From the very start, TTP has taken a leadership position in digital printing. As well as providing an impartial fast-track route to the development of printing products using commercial printheads, TTP has developed specialist technologies that enable a range of complex functional inks containing, for example, biological materials, ceramics and metals, to be digitally printed.
Many commercial opportunities for inkjet technology are currently constrained by the properties and costs of the inks and go under-exploited. The architectures used in conventional inkjet printheads lead to high sensitivity to viscosity, surface tension, bubbles and large particles. This results in expensive inks and application limitations.
While developing an open chamber electronic aerosol, we recognised that the same inertial ejection mechanism and open chamber could transform inkjet printing. With further development, we designed the revolutionary Vista inkjet. Our initial expectations were far exceeded when the true scope of the ink formulations that could be used in Vista Inkjet was realised.
Suspensions of large particulate-based inks can be readily printed and in addition to the commercial opportunity of low-cost inks, applications have grown exponentially to include a huge range of highly functional inks such as ceramics, metals, biological materials and chemistries.
When you combine this with the broader benefits of digital material deposition and the potential for high reliability and very large format arrays, you have an exciting and revolutionary technology offering.
TTP are long-term pioneers in digital printing, developing peripheral technologies such as ink feeds and drive electronics through to its revolutionary industrial metal can, foil, and metal closures digital printing technology, Tonejet.
TTP is able to apply decades of commercial, office and home printer development experience to enable customers to get new products to market quickly and reliably. One example is Gerber’s Edge FX — a full colour thermal transfer printer.
TTP has worked for numerous customers developing direct and thermal transfer printers. These include office and consumer products as well as high- performance commercial applications like Gerber’s Edge FX digital printer, designed for sign makers, screen printers and other graphics professionals to produce customised colour graphics.
Even in such well-established product space, there is room for innovation. A creative approach from TTP to Gerber’s media cassette-loading system, and a greatly simplified print system design, ensured a competitive production cost, higher printing throughput and additional user benefits.
In collaboration with Intense Photonics, TTP developed a novel non-contact, food-safe label technology based on a laser array for direct application to fruit. The laser array remotely writes a barcode onto a thermal label, moments before the label is applied to the individual piece of fruit. The unique geometry of the label and its application to the fruit required the development of a reverse-marked thermal label.
This resulted in an innovative thermal tape being specifically designed for the laser array. A novel scanning optic and laser array design allows the bar code label machine to be compatible with typical packaging line speeds of 12 labels per second.
Innovative thermal label tape.
Reverse label writing, custom laser printhead and novel power supply.
Novel non-contact laser writing of bar code.
Scanning optics to meet high-speed packing requirements.
As Dymo’s business in electronic labelling has grown, our role has always adapted to complement Dymo’s world-class in-house capabilities and resources.
TTP helped Dymo enter electronic labelling by initially evaluating manufacturing partners and print technology vendors before going on to design, develop and transfer a complete range of products to manufacture.
Working alongside Dymo’s engineering, marketing, and manufacturing specialists, TTP has identified innovative new product formats and features, creating an extensive family of patents to protect Dymo’s investment, while consistently delivering products which were cheaper to manufacture and technically more advanced than Dymo’s competitors.
One such product was the Letratag. This set the benchmark for cost-efficient printer design by combining innovative direct thermal label tape with a custom printhead and novel power supply architecture. Letratag has sold millions of units and continues to do so many years after its introduction.
As Dymo’s business has grown it has made acquisitions and changed ownership. Throughout this life cycle we have continued to work with Dymo’s senior management to add value through innovation, technology introduction and product development projects.
TTP has created a full range of electronic label printers for office and consumer use for the Dymo brand, with millions sold across the world.
Hopefully these case studies have shown you just a little of what a collaboration with TTP can achieve, from the creation of powerful and ground-breaking new products and solutions, through to their development and manufacture.
We believe it’s a uniquely visionary approach to Printing that can help our partners harness – and commercialise – the power of a great idea.
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