• XYREC successfully demonstrates digital aircraft inkjet printer on Airbus A320
• “New printing technology is the future of aircraft painting”
Hamburg, Tuesday, February 2019 – Dutch robot manufacturer XYREC has successfully demonstrated a breakthrough in aircraft painting technology by printing a large digital image on an Airbus A320 fuselage. The demonstration took place in Hamburg, Germany.
This new and unique solution for decorating aircraft uses inkjet technology for digital printing and ink instead of paint. The printer will be implemented in XYREC’s Automated Paint Robot for aircraft, which will be the largest robot in the world. The robot is capable of handling an entire airplane, which up until now has not been possible.
XYREC developed this technology in cooperation with Southwest Research Institute, Airbus and Marabu.
Printing by robot means new creative possibilities
The development of this revolutionary printer addresses a growing demand from airline operators to paint more intricate designs on their aircraft. The technology consists of an automated process that enables operators to decorate the full body of an aircraft in every design and all colors fast and efficiently in a fixed amount of time. The new technology means airlines can be much more creative, because current painting techniques make use of manual masking and spray guns, and result in complicated and lengthy processes.
This of course severely limits creativity in decorating airplanes. The new technology will offer new and fast opportunities for branding and advertising on airplanes.
Peter Boeijink, CEO of XYREC: “The demonstration today marks the beginning of a new era in aircraft painting. Our partners have done a great job. This remarkable technology is the outcome of an international industrial collaboration of the best in class.”
Mr. Adam Hamilton, CEO of Southwest Research Institute: “Southwest Research Institute solves difficult problems and I am pleased that our research efforts provided an elegant and innovative solution for applying high-fidelity graphics”.
Mr. Boeder, CEO of Marabu: “We are very pleased that our unique ink development led to this result and looking forward to see a bloom in beautifully decorated aircraft”.
Sender of this press release is XYREC.
About XYREC: XYREC is a Dutch technology company that manufactures large robotic solutions for the aviation industry. Currently, XYREC is developing a Laser Coating Removal Robot for stripping paint of commercial and military aircrafts and an Automatic Painting Robot for the application of coatings.
For more information about XYREC, visit our website at: www.XYREC.com
About Southwest Research Institute: Southwest Research Institute, an independent, nonprofit, applied research and development organization based in San Antonio, Texas, was founded in 1947 to benefit government, industry, and the public through innovative science and technology.
About Marabu: Marabu, Tamm, Germany, offers combinations of inkjet inks, primers, and liquid coatings for users and original equipment manufacturers. We leverage our experience as a printing ink manufacturer to develop high end inkjet ink and coating solutions. Innovation is also driven by our close cooperation with research organizations, universities, and suppliers – resulting in continually better products for our customers.