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PrintoLUX®

Compared to engraving, the thermosetting digital printing process offered by PrintoLUX® is considerably more versatile in use (besides metals and glass it can also be used on various prefabricated plastic parts and adhesive foils). In addition, it offers the following advantages: Variety of designs through defined colour tones in conjunction with the PrintoLUX® colour profile and photorealistic reproduction, easier integration in production sequences, environmental friendliness, availability and cost optimisation.

Engraving

Classic materials for processing engraving are plastics (2-coat). This milling method is not suitable for film printing. The process is work-intensive and damaging to the environment. Metal plates are usually only available in one colour, which makes it necessary to stock all required basic colours. Graphics can only be produced at great expense, and photogravures cannot be produced at all. The process requires qualified personnel.

Comparison Engraving PrintoLUX® process
Material
Type of material
Acrylic ja, rückseitig
Aluminium, anodized coloured, AL
Aluminium, white matt, AS
Aluminium dibond, DB
Glass, matt or pretreated yes, verso
Adhesive foil, polyester (white, silver, transparent) PK yes, verso
PrintoLUX® aluminium, AE
PrintoLUX® stainless steel, VE
PrintoLUX® brass, ME
Laminated board (formica-like), RP
Plastic plates, polyester, PY
Keyboard foils, PD
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Resistance (material- dependent)
UV
at least 1 year
at least 3 years
at least 8 years

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

Physical
Fingernail test
Tape test
Flying sparks test
High pressure cleaning/Dry ice cleaning
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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
Resolution (300 to 5.760 dpi) not available photorealistic (5.760 dpi)
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Specialist knowledge
Software
Windows printer driver
Macintosh printer driver
No special software required
Training requirements Intensive training Basic training
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Production
Operation and serial printing
Single piece production
In-line/Integration
Direct printing
Special preparation required none Pretreatment

Arbeitsschutz
General workplace environment Workshop Office (noiseless)
Impairments (in-office use) Sound Slight odour
Notes on workplace safety Sound none
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Cost
Investment for industrial workstation
Expenditure from 5.000 € from 3.540 €

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