InPrint USA: Making Walls Dynamic, York Wallcoverings

When InPrint USA makes its debut in Orlando next spring (April 25-27, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center), print service providers will be able to explore the latest industrial print solutions for functional, decorative and package printing. Co-located with ICE USA (the International Converting Exhibition), InPrint USA will showcase an array of print technologies – from screen and specialty to digital, inkjet and 3D. 

Inkjet for Decor - Is this a dream or reality?

This is the title of my talk at IMI Europe in Amsterdam. For my talk I will be joined in part by Giorgio Macor of Kuei. The invention of the Kuei ‘haptink ink’ has gotten the industry talking about how inkjet is able to add tremendous value to decorative surfaces. But given the significant innovation such as this, why are we not seeing more obvious examples or evidence that it is being used and adopted?

Dreams, Growing Pains & Great Innovations

There is still some great content to come for InPrint 2016. On the final day here's some highlights produced by the InPrint Team to provide visitors and exhibitors with some extra value, insight and entertainment.

TTEC selects Meteor to Provide Drive Electronics for the New CF3 Printhead

Meteor further expands its product portfolio with the addition of the HDC-2TT3 Head Driver Card for use with the new Toshiba Tec CF3 printhead.

For more information, visit Meteor at InPrint in Milan from 15-17 November, 2016. Stand E51.

Agfa at InPrint 2016: All Industrial Print in One Box

Agfa Graphics demonstrates how inkjet technology enables businesses to integrate print into industrial manufacturing operations. On display at the InPrint 2016 booth are printed blisters, tubes and cans, customized shoes and chairs, personalized bottles and containers, laminate floors and furniture, wallpaper and many more, all printed with dedicated inks. Print assists the function, decoration or manufacturing on these examples and the Agfa cube really invites to re-think both manufacturing processes and end-user products.

Xaar Technology Drives many Industrial Innovations on show at InPrint 2016

Xaar, the world leader in industrial inkjet technology, and its industry-leading OEM partners will demonstrate the power of Xaar printhead technology to drive the development of a wide variety of specialist, high-precision industrial inkjet solutions at InPrint 2016 (Booth F26, MiCo, Milan, 15-17 November).

InPrint Opens with Launch of Heidelberg Omnifire 1000

InPrint Show 2016 opened today with the launch of the Omnifire 1000, a revolutionary industrial direct to shape inkjet printing machine. This launch further underscores the growing importance of InPrint Show as the dynamic forum for industrial print technology.

INX Digital EMEA takes industrial printing capability to new heights at Inprint 2016

November 9, 2016–Next week, one company’s formidable track record in developing innovative inks and coatings solutions for an international clientele base will correspond with a significant industry event. InPrint 2016 in Milan, Italy is expected to attract visitors focused on finding the newest products to meet the rising demand for functional, decorative and packaging printing in industrial production. INX Digital EMEA has productsready for those who stop by Stand D24 during the November 15-17 show, which takes place at the Milano Congressi.

INX Digital EMEA will exhibit and demonstrate inkjet technology and integration solutions by highlighting a dynamic home décor showcase and three integral pieces of equipment. INX Europe President Peter Lockley, is excited about the opportunities the show presents.

“As a founding exhibitor of InPrint, we have always believed in a show that is all about industrial digital print. InPrint 2016 will be particularly important to usfor several reasons,” said Lockley, who joined the company last June.

“We develop a wide range of ink types and unique formulations for some of the most respected companies in the world. They will be here, along with others, looking for the very best new products, processes and solutions for graphics, industrial and packaging applications. We have many considerations for a number of industrial market segments where our group, including our parent companies (INX International and Sakata INX) has developed solid roots. Visiting Stand D24 will be worth anyone’s time looking for that extra edge to separate themselves from their competitors.”

The powerful JetINX™ Printhead Drive and Ink Recirculation system is the engine that elevates two machines – the SLED and the InkCups Helix rotary printer – to a new level of expectations. But don’t overlook MS Printing Solutions’ JP3 paper printer that also will be demonstrated. It will run with INX Digital’s Prodigy™ water-based, UV Curable and solvent inks, which Lockley says were developed to be used on the most challenging industrial applications.

“There will be a series of objects printed with our textile pigment inks. We plan to showcase our WBKC ink to print wallpaper using the JP3 printer. When you combine the two using Kyocera water-based inkjet print heads at 150 dpi, it gives companies a very fast and reliable solution for interior decoration that outperforms anything else available on the market.”

The printed wallpaper is the same that will embrace the home décor showcase in the stand. The JP3 printer is also being used to print furniture textile and pillow covers, dresser panels and fabrics found within the showcase. Another area will feature corrugated and folding cartons stored on shelves and printed with the pigmented inks, in addition to some flexible packaging samples.

The JP3 has a print width of 70 inches(180 cm) and can produce at a rate of 1291 square feet per hour (120 sqm) in CMYK mode or 1021 square feet per hour (95 sqm) with up to 8 colors. An open software system, embedded remote diagnostics, and an embedded web server for cost reporting separates it from other like machines in the marketplace.

Lockley says the SLED machine is perfect for testing and demonstration purposes. This includes the examination of inks and chemistries in different fluid delivery systems mounted to a device, plus testing printheads and various ink sets and evaluating ink behavior on different materials and substrates.

