Wide-format Inkjet
Inca Digital introduces the new Inca Onset R50i wide-format, flatbed UV printer, which features 14 picolitre Fujifilm Dimatix Spectra printheads and an eight-channel, dual CMYK configuration.

Distributed exclusively by Fujifilm, the new system prints at 600 m2/hr with automation. It is positioned between what Inca describes as the high-quality 400 m2/hr, six-colour Onset R40i and the high-speed 720 m2/hr Onset S50i. The new Onset R50i, Inca explains, is designed for firms who produce a mix of graphics for long and short-distance viewing, as the system provides both quality and speed.

“This new Onset ticks all the boxes for many companies because it extends the range of jobs they can handle,” said Heather Kendle, Inca Digital’s Director of Marketing and Product Management. “Plus, its ability to produce both sharp text and smooth block colours with all the added advantages of digital print flexibility will appeal to companies with XXL offset presses.”

The full-width array flatbed Onset R50i is supplied with a choice of Caldera or Colorgate RIPs and prints an apparent resolution of 1,000 dpi onto substrate sizes up to 3.14 x 1.6 metres (123.6 x 63 inches) and 50 mm (two inches) thick at a rate of up to 120 full-bed sheets an hour.

Depending upon specific job requirements, users can choose between uni-directional, bi-directional and high-quality or high-productivity modes. The Onset R50i is equipped with a 15-zone vacuum table, a UV sensor system and mechanical substrate height detectors.
Agfa Graphics, during last week’s ISA Sign Expo in Las Vegas, introduced two new large-format inkjet systems in the Jeti Tauro and Jeti Mira, as well as new features in Asanti 2.0 software and new UV inks. The company also introduced the new Anapurna M3200i RTR White and new automation options for Anapurna M2500i.  

The 98-inch (2 1/2-metre) Jeti Tauro is positioned as a high-end hybrid UV inkjet press – for both rigid and flexible material – with 32 print heads in a 6-colour system, in addition to an optional white or primer. Jeti Tauro offers optional semi or full media load/unload automation.

Jeti Mira is a 6-colour and white UV inkjet flatbed printer with optional varnish or primer. Also aimed at high-end production, it features moving gantry architecture and six vacuum zones with automatic and independent control of the front and back vacuum zones. Jeti Mira is available in two table versions: 2.7 x 1.6 metres and 2.7 x 3.2 metres (8' 9" x 5'2"/10'5"). Agfa explains its Print and Prepare feature makes the Jeti Mira unique for printing on both small objects or larger board sizes.
 
Today, Agfa Graphics’ UV-curable inks deliver large-gamut high-quality prints with the lowest ink consumption per square meter in the industry, thanks to the ‘thin ink layer technology’ in both the Jeti Tauro and the Jeti Mira.

The new UV inks, leveraging what Agfa refers to as thin ink layer technology, for Jeti and Anapurna systems target flexible applications, special substrates and outdoor signage printed on polypropylene or styrene based media types and provide image longevity.

Asanti v2.0 also features new options for printing white on transparent substrates. The software provides for file handling, colour management and preflighting, while also working with the Asanti StoreFront Web-to-print solution.

Canon is introducing its Poster Designer Plus software for use with the company’s imagePROGRAF product line of inkjet printers. Poster Designer Plus is Web-to-print plug-in software that adds a large-format poster design engine, shopping cart and checkout functionality to an existing Website.  

This cloud-hosted printing storefront, explains Canon, gives print service providers tools to take advantage of  industry trend towards the online ordering of wide-format printing. Canon points to a recent study by InfoTrends, which predicts the online print business will double to US$70 billion in online transactions by 2017.

Canon Canada plans to highlight Poster Designer Plus software at the upcoming Graphics Canada trade show, taking place from April 16 to 18 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.

 

Canon unveiled the Océ ColorWave 700 wide-format printer, scheduled for a March 2015 commercial release, which is described as an entry-level system aimed at reprographers and in-plant shops. The printer is suited for applications like posters, pop-up banners and wallpaper, while also handling CAD and GIS documents.

The Océ ColorWave 700 uses Océ MediaSense technology, providing the ability to print on thicker media of up to 32-mil. Canon explains the system is rated to print up to 640 posters or 1,800 A1/D-size CAD drawings per working day.

In line with its versatility tag, the system allows for up to six different rolls of media to be loaded simultaneously. With an optional Take-Up Module, users can choose between roll-to-finished sheet or roll-to-roll printing. The ColorWave 700 also includes the Océ ClearConnect multi-touch user panel, which works like a tablet to ease an operator’s learning curve.

