Wide-format Inkjet

Fujifilm has introduced a new ink line for its Acuity series of printers. The Uvijet KA four colour CMYK ink is designed to have enhanced adhesion, scratch resistance, and increased tolerance to marks caused by operator fingerprints or traces left by protective films.

The ink was formulated after Fujifilm got feedback from its users asking for inks that have better adhesion across a broader spectrum of rigid plastic substrates. Fujifilm says the adhesion range of Uvijet KA is much wider than other inks currently available, and allows operators to manage multiple substrates within a single ink.

“Uvijet KA offers a high functionality ink with excellent adhesion across a wide range of rigid plastic substrates. Uvijet KA is ideal for customers for whom adhesion is a priority,” said John Kaiser, product marketing manager, Inkjet Inks, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division.

Uvijet KA ink is now available for the following Acuity Series models:

Acuity Advance (HD2545)

Acuity Advance X2 (HD2545)

Acuity Advance (HD2565)

Acuity Advance X2 (HD2565)

Acuity Advance HS (HD3545)

Acuity Advance HS X2 (HD3545)

Acuity Select (HD4000 Series)

Acuity Select X2 (HD4220 Series)

Acuity Select HS (HD5000 Series)

Acuity Select HS X2 (HD5220 Series) 

Uvijet KA ink (CMYK) is available in the standard Acuity two liter pouches:

Uvijet KA Cyan (KA-215/2L)

Uvijet KA Magenta (KA-867/2L)

Uvijet KA Yellow (KA-052/2L)

Uvijet KA Black (KA-004/2L)

Uvijet KA White ink is available in the standard Acuity one liter pouch:

Uvijet KA White (KA-021/1L)

Uvijet KO and Uvijet KI inks remain available for the Acuity Series of printers.

GTI Graphic Technology, a manufacturer of lighting systems for critical colour viewing, colour communication, and colour match assessment, has introduced a new Vertical Wall Viewing System, which is to be featured at the upcoming SGIA Expo taking place place from October 23 to 25 at the Orange County Convention in Orlando, Florida.

GTI’s new Vertical Wall Systems – a combination of overhead luminaires, viewing lamps, and accessories (wall panels, neutral gray paint, mounting options) – are ISO 3664:2009 D50-compliant for large-format vertical viewing.

GTI’s Graphiclite luminaires feature what the company describes as a parabolic lens design that provides light uniformity over a large vertical area. GTI luminaires utilize Graphiclite 100 Color Viewing Lamps that are engineered to provide balanced D50 light output. The system also includes mounting brackets and Munsell Neutral 8 gray wall steel panels.

“Output from today’s large format printers is excellent. However, the output often needs to be viewed in controlled lighting conditions in order to ensure that brand integrity and color fidelity is maintained,” stated Robert McCurdy, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at GTI. “GTI Wall Systems create an ISO 3664:2009 compliant viewing area that allows the viewer to stand as close as an inch in front of the artwork without a casting a shadow.”

During the SGIA Expo, GTI is also highlighting its SOFV-1xiQ software with a desktop viewing station and the iQ wireless light sensor. The sensor is used to automate the luminance match between a colour monitor and the viewing station. The viewing station features an integrated processor that enables wireless communication with the iQ sensor, automatic luminance matching, automatic calibration and ambient light monitoring ensuring that ISO 3664:2009 D50 color viewing standards are met.

The company is also exhibiting its SCV (Simultaneous Color Viewer), PDV (Professional Desktop Viewers), CRD (Color Rendition Demonstrator) and MiniMatcher Series of products at SGIA.

At Labelexpo last week in Brussels, EFI debuted its new addition to the Jetrion line, the 4950LX LED printer, as well as new finishing modules for the 4900 line.

The Jetrion 4950LX LED printer has a resolution of 720 x 720 dpi and uses what EFI claims to be first in its class LED curing technology to produce print on thin and traditionally difficult stocks. A side benefit is longer-lasting lamp life (5,000 hours versus 1,000 hours on mercy arc lamps) and lower energy usage.

