InPrint, the granddaddy of all exhibitions for all technologies for industrial printing, will host the 2017 International Converting Exhibition (ICE) in the United States in Orlando, Florida in late April. The event will feature technology, machinery, and the manufacturing processes for nonwovens and other flexible type materials.
The exhibitions that will be highlighted will be of interest to textile manufacturers who want to learn more about industrial inkjet printing technology for textiles in sectors such as furnishing, interior décor, labels, packaging, and automotive.
Job growth in the industrial printing industry has created jobs in this sector, which has experienced a spurt of job growth. Because of the new market segments, a vast array of new products can be manufactured at a lower cost. Examples can include items that require customizable images or text, those with special shapes, and where exact placement of ink is necessary.
Industrial print technology, 2D and 3D, is used for decorative, functional, or a combination of purposes. Industrial printing integrates decorative printing into the production of products as a continuous action, unlike regular decorative printing where it’s a roll-to-roll process. Because of the industrial process, printed items require a special system.
Digital printing in the industrial venue increases the complexity, colors, quality, and variety of imprinting. Production time is improved, design and image appearance is better, and fine details are noticeable. This print-on-demand process is cost-efficient and helps with consumer satisfaction.
Conductive printing technology supports interior e-textiles, and wearables for communication, self-cleaning, and fitness and health monitoring. The highest growth in this printing technology is believed to related mostly to home textiles.
Conductive printing is evolving towards embedding microchips to help relay various types of data from its conception throughout its lifecycle and to provide consumers care instructions.
Mass Personalization and Customization
Digital printing will enable manufacturers to produce mass customizations, providing a competitive edge between companies they tend to thrive on. This kind of customization can be beneficial to all kinds of retailers. For example, the homewares and electronics retail industry can coordinate the colors and patterns for floor tiles, carpeting, tableware, bedding, wall coverings, and electronics. This market extends to the luxury customization market as well.
Highlights in Print Technology
Digital printing has evolved and will continue to evolve in the coming years. A variety of manufacturers and developers will attend and exhibit their print technologies at ICE in Orlando from April 25 to 27.
New printheads that can recirculate ink to prevent clogging, UV-cured inkjet inks, more robust printhead technology for compatibility with high-speed industrial digital printing, new pigments to cross the color gamut, better color-fastness, UV-resistant technology, and more printing, inkjet, and industrial ink technologies will be represented at ICE.
Inkjet, printing and industrial ink technology grows and evolves quickly across industries, much like computers, tablets, smartphones, and other high-tech devices evolve. Before you know it, consumers will have advanced digital technology in their homes like they have laptops and tablets now. Imagine what the industrial sector printing and inks technology will look like in the future.