ColorWave 700 allows for printing from a desktop via Océ Publisher Select software, with embedded Adobe PDF Print Engine (APPE) architecture. Optional ONYX Thrive software provides pre-flighting and colour management tools.

Patented Océ CrystalPoint technology produces what Canon describes as water-fast prints with sharp lines, high readability of fine details and smooth, even area fills.

 

Inca Digital launches the Inca Onset R40LT wide-format, flatbed UV printer, sold exclusively by Fujifilm. The printer is positioned as a standard mid-range machine that carries the full-width array of print heads used on higher end Onset systems.

The field upgradable Onset R40LT base model starts as a manual 3.14 x 1.6-metre (123.6 x 63 inches) flatbed printer in a choice of four, five or six colours. It can eventually reach up to eight colours through upgrades. The Onset R40LT is rated to reach speeds of up 265 m2/hr on substrates up to 50 mm (two inches) thick, which Inca describes as being equivalent to producing 40 full-beds sheets per hour.

The Onset R40LT printer has all the design features of the existing Onset R40i, including 14 picolitre Fujifilm Dimatix Spectra printheads, a 15-zone vacuum table, a UV sensor system and mechanical substrate height detectors.

Based on the Onset Scaleable Architecture platform, the Onset Series now features a choice of 18 different models and three different handling systems.

The first R40LT units are currently being installed at Imperial in New Berlin, United States, and at Daelprinting in Ypres, Belgium.



Hewlett Packard has released a new 100 percent knitted polyester fabric for its Latex wide-format printing systems.

The substrate, called HP Light Fabric, is described as being wrinkle-resistant, rub- and scratch-resistant, and soft to the touch for producing high-profile display applications.

HP explains the new Light Fabric has been tested for harmful substances and is certified according to the Oeko-Tex Standard 1001, and is REACH-compliant2, which means the material poses no health risks when used as intended. It is also fabric flame-retardant to B1, M1, and NFPA 701 standards3.

It is designed to allow printing companies to produce lightweight, high-quality banners and display for special events, retail displays and exhibits, among other applications. It is suitable for pack and ship work.

HP describes the materials as presenting an alternative to PVC for banners and displays. HP Light Fabric is available in 42-, 54-, and 60-inch widths.



Agfa Graphics, to extend its portfolio in signage and display markets, has added an automatic cutting plotter for use with its Anapurna and Jeti wide-format printing systems.

“Delivering POP/POS materials is more than just printing on the right substrate,” said Dominiek Arnout, VP for Inkjet at Agfa Graphics. “We are developing and all-integrated approach in which our customers can add an extra in-house finishing step, all driven from Asanti.”

Acorta is designed to finish both rigid and flexible sheet media. The company points to the system's auto recognition system, which automatically localizes the printed objects and the position of the reference points on the cutting table, as well as the substrate’s height.

Acorta features cutting speeds of up to 102 metres per minute with maximum automation and minimum operator intervention. Its 40 vacuum zones are automatically activated where and when needed.

Acorta is available now and will make its worldwide debut at the SGI 2015 tradeshow in Dubai from January 11-13, 2015.

Agfa Graphics’ Jeti Titan HS wide-format-inkjet printing system, which is manufactured in the company’s Mississauga, Ontario, facility, was named as a Product of the Year for its production-size category at last week’s 2014 SGIA Expo in Las Vegas.

Agfa’s Mississauga facility is one of the Belgian company’s three primary facilities for manufacturing inkjet systems. Agfa also builds its entry-level machines in South Korea and mid-range machines in Belgium.

The SGIA’s Product of the Year competition evaluated 139 entries from 68 companies in 25 different categories. The products include equipment and supplies currently on the market that are advancing the specialty imaging industry. Each product was judged during the 2014 SGIA Expo and put on display in the Golden Image Gallery on the Expo floor.

The Canadian-built Jeti Titan HS is a 122 x 79-inch, six-colour plus white (CMYKLcLmWW), flatbed UV printing system (with FTR option). It is equipped with two rows of 1,280-nozzle Ricoh Gen 5 print heads and available with a new primer designed to extend the durability of prints created for outdoor signage.

“We are extremely pleased to have been selected for this prestigious award. The competition was particularly fierce and this award is testament to the hard work of many people at Agfa Graphics all over the world to bring the Jeti Titan HS to market,” said Deborah Hutcheson, Director of Marketing, Agfa Graphics, North America.
 
White printing on the Jeti Titan HS supports different modes including overprint, under-print, spot, under-spot, fill and over-spot for rigids and pre-white for roll media. The Flat-to-roll (FTR) option gives users the ability to print flexible media at the maximum media width. The “S” version of the Jeti Titan has a single row of print heads, but is field upgradeable to add the second row.

