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Fogra, a research institute for media technologies, has tested the swissQprint Nyala series LED UV large format printer according to ISO 20690:2018. This new standard specifies methods for determining the energy consumption of digital printers, allowing for a comparison of the operating costs and ecological footprints of such machines.
Mutoh has introduced its new VJ-1638UR 64-inch-wide UV-LED inkjet printer for the commercial print, and sign and display markets. Prior to the official launch from Japan, the VJ-1638UR was exhibited at the ISA (International Sign Association) Sign Expo 2018, held March 22 to 24.
Today, HP Inc. expanded its hybrid HP Latex R printer series with the R1000 printer, offering a single set of inks for a range of flexible and rigid media including applications for retail, outdoor signage, window graphics, events and exhibitions, and decorations.
Mimaki has announced the availability of the UCJV300-75, UCJV300-107 and UCJV300-130 printers, described as featuring a smaller footprint with the same operational features of the larger UCJV300-160 model. As Greenguard certified products, each model is described as meeting some of the world’s most comprehensive standards for low emissions of VOCs into the air.
Jim Stalford, Senior Director of Sales, Wide Format Printing Systems, Canon Canada, discusses advances in wide-format imaging technologies.
Electronics For Imaging unveiled its next-generation hybrid flatbed/roll platform technology called the VUTEk h series printers. The news comes shortly after the introduction of its VUTEk FabriVU 340i, an aqueous soft signage printer.
swissQprint presented the latest generation of its LED inkjet printers at FESPA Global Print Expo 2018, described as delivering more precise and stable printing results for an extended variety of applications and maximum productivity at 370 m²/h.
Unveiled at FESPA Global Print Expo 2018, HP Inc. says its new DesignJet Z Printer series are designed to “maximize printing performance for amazing photo output.”
Today at the FESPA Global Print Expo, HP Inc. unveiled the HP Latex R2000 printer, describing it as the first hybrid solution for rigid and flexible sign and display printing in one device. The printers will be commercially available starting next month.
swissQprint, a Swiss developer of digital large-format printers, has announced its latest company milestone.
The new Acuity LED 1600R is the latest addition to Fujifilm’s Acuity Series, which the company describes as a flexible, lower cost alternative to the Acuity LED 1600 II hybrid press.
Durst is preparing to launch a new large-format-printing platform, called the P5 Series, beginning with what the company describes as its flagship P5 250 HS system, which is scheduled to start shipping this April. 



The P5 250 HS is targeted toward high-volume industrial production, as well as one-offs with what Durst describes as offset quality. P5 relates to five core features at the heart of this technology: Productivity, reliability, workflow, versatility and print quality.

The Durst P5 features a two-pass mode with up to 240 sqm/h speed and hresolution modes of up 1,200 dpi – based on a drop-size of 5 pcl. When compared to its existing Durst P10 250 HS, the new generation P5 is designed to be 70 percent more productive. It features MEMS nozzle plates, powered by Durst proprietary data-path and electronics, for a high-speed printing system with precise drop placement and industrial level reliability.


“The new P5 platform, including workflow software and advanced service tools, represents our key strategy to further invest into large format printing technology and further afield,” said Christoph Gamper, Chief Executive of Durst Group. “We believe that there is a lot to explore in this market space and the P5 250 HS is our first statement.” The P5 Series of printers is supported with newly developed software and workflow solutions, as well as touch operation-based user interfaces and remote service capabilities.

Durst explains its P5 industrial design reaches a step further with the P5 Series. The company had a design studio from Munich canvas opinions from customers and operators with a view to integrating their wishes into a new concept machine. The results will be incorporated into many Durst product lines in the future.
At C!Print 2018 in Lyon, France, running from February 6 to 8, Agfa Graphics introduced its new Anapurna H1650i LED inkjet printing system. The 1.65-metre-wide hybrid printer, according to the company, is designed as an accessible and cost-effective LED production system.

Agfa explains the Anapurna H1650i LED is a smaller version of its Anapurna H2050i LED printer, while sharing some of the same features. Like other systems in the Anapurna series, the H1650i LED prints on rigid and flexible media by means of LED curing, and includes Agfa’s thin-ink-layer and white-ink technologies.

“The hybrid Anapurna H1650i LED printer was designed as a robust, qualitative and versatile entry-level option for wide-format print service providers,” said Philip Van der Auwera, Product Manager, Agfa Graphics. “Although smaller, it is equipped with features normally reserved for higher-end printers, such as automatic head height measurement, crash prevention and an anti-static bar, thus offering the very best at a reasonable price.”


Anapurna LED engines also leverage a reinforced belt drive and shuttle beam, a gradient and multi-layer functionality and six 12-picoliter print heads. The printers are fitted with air-cooled UV LED lights that allow for printing on thin and thermal sensitive substrates, with lower energy consumption than traditional UV curing methods.
HP has commercially released what it describes as the world’s most-secure large-format printer for GIS mapping by adding tools like HP Secure Boot and Whitelisting for its next-generation, 44-inch DesignJet T1700.
 
The improved security of the T1700, explains HP, is designed to help enterprises print CAD and GIS applications while protecting printers and data from unauthorized or malicious access in infrastructure construction, urban planning as well as utilities industries like oil, water, gas and electricity.
 
“Security is a top concern in enterprises today as connected devices and increasingly open office spaces are pervasive. At the same time, data breaches are growing at an alarming pace. In the first half of 2017, the worldwide breach level index was up more than 160%,” said Guayente Sanmartin, General Manager and Global Head, HP Large Format Design Printing. “The HP DesignJet T1700 Printer Series includes unique advanced security technologies designed to keep corporate network printers, their documents and data protected.”
 
Features include a new self-encrypting hard drive on the printer that ensures it is only readable by the printer itself, even if removed from the device. For additional device security, HP Secure Boot provides BIOS protection, and Whitelisting only allows approved firmware to be installed and run on the device. The Whitelisting feature will be available in mid-2018.

To process larger GIS files, the DesignJet T1700 printer now offers a new processing architecture using a 500 GB hard disk. The large-format printer also has an embedded Adobe PDF Print Engine.

The DesignJet T1700 also leverages a new set of six HP Bright Office Inks with tuned colour profiles and a High Density Printhead. The system also features HP Click printing software for ease of use.
HP Inc. in January 2018 introduced its HP Indigo Wallpaper, a substrate-driven technology to leverage the Indigo 20000 press for wallpaper manufacturing. HP explains this system provides gravure quality with the benefits of on-demand printing.  

In addition to short-run production, the new HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press Wallpaper solution is capable of producing high-volume printing at 16,307 square feet per hour with a 29-inch width. The Indigo 20000 is programmed for repeat, frameless printing, which explains HP, makes it ideal for repeated pattern wallpaper applications and more. Wallpapers for the press are available to HP customers through suppliers such as Felix Schoeller and Van Merksteijn.

HP also recently announced a new range of durable textiles certified for HP Latex printers to produce soft signage and décor applications, including curtains and blinds, cushions, lampshades, and bags, on materials made from 100 percent cotton, cotton linen or polyester. Some of the new textiles can also achieve washability with a heating process after printing. HP Latex water-based inks now also received ECO PASSPORT Certification from Oeko-Tex for textile applications.
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