Analysis of the development and current situation

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Analysis of the development process and current situation of inkjet printing technology

as early as the 1980s and 1990s, inkjet printing technology was applied in the field of binding. At that time, inkjet printing systems were mainly used to print names and addresses, bar codes, etc. on printed magazines or newspapers. At that time, inkjet systems were mostly monochromatic, and the resolution was very low. Therefore, it was only used to supplement the name, address, data and other simple information on the printed matter printed by the traditional printing method

In the 1990s, the four-color digital printing machine based on toner came out, and the inkjet printing system also began to develop towards color. At that time, saiangel digital printing company launched Versamark four-color high-speed inkjet printing machine, which competed with the digital printing machine based on toner. After years of development, especially with the introduction of on-demand inkjet printing heads and UV curing inks that are more suitable for the needs of the printing industry, inkjet printing technology has made great progress, and its applications are becoming more and more extensive. It is not only applied in Desktop Photo output, POP advertising, digital proofing and other fields, but also in wide width but low polishing speed printing, packaging printing, traditional printing (inkjet printing machines can also print books and four-color prints) The application of variable data printing, direct mail and other fields is also growing. With the development of technology, the speed and resolution of inkjet printing machine are higher and higher, and the quality of ink is better and better. Inkjet printing has become a major market that cannot be ignored. According to the prediction of American rategies company, the total revenue of the global inkjet market (including hardware, inkjet printing media and ink) will exceed $57billion by 2009. Let's briefly review the progress of inkjet printing. Ink inkjet head printing material

ink is the main consumables of inkjet printing system. The type of ink determines the substrate material, printability and printing speed that an inkjet printing system can use. Inkjet printing systems use three main types of inks: water-based inks, solvent inks, and UV curing inks. When choosing inkjet printing equipment, which kind of ink to use mainly depends on your purpose. In the field of bookbinding, because many book covers are UV polished, solvent ink is often used when printing name and address information on books, and the inkjet head is mostly continuous inkjet, with a width of about 0.375 inches. If water-based ink is used, attention should be paid to avoiding the use of high-temperature drying devices. UV ink has many advantages. It is not only not easy to fade, the reliability of the nozzle is good, but also not easy to fail. With the introduction of UV curing ink, the inkjet printing machine using this ink has been promoted and applied. Its printing materials are diverse, which can not only Print Pop advertisements, but also print on hard materials

the development of nozzle technology has contributed greatly to the development and application of inkjet printing technology. Hewlett Packard, Xaar, spectra, saiangel and other companies have launched new on-demand inkjet heads. Xaar and spectra have many OEM partners, such as Wuteng, sunjet, ImagingTechnology international, vutek, Heidelberg, Kodak Wanyin and so on. It is the development of inkjet heads and inks that makes it possible to print high-resolution, large format color images on metal or optical materials with wide width inkjet printers

in the field of commercial printing and special printing, inkjet printing technology is increasingly used in narrow flexo printing machines, which can spray bar codes on labels and bills, resulting in hybrid printing. Hybrid printing is becoming increasingly popular

in the application of hybrid printing, Martini's concepta is eye-catching. On drupa2004 and print05, Martini launched concepta web printing machine, which is positioned in the direct mail market. The machine closely combines offset printing and ink-jet printing. Its two major features are variable image length of offset printing (realized by replacing printing parts) and variable image content of ink-jet printing. The width of concept is 20.5 inches (just matching the wide width inkjet head of Kodak Wanyin), and the length of the printed image is 14 ~ 28.33 inches. With the inkjet head of Kodak Wanyin, black-and-white or color images with a resolution of 300dpi can be printed on the substrate of concept printing machine. Direct mail prints with variable data information can be printed in one run, printing the United States Non metallic materials have been widely used in the automotive industry in Europe and Japan, with a speed of 1000 feet/minute

Kodak Wanyin expands the market with its series of four-color inkjet printing systems, and its 9-inch wide inkjet head can print full-color prints. Initially, such systems were mainly used for printing a large number of transaction bills (such as credit card statements, bills, etc.). Today, Kodak Wanyin tries to use this system to print newspapers on demand, so that wandering children in foreign countries can also see their own newspapers in foreign countries. Kodak Wanyin hopes that the on-demand newspaper printing system can print 10000 ~ 25000 newspapers. At present, Kodak Wanyin vx5000 system has been able to print 1000 40 page newspapers. Kodak Wanyin said that the quality of printing on paper is good, but there are still some problems to be solved. In recent years, great changes have taken place in the technology, application and market of inkjet printing, and the development speed is very fast. Many printing enterprises have taken a fancy to the increasingly mature technology and hot emerging application fields of inkjet printing, have invested in inkjet printing, and even shifted their business focus to the field of inkjet printing

