Wide-format Inkjet
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.
HP Inc. introduced HP PageWide XL printers with up to 70 percent faster output, enabling technical production providers to grow AEC volume and expand business in colour applications. Since the HP PageWide XL printer launch in 2015, more than 5,000 units have shipped, printing approximately three billion square feet (300 million m2) of work.

To be launched this December in Canada and the U.S., the new HP PageWide XL 5100 and HP PageWide XL 6000 printers and multifunction printers are aimed at mid-volume enterprise print rooms, central reprographic departments and reprographic houses.

At speeds up to 24 D/A1-size prints per minute, the series is primarily targeting technical document production for architects and engineers, in addition to geographic information system (GIS) maps and point-of-sale (POS) poster applications.

“The debut of new HP PageWide XL printers is another giant leap on the HP journey to offer continued innovation in large-format printing for the designers of the future,” said Guayente Sanmartín, General Manager and Global Head, HP Large Format Design Printing. “The breakthrough PageWide XL platform with even faster printing speeds will also help our customers move the needle for business with immediate monochrome and colour prints delivered from one unique printer.”

The HP PageWide XL 5100 prints at speeds up to 20 D/A1 pages per minute with 28-second first page out and the HP PageWide XL 6000 at 24 D/A1 size pages per minute with a 25-second first page out. The printers produce what HP describes as crisp lines, 2-point text, smooth grayscales, and vibrant colour. The new systems also feature functionality for the integrated scanners such as smart background removal.
 
HP is also now offering increased productivity for the HP PageWide XL portfolio with new software. HP SmartStream offers two new modules. Document Organizer lets the user automatically rename large volumes of files using OCR technology, for saving time in job management. Using job pixel coverage, Pixel Analysis provides quotes before printing. HP SmartTracker helps users control printing costs and enable reimbursement.
Epson introduced a new wide-format printer to produce digital dye-sublimation transfers for a range of polyester textile and apparel applications. The 64-inch Epson SureColor F9370 provides speeds up to 1,169 square feet/hour and features an integrated new fabric wiping system coupled with what the company describes as a highly accurate roll-to-roll media support system to handle economical lightweight transfer papers.

Designed to support high-speed, economical, medium- to large-volume dye-sublimation transfer printing, the SureColor F9370 replaces the SureColor F9200 to join Epson’s complete line of SureColor F-Series printers, including the SureColor F6200 and SureColor F7200.

The SureColor F9370 leverages dual PrecisionCore TFP printheads and Epson’s latest dye-sublimation ink technology – Epson UltraChrome DS with High-Density Black. The new media feed system also provides support for heavier media rolls and transfer paper as thin as 40gsm to support a range of production needs – from fabric production and customized promotional production to soft signage, cut-and-sew sports apparel and home décor applications.
Ricoh has unveiled the new Pro T7210 wide-format flatbed system, with a high level of media flexibility, aimed at the decorative-printing market. The T7210 supports substrates up to 4.3 inches thick with a print size of 6.9 feet by 10.5 feet. Ricoh explains this large print area allows users to print on one four-foot-by-eight-foot board or a variety of pre-cut pieces. For example, three three-foot-by-six-foot boards can be printed on together at the same time.

The T7210 prints at speeds of 50 m2/hour, or 538.2 ft2/hour, during standard operation. Ricoh also points to the new system’s media gap adjustment sensor that automatically measures substrate thickness and adjusts print heads accordingly. The system also leverages Ricoh’s high-viscosity UV ink and its patented piezoelectric print heads.

“The business model for decor printing is evolving with increased demand for shorter runs and faster delivery times for custom and small-batch wall coverings, flooring, furniture and tile,” said John Fulena, Vice President, Commercial & Industrial Printing Business Group, Ricoh USA. “The T7210 gives printers the ability to do all of that, and it makes doing it easy, and effective.”
After releasing the Impala and Nyala LED models earlier this year, swissQprint is now introducing the Oryx LED UV flatbed printer. All three printers run on a newly refined mechanical basis with the availability of LED technology. The Oryx printer will be available from November 2017.

“Since Impala LED and Nyala LED were launched, we see the bulk of customers preferring the LED solution over mercury vapour lamps,” said Maurus Zeller, head of product management with swissQprint.

The Oryx LED has a maximum output of 65 square metres per hour and a 2.5 x 2 metre print bed. It joins Impala LED, which shares the same dimensions while outputting up to 180 square metres per hour, and Nyala LED, with 206 square metres per hour from a 3.2 x 2 metre print bed.

swissQprint explains each machine is built to customer requirements and may have options added at any time thereafter. The company’s machines offer up to nine colour channels, an option for roll media, the board option for oversized formats up to four metres long, and a loading and unloading robot.
Lucas Crossley, Regional Manager, Canada, Mimaki, discusses advances in wide-format-inkjet imaging technologies.
Keith Soya, Application Specialist with Zund America, discusses advances in cutting technologies.
Durst Phototechnik AG has worked in partnership with Serom to create Digital Patternware technology that allows inkjet label printers to produce patterns, security lettering and textures on most any inkjet substrates. The patterns printing is done simultaneously with the main printing on the Durst Tau UV inkjet label press.

