ESMA Newsletter: Masterclass of the POLEOT project

  MAY 2015, issue 28  

ESMA launches a new website

Lunch & Learn with ESMA

Masterclass of the POLEOT project

The Inkjet Conference

The world of functional screen printing


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ESMA launches a new website

pic esmaESMA is proud to announce the launch of its fully-featured website The mobile-friendly site has been designed to provide practical navigation, improved user experience and an additional functionality that grants every ESMA member personalized and detailed profile space.

The responsive website works smoothly across all mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets.  It highlights our association’s events (see tab EVENTS), organises and categorises the NEWS section, and most importantly, it introduces a brand new member area.

We encourage every ESMA member to take ten minutes time, log in via the MEMBERS ONLY tab and complete their profile with the use of an intuitive text editor and a form enlisting ESMA involvement options.

In case of technical questions please write to


Lunch & Learn with ESMA

pic fespa llDuring the FESPA show, ESMA hosts the “Lunch & Learn” sessions dedicated to the industrial applications of digital and screen printing.

The sessions address the hot topics from the industrial printing sector. Peter Buttiens, the CEO of ESMA, Robin McMillan (SunChemical Ltd.) and Thomas Poetz (3T InkJet) will inaugurate the “Lunch & Learn” formula on Monday, the 18th May 2015, with a presentation exploring the latest trends in industrial printing.

Further sessions will feature Marc Graindourze from Agfa Graphics talking about possibilities of the industrial inkjet printing and Mike Plier from EFI who will focus on the opportunities of thermoforming applications.

Within FESPA’s Industrial Print Showcase (hall 8, stand A68) ESMA organises a “dark area” exhibition where one can explore the recent developments of light emitting and glowing effects. The employment of print technology for producing textiles with electroluminescent and organic light-emitting diodes will be literally highlighted in light-emitting lampshades, wallpapers (POLEOT project), black light glowing posters (HdM Stuttgart), t-shirts (TO2C) and many more.

During the Printeriors Conference, Peter Buttiens will chair a session entitled “How to Build Bridge Between Printers and Designers” (21st May, at 4 p.m.), referring also to ESMA’s successful Printed Interior Decoration Conference from 2014.

The Lunch & Learn sessions in the FESPA Education Hub (hall 8, stand B90) take place on 18th, 19th and 20th May 2015, always between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.


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Masterclass of the POLEOT project

pic poleotFor all those who would like to catch on technology for producing innovative textiles with light-emitting properties, an exclusive opportunity presents itself during a Masterclass of the POLEOT project, organised by ESMA on 23rd June 2015 in Düsseldorf.

Electroluminescent and organic light-emitting diodes are efficient, lightweight and environment-friendly light sources that give rise to a new generation of textiles. Luminescent inks will soon be employed by innovative screen and digital inkjet processes.

POLEOT (Printing Of Light Emitting devices On Textile) aims at developing luminescence technology for a wide range of new textile applications. The project partners represent University of Hasselt, IMEC, Centexbel, University College Ghent, University of Aachen, University of Stuttgart and Forschungskuratorium Textil. Their final product is a textile-based EL/OLED that will be used to manufacture e.g. high-visibility products for safety clothing or signalisation. The financial support comes from Cornet programme,  Allianz Industrie Forschung and Flemish Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology.

Prof. dr. ir. Wim Deferme, the project leader from UHasselt/IMEC, says: “In our project, expertise in textile, printing, coating and light emitting devices is combined to show the involved companies how to develop smart and innovative textiles with light emitting properties. The latest know-how, the transferred technology and the alliances between research partners, industry and designers promise a bright future for light emitting textiles.”

POLEOT technology finds its application in various areas, including wearables, lamp shades and light-emitting wallpapers. Printing of several layers onto a textile substrate and progress in encapsulation deliver solutions to overcome technological bottlenecks such as water resistance. Simultaneously, smart designs are improved and tested to maintain the excellent properties of textiles such as air permeability, flexibility and drape.

All above mentioned topics will be explained and reviewed during POLEOT’s Masterclass, organised by ESMA on 23rd June 2015 in Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel in Düsseldorf, between 10:00 and 18:00. ESMA members and academics can participate for € 169, the regular price is € 249, excl. 19% German VAT.

