Cersaie, which takes place in Bologna each September, is the place where anyone connected to selling ceramic tiles goes to see the latest tile design trends – what will be hot for the coming year?
Having never considered IP as a career option before, my eight weeks at Xaar may have completely changed my future career path leading into the final year of my degree. I’ve really enjoyed being able to work in engineering while having the added diversity of the legal elements as well.
The number one talking point at Ceramics China 2016 has been "Polished Tiles". These are hard wearing, high gloss tiles that are used in commercial heavy "traffic" locations such as shopping malls and public buildings. There is a healthy market for these tiles in China and India.
InPrint is the only print show to cover all industrial printing areas under one roof. For Xaar, this is a great opportunity to demonstrate our expertise across multiple vertical markets where Xaar’s technology is used as part of the production process and to show our exceptional range off.
There isn't a day goes by without another shower of innovative applications around 3D printing hitting the press. From printing human tissue to the growing number of components built into the latest commercial airliners, there is now an incredible array of applications from the seven core technologies that sit under the 3D Printing umbrella.
Labelexpo (Brussels, 29 September-2 October) is the biggest annual event for the label and packaging printing industry and alternates between Brussels and Chicago. The event showcases everything to do with the label industry, and offers a unique opportunity for promoting a range of label printing machinery and technology. In particular this year there was a real excitement and buzz around the show for digital and in particular hybrid label printing technology.
We had a fantastic week at Tecnargilla 2014 showcasing the new Xaar 1002 GS40, Xaar 001 and XPM. With some beautiful tiles on display, we demonstrated the different effects that can be achieved with our printheads. The Xaar 1002 GS40 allows ceramic tile producers to digitally apply strong, heavy-pigment colours and glazes, and to create textures in order to significantly expand the range of 'added-value' tile designs on offer. TheXaar 001 enables the application of decorative coloured glazes, structure and flood glazes. Ceramic tile manufacturers can now use digital techniques to create exciting new tile designs that stand out from the competition whilst benefitting from leading edge tile production efficiency.
The subject of print quality is very complex, subjective and difficult to quantify, particularly when printing four colour images. Some recent articles have been playing the numbers game, using the number of dots or lines per inch as the key factor for print quality. This is a simplistic approach which does not consider the other important factors, many of which are systems related rather than specific to the printhead.
So, what are the other contributing factors for print quality?
Inkjet printing has revolutionised the global ceramic tile decoration industry over a relatively short time. This is an amazing achievement for an industry that for many years traditionally produced either plain or unsophisticated patterned tiles using screen printing and had little use for computers. The conversion of production lines to digital decoration is set to continue as it offers such great economic benefits, but what are the next challenges with ceramic tile decoration and where else can digital inkjet technology provide benefits?Increased colour space
In 2012 we launched our own app, 'Xapp', for Apple devices to showcase the company's printhead technology and how its innovations have led the way in transforming the ceramics, coding & marking, labels, laminates, packaging and wide-format graphics industries.