“SLED is a small, flexible and modular print system that fits many small application requirements. It could be used for developmental projects where accessing specs before scaling to a larger size machine is essential. SLED uses our JetINX technology and can be configured to match customer demands.”

Lockley indicated the InkCups Helix printer has a bright future in the drinkware, cosmetic and industrial printing industries, since it can producesuperior quality single or multi-color images at exceptional speeds in only a few seconds.

“Helix is a one-of-a-kind machine and we believe it is a great fit for those potential target markets,” he said, referring to the heavy-duty, state-of-the-art printer with patent-pending software. A single advanced, quick-change tooling fixture for cylinder and tapered parts reduces set-up time, and the all-digital process eliminates pre-press or screen making.“The speed of the Helix makes it an ideal printer for very small production runs, or for special applications and projects often used in the promotional items market.”

INX Digital EMEA experts will be available in Stand D24 to answer any questions about the inks and equipment on display. INX and INX Digital plan to continue support of the InPrint show when it visits the U.S. next April. For more information, please visit

About INX

INX International Ink Co. is the third largest producer of inks in North America with over 15 facilities in the U.S. and Canada, and is a global supplier as part of Sakata INX worldwide operations. We offer a complete line of ink and coating solutions technology for commercial, packaging and digital print applications. As a leading global manufacturer of inkjet inks, we provide a full palette of digital ink systems, advanced technologies and integrated services. for more information.




Printed interior décor:Why inkjet printing is knocking on the door

Although printed interior décor sits under the heading of functional applications when it comes to many of the methodologies employed, it also warrants its own arena for potential production opportunities and end use. Still considered a niche sector in the digital printing area, it is fast-growing world-wide, with different countries leading many advances in design and production methodologies. In this blog, Agfa's Tom Cloots explains more.

Great Innovations Final Line Up Announced

Now in its third year, the Great Innovations Judging Panel has announced the line up of presenters for the InPrint Show Great Innovations Competition Final which takes place 2.30pm on 17th November at the InPrint Show. This year some new names are in the mix for the coveted award. New for 2016, the InPrint Founders Award is introduced open to all exhibitors, through nominations and entries, in memory of one of the founding group for InPrint, Paolo Capano.


Canon offers technologies that span all the imaging workflow: from photo cameras and lenses, to imaging software, to high quality and versatile printers. The latter direct to surface printers, in particular,  are more than ever suited to add character to a large choice of substrates creating new products and new value. In this blog, Enrico Restani explains Canon's approach to InPrint 2016.

Sensient® and Engico Announce New Solution for Digital Printing of Corrugated Board with Novel Water-based Inkjet Ink Technology

Sensient® and Engico Announce New Solution for Digital Printing of Corrugated Board with Novel Water-based Inkjet Ink Technology

Sensient Imaging Technologies, a division of Sensient Technologies Corporation, and Engico, a company specialized in advanced technology for corrugated packaging, introduce an innovative 100%
water-based solution for direct digital printing on compact and corrugated cardboard.

GIS Announces Collaboration with Adobe for Industrial Inkjet Innovation

Global Inkjet Systems (GIS), a leading developer of software, machine control and sub-systems for industrial inkjet, is delighted to announce its new collaboration with Adobe.

Printing Hazard Pictograms in a Single Pass with UV Inkjet Inks

Marc Graindourze from Agfa introduces the new hazard pictograms, which need to replace the old ones on the work floor by 1 June 2017 at the latest. They consist of a red outlined rhombus with a black symbol inside. By extending a marking & coding print system to two print heads, one for black ink and one for red ink, printing these labels is now possible in a single print pass. 

InPrint 2016: J-Teck3 to Showcase Inkjet Solutions Industrial Printing Applications in Milan

J-Teck3, brand of JK Group SPA, recently acquired by Dover Corporation, will be attending Inprint with its range of digital inks dedicated to textile and graphic industrial printing applications. The potential of the industrial printing technology is huge and sees a constant growth.  J-Teck3 strongly believes in this potential and future success in the digital printing market.

Interview with Marco Zanella, INX Digital

After nearly 12 months into his post, we spoke to Marco Zanella who ascended into the role of GM for INX Digital Europe, based near Milan, Italy. A supporter of InPrint from the start, we talked to Marco about his background, his view of the market and the future of INX Digital.

InPrint 2016: Introducing Photo Electronics

Photo Electronics is a new exhibitor at InPrint 2016. We talked to Sales Manager Adriano Zanardo about the development of the company and their technical choices regarding the Droled UV LED lamps

Inca Genius: Collaborating to Create New Markets for Industrial Inkjet

At Drupa (Dusseldorf, 31st May to 10th June) this year, Inca/SCREEN made an announcement about a strategic partnership. Here I’ll explain more about the Inca Genius strategy and why partnerships are so important for the future of digital printing.  

Defining a second curve with Canon

At the Einfach Digital event at Canon's Customer Experience Center I made a presentation called ‘Defining a new future with digital décor’. At the start of the presentation we focused upon the theme of a ‘new future’ beginning with a focus on Charles Handy’s principle of the ‘second curve’ made famous by his book of the same name. This article explains more about the concept and the application in a business context.