then, what level has inkjet printing reached in China? How do enterprises view the development of inkjet printing in the future? What are the plans? The user survey of inkjet printing system organized by digital printing magazine of keyin media aims to understand the actual application of inkjet printing in China and the cognition and mentality of practitioners on inkjet printing, so as to promote the application and development of inkjet printing in China. 1、 Analysis of survey sample enterprises

this survey adopts the random sampling method. Since March, 2006, it has distributed the inkjet printing system user questionnaire to 200 domestic printing enterprises. By the time of publishing, a total of 64 valid questionnaires have been received. In terms of the enterprise nature of the sample enterprises, among the 64 sample enterprises, private enterprises account for the largest proportion, 59.4%, joint-stock enterprises account for 18.8%, and there are also 12.5% foreign-funded enterprises and 9.3% state-owned enterprises

among the main businesses of the sample enterprises, 12 enterprises selected traditional printing, accounting for 18.8% of the total sample, 24 enterprises selected digital printing with settable and real-time display weight height, accounting for 37.5%, and 28 enterprises selected both, accounting for 43.7%. In the survey, 59.4% and 43.8% of enterprises filled in the sales and profits of the company's inkjet printing business in 2005. The average sales volume of these enterprises' inkjet printing business in 2005 was 4.701 million yuan, and the average profit was 1.05 million yuan

II. Equipment and production 1. More than 70% of the sample enterprises have 1 ~ 3 inkjet printing equipment, and more than 50% of the sample enterprises have inkjet equipment investment of 100000 ~ 500000 yuan

in this survey, 56 of the 64 sample enterprises filled in the ownership of their own inkjet equipment. Among them, enterprises with 1 ~ 3 inkjet printing equipment account for the absolute majority, accounting for 71.5%; 21.4% of the sample enterprises have 4 ~ 10 inkjet printing equipment; Only 7.1% of the enterprises with more than 10 units have achieved major technological breakthroughs in the light weight of heavy oil and the co refining of oil and coal

in terms of investment in inkjet printing equipment, 50 sample enterprises filled in this item. This survey shows that enterprises with an investment of 10000 ~ 100000 Yuan account for 20%, and enterprises with an investment of 100000 ~ 500000 yuan account for 52%, accounting for the largest proportion; 16% of the enterprises invested 500000 ~ 1million yuan, and 8% and 4% of the enterprises invested 1million ~ 5million yuan and 5million ~ 10million yuan respectively. The average investment in inkjet equipment of these 50 enterprises is 1.08 million yuan. It can be seen that the investment of enterprises in inkjet printing equipment is also different, but on the whole, nearly 90% of the sample enterprises have an investment of less than 1million yuan

in addition, among the brands of inkjet printing equipment owned by the sample enterprises, the products of Epson, HP, Kodak and Canon occupy the vast majority of the market

2. Inkjet printing has a wide range of applications, including digital proofing, art reproduction and indoor photo. In the design of this questionnaire, the application fields of inkjet printing are divided into 11 items, including image, outdoor advertising, exhibition, map, digital proofing, label, badge, art reproduction, indoor photo, engineering effect drawing and others. Among them, the application of digital proofing is the most common, with more than 70% of the sample enterprises having digital proofing business. Recently, the replication of high-end applied artworks, which is favored by many people in the industry, is also the field into which 40% of the sample enterprises have entered. In addition, more than 30% of the sample enterprises chose indoor portraits and engineering renderings

3. The overall operating rate of inkjet printing equipment is not high

compared with the prosperity of inkjet printing application market and the enthusiasm of enterprises to purchase equipment, the operating rate of inkjet printing equipment in this survey is not as good as people think. Among them, enterprises with an operating rate of about 50% account for the largest proportion, 46.4%. In addition, 14.3% of the sample enterprises have an operating rate of inkjet printing equipment below 30%

III. future development and brand cognition

1 The future development of application fields such as digital proofing, art reproduction, exhibition and display is promising

as for the promising application fields of inkjet printing in the next few years, the current main business fields of the sample enterprises are consistent with them. More than 30% of sample enterprises choose digital proofing, art reproduction and exhibition. In recent years, the emerging image field has also received 27.6% support. As the traditional application field of inkjet printing, indoor photo and outdoor advertising are still favored by nearly a quarter of the sample enterprises

2. Market business sources are considered to be the most important factors when investing in inkjet printing

in order to avoid blind investment, which factors should be paid attention to when investing in inkjet printing is also a question of this survey. There is a market business source that has been most widely recognized, with 75% of the sample enterprises choosing this option. Moreover, this is the only factor recognized by more than half of the sample enterprises. 10.7% of the sample enterprises chose to supplement their existing businesses. It can be seen that with

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