The new finishing modules for the 4900 family displayed at Labelexpo included a varnish/lamination module, which extends the in-line finishing options available on the machine, and a new high-powered laser cutter, available in single-head (500W) or dual-head (1000W) configuration, for label producers working at widths of 330mm. Both work on either the Jetrion 4900-330 or the Jetrion 4950LX and both presses are driven by EFI’s Fiery digital front end.

Inca, distributed exclusively through Fujifilm worldwide, launched a new model in its Onset lineup, a new variant of its Onset S40i machine that features a white channel. The machine will make its first trade show appearance next month at FESPA Eurasia, but is available commercially immediately.

The device, based on the six-colour S40i launched at drupa in May last year, is designed for backlit or frontlit display graphics. The S40i with white replaces two colour ink channels of the original S40i (light cyan and light magenta) with two white channels. 

The Inca Onset S40i with white incorporates 168 Fujifilm Dimatix printheads (56 for white) on a full width print array. As a result the printer produces POS-quality display graphics at throughput speeds of up to 560 square meters per hour (CMYK only) equivalent to 112 full bed sheets per hour (3.14 x 1.6m), and onto substrates up to 50 mm (2 inches) thick. A choice of uni-directional, bi-directional and super high quality print modes can be selected depending on the specific job requirements.

The addition of the S40i with white variant brings thte total different configurations in Inca’s Onset range to 18.

Epson today at Labelexpo in Brussels launched PrecisionCore as its next-generation inkjet printing technology. PrecisionCore forms the heart of new SurePress L-6034V and L-6034VW presses, as well as Epson’s new SureColor F2000 direct-to-garment printer.

The SurePress L-6034V and L-6034VW also represent Epson’s first inkjet-based label presses to employ LED UV-curing ink, jetted by a PrecisionCore print-head array that fits within the company’s existing MicroTFP print-head brand. This single-pass industrial press line, scheduled for commercial release in summer 2014, is available with a white ink channel, SurePress L-6034VW, or without the white ink channel, SurePress L-6034V. Both systems include inline varnish.

Epson is producing the PrecisionCore print-heads in a Micro-Electromechanical Systems (MEMS) industrial facility. The manufacturing scalability and robustness behind Epson’s new print-head, which the company describes as a print chip, allows it to be deployed across a range of sectors from industrial and commercial printing to office products. This is also based on PrecisionCore’s ability to jet a variety of inks onto various marking materials.

“PrecisionCore represents a leap forward in printing performance,” said Minoru Usui, Epson’s global President. “We continue to deliver outstanding quality thanks to superior dot control, and have introduced a new system to ensure reliability. At the same time, scalability allows us to fully leverage our historical strengths of ink flexibility and print-head durability.” 

Epson, the imaging industry’s long-standing dominant force behind piezoelectric, relates the development of PrecisionCore to advances in its high-performance thin-film piezo technology, which is supported through the MEMS chip production for manufacturing scale, quality and cost effectiveness.

“For the first time, one printing technology offers the performance and scalability to fundamentally change how business approaches printing,” said Keith Kratzberg, Senior VP, Epson America. “While today’s industrial printing announcements from Epson showcase the power of PrecisionCore in the prime label and packaging industry, the technology will soon extend to a full range of PrecisionCore-based products designed for today’s office printing environments.”

The SurePress L-6034VW includes six array lineheads which are comprised of 11 PrecisionCore print chip modules (totaling 52,800 nozzles) with multi-size dot control and high native resolution. The linehead is designed to work with Epson’s new low-energy LED-cured UV ink and in-line digital varnish technology, which can ultimately image at a 600 x 600-dpi resolution at up to 49.2 feet per minute. The press works with standard film and paper label substrates between 3.15 to 13-inches wide up to 0.013-inches (0.32 mm) thick. In addition, it enables printing onto heat-sensitive substrates like polyethylene.
“The SurePress L-6034VW joins Epson’s current SurePress L-4033A/AW and puts Epson in the unique position to offer two very different digital label press solutions with two different ink sets – aqueous for short-run labels, especially on uncoated and textured paper, and now UV for short- to mid-run labels on a wider range of substrates,” said Mark Elsbernd, North American Region Sales Manager, Epson America. “Prime label and packaging converters now have two options to best suit their client portfolios.”

