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Industrial Digital Color Printing Press for the Plastic Card Industry

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Today the plastic card and more precisely the smart card (chip card) market is growing very fast in all segment applications (mobile phone, bank, identity and loyalty,..). This growth comes also with the request from the customer and/or the application to have a customized product in a very large scale of production batches, from few cards to few million cards. We have to combine large volume production with individual personalization that makes the card unique. The analysis of the different card manufacturing processes shows a bottleneck at the printing and graphical personalization stage.

Traditional offset printing does not offer to card issuers the opportunity to print multiple card designs in a single run. Other printing technologies are not compatible with an industrial environment in terms of speed and cost. The target for final customers is to have a unique product at a very low cost.

This problem is today a difficult reality and the plastic card manufacturers and related suppliers are looking for solutions meeting positively this demand.

This document describes the development of an industrial inkjet color printing press for plastic card. The different development steps will be detailed including the customer need, the selected technology and partner, equipment, the print engine development, the technical and economical results in production.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2002-01-01

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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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