During SGIA, Agfa also made the global debut of its new Anapurna M2500i system with an optional automated board feeder (ABF). The Anapurna M2500i is a 98-inch (2.5 m) wide, 6-colour plus white UV-inkjet printing system designed for sign shops, digital printers, photo labs and mid-size graphic screen printers.

It prints on rigid and flexible media including boards/sheets, roll-to-roll and roll-to-sheet. Multiple boards or borderless printing increases productivity even more. The system’s automated board feeder can provide increase productivity by allowing for volume printing of small board sizes (up to five boards can be printed in parallel).

The Anapurna M2500i features six Konica-Minolta KM 1024i Grayscale print heads for colour and two KM 1024i heads for white. It prints at a maximum resolution of 1,440 x 720 dpi and has a maximum speed of 1,238 ft2/hr (115m2/hr).

Durst, during last week’s SGIA Expo in the Las Vegas, introduced the automated Rho 1312 system with what the company describes as “unprecedented media handling,” as well as the Rhotex HS system for soft signage applications.

The 98-inch (250 cm) Rho 1312 prints at speeds of up to 6,600 square feet per hour and provides what Durst describes as a higher gloss finish. The system has been engineered with unique media handling flexibility, particularly with difficult and heat-sensitive media. It uses Durst's Quadro Array print head technology, applying droplets of 12 picolitres.
 
The 1312 also incorporates what Durst brands as Gradual Flow Printing, which includes media transportation advances such as a stronger vacuum, a wider transport belt and improved media registration.

The Rhotex HS reaches production speeds of more than 4,300 square feet per hour (400 m²/hr.), which Durst equates as “the fastest digital soft signage printer on the market.” It has an image resolution of 1,200 dpi and is equipped with Durst´s patented QuadroZ print head technology, which is also utilized in the Durst Kappa series.

With a print width of the 130-inch (330 cm), the Rhotex HS uses water-based dispersion inks, which are odourless and free of volatile organic compounds.

The Graphic Systems division of Fujifilm North America Corporation at SGIA 2014 in late-October plans to demonstrate the Inca Onset R40i, with the Hostert automation system, and the Acuity F.

As Inca Digital’s exclusive worldwide distributor, Fujifilm describes the Onset R40i and Hostert systems integration as a North American debut. Fujifilm previously showcased the R40i in May at FESPA Digital 2014 in Munich, Germany.

The Onset R40i – a UV flatbed machine – uses Fujifilm’s Dimatix Spectra print heads to deliver a 14-picolitre drop size and at 400 square metres per hour. Based on Inca’s Onset Scaleable Architecture platform, the new Onset is available with a range of colour options (CMYK, Lm, Lc and white). Customers can also modify their machines from a 4-colour configuration to five, six or seven colours (up to eight ink channels, including two for white ink). They can also later adopt other key elements for the printer, such as the UV curing lamps, automation, speed modes, electronics and software.

A choice of uni-directional, bi-directional and high-quality print modes can be selected depending on specific job requirements. Onset R40i produces a maximum output resolution of 1,200 dpi on media of up to 3.14 x 1.6 metres (123.6 x 63 inches) and up to 50 millimeters (two inches) thick. It is rated to run at 80 full-bed sheets per hour. The Hostert system includes an automated feeder and alignment table, along with Inca Digital’s proprietary material load/unload system.

Also to be demonstrated at SGIA, the new Acuity F is a UV flatbed printer series that runs a maximum media size of 120 x 98.4 inches. The top machine speed is rated to run at 1,668 square feet per hour. Fujifilm also plans to showcase its Acuity Advance Select running Uvijet KV inks that are designed for the production of decorative print in deep draw thermoforming applications. A CR Clarke 750FLB Vacuum Former will also be a part of live thermoforming demonstrations during the Las Vegas trade show.

Fujifilm will also showcase its Uvistar Pro-8W roll-to-roll inkjet system with new capability to print with light inks (Lk, Lm, Lc) and white. The company explains the printer, available with 4 x 8- and 5 x 10-foot tables, can be converted back to 4-colour work by pushing one button. The Acuity LED 1600 roll printer will also be on the booth, along with Fujifilm’s edition of ColorGATE’s Production Server 8 (PS8) and Pressero Web-to-print software developed by Aleyant Systems.

Mimaki has expanded its JV printer series and CJV cut-and-print series with new JV150 and CJV150 devices, designed for light production signage and graphics, or textile and apparel environments.

The JV150 Series of printers is based on the JV300 Series platform introduced earlier this year. The inkjet system is available in two sizes, including the 54-inch JV150-130 and the 64-inch JV150-160.

