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PROCESS COMPARISON

PrintoLUX®

Compared to the YAG laser process, the thermosetting digital printing process of PrintoLUX® has the following advantages: a wider bandwidth of printable materials, improved representation quality, easier integration in production processes, significantly lower investment for a workstation.

YAG laser

Il metodo laser YAG (granato di Ittrio e alluminio) utilizza un cristallo come mezzo attivo. Similar restrictions apply as for the CO2 laser process. Compared to the PrintoLUX® process, two further disadvantages quickly become obvious: The investment for a workstation (at least € 30,000) is significantly higher, and in all respects, the representation quality cannot compete with the quality of PrintoLUX®.

Comparison YAG laser PrintoLUX® process
Material
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
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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) high (up to 2.880 dpi) photorealistic (5.760 dpi)
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Specialist knowledge
Software
Windows printer driver
Macintosh printer driver
No special software required
Training requirements Training requirements Basic training
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Production
Operation and serial printing
Single piece production
In-line/Integration
Direct printing
Special preparation required Radioprotection Pretreatment

Workplace safety
General workplace environment Noisy (air filter system) Office (noiseless)
Impairments (in-office use) Safety Slight odour
Notes on workplace safety Safety none
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Cost
Investment for industrial workstation
Expenditure from 30.000 € from 3.540 €

Contact

Hermann Oberhollenzer

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