Ink jet technology is being used for a wide range of industrial applications from Material Deposition such as Bioprinting and Printed Electronics, to Food Decoration, to Graphics Printing and Product Decoration on materials including Non-Wovens, Textiles, Metals and Ceramics. Whatever your application, Integrity is here to work with you to bring your concept to reality.

Industrial Graphics and Product Decoration

Integrity Integration Ink Jet Graphics Print

The use of ink jet to print graphics in commercial printing systems is a large and well established market. The use of ink jet as an industrial printing process is less well established. Industrial applications are often challenging, and each application needs to be evaluated and developed on its own merits.

To ensure a successful implementation, each engineering team needs to consider a wide range of factors.

Considerations
  • Cost and Economics (fluids, system hardware, process gains, production losses, personnel)
  • Technology (inks, printheads, resolution and image quality, speed, reliability)
  • Process optimization (pre-treat, post treat, dry/cure)
  • Work flow (fixed date, variable data, streaming data, interface to existing line control)
  • Product motion and control (is the current production line adequate?)
  • Print system tending and storage protocols

Integrity provides a mix of consulting and engineering services to work with clients to help determine if a ink jet process solution is appropriate, and assisting with a phased evaluation and implementation program.

Expertise
  • Fully outfitted process development lab including DMP-2831 with in-line or second pass UV Cure system for DMP (UV cure system also available for purchase)
  • Surface / fluid interaction
  • Prototype system development
  • Drop visualization equipment
  • Process development
  • Industrial ink jet systems development and fabrication
  • Multidisciplinary program management

Material Deposition

The use of industrial ink jet as a process tool to deposit non-graphic fluid is an emerging and growing field. The community of developers ranges from Universities, to Fluid Developers, to major High Tech Industries all exploring the unique and attractive attributes of ink jet as a deposition technology.

Applications for ink jet-based material deposition
  • Display Manufacturing
  • Conductive inks
  • Dielectric coatings
  • Enzymes, nucleic acids, proteins and other bioactive materials
  • Light emitting polymers
  • Photovoltaics
  • Fuel cells
  • Batteries
  • Adhesives
  • Aromas
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • More…

Whatever stage you have reached in your development program, from conception to pilot, a call to Integrity can assist you on your path to true industrial implementation.

Integrity’s Material Deposition Expertise
  • Fully outfitted process development lab including DMP-2831 with in-line or second pass UV Cure system for DMP (UV cure system also available for purchase)
  • Fluid jetting and optimization
  • Surface / fluid interaction
  • Prototype system development
  • Drop visualization equipment
  • Process development
  • Pre- and post- processing (including plasma, sintering, IR, UV)
  • Industrial ink jet systems development and fabrication
  • Multi discipline program management

Printed Electronics

Ink Jet Etch Resist - Courtesy of Printed Electronics, Ltd.

The use of industrial ink jet as a process tool to deposit functional and conductive materials is a fast growing field.  The ability of ink jet to print on contoured surfaces, and work at roll-to-roll speeds, has brought industrial ink jet fully into consideration for printed electronics manufacturing. Ink jet systems can print traces, adhesives, resists, and labels, as part of the same, integrated, manufacturing line.

Applications for ink jet-based material deposition for printed electronics:
  • Display Manufacturing
  • Conductive inks
  • Dielectric coatings
  • Light emitting polymers
  • Photovoltaics
  • Fuel cells
  • Batteries
  • More…

Whatever stage you have reached in your development program, from conception to pilot, a call to Integrity can assist you on your path to true industrial implementation.

Integrity’s Material Deposition Expertise

  • Fully outfitted process development lab including DMP-2831 with in-line or second pass UV Cure system for DMP (UV cure system also available for purchase)
  • Fluid jetting and optimization
  • Surface / fluid interaction
  • Pre- and post- processing (including plasma, sintering, IR, UV)
  • Prototype system development
  • Drop visualization equipment
  • Process development
  • Industrial ink jet systems development and fabrication
  • Multi discipline program management

Textile Printing

Integrity Industrial Ink Jet Integration Textile Printing

With well selected and optimized materials and processes, industrial ink jet can be used successfully for direct and transfer textile printing applications. From conception to pilot, Integrity can assist you on your path to industrial implementation and integration.

Integrity’s Expertise Includes:
  • Fluid selection and development
  • Fully outfitted process development lab including DMP-2831 with in-line or second pass UV Cure system for DMP (UV cure system also available for purchase)
  • Fluid jetting and optimization
  • Surface / fluid interaction
  • Pre- and post- treatment including hot press for textile thermal transfer
  • Prototype system development
  • Drop visualization equipment
  • Process development
  • Industrial ink jet systems development and fabrication
  • Multi discipline program management

Food and Edible Printing

The use of industrial ink jet to image directly onto food is well-proven. Examples of digital decoration can be found on cookies and candies sold on the internet, all the way to full commercial products found on the supermarket shelf.

Adding an industrial ink jet system to a full-speed, full-width, food manufacturing line is both challenging and rewarding.
Once in place, the same line can produce a wide variety of innovative products with little set-up time.

However, food production lines pose a set of challenges that need to be addressed to enable a successful implementation.

Challenges
  • Print fluid chemistry (water based, oil based, solid wax?)
  • Colorant and surface interaction
  • Where best in the process should the Ink Jet system be inserted
  • Product stability and regulatory considerations
  • System productivity, operability and reliability
  • Plant Engineer training
  • Others…

Integrity has the experience and technical capability to act as your Program Manager to ensure that all aspects of the program are understood and in place to enable a smooth, successful implementation.

Ink Jet – Beyond Imaging…

Ink jet is essentially a digital spray process, whereby, fluids can be deposited with extremely high mass uniformity and with accurate drop placements within fractions of an inch. Unlike other printing and deposition techniques, ink jet is totally non-contact. Ink jet technology can be used to image onto substrates as delicate as beer foam, and even lay images on to liquid substrates. These properties, and the proven industrial performance of the technology, enables ink jet to function as a process tool.

Ink jet can be used to precisely deposit a variety of food edible products.

Jettable edibles
  • Coatings
  • Adhesives
  • Probiotics
  • Vitamins
  • Flavors
  • Aromas
  • … and more!

Integrity has experience developing ink jet fluids and can work on your behalf with third party fluids suppliers, or we can work with your R&D group to guide you through developing and optimizing your own unique chemistries.

BioPrinting

The use of industrial ink jet to as a process tool to deposit biological and pharmaceutical materials and fluids is an emerging and growing field. The diverse community of developers ranges from big Pharma, to Universities, to Fluid Developers, to major High Tech Industries, all exploring the unique and attractive attributes of ink jet as a viable bioprinting and deposition technology.

Applications for pharmaceutical and bio-active material deposition

  • Enzymes
  • Nucleic acids
  • Proteins
  • Other bioactive materials
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • More…

Whatever stage you have reached in your development program, from conception to pilot, a call to Integrity can assist you on your path to true industrial implementation.

Integrity’s Bioprinting and Deposition Expertise
  • Well-equipped ink jet development and print test lab
  • Fluid jetting and optimization
  • Surface / fluid interaction
  • Prototype system development
  • Drop visualization equipment
  • Process development
  • Industrial ink jet systems development and fabrication
  • Multi discipline program management

Experience, Innovation, Integrity

Contact us to find out what we can achieve together.