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Compared to digital printing with UV ink, the PrintoLUX® process guarantees greater resistance and durability of the print. With respect to environmental protection, the PrintoLUX® process is also at an advantage. Moreover, a PrintoLUX® workstation is easier to integrate into the production process.

Digital printing with UV ink

With respect to the selection criteria, digital printing with UV ink is similar to digital printing with solvent ink: resistance and durability (especially with metals) leave much to be desired. Facts in a direct comparison with the PrintoLUX® process: poorer resolution, higher investment, disadvantages with respect to environmental protection. Furthermore, the purchase of a workstation is expensive (€ 20,000 upwards).

Comparison Digital printing with UV ink Digital printing with UV ink
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 Digital printing with UV ink PrintoLUX® process
Resistance (material-dependent)
at least 1 year
at least 3 years scarcely resistant
at least 8 years not resistant

Oils little resistant
Cold cleaner not resistant
Acetone not resistant
Acid not resistant
Toluene not resistant

Fingernail test
Tape test scarcely resistant
Flying sparks test not resistant
High pressure cleaning/Dry ice cleaning not resistant
Comparison Digital printing with UV ink PrintoLUX® process
Polychrome (RAL and Pantone)
Infinitely variable colour transitions good 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 partly

Resolution (300 to 5.760 dpi) photorealistic (5.760 dpi) photorealistic (5.760 dpi)
Comparison Digital printing with UV ink PrintoLUX® process
Specialist knowledge
Windows printer driver
Macintosh printer driver
No special software required
Training requirements Intensive training Basic training
Comparison Digital printing with UV ink PrintoLUX® process
Operation and serial printing
Single piece production
Direct printing
Special preparation required none Pretreatment

Workplace savety
Workplace safety Workshop (Odour) Office (noiseless)
Impairments (in-office use) odour Slight odour
Notes on workplace safety odour none
Comparison Digital printing with UV ink PrintoLUX® process
Investment for industrial workstation
Expenditure from 20.000 € from 3.540 €


Hermann Oberhollenzer