Inkjet printing is made up of many different interacting elements. In order to develop a sophisticated printing process, it is important to test how these affect each other in practice. PrintProcessLab is a comprehensive, stand-alone laboratory system that simulates printing on an industrial printing press in the smallest possible space. This makes PrintProcessLab the perfect tool for developing your own individual printing process under realistic conditions. From matching the ink formulation to a specific print substrate or printhead, to the preparation of reference prints or carrying out a long-term test, PrintProcess Lab has numerous potential uses, helping you to simplify and accelerate the development process.
In PrintProcessLab, the printheads are installed in Inkjet-Cassettes. Each inkjet cartridge supplies and controls one printhead. This creates a miniature version of a full printer, which in addition to a printhead also has access to the full ink supply through a controller.
The PrintProcessLab printhead plate ensures that the Inkjet-Cassettes are aligned precisely to 5 µm. Thanks to its ability to accept various installation frames, PrintProcessLab can be combined with different Inkjet-Cassette types.
The printhead plate, including the Inkjet-Cassettes, can be moved along the z-axis by means of a handcrank. This allows an infinitely variable print distance to be set. The current value is shown on a display and may be set to a maximum of 250 mm.
PrintProcessLab has pickup rollers for both material tables. These can be swapped depending on which application you plan to use PrintProcessLab for.
PrintProcessLab is operated through the LabOS software. This may be opened in your browser through a network connection. This enables you to access the PrintProcessLab controls and to adjust settings, activate cleaning and print jobs or load new print jobs, for example.
An Inkjet-Cassette 100 contains a controller, the ink supply and a Kyocera printhead. It is particularly suitable for printing at high resolutions and meets the highest quality standards. Due to the large print width, it offers high productivity at rapid printing speeds.
An Inkjet-Cassette 50 contains a controller, the ink supply and a Ricoh printhead. It is particularly suitable for printing with inks and substrates containing high concentrations of chemicals, and is not sensitive to harsh atmospheric conditions.
The Purge, Home and Cleaning stations may be manually positioned beneath the individual PrintProcessLab Inkjet-Cassettes by means of a click-in mechanism. The Purge station allows an Inkjet-Cassette to be flushed. It provides a reservoir of sufficient volume to hold a large quantity of fluid. The Home station covers the printhead: if the PrintProcessLab is not being used for printing for a longer period of time, then - depending on the type of ink used - a home station should be fitted beneath the printheads. The cleaning station cleans the printhead. A manually-operated wiper removes ink residue from the head and gathers it in a container.
Adhesive Surface enables materials to be fixed in place quickly and easily with the aid of an adhesive mat. These may be up to 250 mm thick. The maximum size is 210 mm x 297 mm. Due to the universal mounting option, both two-dimensional and three-dimensional materials may be mounted on the Adhesive Surface and then printed on. As a result, a range of different material samples can be used in the development of the process. Print and nozzle tests can be carried out easily, different print distances tested and the effect and durability of inks on the desired substrate assessed. The material is fed manually. Adhesive Surface is simply fed under the PrintProcessLab, and the material mounted is printed on.
Endless Surface allows a process to be tested without using consumable materials for the print substrate. It is therefore particularly suited to trying out a process in continuous operation. The material to be printed on is replaced by a special belt; this can even simulate a heated print substrate. The ink used to print is automatically wiped off on the underside of the belt on each rotation and collected in a container. The conveying speed is a maximum of 2.4 m/s and is infinitely variable by means of a potentiometer. With Endless Surface, you can determine temperature development on the printhead, calculate the print distance and the print speed and gather realistic data on airflow under the printheads. Endless Surface can be swapped with Adhesive Surface at any time in order to carry out nozzle tests.
The Print System 100 gives you the opportunity to take advantage of the benefits of inkjet printing without the risks of years of development work.
n-art-m is an integration company for industrial digital print systems. We are your point of contact for technology questions and questions regarding the development of new print processes. Starting from the selection of consumables and print heads up to the integration of an operation-ready print system into an existing plant: n-art-m offers a comprehensive carefree package for industrial digital printing.
Since 2008, we have concerned ourselves exclusively and intensively with the conceptual design and construction of modular inkjet systems. Thanks to our experience and our continuously growing network of partners from different areas, such as Heraeus and ColorGATE, we are well prepared to meet a variety of different requirements. We can offer sophisticated and reliable solutions and simplify the often long-lasting development process of a mature inkjet process.
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