whilst crowing about the potential of industrial print. However it is somehow more useful to discuss the challenges. Because where there is growth, there are growth pains. It is clear that industrial printing clearly also has some issues of its own. 

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How to Get Involved in Wearable Electronics

How to Get Involved in Wearable Electronics

For screen-printing firms who are interested in exploring the potential of the vast, expanding market of wearable technology, industry consultant Ray Greenwood offers these tips:
Monday, March 28, 2016/Author: Anonym/Number of views (2077)/Comments (0)/
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Digital Ceramic Printing: A Logical Success

Digital Ceramic Printing: A Logical Success

Where functional and industrial printing cross into decorative applications, many examples fit neatly into today’s remit for digital technology. One of the most challenging – yet successful – of these is the realm of ceramics.Functional printing is increasingly turning to inkjet’s capabilities, with some end products proving to be particularly effective, such as those where market trends and economic factors demand lower volumes, greater versatility, and better environmental practices that include lower levels of waste.
Friday, March 18, 2016/Author: Anonym/Number of views (2129)/Comments (0)/
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Emboss Like a Boss – Inspirational UV Ink Effects

Emboss Like a Boss – Inspirational UV Ink Effects

There was a time when embossing meant creating a special die-cut stamp for a letterpress machine that would impress the design onto a paper substrate. There’s definitely still a place for these traditional techniques, however, with digital UV technologies from Roland DG, the art of adding textures and embossed effects to all manner of media and surfaces has never been easier or more impressive.

The following close-up examples of raised textures and embossed designs were created with Roland VersaUV LEC Printer/CuttersLEJ Hybrid Inkjet and LEF Benchtop Flatbed Printers.

Monday, March 7, 2016/Author: Anonym/Number of views (3090)/Comments (0)/
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Why Industrial Applications Hold Tremendous Promise for Screen Printing

Why Industrial Applications Hold Tremendous Promise for Screen Printing

As traditional commercial markets for screen printing have been squeezed on one end by inkjet and on the other by offset, industrial applications where screen printing’s unique combination of characteristics remains unmatched have flourished.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016/Author: Anonym/Number of views (1984)/Comments (0)/
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Solving a sticky situation - the innovative advances for automotive print technology

Solving a sticky situation - the innovative advances for automotive print technology

Following on  from the interview I had with David Parker at MacDermid Autotype about the innovation taking place regarding FIM (Film Insert Moulding) I recently spoke with Keith Parsons who is an expert at MacDermid Autotype responsible for new developments for automotive interior styling.
Friday, February 12, 2016/Author: Anonym/Number of views (1607)/Comments (0)/
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The Future of Functional Printing

The Future of Functional Printing

Screen printing's versatility is solving imaging challenges in countless industrial settings.
Thursday, February 11, 2016/Author: Anonym/Number of views (1435)/Comments (0)/
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Marcus Thielen Discusses LED Corrosion

Marcus Thielen Discusses LED Corrosion

Winter, electrolytic effects and humidity play roles

This month, I'll deal with corrosion - especially the electrolytic effects in LED Signs, because humidity is one of the worst wintertime enemies of electric signage. Corrosion, from the Latin corrodere, which means “eating away,” describes how some chemical agents (like acids) can change an object’s constitution and finally dissolve it. I’ll confine myself here to metal corrosion, because it’s the most prevalent type of corrosion in signs. 
Rusting iron is the most common form of metal corrosion. However, iron won’t rust automatically; kept dry or in absolutely pure water, it’ll stay shiny forever. But in a humid environment, iron transforms into a brittle, brown-grey substance: rust, chemically called iron oxide (more precisely: a mixture of different iron oxides, oxide-hydrates and/or iron carbonates). To understand corrosion – and prevent it – we need insights into its surface chemistry.

Friday, January 15, 2016/Author: Anonym/Number of views (2116)/Comments (0)/
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UV-Cure Printing Onto Plastics

UV-Cure Printing Onto Plastics

When UV-curable inks and UV printers first hit the market, they sounded like the perfect solution for all of our problems. But of course when something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. And while UV-cure printing has many advantages over printing with conventional inks, the reality is not exactly a panacea.
Monday, December 28, 2015/Author: Anonym/Number of views (2168)/Comments (0)/
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Think Ink: Low-Migration UV-Curable Inkjet Inks

Think Ink: Low-Migration UV-Curable Inkjet Inks

With its improved graphics quality and increased productivity, inkjet technology is expanding rapidly into new applications like label printing and packaging graphics. With these new applications come new requirements not previously considered in the design of inkjet inks and media. This is particularly true for common UV-curable inkjet inks. They incorporate chemicals incompatible with food and pharmaceutical packaging and labeling. Here we will discuss the issues and some of the efforts to design inks and media that meet these new requirements.
Monday, December 21, 2015/Author: Anonym/Number of views (2296)/Comments (0)/
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