Xanté will premiere its new Excelgraphix 4200 P series inkjet printer and a new version of its iQueue Workflow at its PRINT 13 booth next week. 

"Chicago's winds of change are blowing from the South this September at PRINT," says Xanté CEO Robert Ross. "Our new Excelagraphix Series is going to turn wide format inkjet inside out, effectively upping the ante on every function that matters, beginning with truly blazing fast speed.”

The Excelagraphix 4200 P printer is a wide format system that uses Memjet’s Waterfall Printhead Technology to produce upwards of 3 billion drops of ink per second. The device is particularly well suited to extremely thick media, including corrugated board up to 1/2” thick.

The newest Xanté iQueue workflow software features an all-in-one RIP workflow and colour handling “that puts five- and six-figure workflows to shame.” The system is engineered specifically for digital colour printing and is bundled with all of Xanté’s devices. 

At the show, Xanté will also show its Excelagraphix L850 Digital Narrow Web Press as well as the company’s Ilumina 650GS series.

Fujifilm North America has added a new model to its Acuity Advance Select series of wide format printers, the Acuity Advance Select HS.

The new model, which comes in four variations between four and six ink channels as well as a choice of two bed sizes, features a higher production speed compared to other machines in the Acuity Advance Select line. The new printers are capable of 535 square feet per hour in Fujifilm’s Production Squared mode.

The six-channel Acuity Advance Select HS-6 printers can be configured with either clear + white or white+ white channels, for varnish and backlit applications or even extra cyan and magenta nozzle capacity. The two bed sizes are 4x8 feet and 8x10 feet; an optional roll media kit will also be available.

The Acuity Advance Select HS printers are optimized by Fujifilm’s Uvijet inks, which incorporate the company’s proprietary Micro-V dispersion technology. Fujifilm claims Micro-V technology helps to create better adhesion to substrate, improved durability and more vibrant colour.

Canon Solutions America has announced a new series of Océ Arizona 600 UV flatbed printers. The new line will consist of four models, the Arizona 640 GT, the Arizona 640 XT, the Arizona 660 GT and the Arizona 660 XT.

The primary difference in the machines lies with the number of independent ink channels and bed size. XT models feature an extra-large table size while the 660 printers feature six independent ink channels versus the four channel of the 640 printers.

The six channel devices can be configured to print either White+Varnish or Double-opacity White. These configurations can produce backlit prints or to print on unusual media for industrial applications.

Océ Arizona 600 Series GT models feature the standard table size of 49.2 by 98.4 inches, and Océ Arizona 600 Series XT printer offers the extra large table size of 98.4 by 120 inches. A Roll Media Option is available for all models to print on flexible media up to 86.6 inches wide.

At FESPA 2013, running June 25 to 29 in London, Agfa Graphics launched its Anapurna M3200RTR wide-format system and a new workflow solution called Asanti for the display-graphics sector.

The Anapurna M3200 RTR is a 3.2-metre, roll-to-roll device, which features a six-colour, UV-curing ink system. It supports dual-roll printing and produces a maximum 1,440-dpi resolution, while working with flexible materials like banners, self-adhesive vinyls, and front- and back-lit graphics.

“Most UV-curable production printers designed to ease the transition away from solvent-based engines carry a heavy price tag,” stated Willy Van Dromme, Director of Marketing Wide Format at Agfa Graphics. “We have developed the Anapurna M3200 RTR to be a reliable and good quality system at a sensible and attractive cost.”

Also at FESPA, Agfa, building from its long-standing Apogee software, introduced new Asanti workflow for wide-format production. Asanti is a PDF-based workflow for tasks like colour management, file editing, RIPping and pre-flighting. It includes the Asanti StoreFront, a web-to-print application based on cloud technology.

HP has announced a new device in its Scitex flatbed system lineup which is aimed at production of corrugated and display graphics. The HP Scitex FB10000 Industrial Press makes its debut at FESPA in London this week and will arrive in November.

The six-colour FB10000 has a bed size of 1.6 metres by 3.2 metres. According to HP, the machine can produce up to 125 full-sized sheets per hour, or 1,001 B1-sized sheets in less than two hours.