The JV150 Series is based piezo technology print heads capable of print speeds of up to 605 square feet per hour. These printers can use either SS21 eco-solvent inks or Sb53 dye-sublimation inks.


Roland, at SGIA 2014 taking place in late-October, will introduce the 64-inch Texart dye-sublimation transfer system available in four- or eight-colour ink configurations. The system will leverage ErgoSoft Roland Edition RIP software.

“Both the printer and our new specially formulated inks are highly innovative,” said Lily Hunter, Roland Product Manager. “Previously, colours sublimated to fabrics could look distorted with dull blacks, missing grays and fuzzy details. The RT-640’s variable droplet technology in combination with Roland Texart dye sublimation ink displays bold, vibrant colours and rich velvety blacks, as well as subtle gradations and fine details.”
 
The Texart RT-640 incorporates a gold-plated, anti-static print head capable of printing seven different droplet sizes. A new feed adjuster, which in combination with a more powerful fan and an included TU-3 take-up system, is designed to provide stability for high-speed printing at up to 351 square feet per hour.
 
Roland’s RT-640 is equipped with the Roland Ink Switching System allowing users to load a fresh pouch without stopping the printer. In four-colour CMYK mode, this system provides two liters per colour and automatically switches to a backup ink pouch when the primary pouch runs out.

Xeikon at Labelexpo Americas 2014, currently underway in Chicago, showcased its new Cheetah press, which the company describes as “the most important advancement for the digital label market in 15 years.” Xeikon plans to make the Cheetah commercially available in 2015, which will be the sixth press model in its portfolio.

Xeikon states the five-colour Cheetah, aimed at self-adhesive/pressure sensitive label printing, is 60 percent faster than any other model in its current press portfolio. It reaches speeds of up to 98 feet per minute (30 metres per minute).

“This increase in speed represents a huge leap forward in digital press technology… the Xeikon Cheetah narrows the gap between digital printing and traditional flexo/offset methods for producing labels,” said Patrick Van Baelen, VP of Marketing at Xeikon.

The Cheetah can handle substrate widths of up to 13 inches (330 mm) with a true print resolution of 1,200 x 3,600 dpi. Xeikon explains it utilizes full rotary printing where the press speeds are independent of the number of colours used and the repeat length of the job. The press can also run Xeikon’s dry toners that meet FDA regulations for food contact and the ability to print opaque white toner in one pass.

In addition to the standard CMYK + White, the fifth station on the Xeikon Cheetah can be used to print gamut expansion colours or security toner. The press also includes automatic inline register and density controls. The imaging width is up to 12.7 inches (322 mm) while the repeat length is variable from zero to 180 feet (zero to 55 metres). Media weights range from 40 gsm to 350 gsm.

During Labelexpo Americas 2014, Xeikon also introduced its new inline Web Varnishing Module, scheduled for a 2015 release, which can apply UV or aqueous varnish on one side of a wide range of substrates. These substrates include self-adhesive label materials, coated papers, unsupported films and coated paper board.

The Web Varnishing Module runs inline with the Xeikon 3000 Series of presses (at full press speeds) and the print roller can be changed to match the repeat or width of the job being printed. In addition to applying the flood or spot varnish, the unit can be upgraded with a UV dryer and/or aqueous dryer.

Canon today launched its Océ PlotWave 500 large-format printing system for producing technical documents.

Featuring Océ’s ClearConnect touchscreen interface, the new system has the ability to print 10 D-size plots per minute with what the company describes as virtually no warm-up delay. The PlotWave 500 system leverages Océ's Radiant Fusing technology, which the company describes as providing quick warm-up when compared to the slow start-up of up to four minutes on conventional printers.

“The Océ PlotWave 500 combines high speed, productive printing, scanning, and copying via our popular Océ Scanner Express II, all in a space-saving single footprint configuration,” stated Junichi Yoshitake, Senior VP and GM, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A.

PlotWave 500 runs on Océ's universal software suite that looks and works the same across all of the company's wide-format systems. The new printer also features cloud integration for collaboration.

3M is launching its new 3M Scotch-Weld Low Odour Acrylic Adhesives, which feature a new low-odour, non-flammable formulation designed to ease health-and-safety concerns.

3M Scotch-Weld, in concert with its low-odour properties, also features what the company describes as extremely fast cure rates, reaching structural strength in about nine minutes. 3M states this curing speed is almost twice as fast as ordinary acrylic adhesives.

The new product is designed to have higher impact resistance on plastics and metals, with strong shear and peel performance, as well as improved adhesion. It features an 18-month shelf life, with no refrigeration required, which 3M describes as more than double the shelf life of conventional acrylic adhesives, while also saving on storage.

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