"Individualisation" is one of the key ideas driving furniture production today. Digital printing plays an important role in the design of furniture and textiles tailored to personal preferences. interzum 2019 is dedicating a special area called "Edutainment" to this trend-setting technology – also there are the companies Hymmen and Mimaki.
Whether Industry 4.0 or the latest materials – they primarily serve the purpose of realising customer wishes. Of decisive importance here are technical innovations, for example, in digital printing. It is a key technology for the efficient production of individual furniture surfaces or textiles.
“The recent rapid development in the operational readiness and stability of digital printing has convinced us to give this topic more space at the trade fair”, says Maik Fischer, Director of interzum. "The desire to use this technique is growing among our visitors", he says, underlining the thematic accentuation.
With its JUPITER Digital Printing Lines, the Bielefeld-based company Hymmen is introducing a technology already proven on an industrial scale, which contributes to the exploitation of the enormous innovation and cost-saving potentials offered to the furniture industry by digital printing.
The decentralised use of digital printing technology provides access to enormous advantages with regard to decor flexibility without changeover costs to a batch size of 1 with a high degree of economic and production efficiency. “Digital printing gives furniture manufacturers, architects and interior designers the ability to respond quickly and flexibly to customer needs”, explains Dr Anke Pankoke, Head of Marketing/PR at Hymmen GmbH Maschinen- und Anlagenbau.
Hymmen offers pioneering digital printing technologies not only for the decor of the surfaces, but also for their haptic qualities. The latest patented development is "Digital Lacquer Embossing", digital texture printing that offers the furniture industry interesting and completely new design options, including for monochromatic surfaces.
Even especially difficult decors, for example, stone decors with a nearly monochromatic surface, can be printed digitally in a single pass in exceptional quality thanks to the new technology. To this purpose, Hymmen has developed the "Automatic Color Calibration" software and will show some before and after examples during interzum.
In addition to Hymmen, Mimaki will also be a guest in the Edutainment area. The latest innovation of the company is the LED UV flatbed direct printer UJF-7151plus. This high performance solution has a printable maximum area of 710 mm x 510 mm.
The absolutely precise positioning of the ink droplets ensures exceptional printing quality on many products. Trade fair visitors will find many applications for interiors with Mimaki, such as laminated floor boards, wallpapers, furniture fabrics, textiles and much more. In addition, the company will present its integrated UV printing and cutting system UCJV300-75, which enables the five-layer printing of various motifs on both substrate sides.
With this performance feature and its high printing quality, this system is the ideal solution for transparent films on laminated surfaces, such as furniture, wallpaper and work surfaces. "An increasing trend toward individualised small series with a great variety of colours and patterns can be observed in interior design.
The UCJV series from Mimaki supports the most varied materials and is suitable for many applications in the interiors and furniture segment", explains Hisashi Takeuchi, Managing Director of Mimaki Deutschland GmbH.
interzum will present current applications for digital printing from 21 to 24 May in hall 3.2. From the design idea to the finished item of furniture, all important process steps will be shown in the Edutainment area – starting with the decor selection through the transfer to IT programs to the actual printing and the subsequent finishing. Visitors in this way experience how the technology can be sensibly integrated into their processes