At Océ we can look back on a crucial choice, made almost 10 years ago, to focus on inkjet printing. We identified it as a technology with massive potential for the future, and we were not disappointed. We have invested in cutting-edge R&D, designing some of the world’s most advanced inkjet printing systems and becoming a leading player in the global graphic arts market.
Inkjet is an incredibly versatile and flexible technology. It is already becoming the dominant technology in digital graphic arts printing. We’re exploring ways to jet onto other materials, moving beyond paper. And even beyond ink, since jetting technology can be adapted to print functional fluids in the manufacturing of products such as printed circuit boards and touch screens.
Bold ideas need to be translated into technology. That requires knowledge, which is why for many years we have invested in partnerships with universities. Much of that cooperation focuses on fluid dynamics, the science of how fluids behave and interact. After all, inkjet printing is all about manipulating fluids, controlling their behavior with maximum precision.
As it happens, fluid dynamics is one of the most vibrant disciplines in modern science. Thanks to technological innovations and dedicated scientists, it’s in the middle of a “golden age” of major discoveries. From drop formation to bubble entrapment, from the behavior of complex fluids to turbulence, scientists