The decoration of ceramics and porcelain has a very long history, dating back more than a thousand years. The processing was manual at first and then, with the industrialisation of the sector, it became more and more mechanical. With the advent of laser instrumentation, a new marking and engraving technique has taken shape – one that is much faster, cheaper and, above all, more versatile than its predecessors.
Depending on the ceramic and porcelain used, the final result of laser processing can vary greatly. You can choose either to remove only the glaze (as in the case of porcelain stoneware for example) or cut down to deeper layers. It all depends on the way in which the laser is calibrated.
By treating the ceramic or porcelain material with laser engraving inks, it is also possible to obtain particularly effective markings, with the most disparate colours.
Very often a laser is used for the decoration of floor tiles and mosaics. Using this technique makes it possible to decorate the ceramic with a permanent and indelible design. The engraved tiles can be walked on or rolled over, and are resistant to chemical agents such as detergents or chlorine-based cleaning products (e.g. bleach).
We have three lasers capable of decorating a single tile or three tiles simultaneously with the same or completely different shapes and designs. Thanks to a large working area, we can engrave and mark any surface up to 500 mm x 500 mm in size / each; this instrumentation is particularly suitable for floor tiles.
We can quickly handle single pieces and large productions at very competitive costs.