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PROCESS COMPARISON

PrintoLUX®

In comparison to sublimation printing, the PrintoLUX® process meets the many different material requirements of industrial marking printing and convinces its users thanks to its extremely high resistance. Process reliability as well as high resistance and durability are guaranteed with PrintoLUX®.

Sublimation printing

This process is especially used for printing advertising material (textiles, polyester). It cannot be used with metals and glass as carrier materials. This means that restrictions concerning industrial application are obvious. The durability of sublimation printing is also very limited. Positioning capability (particularly in multiple-up printing) and coloration are not reliable. UV resistance is limited.

Comparison Sublimation PrintoLUX® process
Material
Type of material
Acrylic polyesterbeschichtetes Material notwendig yes, verso
Aluminium, anodized coloured, AL Only possible with polyester coated material
Aluminium, white matt, AS Only possible with polyester coated material
Aluminium, anodized natural, AL Only possible with polyester coated material
Aluminium dibond, DB Only possible with polyester coated material
Glass, matt or pretreated Only possible with polyester coated material yes, verso
Adhesive foil, polyester (white, silver, transparent) PK Only possible with polyester coated material
PrintoLUX® aluminium, AE Only possible with polyester coated material
PrintoLUX® stainless steel, VE Only possible with polyester coated material
PrintoLUX® brass, ME Only possible with polyester coated material
Laminated board (formica-like), RP Only possible with polyester coated material
Plastic plates, polyester, PY Only possible with polyester coated material
Keyboard foils, PD Only possible with polyester coated material
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Resistance (material- dependent)
UV
at least 1 year
at least 3 years scarcely resistant
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
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Design
Colours
Monochrome
Polychrome (RAL and Pantone) not available
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, barcodes complex

Resolution
Resolution (300 to 5.760 dpi) photorealistic (5.760 dpi) photorealistic (5.760 dpi)
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Specialist knowledge
Software
Windows printer driver
Macintosh printer driver
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 Heat press Pretreatment

Workplace safety
General workplace environment Workshop (Odour) Office (noiseless)
Impairments (in-office use) Odour Slight odour
Anmerkung zur Arbeitssicherheit none none
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Cost
Investment for industrial workstation
Expenditure from 2.000 € from 3.540 €

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Hermann Oberhollenzer

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