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Colorgate GmbH, N-art-m GmbH and Staedler Mars GmbH and Co. KG have agreed on a joint cooperation to serve the industrial printing sector. The three companies are targeting machine builders and OEM’s that are looking for experienced and aligned partners for the development of specialised industrial printing systems.

Arthur Noll, Managing Director of n-art-m stated, ‘Our target is to jointly develop digital printing solutions for the industrial sector. The customers’ requirements are central in this matter.’

Colorgate’s Managing Director Thomas Kirschner added, ‘From the consultancy, to the concept design, right up to the installation and after sales services, all potential buyers can count on the longstanding experience of all involved cooperation partners.’

Jens Reuter, Director Marketing Sales at Staedler pointed out that tailor-made solutions, which are able to integrate right into an existing production line, are today’s requirements in the market, and we are able to deliver such solutions.

Industrial Printing designates the segment of an industrial production process, which is characterised by the application of an ink or a liquid onto any desired product by using inkjet technology to decorate or add a new function to it. The main advantages are obvious. Production volumes down to batch size ‘1’ are possible, as well as the continuous change of décors or imprints for a product without the need to retrofit the printing systems. Individualised products and packaging can be produced without increasing costs. In addition, the provisioning of material and the production of wastage can be limited to a minimum, which again leads to cost reductions and also positively contributes to a company’s environmental record.

From the software, which takes control of all electronic components of the print process, to the development of customised print units-which can be further individualised according to the respective production environment and requirements, up to the advancement of highly specialised inks, which are not only excelling by their reliability and colour, but also by their very good processing features. All these features and processes have to be mastered and rightfully coordinated. This knowledge and know how will now be accumulated by this strong cooperation.

Colorgate has delivered solutions for excellent colour management and comprehensive driver solutions for digital printing systems of the entire digital imaging sector, for more than 15 years. The Production server 8 RIP Software reflects Colorgate’s role as the technology-leader in the field of colour management and is also the foundation for ambitious industrial printing applications. The main focus lies on the best possible colour reproduction, including a high consistency of follow-up print outs. This will be ensured, by build in quality assurance mechanisms, which can be integrated into any inline production process.

SmartControl IP OS, the Industrial Printing Operating System (IP OS) developed by Colorgate, controls all components of a printing system, such as the print head controllers, the ink supply systems and dryers as well as the motion controllers via SmartControl Touch, a customisable touchscreen based application for an easy to operate control workflow of the printing process.

SmartControl Server carries out the print data preparation and distribution to the print heads via their controllers. Its scalable architecture supports cost-effective multi-pass as well as high-performance single-pass print systems. SmartControl Server is a stand-alone Windows application, which can be distributed on several print servers and run in a master-slave mode. This allows building extremely powerful and complex print systems.

It provides interfaces to Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s) to synchronise motion control units and other connected systems for heating or drying. Today, these solutions are already successfully in use in application fields such as digital décor printing in the wood material industry, the ceramic printing for tile production, as well as in the packaging printing by using direct-to-object technology.

The planning and the design of custom digital printing systems for industrial use are the strong points of n-art-m. All process steps for the decoration of products within a fabrication process are considered, starting from the material feed bringing up of material, via the printing up to the drying of the imprint or décor via heat or UV. N-art-m released Portal One of their first digital printing system, which can be used independently or in an inline production line. Additionally, it is modularly expandable.

As one of the oldest industrial companies in Germany, with its headquarters in Nuremberg, Germany, Staedler values its longstanding tradition as a pencil maker by developing new innovative products with high brand quality based on their decades-long experience and advancements regarding research and development.

Staedler is one of the leading ink manufacturers in the evolving industrial printing market. Particularly, in the design, fashion and decoration segment, Staedler stands out with its Lumocolor Jet ink, the first water-based ink in the market, which enables the decoration of leather via inkjet technology without changing the look and feel of the final product.

This is a new milestone for the shoe, apparel and automotive or furniture industry. The Lumocolor Jet inks are also suitable for non-absorbing and uncoated materials, which is a perfect fit for a deployment in packaging printing. Staedler also distributes inks for marking and coding purposes for continuous inkjet printers. Staedler’s main focus in this segment lies in selling white and special inks to printer manufacturers as OEM products.

Colorgate, N-art-m and Staedler will be available to discuss existing and possible tasks involving industrial inkjet printing with interested parties at InPrint 2014 on the Colorgate stand B26, hall 21 in Hannover from 8-10 April 2014.

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