I thought it would be useful to start the year with a story looking at the ongoing themes that I’m aiming to cover in more detail on this website throughout the course of this year.Continue reading “Looking ahead”
Lucien De Schamphelaere, best known as the founder of Xeikon, passed away on January 20, aged 85. He was awarded multiple distinctions for his pioneering work in the graphics industry, including the GATF-award, the IS&T Award and the prestigious Cary Award (1997). Continue reading “Xeikon founder De Schamphelaere passes away”
Marks and Spencers claims to be the first UK retailer to use on-demand digital printing for confectionery packaging. Continue reading “Marks and Spencers embraces digital printing”
Lumejet has won £250,000 in funding through the Technology Strategy Board’s Smart programme for its LumeBar technology. This is a new application for LumeJet’s existing patented photonic print head technology in which several thousand individually addressable micron-sized LED emitters provide a ‘page wide’ digital print bar that exposes directly onto designated areas of photo-sensitive media, rather than a moving print head traversing the media, as in the current LumeJet S200. Individual LumeBars are custom-built, tailored for wavelength and spot size, and specifically designed for fast throughput and higher output powers.
Lumejet claims that its photonic digital printing is fast, clean, micron accurate and can be applied to solid objects and flexible media. It goes beyond the capabilities of conventional ink/toner-based print methods and, with further development, will help facilitate many emerging technologies such as OLEDS, OLAE and plastic logic.
Photonics was recently identified as one of the Key Enabling Technologies (KET) critical to business-led innovation by the EU Commission’s 2020 New Horizon Programme. Smart awards support SMEs with high growth ambition and potential. To be successful, applicants need to show that they have a really innovative idea, addressing a real market need and have the ability to deliver their idea to drive economic growth.