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T I LE by Kiersten Wones Ceramic manufacturers look to inkjet for smaller runs and fewer breakages. takeover Improved technology for ceramic decoration Esteban Marin. Now digital is making its own has PSPs eyeing this sector as digital's non- advances, including special effects like textures contact process allows for printing on thinner, and matte and gloss finishes. Harsh, inorganic lighter substrates, and the demand for custom- inks may eventually see a rival, as well: "Pay ized d├ęcor grows. Since Kerajet introduced the attention when someone says 'water-based,'" first inkjet printer dedicated to tile decoration in Marin adds. 1999, developments in printhead technology Workflow is also set to improve, according to have had ceramics manufacturers turning quickly Xaar's ceramic specialist, Gillian Ewers. "We see a from screen printing to inkjet, drawn by digital's future where the whole of the production line is ease of use, flexibility of design, reduced waste, digital," she says. and quick ROI. "The first step was to mimic what screen printing could do: put color on tile," says Seiko's Here are a range of options for printing on ceramic, from tile industry favorites to more versatile UV options. April 2015 C R E TA PR I N T C 4 BIG PICTURE EFI 30 Announced at last September's Tecnargilla ceramics show, the Cretaprint C4 features Xaar 1002 GS40 printheads, a lighter, more compact frame with eight individual bars, a new ink system for faster and easier refilling, an automatic tile thickness laser detector, and double tile printing. Available in up to 29-in. widths, the C4 also includes EFI Fiery proServer v 1.4 Digital Front-End, color management software designed for ceramic tile printing.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Big Picture - April 2015

Big Picture - April 2015
Wide Angle
Dynamic Signage
Super Size Me
Managing Up
Tile Takeover

Big Picture - April 2015