Great Innovation in Industrial Inkjet

The prestigious winner of last year’s Great Innovation award at InPrint 2014 – Hymmen, showcases industrial inkjet in real production with some exciting Customer case studies.

Between November 10th and 12th 2015, the INPRINT fair opens its doors for the second time, after a successful start in 2014. This time the fair for industrial inkjet takes place in Munich, parallel to the fair Productronica. Hymmen exhibits in hall A6, booth A31 not only samples of finished products which have been made by the Hymmen , the JUPITER Industrial Digital Printing Line but also ‘eye-catching’ videos of the full production lines at the customer's sites will be shown.

“In fact, it would take half of the fair's presentation area if we wanted to exhibit one of the more than 30 Industrial Digital Printing Lines that we have already sold“, explains Dr. René Pankoke, CEO and President. For us and for our customers, it is much easier and just as effective to show films of lines in their real production surroundings, in order to provide proof of their industrial capabilities.” On the booth you can watch films of several different Hymmen Industrial Digital Printing Lines, of which there are 7 models altogether. All Lines print single pass with a feed speed of up to 50 m/min and with an optical resolution of more than 1.000 dpi. The standard colour system comprises CMYK plus white. But there are also extra colours in use.

Besides these shared features, the lines differ concerning the printing width (230 up to 2.100 mm) and concerning the materials to be imprinted: Either board or roll to roll material like paper, foils, plastics, veneer, wood based panels, glass, sandwich elements or fiber cement. The products which arise from this are for example laminate (CPL/HPL), laminate flooring, baseboards, doors/gates, furniture or kitchen fronts, facade elements, edge banding material (ABS, PVC, PP), decorative paper and finish foils. Moreover, the development in the area of packing solutions is going on very fast.

As it is not possible to build up a whole production line at the INPRINT, Hymmen at least wanted to show the core part of the Digital Printing Line JPT-C 2.100. With the row of print heads presented in a showcase Hymmen which won the ‘Great Innovations Award‘ of the last INPRINT (picture 1). In the showcase you can also see one big flooring panel by Classen that was digitally printed in a JPT-C 2.100. You can watch it “on duty” at the Classen production site in one of the films on display.”

Furthermore other end product samples show what the Hymmen technology can achieve. The biggest sample is the high end laminate flooring by Classen, which covers the whole flooring of the Hymmen booth A31 and InPrint Décor showcase stand B25 opposite. It was digitally printed directly on the board and then was embossed in register – everything with Hymmen technology. Besides that also other digitally printed surfaces with and without embossed in register persuade the customers of Hymmen's capabilities.

One of the smaller samples already was the star at this year's Ligna fair, the world leading fair of the woodworking supply industry. It is one of Hymmen's latest innovations: By combining the industrial inkjet with the Double Belt Technology, Hymmen succeeded in producing extra thin laminate (less than 0.1 mm thick). Until then only laminate with the thickness of 0.15 – 0.2 mm was state of the art. Besides the saving of material, the extra thin laminate is especially interesting for the fixing of laminate around edges with smallest radii.

Since 2008 Hymmen is active in the area of industrial inkjet. With more than 30 lines sold Hymmen is now seen by many as market leader. Specializing in machines and lines for the production and finishing of flat materials, Hymmen has a grand expertise concerning the production processes. And this not only in the area of industrial inkjet, but also concerning the pressing technology (Double Belt Presses, Short Cycle Presses and Multi Opening Presses) and concerning liquid coating lines and laminating lines. This all-embracing know-how enables Hymmen to offer more than stand-alone solutions. This turned out to be one of the success factors for integrating the innovative industrial inkjet technology into the whole production process of the customers.

Hymmen only use UV-curing inks in their Digital Printing Lines. These proved to work very well in industrial context and make sure that the lines work safe and reliably in three-shift operation. On Hymmen technology UV inks can be used in conventional processes, i.e. in combination with the lacquering technology, as well as with the pressing of melamine in the following production step. This is why Hymmen will go on with their strategy to use exceptionally UV inks.

You can see Hymmen and speak to the team on stand A31 and their flooring will be featured on the InPrint Décor showcase opposite on stand B25.