Inca Digital, in conjunction with its exclusive worldwide distributor, Fujifilm, has launched the Inca Onset S20i wide-format UV flatbed inkjet printer. This new introduction follows the launch of the Onset S40i announced in May 2012.
The Onset S20i features a full-width print-head array with 26 individual Fujifilm Dimatix print-heads per colour. This array equates to production speeds of up to 310m2/hr (3,340ft2/hr), which is equivalent to 62 full beds per hour. Producing resolutions of between 600-dpi and 1,000-dpi, the machine has a six-colour system, including white ink and matte, satin, and high gloss finishing effects.
The machine handles both flexible and rigid materials up to 3.14 x 1.6 metres (123.6 x 63 inches), as well as a material thickness up to 50 mm (0.59 inches) thick, or 10 mm (0.4 inches) when using full automation.
The Onset S20i is available with Inca Digital’s optional automation system, allowing users to operate the machine manually or with semi or three-quarter automation from the same configuration. It also supports Inca’s Print Run Controller (PRC) software module to incorporate variable-data printing.
The Inca Onset S20i includes a new 15-zone vacuum table to reduce bed-masking requirements for substrates less than 3-mm thick. It also includes a new auto-sensor system that constantly monitors the UV dose and informs the operator about when to initiate the Onset S20i’s automated cleaning procedure.
Océ has announced a new series of inkjet eco-solvent printers known as the CS9300. Available in two sizes, 64-inches (CS9360) and 54-inches (CS9350), these machines are the successor to the company's CS9160 and CS9050, respectively.
“This refreshed line of printers brings more productivity to print service providers that produce outdoor-durable work,” said Attilio Mainoli, CEO of Océ Display Graphics Systems. “There are still many applications that are well served by eco-solvent printers particularly in the growing out-of-home advertising category, which includes items such as posters, transit advertising and convenience-store advertising.”
The two machines feature intelligent interweaving technology which reduces or eliminates typical artifacts in conventional inkjet printing, such as horizontal banding, step mismatch banding, and the visible effects of missing or misfiring nozzles.
The CS9360 can print at speeds of up to 29 square metres (312 square feet) per hour, about 60 percent faster than the model it replaces. The CS9350 nearly doubles the print speed of the CS9050. The printers include a standard media take-up system as well as a sheet-off function to accommodate individual shops’ print and finishing workflow. An optional off-board winder unit is available to support volume printing.
Mutoh has announced a new addition to its dye-sublimation and aqueous printer line called the ValueJet 1624W.
The 64-inch, four-colour inkjet system prints at up to 600-square-feet per hour and has a maximum resolution of 1,400 dpi. The new printer holds what the company calls "Smart Printing features," including Intelligent Interweave to eliminate banding, and ValueJet Status Monitor, for remote printer monitoring.
The printer is available immediately for shipment and has a MSRP of US$18,995, including a take-up system.
At drupa 2012, in addition to a series of previously announced innovations, Fujifilm launched the Uvistar Pro8 wide-format printer. The company also unveiled a new inkjet web press and, in cooperation with Inca, enhancements to the Onset S40 platform. Fujifilm also introduced a new surface treatment technology, called MultiGrain Z, that is to be used in the manufacture of its processless printing plate.
Adding to its series of Uvistar wide-format printers, Fujifilm describes the new Uvistar Pro8 as being particularly well suited to produce applications for both display POP and outdoor advertising markets on flexible and rigid media. The Uvistar Pro8 platform includes a set of light colours within the ink set based on what the company calls Parallel Drop Size (PDS) technology. This system, using Fujifilm’s brand new Uvijet QN inks, allows the Uvistar Pro8 to produce high-quality display graphics at speeds in excess of 300 m2/hour.
Other improvements to the Uvistar design include: an auto media handling system for rigid media; an automated backlit printing option; the ability to switch between 4- and 8-colour printing modes, and a new operator interface.
In addition to Fujifilm’s earlier announced sheetfed Jet Press models, the company announced plans to launch a new inkjet web press that enables duplex printing within a single tower design. The company explains this design results in an extremely compact footprint, while retaining a maximum printing speed of 127 metres per minute.
The inkjet web press uses Fujifilm’s new VIVIDIA ink, which has been engineered to produce high-density images at high speed, with less ink transfer from sheet to sheet. A variety of ink types, including both pigment and dye-based inks, have been developed for use with this press.
