PrintoLUX > The Process > System Comparison > Anodic printing screen

PROCESS COMPARISON

PrintoLUX®

By comparison, the PrintoLUX® process is more suitable for the many different material requirements and the mechanical processing used in industrial marking. Thanks to the special PrintoLUX® feature that printing is not carried out before the end of all related steps with water-soluble ink, prefabricated parts can be reused in the event of printing errors simply by washing these parts. In addition, a PrintoLUX® workstation is less expensive to buy and easier to integrate into the production process.

Anodic printing in the form of digital printing

The complexity of the process considerably restricts the flexibility of an individual printing process. Experience shows that colour tones defined in accordance with RAL/Pantone cannot be achieved.

The limitations of this process are not least determined by the fact that only one single material (aluminium) can be used. Other disadvantages are the relatively low UV resistance, expensive basic materials, inks containing solvents (hazardous substances), greater risk of drying and, with screen printing, high acquisition costs.

Comparison Anodic printing screen PrintoLUX® process
Material
Type of material
Acrylic yes, verso
Aluminium, anodized coloured, AL
Aluminium, white matt, AS
Aluminium, anodized natural, AL
Aluminium dibond, DB
Glass, matt or pretreated yes, verso
Adhesive foil, polyester (white, silver, transparent) PK
PrintoLUX® aluminium, AE
PrintoLUX® stainless steel, VE
PrintoLUX® brass, ME
Laminated board (formica-like), RP
Plastic plates, polyester, PY
Keyboard foils, PD
Comparison Anodic printing screen PrintoLUX® process
Resistance (material- dependent)
UV
at least 1 year
at least 3 years
at least 8 years not resistant

Chemical
Alcohol/ethanol
Oils
Cold cleaner
Acetone
Acid
Toluene

Physical
Fingernail test
Tape test
Flying sparks test
High pressure cleaning/Dry ice cleaning
Comparison Anodic printing screen PrintoLUX® process
Design
Colours
Monochrome
Polychrome (RAL and Pantone) not available
Infinitely variable colour transitions not available very good
Photo quality not available very good

Printing mode
Reproduction text files
Reproduction graphic files
Reproduction photo files
Reproduction barcode files
Changes between texts, charts, barcodes

Resolution
Auflösung (von 300 - 5.760 dpi) medium (up to 720 dpi) photorealistic (5.760 dpi)
Comparison Anodic printing screen PrintoLUX® process
Specialist knowledge
Software
Windows printer driver
Macintosh printer driver
No special software required
Training requirements Intensive training Basic training
Comparison Anodic printing screen PrintoLUX® process
Production
Operation and serial printing
Single piece production very expensive
In-line/Integration
Direct printing
Special preparation required Sealing bath Pretreatment

Workplace safety
General workplace environment Workshop (Odour) Office (noiseless)
Impairments (in-office use) Odour Slight odour
Notes on workplace safety Odour none
Comparison Anodic printing screen PrintoLUX® process
Cost
Investment for industrial workstation
Expenditure from 30.000 € from 3.540 €

Contact

Hermann Oberhollenzer

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