Research & Development

The two essential aspects contributing to the success story of SWG are quality and customer service. In the technology driven sector of prepress we have set ourselves high standards in order to guarantee our customers the essential competitive edge. We are able to meet these demands by our consistent and application-oriented innovation strategy which in the long term also helps to secure our top ranking in the global competition as well as a further development of our core competencies. In this regard we are setting value on the improvement of existing technologies as well as the development of new products and process engineering. Depending on the individual objective of our R & D projects we are working alone or within the frame work of bigger cooperation projects. Furthermore the field of contract research is becoming increasingly important.

Through intensive collaboration within our constantly growing network including industrial enterprises, colleges, research institutes and specialized experts we are able to ensure an unerring usage of the full potential of our research and development department.

Our Current Research Focuses:

Laser Engraving & 3D Workflow

We are continually striving to increase the precision of rotogravure engraving. This quality requirement is vital for negotiable instruments and security printing, but also for printing forms in the printed electronics sector and for other special applications. Furthermore, laser engraving plays an important role in the manufacture of embossing forms. In contrast to embossing milling, it permits the detailed implementation of 3D-embossing elements. To exploit the full potential of this technology, our development activities focus on optimizing the entire workflow.

Materials

We focus intensively on the possible applications of new materials to make the gravure cylinders manufacturing process more environmentally friendly and to raise its efficiency. Reducing weight is a concern here, but the development of surface materials which can be used without chrome-plating due to their stability is also a central objective for us.

Electroplating

In the electroplating field we deal with process techniques on the one hand, while on the other we develop special products as well as the associated machines and special units. Our special expertise lies in the area of nickel plating and nickel alloys. We have already been able to open up interesting niche markets through our own developments such as mikrosleeves and special rotary screen printing forms.

Print Colour Management

The use of ever changing special colours in packaging designs combined with the widest variety of process parameters such as the colour sequence or printing substrate imposes major challenges for print colour management. We work on developing further and more in-depth technologies to achieve the shortest possible set-up time in printing.