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Overview of Industrial Digital Printing

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There are many different methods by which to apply marks and codes either directly on product packages (primary packaging) or in cartons or cases of that product (secondary packaging). The following is an overview of different types of digital printing technologies used for industrial marking applications. The paper will explain the use of piezo drop-on-demand (DOD) ink jet with both phase change and liquid inks. Other ink containing systems that will be reviewed include continuous ink jet, valve jet, and thermal transfer. In addition, one non-ink containing digital marking method – a laser printing system- will also be discussed. The end user's choice of digital printing technology is determined by the application requirements of the product being marked, including: the size and shape of the mark or code, print speed, adhesion requirements, substrate, environmental requirements, and cost per print. The benefits and disadvantages of each technology will be discussed in relationship to these requirements.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2001

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  • For more than 25 years, NIP has been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in non-impact and digital printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems, including drop-on-demand ink jet, wide format ink jet, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based electrophotographic printers, production digital printing systems, and thermal printing systems, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields.

    Since 2005, NIP has been held in conjunction with the Digital Fabrication Conference.

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