The Masterclass presentations cover subjects ranging from printing smart designs of electroluminescent devices, printing and coating with carbon nanotubes, plasmatechnological barrier layers for packaging and encapsulation to OLEDs as the future of ambient lighting.

You can find all programme details and book your place at

ESMA Members and Academics can request their discount code at

Under this link you may download the PDF of Masterclass POLEOT flyer in printable quality.


The Inkjet Conference – Why does it draw such a large crowd?

picAlready 35 presentations are confirmed for TheIJC 2015, including six head manufacturers.

Inkjet as a manufacturing technology was enabled by a new generation of printheads. The improved reliability and nozzle density enabled single pass inkjet printing. This was only part of the puzzle: inks, electronics, software and integration know-how have all had to evolve to match the challenges. Businesses adopting digital production have had to adopt their business model to take advantage of the digital production process. Nowadays, production volumes for manufacturing with inkjet can be up to 10,000m²/h with the associated challenges of workflow and administration.

This change has taken place in the past five to seven years and has led to a high demand for current and up to date information. The Inkjet Conference has filled this demand by bringing together leading industry and academic players for a technical and educational conference on inkjet technology and inkjet ink.

The Inkjet Conference creates a meeting point for many different industries and market sectors exploring the latest technology and observing how the technology is being adopted in different applications.

“The adoption of inkjet technology takes several steps – from the development of core printhead and ink technology, through proof of application, prototyping, and equipment development before market adoption. Some inkjet markets are mature with second and third generation equipment, others are just beginning to experiment and combine inkjet with digital processes.” – says Steve Knight from Digital Direct Technologies, a Technology Partner of ESMA and co-founder of The Inkjet Conference.

Meet C-level and VP-level industry executives from ceramics, textiles, glass, document printing, packaging, graphics, as well as the leading technology partners from both hardware software and ink manufactures. Meet leading academics and our scientific board to understand the applied research activities for the future. Inkjet is becoming the manufacturing technology of today. The Inkjet Conference is where we meet.

Book now your conference ticket and gain access to all TheIJC presentations from 2014, in value of € 350! Action valid until 31.05.2015.

Go to to register for the conference and learn more about its programme.


The world of functional screen printing

pic sptWhat is screen printing capable of? What are the industrial applications of that specialised print technology? A newly launched online reference guide to functional screen printing will provide answers to those questions and illustrate them with examples from numerous industrial fields.

“Consumers and customers are hardly aware that screen printing is present in products they use every day. This poses a challenge to screen printing operators who struggle with explaining their full capacities to the customers.” – says Thomas Struckmeier, Managing Director of Blase GmbH & Co. KG, member of bvdm technical committee, Fespa Board member and Technology Partner of ESMA. A solution to cover the knowledge gap is now offered by the website, developed by the German Printing and Media Industries Federation (bvdm) and the Deutsches Institut Druck (DID). The internet platform compiles screen printing applications from areas such as textiles and clothing, electronic equipment, sensors, membrane switches and reflective coatings but does not omit graphical processes. Next to different application examples, visitors can learn about requirements for materials and substrates, as well as their usage characteristics.

A firm online presence builds the core of the project introduced by Rudi Röller, Executive Board Member of both DID and Kissel + Wolf GmbH, whose ambition was to continue the pro-screen initiative. “Screen printing manufacturers and service providers can use the platform to demonstrate their potential and customers can gain a comprehensive view of screen printing applications. Over time a sort of screenprinting database – what I call ‘Seripedia’ – will emerge to serve consumers, product developers as well as employees and apprentices entering the sector.” – explains Röller.

The entry of data on the website remains open to public, manufacturers and service providers. A structured online form encourages the upload of text and images illustrating different screen printing applications. “In order to guarantee the quality and clarity of the submitted content, all companies participating in the project can count on our editorial support.” – ensures Karl Michael Meinecke of bvdm. Technical assistance is provided by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gunter Hübner, an expert in digital and screen printing at the Stuttgart Media University.

Available in both German and English, will be presented to the public for the first time at FESPA 2015. Official presentations will take place during the show on 18th, 19th and 21st May. Visitors to the ESMA stand can watch an on-going video presentation of the project.

For more information and input of application examples, please contact the project leader Karl Michael Meinecke at or write to ESMA at


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