In cooperation with Inca Digital, Fujifilm unveiled the Inca Onset S40i flatbed UV inkjet printer, shown for the first time at drupa 2012. The Inca Onset S40i uses 168 new-generation, user-replaceable print heads (28 per colour) on a full-width print array, delivering a 28 picolitre drop size. This latest Onset machine features reduced bed masking: A new 15-zone vacuum table reduces bed masking requirements for substrates thinner than 3 mm.
The Onset S40i also includes a new UV sensor system that constantly monitors the machine condition and informs the operator when automatic cleaning of the print heads is required. It also includes a new substrate height detector.
At drupa, Fujifilm also announced a new surface treatment technology called MultiGrain Z that will be used in the manufacture of its processless printing plate. This new manufacturing process, unique to Fujifilm, allows for more effective surface area of the plate, which the company states is to result in up to a 50 percent improvement in run length for its new Brillia HD PRO-T3 processless plate. This new plate manufacturing will be implemented in 2013.
EFI has debuted the latest model in its popular VUTEk line. Known as the VUTEk HS100 Pro, the machine is a 3.2 metre UV inkjet press that is capable of imaging up to 100 boards per hour. It is a device aimed at screen printers looking to transition to inkjet.
The HS100 Pro utilizes EFIäs new Orion OS platform, which the company claims provides more precise ink laydown and increased colour gamut. The machine can be equipped with up to eight colours, including white and other special inks.
"This nex generation EFI VUTEk press should win every side-by-side comparison with e4xisting digital presses in terms of offering the best combination of speed, output quality and return on investment," said Scott Schinlever, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Inkjet Solutions at EFI. The printer brings greater flexibility and workflow integration, with streamlined and versatile production on longer run lengths. Combined with advanced production features, warning and detection systems, and the Fiery XF proServer, the HS100 Pro is a true 24/7 solution ideal for the most demanding production environments."
Agfa Graphics’ released details about its presence at the upcoming drupa tradeshow with technologies like :Apogee version 8, new cloud-based software called :Apogee StoreFront, :M-Press Leopard, :Anapurna and :Jeti systems, and further developments to its ThermoFuse prepress systems.
Focusing on offset and inkjet printing, the company plans to highlight four key industry sectors: industrial printers, sign and display printers, commercial printers and newspaper publishers. “The star of our 7-strong product showing will be the unique and versatile :M-Press Leopard flat bed press,” said Stefaan Vanhooren, President of Agfa Graphics. “It will be running live demonstrating its exceptionally wide range of capabilities.”
In the industrial print sector, drupa will represent Agfa's first trade-show demonstration of the massive :M-Press Leopard. This inkjet-based system includes new functionalities and the ability to print on various substrates up to 5-cm thick, in any size up to 1.6 x 3.3 metres.
In the sign-and-display sector, Agfa will demonstrate its wide-format :Anapurna series and two recently introduced :Jeti 3020 Titan UV systems. One of the two :Jeti 3020 Titans will be shown in a 36-head configuration, with a white-ink application (pre-, post- and spot white). This machine’s 2 x 3 metre mounting bed supports both rigid and thin flexible material. The second :Jeti 3020 Titan on display will feature a 48-head configuration, using eight heads for each colour (CMYKLcLm). It prints at the same speeds for roll-to-roll and rigid materials.
In the commercial printing sector, Agfa Graphics is extending its patented ThermoFuse technology for high-volume printers, including the .:Azura TS and the :Azura CX125 COU (Clean-out Unit), which is designed to handle plate volumes up to 40,000 m2 per year.
In software development, the newest version of Agfa Graphics’ workflow management suite, :Apogee 8, supporting 64-bit systems, will also be demonstrated. The company will also highlight :Apogee StoreFront as a new cloud-based solution to set up online stores for both printed and non-printed products.
In the newspaper sector, Agfa Graphics is introducing two new platesetters for the high-volume newspaper market. The :Advantage N PL HS (Pallet Load, High-Speed) and the :Advantage N TR HS (Trolley Load, High-Speed), both produce up to 350 printing plates per hour. At drupa, the :Advantage N PL HS will be running live, imaging Agfa Graphics’ :N94 VCF chemistry-free violet plates. With a completely new design, it can store more than 6,000 plates configured on two pallets of 3,000 plates each plus an additional cassette, in a fully automatic setting.
Agfa will also demonstrate :Arkitex Eversify. Using HTML5 for the reproduction of images, audio, video animation and other content, :Arkitex Eversify is a Software as a Service solution designed for publishers to convert print content for mobile digital publishing.
