Inca Digital appoints Marabu to distribute SpyderXi printer into industrial markets
Inca Digital announces a collaboration with ink specialist Marabu GmbH & Co. KG in Germany to provide specialist UV printing solutions for industrial applications. As a result, Marabu will sell the Inca SpyderXi dual flat-bed/roll-to-roll printer, in combination with Marabu inks and coating/primer equipment, for a variety of industrial manufacturing applications using diverse materials such as metal, plastics, glass and wood.
The SpyderXi variation featuring Marabu UltraJet UV inks and coatings is specifically aimed at industrial manufacturing sectors. Designed and manufactured by Inca Digital, the versatile 6-colour + white SpyderXi inkjet printer features 3.2m wide flat-bed and roll-fed capability for handling rigid and flexible substrates, and delivers sharp, pin point accuracy.
Digital printing is rapidly being adopted within manufacturing environments to enhance or replace analogue production processes and enable new applications. For example, Marabu has developed a combined screen and digital printing solution for the manufacturing of input devices. The design can be printed on surfaces such as coated films and glass or plastic panels with suitable Marabu inkjet inks without the need for time-consuming traditional prepress stages. Depending on coverage and durability requirements, a suitable ink for the blocking layer is applied using screen printing.
“As a leading global manufacturer of digital, screen and pad printing inks we have considerable experience and expertise in developing tailored solutions for industrial applications and understand the unique challenges in terms of the huge variety and complexity of the forms, substrates, and surface finishes involved,” says Andreas Koch, Executive Vice President Business Unit Digital Inks, Marabu. “Inca led the revolution in wide-format inkjet printing and has a superb reputation for developing the best production machines on the market today. We look forward to developing our relationship and exploring the considerable industrial production potential of this technology.”
“The SpyderXi is a highly flexible printer which, in combination with Marabu inks and as part of a streamlined production line, can produce a variety of specialist products onto glass, metal, wood and plastics quickly, cost effectively and at the best quality,” says John Mills, CEO, Inca Digital. “Marabu, with its considerable experience of industrial applications and markets, is an ideal partner for us in Germany and it will be exciting to see the impact this technology will have in markets outside traditional graphics.”
The first SpyderXi printer has been installed at Marabu’s demo centre in Tamm, near Stuttgart, where company will demonstrate a variety of industrial applications and to give customers direct hands-on training.
Marabu is exhibiting at drupa 2016 (Hall 3/A87, 31st May – 10th June) and is displaying a variety of industrial products printed on the Inca SpyderXi.
Inca will be on Screen booth at drupa 2016 (Hall 8A/C11-1) showing some of the samples printed on the SpyderXi.
Inca Digital Printers, part of the SCREEN Graphic and Precision Solutions Group, is one of the world’s leading pioneers and manufacturers of flat-bed inkjet printing technology. The Eagle and Columbia printers set the early standards in UV inkjet flatbed printing. Today the ground-breaking Inca Onset Series are sold exclusively by Fujifilm; the Truepress Jet W3200UV printer is sold exclusively by SCREEN GP; and the SpyderX and Xi printers are sold by Inca Digital through its global reseller network. Inca’s facility in Cambridge, UK, incorporates R&D, customer support, machine assembly and commissioning, a dedicated training facility and a clean room for printhead assembly and refurbishment. With approximately 25 % of staff involved in R&D, a significant investment here helps the company maintain its position at the forefront of machine productivity, innovation, quality and reliability. Through its Inca Genius service the company forges partnerships with organisations looking to incorporate digital print into their current industrial process. The focus of Inca Genius is the development of Inca’s core technology and future growth in new market segments and industrial applications.
Marabu is a leading global manufacturer of digital, screen, and pad printing inks as well as liquid coatings. The company is headquartered near Stuttgart, Southern Germany – a region renowned for its pioneering technology and engineering prowess. Marabu has been setting milestones with plenty of industry-first solutions for both industrial applications and graphic design since 1859. With its 14 subsidiaries and exclusive distribution partners, Marabu offers high-quality products and customer-specific services in more than 80 countries. For Marabu success is all about helping our customers achieve efficient production processes. Exceptional technical support and hands-on customer training are core elements of its corporate philosophy. Sustainable business practices are also key to Marabu’s vision – and have been implemented through a number of initiatives, with concrete results – and the company is committed to maintaining this course of action in the future. Marabu has been certified to ISO 9001 since 1995 and to ISO 14001 since 2003.