Inca Digital has collaborated with ink specialist Marabu in Germany to provide specialist UV printing solutions for industrial applications.
As a result, Marabu will sell the Inca SpyderXi dual flat-bed/roll-to-roll printer, in combination with Marabu inks and coating/primer equipment, for a variety of industrial manufacturing applications using diverse materials such as metal, plastics, glass and wood.
The SpyderXi variation featuring Marabu UltraJet UV inks and coatings is specifically aimed at industrial manufacturing sectors. Designed and manufactured by Inca Digital, the versatile six-colour plus white SpyderXi inkjet printer features 3.2m wide flatbed and roll-fed capability for handling rigid and flexible substrates, and delivers sharp, pin point accuracy.
Digital printing is rapidly being adopted within manufacturing environments to enhance or replace analogue production processes and enable new applications. For example, Marabu has developed a combined screen and digital printing solution for the manufacturing of input devices. The design can be printed on surfaces such as coated films and glass or plastic panels with suitable Marabu inkjet inks without the need for time-consuming traditional prepress stages. Depending on coverage and durability requirements, a suitable ink for the blocking layer is applied using screen printing.
‘As a leading global manufacturer of digital, screen and pad printing inks we have considerable experience and expertise in developing tailored solutions for industrial applications and understand the unique challenges in terms of the huge variety and complexity of the forms, substrates, and surface finishes involved,’ said Andreas Koch, Executive Vice President Business Unit Digital Inks, Marabu. ‘Inca led the revolution in wide-format inkjet printing and has a superb reputation for developing the best production machines on the market today. We look forward to developing our relationship and exploring the considerable industrial production potential of this technology.’
‘The SpyderXi is a highly flexible printer which, in combination with Marabu inks and as part of a streamlined production line, can produce a variety of specialist products onto glass, metal, wood and plastics quickly, cost effectively and at the best quality,’ said John Mills, CEO, Inca Digital. ‘Marabu, with its considerable experience of industrial applications and markets, is an ideal partner for us in Germany and it will be exciting to see the impact this technology will have in markets outside traditional graphics.’
The first SpyderXi printer has been installed at Marabu’s demo centre in Tamm, near Stuttgart, where company will demonstrate a variety of industrial applications and to give customers direct hands-on training. Marabu is exhibiting at drupa 2016 and is displaying a variety of industrial products printed on the Inca SpyderXi.