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Newsgrafik #113778
 23.03.2016

ESMA zeigt das Potenzial von funktionalem Druck auf der drupa 2016  (drupa 2016)

ESMA, Verband der Hersteller von Siebdruck- und Digitaldruckmaschinen, wird auf der drupa 2016 in zwei Pavillons vertreten sein. Der Pavillon in Halle 3, Stand A70 widmet sich ganz dem funktionalen und industriellen Druck. Der SPS-Partner ATMA wird die jüngsten Entwicklungen bei Maschinen für leitfähigen und technischen Druck vorstellen. KIWO, der deutsche Schablonenspezialist, zeigt den Druck von druckempfindlichen Klebstoffen mit hoher elektrischer Leitfähigkeit. Eine Vielzahl von Dekorationstechniken für Glas und andere starre Werkstoffe sind das Highlight am ESC-Stand, und Marabu, ein weiteres ESMA-Mitglied, zeigt Anwendungen ihrer Druckfarben für Touch Panels, Tablet- und Smartphone-Masken.

Besucher der ESMA-Lounge erfahren etwas über die jüngsten Projekte mit Smarttags, smarten Sensoren, in der Textilindustrie eingesetzten flexiblen und waschbaren leitfähigen Druckfarben und den generellen Einsatz unterschiedlicher Drucktechniken im Internet der Dinge. Weitere Innovationen werden im ESMA-Pavillon in Halle 6 präsentiert, wo Color Passport den eigenen revolutionären Ansatz für Farbmanagement und Farbreproduktion auf unterschiedlichen Substraten vorstellt. Andere Farbmanagementexperten wie ColorGate kommen zur Messe mit Entwicklungsstationen und hochmoderner RIP-Technik für den Tintenstrahl-Industriedruck. Intrinsic Materials zeigt ein Nanowerkstoffspezialist, eigene Erfolge mit leitfähigen Druckfarben und in der Medizin eingesetzten gedruckten Elektronikkomponenten wie Einmal-Testern (Disposables) mit Smarttags.

Funktionaler Druck bildet das Herzstück der ESMA-Präsenz auf der drupa, und daher lohnt es sich kurz zu hinterfragen, was sich hinter diesem Ausdruck verbirgt. In der Anfangszeit stützte sich der funktionale Druck auf chromatische Druckfarben, die durch äußere Einflüsse wie Licht (UV-Licht/Schwarzlicht), Temperatur (Wärme), pH-Wert-Änderung oder Kontakt mit Wasser ihre Farbe änderten. Sie wurden in gedruckten Gadgets und insbesondere für Verpackungen eingesetzt, die aufgrund der charakteristischen Spezialeffekte einen Marketingvorteil brachten. Die erste leuchtende und phosphoreszierende Dekoration gab es schon vor Jahren, und sie erscheint regelmäßig wieder am Markt. Weiter entwickelte und stärker funktionelle Optionen folgten und eroberten neue Branchen. Die Weiterentwicklung von leitfähigen Druckfarben und Elektrolumineszenz (EL) war nicht nur für den Markenauftritt von Vorteil (z.B. die Licht emittierende Verpackung von Bombay Sapphire Gin) sondern lieferte auch Lösungen für Solarmodule (Finger und Stromsammelschienen).

Die ersten Anwendungen haben die Grenzen des funktionalen Drucks weiter verschoben. Gedruckte Leiterplatten (PCB) und flexible Antennen, die UKW, TV, Mobilfunk, GPS in einer Antenne verbinden und unter anderem in der Automobilindustrie eingesetzt werden, zogen Auto-Radarsysteme für automatische Abstandsregler (ACC) nach sich. Heutzutage sind Nahfeldkommunikation und RFID-Antennen Standardmerkmale elektrischer Geräte, und die Integration des Drucks in den Herstellungsprozess verbessert die Kosteneffizienz stetig weiter. Bei der Elektrolumineszenz hat sich ein Technologiesprung hin zu OLEDs (organic light emitting diodes) ereignet. Flexible, in Textilien integrierte OLEDS machten den Weg frei für smarte Textilien und Wearables in, wie das bei POLEOT (Printing of Light Emitting Devices on Textile), einem der von ESMA gesponserten jüngsten internationalen Projekte, zu sehen ist.

