There is a growing demand for decoration on the traditional seat- and safety belts. A Dutch SME produces belts in both large and small series upon customer request. The decorations belts vary from company logos to specific patterns that fit well with e.g. the rest of the car interior. All this implies that small series with many different design features must be supplied in a usually short time. In order to provide the required belts the company currently uses a process in which a pre-treatment of the belt is needed in order to be able to print on it properly. Now, a post-treatment is also needed in order to fixate it and obtain a durable and high quality product. The company imagines that technologies must be available already to be applied for an easier belt-printing process. Solutions may facilitate the process by offering a machine that produces the printed belts continuously without process interruptions, by supplying a method that eliminates either pre- or post treatments, or by supplying a method that enables direct printing on the belt.
Technical Specifications / Specific technical requirements:
The company is looking for technologies that enable a flexible, fast and high quality printing process on seat- en safety belts in small volumes, against competitive production costs. The strength of the belt may not be influenced, the printing on the belt must be waterproof and the colour must maintain its intensity.
The production technology must be integrated into the existing machine park. The speeds of the belt production vary from 20 to 50 m / sec. The company wants to be able to product printed belt with competitive prices.