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The main advantage of the PrintoLUX® process over screen printing is that it is cheaper. This applies particularly to the production of small series with the same content and to multi-colour printing. The PrintoLUX® system is basically suitable for printing materials with the same or different contents (for example different numbers, figures or barcodes). Other direct advantages of PrintoLUX®: more design options through defined colour tones in conjunction with the PrintoLUX® colour profile, simple integration in production processes as well as significantly lower total costs for in-house production. The easy handling of PrintoLUX® does not require any qualified personnel, which is particularly noticeable in overall costing.

Screen printing

Largely resistant printing results can be obtained with screen printing, but there are significant restrictions with infinitely variable colour transitions and photorealistic images. The fact that in this process separate films and printings screens are required for each printing colour leads to high setup costs with small quantities or multi-coloured motifs. Multi-colours can lead to register problems.

Comparison Screen printing PrintoLUX® process
Type of material
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
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Resistance (material- dependent)
at least 1 year
at least 3 years
at least 8 years

Cold cleaner
Acid not resistant

Fingernail test
Tape test
Flying sparks test not resistant
High pressure cleaning/Dry ice cleaning scarcely resistant
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Polychrome (RAL and Pantone)
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 (300 to 5.760 dpi) medium (up to 720 dpi) photorealistic (5.760 dpi)
Comparison Screen printing PrintoLUX® process
Specialist knowledge
Windows printer driver
Macintosh printer driver
No special software required
Training requirements Intensive training Basic training
Comparison Screen printing PrintoLUX® process
Operation and serial printing
Operation and serial printing
Direct printing not available
Special preparation required Screen Pretreatment

Workplace safety
General workplace environment Workshop Office (noiseless)
Impairments (in-office use) Odour Slight odour
Notes on workplace safety Odour none
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Investment for industrial workstation
Expenditure from 30.000 € from 3.540 €


Hermann Oberhollenzer


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