Die Tür zur Zukunft der gedruckten Elektronik, leitfähiger Druckfarben und Beschichtungen ist jetzt weit offen. Batterien (flexibel, dünn, aufladbar), Energieertragssysteme (basierend auf dem Peltier-Effekt), Smarttags und Sensoren werden gewöhnliche Konsumgüter, und bei vielen handelt es sich um Disposables. Smarte Wearables und intelligente Sensoren finden zunehmend ihren Weg in Anwendungen in Medizin und Pharmazie wie beispielsweise als Schnellteststreifen für Diabetes, Blutanalysen und intelligente Blisterverpackungen. Die Gesundheitsversorgung ist einer der Märkte, in denen neue Lösungen gut angenommen werden und erfolgreiche Business Cases für Drucker ermöglichen, die jetzt „funktional“ sind. Quad Industries hat für Transporte verwendete Temperaturaufzeichnungslabels für Blutbeutel entwickelt. Das Smarttag registriert und überträgt Daten an eine Smartphone-App, um die richtigen Transportbedingungen zu sichern.
Wenn man über das Smartphone spricht, sind sich viele vielleicht der Anzahl der Komponenten nicht bewusst, die durch Drucktechniken erleichtert werden. Kapazitive Schalter, Batterien, Touch Panels und Bildschirme – der Druck löst teure und energieintensive Prozesse ab. Offensichtlich kommen hier auch Marketingabteilungen ins Spiel. Eine der letzten Broschüren für den Audi TT zeigte gedruckte Steuerelemente, die die Seite nach Synchronisierung mit dem Smartphone an der richtigen Stelle zu einem steuerbaren Erlebnis des Cockpit-Displays des neuen Modells machten.

Funktionaler Druck wird mit fälschungssicheren Technologien verbunden und liefert Kombinationen von Druckfarben, Beschichtungen und Substraten, die unsichtbare Marker erzeugen. Sowohl für monetäre Anwendungen als auch für Luxusgüter ist Sicherheitsdruck der effizienteste und kostengünstigste Schutz gegen Imitationen. Die aktuellen Möglichkeiten bieten sogar Oberflächen zur Fingerabdruckerkennung.
Viele der oben genannten Anwendungen sind Bestandteil von Inmould-Dekorationsprozessen in der Automobilindustrie oder elektronischen Geräten – sie reichen vom Einbau von Antennen in Autospiegeldeckeln, Fahrzeugkonsolen bis zu kapazitiven Knöpfen auf 3-D-Thermoformteilen und -Oberflächen. Die Industrie wächst und ermöglicht Druckern, Herstellern und Produktdesignern neue kreative Entwicklungsdimensionen.
(Messe Düsseldorf GmbH)

Newsgrafik #109726
 23.04.2015

ESMA Celebrating 25th Anniversary  (Company news)

Creating new opportunities for members in the Industrial Printing Market & Oliver Kammann of K-Flow appointed as new Chairman of the Board

ESMA, the European Specialist Printing Manufacturers Association, celebrated its 25th anniversary during this years General Assembly held in Mallorca on March 20th with the highest member attendance on record. In 1990, ESMA was founded in the UK as an initiative of several European screen printing suppliers who recognised the need for an organisation to represent the interests and needs of all manufacturers of screen printing machines, supplies and equipment. The initial goal of ESMA was to maintain the growth and potential of screen printing.

Today 25 years later, the association is not only pushing the boundaries for screen printing in new applications and industries but the same philosophy is now also applied to digital printing to open up new possibilities. The graphics printing landscape is changing rapidly and Industrial Printing seems to be the hottest topic ever. ESMA has been the home for Industrial Printing for the last two decades with well-known conferences such as "GlassPrint", "Membrane Switch", "Advanced Functional and Industrial Printing" and in recent times also with new formats such as "Printed Interior Decoration", "The Inkjet Conference" and "Direct Container Print", all aimed at showcasing and promoting knowledge and possibilities for industrial print applications for screen, pad and digital technologies.

