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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.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2001-01-01

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  • For more than 30 years, IS&T's series of digital printing conferences have been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in 2D and 3D printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference that brings together industry and academia, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems?particularly those involved with additive manufacturing and fabrication?including bio-printing, printed electronics, page-wide, drop-on-demand, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based systems, and production digital printing, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields. In 2016, the conference changed its name formally to Printing for Fabrication to better reflect the content of the meeting and the evolving technology of printing.

    Please note: For purposes of its Digital Library content, IS&T defines Open Access as papers that will be downloadable in their entirety for free in perpetuity. Copyright restrictions on papers vary; see individual paper for details.

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