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Schattdecor, as a surface specialist, creates new possibilities by using Palis 2250. The digital printing products reach out to new customer groups like contractors, architects and interior designers, as well as traditional customers in the wood based panel industry. “This technique enables us to implement specific topics and projects in large quantities,” emphasizes Claudia Kuechen, Head of Marketing/Design & Corporate Communications.
The single pass press is able to print 162 meters per minute with a printing width of 2.25 meters. Because in digital printing a design isn’t bound to the circumference of a cylinder, the repeat length is no longer a concern. Therefore, Schattdecor has the possibility to develop completely new décors for the wood and stone industry. In addition, varied colorations are no longer a problem, nor is mixing different patterns. “Now we have the chance and the challenge to develop digital printing designs that are easy to use,” explains Claudia Kuechen.
Palis 2250 has over 80 water-cooled print heads that shoot 25.5 billion color droplets per second on the paper. At a 1200 dpi resolution, up to 6GB of data per second is processed. The machine works with four main colors: red, yellow, blue and black. If needed a fifth color could be added. The pigments are identical to those that are used in rotogravure printing. This has crucial advantages. “Both procedures create identical optical décor images. The differences are only recognized with technical devices and are not visible to the naked eye,” emphasizes Roland Heeger, Chief Technical Officer. Therefore, many décors can be used in rotogravure as well as in digital printing and cannot be distinguished from one another.
“In both printing styles the same colors and base paper will be used. Therefore, customers in the wood based panel industry can process digital printing products using their standard methods,” explains Roland Heeger. Pre-impregnated products are able to be printed digitally as well and can be followed up with common lacquering procedures.
However, digital printing has one restriction: special effect colors such as white, gold or pearl are unable to be printed due to their pigment sizes. At this point rotogravure printing is the only choice. “The goal of digital printing at Schattdecor is not to replace rotogravure printing. It is supposed to and will sensibly complement it,” clarifies the CTO.
Schattdecor will present the possibilities of Palis 2250 at Interzum in Cologne on May 16 – 19, 2017 – Hall 6, Stand C020/E029. Another of the many highlights at the fair will be the traditional booth party, taking place on May 17, 2017.
For more information visit www.schattdecor.de.