Industrial inkjet printing Print

Everyone defines industrial inkjet printing differently. Some call textile printers industrial printing (Konica Minolta). But normally the term of industrial printing or industrial printers means either printing other than advertising signs or printing on unusual materials:

  • Packaging printing
  • Labels
  • Printing on glass, metal, stone, ceramic tile
  • In-line manufacturing


industrial inkjet printing, labels
Label printout samples.

I do not include textile printing under the rubric of industrial printing. But one thing is clear, industrial inkjet printing is both narrow-format and wide-format (wide-format is 24 inches and wider). Grand format is a sub-category of wide format: there are no consistent definitions, but 104” and wider is grand format. To others anything over 74” is grand format. Printers at 5-meter widths are increasingly common.

FLAAR does not cover bar code printers, so no coding and marking printers. Our primary focus is on wide-format inkjet printers for signage, display, packaging, labels, and fashion (textile printing) and interior decoration (glass, ceramic tiles, wood veneer, murals, stone, metal).

Printing on glass, Industrial inkjet printing
Samples of glass and ceramic tiles printouts.
Printing on ceramic tiles, Industrial inkjet printing


FLAAR is offering personalized consulting at each trade show. You can walk-the-floor with the Senior Editor of FLAAR and get his comments on any and all printers, inks, RIP software, color management, substrates, applications, etc.

So if you wish to learn about the difference between combo, hybrid, and dedicated UV printers, how latex ink compares, about textile printers, etc. contact FLAAR to obtain consulting.

You can also get consulting before ISA or FESPA anywhere in the world: Dubai, India, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, China, Korea, London and more.


Who should you consider?

There are many printer manufacturers who claim to be industrial printers but I do not accept most of the claims that don't meet realistic levels of competence. To me, a manufacturer of industrial printers would be one of the level of WP Digital (in Switzerland). There obviously are others, and as we have the opportunity to visit their headquarters demo rooms we can add them to the list.

Growing demand for industrial inkjet printing machines

It is widely accepted that industrial inkjet printing will grow in 2010 and beyond. One result is that occasionally the term of industrial inkjet printer is used to define a printer for which this term is not appropriate. This is sort of like greenwashing, where an eco-solvent printer is considered “Green”. So FLAAR is more strict about defining industrial inkjet printers (I don't include most textile printers).


First posted November 23, 2009.