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Industrial digital powder printing

The project aims at the development of indirect printing equipment & process as well as thermoset toner material. The new technology shall deliver unique possibilities to provide mechanically, thermally and chemically stable images on surfaces for kitchen furniture, airplane interior, bicycles etc.

In digital toner printing the use of thermoplastic toner material is state of the art. The current applications of that technology focuses almost exclusively on labels, packaging and office printing. Thermoplastic toners are optimized for these purposes but are lacking thermal, mechanical and chemical stability or resistance which exclude their application in a wider range of the decorating economy. Besides the toner material, also the dedicated digital printing machines that have been developed and optimized according to the needs of thermoplastic toners, have to be taken into account. The applicants are both specialists in their respective business area. Powder coatings are the core business of the coordinating applicant, whereas digital printing machines and toner making are the specialty of the partner organization. Both entities have agreed to develop a new technology, which in future shall allow the digital printing of thermoset toners in order to serve those applications that cannot be addressed sufficiently with current existing printing technologies. Specifically the first fields of application will be indoor (kitchen furniture, car and airplane interior), outdoor (facades, bicycles) as well as chemical resistance demanding applications (rims for passenger cars). Thermoset toners will combine the advantages of high mechanical strength, thermal stability and chemical resistance. This higher performance compared to thermoplastic toners is based on the chemical crosslinking of the binding polymers, which are typically polyesters or polyester hybride systems - a reaction generally not happening with most of the actual existing toner systems. However, existing thermoset powder coating material cannot be directly used to produce digitally printable toners. Especially the charging of the toner particles would be not adapted to the printing system. Also the size of the toner needs to be much smaller and the pigmentation increased and changed to deal with the CMYK-based digital printing approach. As the actual coating materials and pigments are not developed to deal with these demands, an intensive research and development work on the powder material will be necessary at the main applicant's laboratories. Additionally absolutely new pigment types, such as metallic effect pigments shall be investigated which are actually not available in the digital printing markets. In order to make both the production equipment and the printing machine suitable to work with these thermoset toners, the setup will have to be investigated at the partner´s development department. Besides the challenge of toner charging and new metallic pigments it is the way, how to print and temporary fix the printed images on a transfer medium in order to allow indirect printing processes. In contrast to thermoplastic toner material, that can be remolten as required without significant decay of its properties, a chemical irreversible curing reaction takes place as soon as thermoset toners are experiencing heat input above a certain level (>130°C). From that knowledge it is essential to develop the printing machine and the printing process that enables the printing on a paper or polymeric transfer medium in a way that the printing images are stable enough for rewinding or cutting in sheets and further transportation to the customer. There it should be transferred onto the final substrate with the help of a heat press and cured to its final highly crosslinked structure by heat or UV treatment. In order to bring this project to a success, a close cooperation of the two partners is essential. Only by contributing all aspects of thermoset polymer powder chemistry, printing machinery and printing & transfer process, it is possible to add a completely new digital printing technology to the envisaged markets. The partners have therefore agreed on this cooperation in order to finally benefit economically from the joint development to be undertaken. The market perspectives have been estimated for the new technologies, hence opening opportunities for both partners to start entering exclusively into a market with a potential value of approximately 4,5 billion Euros ! For the coordinating participant an increase in annual turnover of about 100 million Euros on a long term perspective is realistic if the project is successfully implemented. For the partner company an annual increase of turnover of 20 million Euros is envisaged. 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Acronym: 
IDPP
Project ID: 
12 687
Start date: 
01-06-2018
Project Duration: 
36months
Project costs: 
2 450 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Organic Chemistry
Market Area: 
Chemicals and Materials

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