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In comparison with tampo printing, PrintoLUX® scores particularly on account of the high degree of resistance and durability of its print and materials. Other advantages are the varieties of applications and designs thanks to defined colour tones in conjunction with the PrintoLUX® colour profile and photorealistic reproduction, easy integration in production sequences as well as the resulting potential cost reductions.

Tampo printing

With this process, formers can also be printed (however, very small quantities are not economical). Thanks to the option of printing single and multiple colours, tampo printing is used for large quantities and identical contents in the advertising media industry. Weaknesses: lack of resistance (particularly chemical resistance) and durability. Moreover, the largest motifs that can be printed have a diameter of approx. 30 cm. Another factor is that the design options available with this process hardly meet today's requirements.

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

Cold cleaner
Acetone not resistant
Acid not resistant
Toluene not resistant

Fingernail test
Tape test
Flying sparks test not resistant
High pressure cleaning/Dry ice cleaning not resistant
Comparison Tampo printing PrintoLUX® process
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) high (up to 2.880 dpi) photorealistic (5.760 dpi)
Comparison Tampo printing PrintoLUX® process
Specialist knowledge
Windows printer driver
Macintosh printer driver
No special software required
Training requirements Intensive training Basic training
Comparison Tampo printing PrintoLUX® process
Operation and serial printing
Single piece production
Direct printing
Special preparation required Pad Pretreatment

Workplace safety
General workplace environment Workshop (Odour) Office (noiseless)
Impairments (in-office use) Odour Slight odour
Notes on workplace safety Odour none
Comparison Tampo printing PrintoLUX® process
Investment for industrial workstation
Expenditure from 5.000 € from 3.540 €


Hermann Oberhollenzer


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