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Digital Decoration of Consumer and Industrial Goods

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Inkjet printing has a huge potential in direct decoration of three dimensional consumer and industrial goods due to its nonimpact character. As a digital method, inkjet provides several benefits compared to analog printing: Personalized and customized products, on demand production and production optimization due to integration into production line, to mention some. On the other hand, there are also several challenges to overcome, e.g. how to integrate inkjet print heads to transfer system properly, how to handle and monitor complex shaped products and how to ensure substrate-ink compatibility and controlled interactions between them. In addition, applicability and reliability of inkjet technology itself in various challenging conditions needs careful consideration and examination. In this paper we consider different benefits and challenges related to direct decoration using inkjet technology. Based on empirical studies, we present some results which demonstrate applicability of inkjet technology in direct digital decoration.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2011-01-01

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