Digital Patternware forms a print pattern using different heights of digital printing with the Tau UV ink on the surface to form patterns and shapes giving 3-dimentional effects. The various texture effects and patterns change depending on angle of light, and watermark patterns and characters for the security reasons can also be done digitally on the Durst Tau 330 Series platform. Patternware allows for the watermark, variable code, image, pattern or logo to be hidden.

Durst explains conventional technologies used to create textured effects include the lenticular method, engraving or embossing the printing roll or using a specially textured printing medium. The company explains these conventional methods have limitations like lack of accuracy, low productivity and high development cost.
Nustream Group, which previously announced in February the creation of a new business focus on the sign and display market, is introducing two large-format substrate collections in this segment, including  the Veramax Large-Format Aqueous-Coated Collection and the Veramax Large-Format Solvent-Coated Substrate Collection.

The Veramax Large-Format Aqueous-Coated Collection provides substrates for Canon, Epson and HP water-based inkjet printing. The line is aimed at applications like labels and signage in addition to current proof or CAD prints.

The Veramax Large-Format Solvent-Coated Collection provided a larger variety of substrates, as it is compatible with most solvent, eco-solvent, Latex or UV-curable inkjet printers available from manufacturers like HP, Mimaki, Mutoh, Roland and Seiko among others.
CET Color, a manufacturer of wide-format UV flatbed and hybrid printers based in Atlanta, Georgia, has introduced the 3200UVRTR printer, which is a 126 inch roll to roll UV printer. It leverages two Kyocera print heads and can include up to four. This unit has the capability of C, Y, M, K, Lc, Lm and WW ink configurations and supports Onyx or Caldera RIP software.

The unit is able to print on various substrates like banner, backlit, mesh and vinyl. It also has a built in light source so users can back light their material before it goes to the take up reel, aimed at the UV market.  

Javier Mahmoud, CET Color Vice President of Sales and Marketing, said, “The market demand feedback from our dealers has been very strong on a roll to roll UV solution. We are very proud to announce this 126-inch roll to roll UV that has the capability of printing dual rolls of media at the same time.”

CET Color offers a line of wide format UV printers, as well as a recently introduced flatbed cutter.
In May, swissQprint introduced two updated large format printer models with new curing options in the Impala LED and Nyala LED. The company explains there are also a range of mechanical improvements in Impala LED and Nyala LED. Two examples: the beam architecture has been reworked for even better stability, and swissQprint has ensured that the flatbed is indeed perfectly flat over its entire surface – 3.2 × 2 metres with Nyala LED and 2.5 × 2 metres with Impala LED.

The Nyala LED achieves a maximum of 206 square metres per hour, Impala LED 180 square metres. Impala LED and Nyala LED are flatbed printers, expandable with options as required. There is a roll to roll option. swissQprint launched what the company calls a 4×4 version of its existing Impala and Nyala series in early 2017. Impala LED and Nyala LED are optionally available in this version as well, meaning that they come configured with quadruple CMYK at high printing speed.
Tilia Labs Inc., of Ottawa, Ontario, creator of tilia Phoenix for planning and imposition automation, has released its new automatic layout solution for wide format printers, called tilia Griffin. The software was first announced just prior to drupa in May 2016.

tilia Griffin is a prepress solution to automate the layout creation process for wide format printing. It features what the company describes as a modern, ultra-responsive interface and intuitive design. Griffin leverages the Phoenix nesting engine to create true-shape tightly nested layouts, explains Tilia, helping drive down substrate costs, reduce errors, and increase throughput.

The workflow in Griffin is simple, explains Tilia, and can be mastered with minimal training. To start out, artwork files are input into the system with various production information such as quantity, shape and size. Users can then select from a library a substrate board or roll size and automatically generate nesting. Once nesting has completed, marks such as registration, barcodes, and grommets are automatically added. Finally, output can be generated for printing and cutting using presets for different devices.

“The release of tilia Griffin today marks a big milestone for our company. It is our second product to roll out into the market, and it also shows our dedication to the wide format segment, which we feel has a lot of room to grow and we have a lot of value to offer,” said Sagen de Jonge, CEO of Tilia Labs. “Initial testing with beta customers has been very positive so we’re excited to now begin offering to the general public and confident customers will enjoy fast return on investment with the time savings and advantages it has to offer.”
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