At the ISA trade show in Las Vegas, Durst Phototechnik AG unveiled two new versions of its Rho 1000 continuous inkjet wide-format systems with the Rho 1012 and Rho 1030 models. Durst also introduced its new 10-picoliter Variodrop print-head technology, now available on all P10 Series printers, which the company believes to hold important implications for greyscale printing.
The Rho 1012 – equipped with Durst’s 12-picoliter Quadro Array print-heads – reaches speeds of up to 5,000 square feet per hour. The Rho 1030 reaches production speeds of up to 10,000 square feet per hour, which, when applied to fully automated configurations, allows for long-run production of large-format UV applications.
The Rho 1000 platform is available in various configurations, including a fully automated stack-to-stack board-printing option, registered ¾ automation, roll-to-cut sheet or roll-to-roll.
“The introduction of the 1012 and 1030 is a natural result of what we’ve been hearing from the production printing segment,” stated Christopher Howard, Senior VP of Sales & Marketing for Durst U.S. “By adding the capabilities of our two new printers, along with the automation solutions, we make this a very strong solution for many of our print partners.”
At ISA, Durst also introduced its new 10-picoliter Variodrop printing technology featuring what the company refers to as multi-pulsing.
Durst explains the Variodrop’s multi-pulsing technology is based on delivering two voltage pulses, with the second pulse pumping precise amounts of ink into the droplet before it detaches from the nozzle plate – without forming any satellites. Conventional greyscale relies heavily on the accuracy of drop placement, according to Durst, which can be affected by the uniformity of drop velocity and variations in print-head conditions can lead to a mismatch of greyscale drop velocities.
“Compared to the often uneven droplets that are formed from a not-well-tuned greyscale wave form, this double-pulse drop shape we produce is perfectly uniform and the placement is always evenly spaced with Variodrop,” stated Dr. Richard Piock, CEO of Durst Phototechnik AG.
Durst is demonstrating its Variodrop printing technology on a Rho P10 320R UV system at the Las Vegas Sign Expo event, which continues until April 6. The company is also teaming up with Zund America and Caldera to demonstrate a complete production workflow – from ripping to printing to cutting.
At the ISA Sign Expo in Las Vegas, continuing until April 6, HP introduced new ink and media options for its large-format portfolio, including an ink upgrade system and Color-Logic metallic option for the Scitex FB7600 printing system. HP also introduced the first two partners within its ColorPRO strategy and a new global medias distribution partner.
The Enhanced Color Pack (ECP) upgrade for the Scitex FB7600 and FB7500 systems is described by HP as a scalable ink option geared toward point-of-purchase (POP) applications. Available for six-, seven- or eight-colour configurations, the first two inks (orange and light black) of EPC are expected to be available worldwide on May 1.
HP FB225 Orange Scitex Ink expands the printer’s colour gamut for what HP describes as more realistic skin tones, while also naturally increasing the available spot-colour range for brand-based work. HP FB225 Light Black Scitex Ink, according to HP, creates smoother grey solids and improves neutrality. This ink can be added to the printing system’s six process colours. This Enhanced Color Pack can be employed by existing HP Scitex FB7600 or upgraded FB7500 users.
HP used the ISA show platform to announce the availability of a previously introduced metallic colours effect application, supported by HP software partner Color-Logic, for the Scitex FB700 and FB500 printers. The Color-Logic software enables customers to produce metallic effects for applications like retail signage and package prototyping. It requires the Color-Logic Printers Design Suite & License, HP FB251 Scitex White Ink and HP-approved media for metallic substrates.
At the ISA Sign Expo, HP announced it has entered into a licensing agreement with Brand Management Group (BMG), a company specializing in media distribution worldwide. HP states this move is to improve service quality and availability of its sign and display media for HP Latex Inks. BMG is expected to begin distributing HP-branded media through its global network of dealers on May 1, 2013.
HP also announced at ISA Sign Expo that Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Inc. and Cooley Group are the first external companies to introduce sign and display medias engineered with ColorPRO technology. In 2012, HP introduced its ColorPRO strategy as a set of substrate specifications to meet performance standards, primarily for its large-format portfolio and the HP Inkjet Web Press series.
Aurora Specialty Textiles and Cooley have now committed to develop, manufacture and distribute textile substrates for use with HP Latex Inks and non-PVC banner solutions for use with HP Latex and UV ink products, respectively. These new media options are expected to be available in late summer 2013.
M.T.L Print Ltd. of Israel, founded by inkjet-tech veterans Kobi Markovitch and Moshe Nur, is set to unveil the 5 x 10-foot NURStar 305D wide-format printing system at ISA, April 3 to 6, in Las Vegas.
M.T.L Print introduced its first machine, the NURStar 304D, in 2012, with what the company refers to as a unique interchangeable table, which is to be a hallmark feature of NURStar product line. Since that time, M.T.L Print has also established a North America headquarters in Kennesaw, Georgia.
