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How digital printing solution revolutionises woodworking industry?

 Friday, July 5, 2024

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Digital printing solution

Digital printing solution is an uprising trend in the woodworking industry, offering unprecedented opportunities for customisation and efficiency. By enabling direct printing on various wood surfaces, digital printing eliminates the need for traditional techniques such as screen printing or laminating. This technology provides high-resolution images and patterns, allowing for intricate designs and realistic textures that enhance the aesthetic appeal of wood products.

This trend is extending gradually to outdoor applications, encompassing not only signage and advertising spaces but also front doors, garage doors, and even entire facade elements, offering them distinctive visual appeal. However, as these technologies advance, so do the demands placed upon them. Outdoor applications necessitate coatings with exceptional adhesion, enduring elasticity, and remarkable hardness to withstand weathering effects.

Additionally, safeguarding sensitive printing inks against UV radiation becomes imperative to prevent fading and discoloration. Addressing these challenges, ADLER, an Austrian paint manufacturer and founding member of the Digital Printing Association DIPA, offers an optimal solution: Print-Protect UV+ SQ from ADLER. This product package equips printed surfaces with the necessary attributes to withstand the rigors of outdoor environments effectively.

How Adler can be the best choice for digital printing technology?

One of the strengths of digital printing technology is its versatility. Wood or metal, glass or plastic? A single piece or a series of several tens of thousands? A few square centimeters or large formats of 20 square meters? There is almost nothing that cannot be printed on. There is a wide range of inks and printing processes to choose from. It is precisely this diversity that presents the challenge for the coating structure, as it is necessary to provide a primer and top coat that guarantees adhesion and surface protection – on every substrate, for every ink and every area of ​​application.

The development team around Dr. Simon Leimgruber in the development laboratory of the Austrian paint manufacturer ADLER has succeeded in squaring the circle: They have developed a water-based coating structure that can be used universally for numerous printed surfaces.

High-quality construction

For achieving ideal adhesion of printing ink, especially on smooth surfaces and under challenging environmental circumstances, it’s advisable to prep the surface with ADLER Print-Primer SQ, a 2K primer. Its white hue not only facilitates optimal, high-resolution print results but also enhances the print image. Subsequently, after printing, ADLER Print-Protect UV+ SQ provides the final protective layer, boasting a high-quality light protection package.

“Printing inks are extremely sensitive to UV radiation, but at the same time, long-lasting protection is essential for large-area facade elements, for example, as they cannot be easily renovated or replaced,” explains Dr. Leimgruber.

ADLER Print-Protect UV+ SQ safeguards the print image against long-term fading and discoloration while maintaining vibrant colors due to its exceptional transparency. Additionally, this top coat provides defense against mechanical strain and various chemicals including cleaning agents, oils, or gasoline, retaining its elasticity even in harsh weather conditions.

Incorporating digital printing solutions, manufacturers can also offer a diverse range of finishes and designs, adding value to their products and gaining a competitive edge in the market. This innovation represents a major step forward in the evolution of wood product manufacturing.

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