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A Decorative and Protective System for Wares

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A new technology called the Sylvan Process has been developed which advances Digital Ink Jet (DIJ) printing into new markets and applications. It is covered by two US Patents and a third US Patent Pending and consists of applying a substrate to products made of glass, ceramic or plastic, making it possible to decorate a great variety of products with graphics using DIJ printing. A further clear protective coating is usually applied over the DIJ decoration, enhancing appearance, creating abrasion and dishwasher resistance.

The Sylvan Process will advance DIJ printing into markets such as glass drinking vessels, wine bottles, perfume bottles, ceramic mugs, DVDs, plastic bottles and writing instruments. The substrate takes several forms; for glass and ceramic vessels, the sides of the vessel are fully coated. For products where durability is less critical, the substrate is applied by DIJ printing. To encapsulate the DIJ printed decoration, on glass and ceramic products, the sides of the vessels are once again clear coated with urethane; plastic products have the decoration DIJ clear coated for abrasion resistance and to enhance the decoration.

Benefits of DIJ printing are enormous. Each graphic color is applied in one second or less. In addition to vastly better graphic capabilities, there are cost reductions in printing preparation and productivity improvements due to elimination of set-up costs. The Sylvan Process will replace an antiquated process presently used on glass and ceramics which is threatened by the FDA.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2004-01-01

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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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