The machine uses Epson's UltraChrome GS2 inks and works on "virtually all" standard coated or uncoated solvent media, and can also print on canvas. Developed by Epson, UltraChrome GS2 includes a newly formulated yellow ink that can produce prints with up to three years of outdoor durability without lamination. In addition, these new inks deliver virtually odorless printing without the need for external dryers, special ventilation or air purification systems, and do not contain Nickel (Ni) compounds, helping to reduce impact on the environment and potential harm to employees.
During the recent 2011 SGIA Expo in New Orleans, HP introduced three new wide-format printers, HP Scitex FB7600, XP5500 and XP2500, as well as enhancements to its existing portfolio in this sector.
The HP Scitex XP2500 and XP5500 printers are scheduled to be available worldwide on November 1 and December 15, respectively. HP will also offer HP Scitex XP5300 and XP2300 upgrade packages for existing customers.
The six-colour HP Scitex FB7600, running new UV curable HP FB225 Scitex inks, is described as an industrial press that reaches a maximum print speed of 5,380 ft²/hr or 95 full-size sheets per hour. Hitting a top resolution of 600 dpi, the machine handles both rigid and flexible sheets of up to 65 x 126 inches.
HP’s 16.6-foot (five-metre) Scitex XP5500 system, with a top resolution of 360 dpi, includes new billboard print modes. The UV-curable machine reaches a maximum printing speed of 3,500 square feet per hour.
HP’s 10.5-foot (3.2-metre) HP Scitex XP2500 system is described as delivering up to 15 percent more throughput than its predecessor. The four-colour, UV-curable system reaches a maximum speed of 2,852 ft²/hr and resolution of 360 dpi.
During SGIA, HP also introduced enhancements to its HP Scitex Print Care program, which is designed for printers to help customers maximize uptime and serviceability. HP also introduced workflow enhancement between the EskoArtwork i-cut Suite and its Scitex machines.
At SGIA in New Orleans, Agfa Graphics made the North America debut of its newest :Anapurna inkjet printing system. The UV-curable :Anapurna M2540 FB is a flatbed machine for printing on rigid substrates. It is based on a six-colour system with white-ink options (CMYKLcLm).
The :Anapurna M2540 FB reaches a maximum print speed of 484 ft2/hr, while carrying a format size of 8.3 x 5 feet and working with substrates of up to 1.77 inches thick. The system also features 11 retractable register pins for media transfer.
"We paid very close attention to details such as the versatile vacuum bed, register pins, and the ability to load and off-load jobs quickly and easily,” said Deborah Hutcheson, Director of Marketing, Agfa Graphics, North America. “As a result, the :Anapurna M2540 FB simplifies working with rigid substrates that need to be completely stable during production, yet also permit for quick changeover.”
Hutcheson continues to explain that the M2540 FB employs a vacuum bed with two zones and that each zone has four switchable compartments with a reverse airflow function for removal of finished prints and moving of heavy substrates.
At the Specialty Graphic Industry Association Expo 2011, beginning October 19 in New Orleans, Fujifilm North America will debut its second generation of wide-format Uvistar printers, based on a UV, roll architecture. The first Uvistar systems were introduced in 2010.
The new Uvistar2 series is available in 3.5- and five-metre models, employing Uvijet QK inks for both indoor and outdoor applications. An optional flatbed table is available for printing rigid materials.
“In just over a year, the Uvistar series has filled a need for low-cost production of billboards and banners,” stated Mitch Bode, VP of Wide Format and Specialty Ink Systems for Fujifilm North America. “Uvistar2 offers enhanced capabilities and functionality for cost-effective production of high quality point-of-purchase displays.”
One of the major new advancements with Uvistar2 is the use of “Parallel Drop Size” (PDS) technology. According to Fujifilm, PDS technology allows an increase in print quality without compromising speed or ink coverage. This also allows for the use of larger 40 picoliter drops together with smaller 20pl drops, which provides for ink coverage and density, as well as producing finer details, without a reduction in print speed.
The Uvistar2 includes a new Linear Encoder that monitors print-head location for accuracy of drop placement, while upgraded electronics offer better control over print-head heating (more uniform ink density).
As well, large files can be RIPped to the Uvistar2 in smaller sizes and then scaled up on press, while the new printers feature software for making ink adjustments on the press. Uvistar2 allows users to work simultaneously on as many as three rolls up to 65 inches wide, with cores of varying weights, widths, and diameters.
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