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PROCESS COMPARISON

PrintoLUX®

Compared to digital printing with solvent ink, the PrintoLUX® process shows significantly higher resistance and durability. Thanks to the water-soluble ink used in the PrintoLUX® process, neither the cartridge nor the print head can gum up. This cuts the systemic production costs to a very significant extent. PrintoLUX® is easy to handle, without qualified personnel and without time-consuming training courses, facilitating integration in the production process.

Digital printing with solvent ink

The restrictions involved in digital printing with solvent ink include low chemical and UV resistance. In addition, the fact that the ink can dry in the print head as well as the significantly higher transportation costs (hazardous materials) can be regarded as disadvantages. The initial investment (for one workstation) is much higher than with PrintoLUX®.

Comparison Digital printing with solvent ink PrintoLUX® process
Material
Type of material
Acrylic Only possible with sprayed-on primer EM yes, verso
Aluminium, anodized coloured, AL Only possible with sprayed-on primer EM
Aluminium, white matt, AS Only possible with sprayed-on primer EM
Aluminium, anodized natural, AL Only possible with sprayed-on primer EM
Aluminium dibond, DB Only possible with sprayed-on primer EM
Glass, matt or pretreated Only possible with sprayed-on primer EM yes, verso
Adhesive foil, polyester (white, silver, transparent) PK Only possible with sprayed-on primer EM
PrintoLUX® aluminium, AE Only possible with sprayed-on primer EM
PrintoLUX® stainless steel, VE Only possible with sprayed-on primer EM
PrintoLUX® stainless steel, VE Only possible with sprayed-on primer EM
Laminated board (formica-like), RP Only possible with sprayed-on primer EM
Plastic plates, polyester, PY Only possible with sprayed-on primer EM
Keyboard foils, PD Only possible with sprayed-on primer EM
Comparison Digital printing with solvent ink PrintoLUX® process
Resistance (material- dependent)
UV
at least 1 year
at least 3 years
at least 8 years

Chemical
Alcohol/ethanol
Oils scarcely resistant
Cold cleaner not resistant
Acetone scarcely resistant
Acid not resistant
Toluene scarcely resistant

Physical
Fingernail test
Tape test
Flying sparks test not resistant
High pressure cleaning/Dry ice cleaning not resistant
Comparison Digital printing with solvent ink PrintoLUX® process
Design
Colours
Monochrome
Polychrome (RAL and Pantone) partly possible
Infinitely variable colour transitions good very good
Photo quality good very good

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

Resolution
Resolution (300 - 5.760 dpi) photorealistic (5.760 dpi) photorealistic (5.760 dpi)
Comparison Digital printing with solvent ink PrintoLUX® process
Specialist knowledge
Software
Windows printer driver
Macintosh printer driver
Macintosh printer driver
Training requirements Intensive training Basic training
Comparison Digital printing with solvent ink PrintoLUX® process
Production
Operation and serial printing
Single piece production
In-line/Integration
Direct printing
Special preparation required Primer Pretreatment

Workplace safety
General workplace environment Workshop (Odour) Office (noiseless)
Impairments (in-office use) Odour Slight odour
Notes on workplace safety Odour none
Comparison Digital printing with solvent ink PrintoLUX® process
Cost
Investment for industrial workstation
Expenditure from 12.000 € from 3.540 €

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Hermann Oberhollenzer

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