ESMA members to showcase best in functional, glass printing at glasstec 2018

ESMA members will be at glasstec presenting screen, digital and pad technologies for flat and hollow objects

The pavilion of ESMA, the European Specialist Printing Manufacturers Association, will show the latest solutions for glass decoration at glasstec, 23-26 October 2018 at Messe Düsseldorf.

ESMA members will be at glasstec presenting screen, digital and pad technologies for flat and hollow objects, in applications ranging from packaging, through to architectural, automotive and appliance glass. Surrounded by printing systems, vision inspection devices, coatings, inks and other consumables, the visitors to ESMA booth in Hall 12 D45 can also take advantage of expert advice. Free vouchers for the exhibition are offered by the GlassPrint conference co-organised by ESMA and “Glass Worldwide” in 2019.
“Since the last fair edition in 2016, there seems to be a clear revival of the glass industry and this was confirmed last year during our successful GlassPrint conference,” said Peter Buttiens, CEO of ESMA. “Printing on glass is much more than the traditional decorative processes. On one hand, special effects are pushing new limits, and at the same time, solutions for technical glass are in high demand, offering a combination of different functional printing technologies for applications in smartphones, touch panels or wearables.”
ESMA organizes its pavilion for the fifth time and the three islands in Hall 12 will feature the following member companies:
* Ammann is a producer and developer of ceramic transfers for and with customers in the flat glass industry. These transfers have functional and decorative features and are fired on the flat glass during the tempering process;
* Fimor, a world leader in polyurethane squeegees, displays its Serilor line of products for most screen printing applications:
* Gallus presents its Screeny C-Line with an innovative and refined screen printing plate for hollow glass;
* Kissel+Wolf focuses on KIWOMASK IJ 7312/2 VP: an inkjet compatible sputter resist for decorative sputter coating of architectural glass. The resist is applied to the surface to be coated using a flatbed digital printer for solvent inks. In addition to their portfolio of resists and coatings, KIWO focuses also on special adhesives and screen-making chemicals;
* RUCO showcases its comprehensive expertise in glass and ceramics decoration. The company’s focus lies on its innovative screen printing ink series 937LED, which is suitable for curing both by means of LED technology and conventional mercury- or iron-charged standard UV lamps. Presented for the first time about a year ago, these inks are becoming increasingly popular with customers concerned with the decoration of hollow and flat glass;
* Saati develops and manufactures fabrics, chemicals, and equipment in complete screen printing packages. In the automotive, architectural and appliance glass industries, specially developed Saatilene Hi-Glass fabrics and SAATIvit & Vitrum emulsions enable the strictest printing tolerances;
* Sefar presents screen printing meshes with high reproducibility and quality, to facilitate and accelerate the production of stencils and optimize the printing process;
* SPS Technoscreen showcases the high precision ATMA PP50 machine in operation. This small-size, camera-controlled flatbed printer reaches print accuracy of ?30?m and is used for glass cover lenses for smartphones and tablets;
* Sun Chemical presents the latest offerings from its SunVetro range of glass decoration solutions including organic inks, spray coatings, glass preparation products and cold end coating solutions. Visitors to their stand see how these solutions can be applied to a wide variety of glass packaging to significantly enhance product branding, aesthetic impact, and functionality;
* Tichawa Vision presents its VDCIS Industrial Scanner, a high-precision CIS (Contact Image Sensor) intended for industrial quality control;
* Tiflex shows a breakthrough in UV ink technology and announces the launch of the new UVIPRIM GL DIAMOND ink series for glass decoration. Implementation of this new UV ink can generate 15% increased productivity.
Additionally, ESMA pavilion will be joined by Proell, an ink company that develops custom-made printing solutions for glass, metals, and plastics. NoriGlass TPI and NoriGlass OR (outdoor resistant) are highly-resistant two-component glass screen printing inks for the decoration of touch panels. Tampo-Jet GMI is a two-component pad printing ink for printing on glass flacons.
Although many of the above specialize predominantly in screen technologies, anyone interested in the advancements of digital inkjet printing can stop by the ESMA booth to talk to experts from this domain and gain updates on the upcoming educational events: The Inkjet Conference (16-17 October 2018, Düsseldorf), ESMA Academy in Industrial Digital Print (5-8 November 2018, Stuttgart) and the Advanced Functional & Industrial Printing Conference (27-28 March  2019, Düsseldorf).
GlassPrint – the only conference dedicated to glass decoration, will be taking place 27-28 November 2019 in Düsseldorf. The last edition brought together over 200 glassmakers, decorators, end users, suppliers and brand owners including AB InBev, AGC, ARC, Ardagh, Blase, BSH, Bormioli Luigi, Corning, Gürallar, Heinz-Glas, Kurz, Libbey, O-I, Pasabahce, PSL, Saint-Gobain, Schott, The Absolut Company, Verallia, Vetropack and William Grant.