Lufthansa Technik investigates panel printing process


According to Lufthansa Technik, the company is currently in the process of putting into operation a “completely new” production system for the printing of aircraft interior panels and cabin elements. The system is a water-transfer printing process, which involves printing onto the cabin elements with a wafer-thin film. Once the print is varnished – a fine-grain imitation wood, carbon fiber or stone effect, for example – the result is a customized design with a high-grade surface.

“We have used this technology for more than 10 years to create the most discerning one-off products for equipping VIP jets, and we have built up a great deal of know-how,” stated Thorsten Hagemann, head of aircraft interior production at the VIP & Special Mission Aircraft Services division at Lufthansa Technik. “Our new system is the largest of its kind. The automation of key process steps allows us to substantially shorten our lead times while maintaining an even higher standard of quality.”

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