Peter Buttiens, CEO of ESMA, says “The association has established its own identity in the broader printing industry. With its challenging goals of building conferences in specialised areas and promoting its innovative ‘Knowledge-Hub’ concept, ESMA has evolved into a unique player in the market.”

From April onwards, the ESMA team has been expanded with Maciej Bochajczuk as the new Marketing and Communication Coordinator. As a full time employee, he will help to further develop ESMA's online and offline marketing activities. With his addition, the ESMA team has grown in the last eight years to four permanent staff members!

The General Assembly recognised the achievements over the last 25 years and also looked forward to the challenges and opportunities that the very dynamic industrial printing market will offer.

During the General Assembly ESMA presented its new Chairman of the Board, Oliver Kammann of the German software and consulting company K-Flow. At the same time the Board and Steering Committee announced two new members, Samuel Wagner of Sefar and Frederic Blancher of Encres Dubuit. The new Chairman of the Marketing and Communication Committee, Jeremy Spencer of Caldera, was also introduced into office. The Members of the Board of ESMA are aiming their expertise and efforts at delivering real benefit for all current and future ESMA members.

Oliver Kammann, Chairman of ESMA, is excited that "ESMA's membership, served through its Board and Committee structure, represents an excellent cross-section of leading European companies from the screen, pad, digital and substrates industry. I am looking forward to doing my best to advance the cause of ESMA and to generate real benefits through our conferences and education programs for our members, their customers and the industry as a whole."

At the time of the General Assembly, ESMA represents the interest of 65 member companies, a record high for the association. This year will see the return of two highly successful events with "The Inkjet Conference (TheIJC.com)" and "GlassPrint", but also the introduction of a new event, "Direct Container Print (DCP)" aimed at introducing packaging manufacturers and brand owners to the possibilities and benefits of direct to shape decoration of plastic and glass containers!
(ESMA V.Z.W.)

Newsgrafik #109021
 12.02.2015

Inaugural Printed Interior Decoration Conference provides 360° view of ...  (Company news)

... new world of interior decoration

Creative wall, floor and furniture designs present exciting opportunities for print

A 360° view of printed decoration on different materials for wall and floor covering as well as textiles and furniture was presented at the ESMA-organised Printed Interior Decoration (PID).

Peter Buttiens, CEO of ESMA and event organiser of the first European event of its kind, comments: “Looking at the printing market today, many traditional segments are under pressure from competition and this results in lower margins and less work. With a little help and expertise, many of the large format printers can become important suppliers for Printed Interior Decoration solutions. They have the equipment but need to gain some further knowledge and also build a new group of customers and professional partners. Recently, many successful printers switching to this segment have come forward, revealing that this sector could be as interesting and lucrative as the large format display and banner market today”.

The conference demonstrated that entering a different segment of the market, such as the creation of interiors, is not always an easy transition. The construction and the interior design world have their own standards and regulations. But it highlighted how printers should be the full contractor. A printer providing decorative glass, should work together with a glass fitter to ensure the smooth installation of the decorative glass as doors, walls or windows. Therefore, it is clear that the right partnerships should be made between printers and contractors for these special interior design solutions. The presenters frequently advised on the right materials as well, and how to handle contractors on site.

It attracted over 150 participants and showcased growing interest in the sector. Its success was further supported by Euroshop, the world’s leading retail trade fair and the wallpaper association. Elke Moebius, Director of Euroshop said after the event: “I first heard about the PID conference in spring 2014 and quickly realized the shared potential for printed interior decoration and EuroShop as the leading retail trade fair worldwide. Due to the increasing importance of e-commerce, it is now all about staging and emotionalizing the point-of-sale. And printed interior decoration contributes to this. The conference introduced me to many engaging topics”.

With the growing interest in digitally printed and personalised wallpaper and wallcoverings, the event was supported by ‘IGI – The Global Wallcoverings Association’ and ‘Deutsches Tapeten-Institut‘, while SGIA was a Platinium sponsoring partner.
FESPA also took the opportunity to launch its new project: the Print Inspiration Rally - an American school bus that is fully decorated with print.

