INDUSTRIAL DIGITAL PRINTING FOR FLOORING

What makes industrial digital printing a
viable solution for flooring

Flooring is one of the most demanding applications in terms of surface enhancement. Industrial digital printing technologies address issues such as quality, customisation and resistance to foot traffic in a highly satisfactory manner. In particular, close attention needs to be paid to the third issue, which is regulated by European standards, as well as international standards.

Recap of the process

Industrial digital printing as a solution for flooring involves a fairly articulated process. These are the steps that need to be considered:

  • Sealing (in the case of MDF) or Adhesion Promoting (for plastic substrates)
  • White layers
  • Digital Printing
  • Wearing layer
  • Textured layer
  • Finishing layer
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INDUSTRIAL DIGITAL PRINTING FOR ALL MATERIALS
  • Wood
  • Plastic
  • Linoleum
  • SPC
  • LVT
  • WPC
  • Fiber cement
  • Ceramic
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INDUSTRIAL DIGITAL PRINTING FOR ALL MATERIALS

Innate flexibility and a time-saver

One key advantage of this technology is the outstanding flexibility you benefit from in relation to changes in market trends and fashions. Even when running small batches that demand frequent set-up operations, time is saved thanks to fast line set-up, plus minimal stock of semi-finished goods.

Durability as a determining factor

Foot traffic resistance is one of the critical factors due to surface deterioration, especially in areas such as hotel foyers, corridors, offices, showrooms, schools and retail environments where there is a constant flow of people.

Flooring durability is these cases is regulated by the EN 15468 and EN 13329 standards governing laminate floor coverings. In each case, Cefla Finishing has accomplished the required tests reaching AC4 and AC5 (Abrasion Criteria) standards for its digitally printed laminates.  Ink type determines the aesthetic qualities of a floor covering, sometimes also with regards to resistance over time. Flooring is mainly a market of products for interior use; there is nonetheless a specific kind of flooring especially for exterior use: decking.

Whereas organic pigmented inks tend to fade, in the outside, in the first 2 years of exposure to natural lighting if no special UV-protection coatings are applied on top of the decoration layer, inorganic inks are also available with pigments made out of metal oxides, that are hardly affected by light for between 10 and 15 years. While organic pigmented inks, with their superior colour gamut (colour range), are perfect for interior use, as well as some exterior use when properly protected against UV weathering, the inorganic pigmented inks are an interesting choice for exterior use, as in the case of decking, reducing the need for a special UV-filtering top-coat.

J-Print industrial digital printers

The complete J-Print range of Cefla Finishing industrial digital printers integrate seamlessly into complete printing and texturing lines performing the entire process, from raw material preparation to the finished product. Expert process guidance together with the appropriate inks and correct techniques will respond to demands relating to durability, depth, naturalness and definition of the textured effect.

Reproducing wood grain designs with a tactile effect (myTexture by Zeetree) is also simple to achieve with the latest digital printing solutions. A high-resolution surface texturing technique provides a realistic 3D surface finish.

J-Print SP

Single-pass digital printer

J-PRINT SP is a single-pass digital printer, ideal for high-throughput, high-quality industrial applications using both rigid and flexible substrates.

J-Print TD

Digital printer for tactile effects.

A specific technology enables J-PRINT TD to create tactile effects on the panel's surface.

Products and Solutions

The search function is now available for complete production lines. All you need to do is select the material involved, the market sector or the finished product. Whichever search criteria is used, a corresponding solution for your spray coating line is obtained in just 3 steps. Search results will indicate the most suitable solution, based on the level of flexibility required, the productivity range and the overall footprint. Solutions are classified as small (S), medium (M) or large (L).

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