Inkjet Printing for Wood Applications
Posted 10th January 2019 by Marcus Timson
Inkjet printing is now really finding its way in industrial environments. One example is the wooden pallet manufacturing industry. Without doubt, you will have seen the EUR or EPAL logos on the sides of pallets.
For decades, these logos and other marks on wooden pallets have been made either by means of brandmarking or by stencil marking – both techniques that are labor-intensive and prone to quality issues.
Now, go4inkjet, a company with extensive experience in marking and coding applications that supports OEMs with print projects, is changing the pallet manufacturing industry.
"Our inkjet printing systems are integrated in the actual pallet manufacturing or repairing process, and they jet from a safe distance to avoid collisions with the pallets." said go4inkjet founder Ernest Langbroek. "This way of working with inkjet printing solutions has proven itself as an effective and cost-saving replacement of conventional marking systems in the wood industry.
Printing on wooden pallets is certainly challenging for inkjet inks, because high opacity or density are a must, as well as durability in severe outside conditions, certainly in wintertime.Nevertheless, Agfa inks manage to meet all requirements.
“Agfa’s Altamira UV inks have been developed for challenging industrial applications with the focus on delivering consistent print results day-by-day and ink batchafter ink batch," said Marc Graindourze. Agfa’s UV ink technology allows for high black print density as well as high white ink opacity, which is key for these kinds of applications.
Agfa will be exhibiting at the InPrint USA show April 9-11, 2019 in Louisville.