The conference programme provided a mix of technical overviews from suppliers and inspirational presentations from designers Markus Benesch and Birgit Spielvogel who showcased their use of digital print for decoration.

Exhibitors and visitors alike were delighted at the outcome of PID and are looking forward to the next edition:
- “The possibilities of digital printing for new applications are exploding and PID showed exactly that. Now it is a matter of imagination.” Exhibitor Bart van Duffel from Falco Technologies
- “It was an event which brought print providers and end users together to extend a common understanding of needs and possibilities.” Visitor Henning Hagelund from Canon Norway
- “The PID event far exceeded my expectations - fantastic presentations and direct, effective networking. It was a great two days and worth every minute.” Visitor Markus Benesch, from MARKUSBENESCHCREATES.

Staged in November 2016, the next Printed Interior Decoration will further mirror the potential of the interior decoration market and feature a broader approach with designers, creative developers, printers and suppliers.
(ESMA V.Z.W.)

Newsgrafik #107829
 01.10.2014

First edition of The Inkjet Conference exceeds expectations  (Company news)

Impressive line-up of industry leaders reveal innovations in inkjet technology for industrial markets to 300+ attendees

As fast-paced developments in inkjet printing technology are opening traditional industrial applications to digital printing such as packaging, textile, plastics and many more, ESMA is staging ‘The Inkjet Conference™’ (www.theijc.com), sponsored by enabling partner drupa, for the very first time at the Swissôtel in Neuss (Düsseldorf), Germany, on September 30 and October 1 2014.

“The interest in inkjet for industrial applications has been overwhelming." says Steve Knight, Founder of Digital Direct, who runs The Inkjet Conference on ESMA's behalf. "An impressive line-up of industry leaders will share their insights with over 300 attendees - all interested in the further opportunities this great technology has to offer. We anticipated that our conference fills a void in the market today but are extremely happy with the buy-in and confidence of these great firms - 37 exhibitors have registered ranging from well-known names in print to totally new players entering this market. The two conference days are well filled with 41 speakers so the rooms will be buzzing with ideas and propositions on inkjet. ”

Steve Knight further comments: “Inkjet is the fastest growing area of print. The rapid evolution of core technologies is driving cross market adoption of digital imaging with huge economic benefits, and while some market sectors are still in the 10’s of machines, others are in the 1000’s. Digital print in automotive interior is to be expected next year and so is direct printing on beverages and secondary packaging. Furthermore, labels, ceramics, textiles and packaging are all fast-growing sectors and represent a multi-billion euro business that is expanding rapidly.”

Peter Buttiens, CEO of ESMA comments: “Technical advances in inks, printheads software and electronics are being aided by a growing integration know-how. In turn, improvements in image quality are being driven by further research in inks and surface treatments, curing and drying. As a result, this improved image quality is driving further market adoption.”

The inkjet conference brings together industry and academic leaders in their fields to speak about the latest advances and future developments driving digital print and offers a great networking opportunity to meet both the presenters and the market leaders from their respective industries. The two-day, multi-subject educational conference has been developed specifically for inkjet equipment manufacturers. It includes:
- A focus on inkjet engineering and the placing of a million drops that will feature hardware and software aspects of equipment design and manufacture. Areas touched on will include fluid systems, precision engineering, printheads, digital asset management, RIPs, colour calibration and workflow.
- A review on fluid and ink components such as nano particles, conductive, aqueous and UV inks.
- An academic track open to all universities and non-commercial research institutes to present their work.

Sabine Geldermann, Director of drupa: “The conference supports precisely our “Touch the Future” focus, theme and claim of drupa 2016. It is responding to the rapid market changes and is stimulating new and important visitor target groups with state-of-the-art technologies and new solutions.”

Martin Stegelmeier, Senior Project Manager for PEPSO (Printed Electronics Products and Solutions) of Messe Düsseldorf, points out that “PEPSO connects seamlessness with inkjet technology. Many new materials and application developments are connecting with this upcoming conference and are a springboard towards drupa 2016!”