"M.T.L. Print is riding high on customer momentum,” stated Ran Emanuel, CEO of M.T.L. Print. “Our service team is growing hand-in-hand with the installed base of the NURStar 304D, which was introduced early last year. We already have customers ordering their second machine, which is the best evidence of NURStar 304D's performance and value to its owners.”
The new NURStar 305D – like the 304D version – reaches speeds of up to 2,700 square feet per hour, employing variable dot size print-heads in a six-colour system. The NURStar line employs XAAR 1001 HSS heads, each containing 1,000 nozzles.
The 305D is available with an option for white-ink printing. The interchangeable table of the NURStar line is patent-pending technology that allows operators to load/unload as they print.
Agfa Graphics plans to exhibit four large-format inkjet systems at the ISA International Sign Expo, running from April 3 to 6 in Las Vegas, as well as related medias like the company’s new Duratex fabric for UV curable, latex, solvent and eco-solvent printers.
Agfa Graphics' booth is being presented as a "Six Strings Classic Blues Lounge," which means to replicate a New Orleans Jazz nightclub created with the company's inkjet media portfolio and equipment. “Almost every surface, image and promotional item was created using inkjet," states Deborah Hutcheson, Director of Marketing, Agfa Graphics North America. "The Six Strings Classic Blues Lounge is a stunning visual application lab of all the creative things that can be done with inkjet printing technology.”
Duratex PolyFab is making its North America trade show debut at Sign Expo. It is described by Agfa as a crease-free and water-repellant fabric that is highly stretchable for expansion over frame systems. Agfa’s inkjet systems on display at Sign Expo 2013 are to include:
:Anapurna M2050 – A high-speed, six-colour plus white, UV-curable inkjet printer with the ability to print in both uni- and bi-directional modes. It produces a maximum resolution of 1,440 dpi and accommodates rigid materials and rolls.
:Anapurna 2540 FB – An entry-level flatbed, UV-curable inkjet system designed for screen printers, photo shops and sign shops. Agfa states the system produces near-photo quality and can print on most rigid and sheet materials.
:Jeti 1224 HDC – A UV-curable system designed for display producers, sign-makers, screen-printers and print bureaus who work with a range of medias. This system’s FTR (roll-to-flat) opens up an application range with vinyl, canvas, self-adhesive vinyl, polyester-based films, fabrics and papers, as well as rigid boards, foam-core, corrugated and aluminum composites, and wood.
:Jeti 3020 Titan – A field-upgradeable system with a base configuration of 16 heads that can be expanded up to 48 heads to reach speeds of 2,432 square feet per hour. With 40 heads, the system allows for CMYK printing with enhanced white throughput.
Varnish + White: Using white ink, print service providers can produce prints on a variety of non-white substrates – including backlit prints – that can command premium prices. Varnish can be used as a spot or flood decorative element for attention-getting results at high-value prices.
Fujifilm at the SGIA 2012 show this month in Las Vegas introduced a new member of its Acuity wide format line. Called the Acuity Advance Select UV, the machine features eight independent ink channels that allows it to produce a wider range of applications.
In addition to the standard CMYK channels, the Acuity Advance Select has white and clear ink channels that can be configured to print clear + white, white + white, as well as to lay down additional cyan and magenta to increase productivity. The Acuity Advance Select also has new print modes to further improve print speed.
"The Acuity Advance Select, with white and clear ink options, sets a new standard for creating wide format, photo-realistic, fine detail prints with more versatility than ever," said Todd Zimmerman, Vice President and GM, Fujifilm North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division. "The Acuity Advance Select delivers stunning quality while printing at high production speeds. It can produce both rigid and flexible point-of-purchase signage that hold up visually, even at the closest of viewings, and can be used on practically any substrate, allowing printers to expand their capabilities and create new sales opportunities."
The device also has an optional roll media kit as well as additional vacuum zones to reduce manual masking.
Océ announced it will premiere the latest in its Arizona line, the 480 GT and the 480 XT, at the Specialty Graphic and Imaging Association show this week in Las Vegas.
The new Arizona 480 has eight independent ink channels with support for varnish or double-opacity white ink printing, including additional cyan and magenta channels for higher print quality at faster speeds. The two machines also feature a new system to increase image sharpness called active pixel placement compensation, which adjusts the location of individual pixels to account for localized variations in flatbed or platen height.
The Océ Arizona 480 GT printer offers the standard table size of 49.2 by 98.4 inches and the Océ Arizona 480 XT printer offers the extra large table size of 98.4 by 120 inches. Both can print on rigid media up to two inches thick. A roll-media option is available for both models to print on flexible media up to 86.6 inches wide.
In addition to the standard CMYK channels, channels five and six can be configured in two ways: Varnish + White and Double-White. The seventh and eighth channels add extra cyan and magenta nozzles to increase performance. The two machines have print speeds of up to 272 square feet per hour. The printers are aimed at production capacities of 53,800 to 107,600 square feet per year.
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.
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