The latest industrial printing innovations have opened up possibilities for the production process that have never existed before. Industrial print uses print technologies within the manufacturing process to print ink or other substances directly onto a product for decorative or functional purposes.
Industrial print can be defined by the applications it engages in as well as the speed of production. While quality is paramount in industrial printing, if it is to be utilised within an industrial environment it has to be sufficiently fast enough to be classified as industrial printing. While shorter runs of products within manufacturing have become a trend, one-off prints of t-shirts, for example, cannot correctly be classed as industrial.
On an average day, we all come into contact with things like smartphones, computers, cars, dishwasher and washing machines with some type of function that contains industrial printing to some extent that helps the device to work. In addition to ink, the material deployed may be something like silicon but it can only be classified as industrial printing if it uses a screen printing process to integrate an aspect of the particular process that allows the product to work.
Whether it is the walls that surround you, the table you sit at, or the floor you walk on, the probability is high that industrial printing was used in some way in its creation and decoration. It plays an immensely important role in the decoration and creation of items such as wallpaper, textiles, floors, and even furniture. It also plays a huge role in the decoration of the environment, particularly so as there is a shift toward self-expression that places a premium on customisation.
Packaging plays an enormous role in our lives. The way in which the products we consume are packaged and decorated has become almost as important as the contents themselves. Retailers and brands have become particularly selective about their choice packaging and printing. Packaging is an interruptive media form that is attaining ever-higher value within the marketing industry. Clever packaging and how it promotes what we eat, drink and use help to sell units. Innovative packaging is created by innovation printing. Special inks, for example, are used in screen printing for high-end luxury goods packaging. The increasingly visible, direct-to-shape inkjet revolution is an exciting and buoyant segment within the industrial printing industry.
Industrial Print applications also include the following:
– Automotive Part Marking and Traceability for auto manufacturers, part suppliers, system integrators, and machine builders who need fast, error-free, and accurate traceability in their systems integrators.
– Marking Systems for Building Products
– Marking Systems for Metal Fabrication
– Pipe and tube Marking Systems including Ink Jet Printers for Pipe Stencilling; Pipe Stamping; and Pipe Printers and Coders.
– Tire and Rubber Marking Systems isolate and precisely identify product defects, eliminate marking errors, and enable real-time production information to be imprinted before and after curing of products such as rubber stamping and embossing.
– Metal Marking and Tracking helps metal manufacturers identify products with reliable marking systems that positively identify and track products through every stage of the production process, as well as inventory and shipping. It includes Sheet and Strip Printers and Stamping Systems for Permanent Metal Marking.