The conference consists of over 30 different presentations with topics as varied as:
- Membrane Pumps in Inkjet Printers – a success story, Andreas Hauri (KNF Flodos)
- UV-LED Systems and Integration, Patrick Montali (PrintabLED)
- Piezo Inkjet for Precision Dispensing of Functional Materials, Steve Liker (Trident)
- System Integration: an Ink Point of View , Frank De Voeght (Chemstream)
- Improving Inkjet Industry by Implementing Intelligent Sensors, Martin Kurtz (Balluff GmbH)
- Industrial Inkjet for Packaging- Beyond the Box, Holly Steedman (Indujet GmbH)
- Limitations and Benefits of Industrial Inkjet Printing, John Corrall (Industrial Inkjet Limited)
- Utilizing the Full Power of the Computer Hardware, Frédéric Soulier (Caldera)
....

The academic track also displays the latest in inkjet technology:
- Advanced Drop Watching (iPrint Institute, University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland)
- Carbon Nano-Forms Suspensions for Inkjet Printing Energy Applications (Department of Chemistry, University of Torino)
- Silver micro size distribution and printing technique influences on coatings for flexible electronics
- Inkjet printing of functional materials for energy applications
- Inkjet printing and sintering techniques of functional layers for electronic applications
(ESMA V.Z.W.)

Newsgrafik #106098
 16.04.2014

The Inkjet Conference™ - Beyond inkjet  (Company news)

ESMA, a leading, non-profit association in Europe for specialist printing manufacturers of screen and digital print technology is elevating its profile in industrial markets. To this end, it launched a new conference covering all aspects of inkjet engineering from Digital Asset Management to Fluids and Chemistry. It is designed to help delegates discover the developments in print heads and precision engineering, and meet experienced integrators to aid them in their journey to the next level.

The Inkjet Conference™, to be held in the Swissôtel in Neuss (Düsseldorf), Germany, September 30 and October 1 2014, is an ideal opportunity to connect with technology suppliers, research institutions, integration experts, as well as OEM's from different market sectors, in what has become a rapidly growing billion euro business. It will showcase technologies and spot trends to enable emerging developments in printed electronics and functional fluids to learn and partner with those that have been successful in aiding volume adoption of inkjet technology in manufacturing applications.

Peter Buttiens, CEO of ESMA comments: "ESMA has been organising conference over the past seven years in different fields such as Computer-To-Screen (CTS), GlassPrint, Membrane switch, Advanced Functional and Industrial printing. We have become the knowledge hub for the printing industry to bring together printing technology in different segments of the industry and promote overall industrial decoration and printing solutions. The time has come to focus even more on digital inkjet in an era of rapidly changing technology in a fast developing world. Inkjet technology is impacting the economies of major industries worldwide. The capabilities of more specific adapted and bespoke inkjet solutions are required to deliver flexibility, cost-reductions as well as new market and production needs."

The two-day event will offer a three track educational conference developed specifically for Inkjet equipment manufacturers.
Track One: Inkjet engineering - Fluid systems – Precision engineering – Print heads – Digital Asset Management – RIPs, colour calibration and workflow
Track Two: Fluid – Ink components – Nano particles – Laboratory equipment – Rheometers – Particle size analyzers – Conductive inks - Aqueous inks – UV inks
Track Three: Academic track - The academic track is open to all universities and non-commercial research institutes to present their work

Mr. Buttiens continues: "The Inkjet Conference will bring 60 presentations across the three tracks, seven VIP rooms, training room and master classes as well as a table top exhibition with 55 companies. It will be not only the networking opportunity of the year but also the place to see all the necessary technology in one spot and the fertile breeding ground for new disruptive innovation and development."

There is the ability for companies and academic institutions to supply technical papers, that are non-commercial in nature and offer a clear explanation to enable a broadly technical audience, to have a good understanding of the presented topic. Given the multi-discipline environment of inkjet, with engineers, chemists, printers, a glossary of terms will aid understanding.

There are table top opportunities or VIP room access available at the conference. Please contact us for further details.
(ESMA V.Z.W.)