"To date, digital printing customers have had to choose between productivity and quality, always sacrificing one feature for the other," said Stephen Nigro, Senior Vice President, Graphics Solutions Business, HP. "The HP Scitex FB10000 industrial press changes the game, providing a unique combination of speed, quality and versatility to cost-effectively meet the standards set by offset while taking advantage of the short runs, personalization and quick turnarounds possible with digital."

The company describes the FB10000 as a new platform featuring unique technologies for high speed and quality work. Central to this technology is what HP calls High Dynamic range (HDR) printing, which uses variable drop sizes to print both solid coverage and high detail areas in one pass. Droplets of 15, 30 and 45 picolitres are created from HP’s new HDR300 printheads to minimize tone breaks in printed images. Each nozzle produces up to 24,000 droplets per second and the FB10000 has 312 printheads (52 per colour) of 192 nozzles each, leading to production speeds of up to 625 square metres per hour.

The FB10000 also employs HP HDR240 Scitex UV-curable inks, which features new qualities such as high durability as well as 300 percent elongation, meaning it is very suitable to corrugated POP displays which require creasing. The inks are also Greenguard Gold certified, meaning they are suitable for sensitive indoor environments. The ink also features properties that allows it to adhere to more substrates, including plastics, without pretreatment.

HP says its current Scitex FB7600 will continue to be sold, aimed at the screen printing market. The Scitex FB10000 will place above it in its flatbed lineup.

Agfa Graphics is launching the new Jeti TitanX at FESPA 2013 taking place London, England, from June 25 to 29. The new system joins Agfa’s existing Jeti Titan series of UV-curable wide-format printers based on moving-table flatbed technology (now holding seven different system configurations).

The Jeti TitanX is described by Agfa as a highly flexible system, which allows for fast switching between four (CMYK) to six-colour (CMYKLcLm) imaging on a job-by-job basis. Both modes also allow for laying down white ink, with eight dedicated white print heads out of the system’s 48 total.

The Jeti TitanX has a bed size of 3.1x2 metres with a table with a tolerance of only ± 0.05 mm over the complete surface. The system also features what Agfa refers to as Table Topology Compensation, a set of measurement and jetting compensation algorithms to help reduce variations. An optical camera is used to scan the bed to create a topographical map of the imaging area. The algorithms then make velocity compensation calculations for optimized dot placement.
The Jeti TitanX jets Agfa’s Anuvia UV-curable inks that are designed specifically for high-end production platforms.

Inca Digital and Fujifilm will present an addition to its Onset line: the Q40i, at FESPA in London later this month. The companies describe the Q40i as an ultra-high-quality flatbed UV inkjet printer.

The Q40i will use Fujifilm’s Spectra Dimatix QS10 printheads to image media up to 3.14 meters x 1.6 meters up to 50 mm thick. Compared to the 27 picolitre drop size on the S40i model, the Q40i has a 10 picolitre drop size, leading to an apparent resolution of 1,200 dpi. The Q40i prints at up to 310 square metres per hour, or 62 full bed sheets.

“The Inca Onset Q40i combines outstanding quality with high-volume capabilities for critical print applications such as backlit cosmetics displays, fashion and other closely-viewed graphics,” said Heather Kendle, Inca Digital, Marketing Director. She goes on to say the Q40i’s output is comparable to offset litho. 

The Q40i will be available in four- or six-colour configurations, bringing the Onset’s lineup to 20 different configurations in the range.

HP plans to introduce a new wide-format inkjet system, called the HP Latex 3000, to the worldwide market by mid-August. The company also announced the rebranding of its Designjet and Scitex printers and supplies into what the company describes as a new sub-brand known as HP Latex.

HP’s latex printing systems were first introduced in 2008 as a water-based alternative to solvent ink technologies. The company reports more than 15,000 HP Latex printers have been shipped worldwide, which have produced over 100 million square metres of print. HP expects these numbers to triple by 2016.

“As the leader in large-format printing, HP is offering latex solutions that give our customers a unique advantage to cost-effectively address these challenges with new levels of productivity, quality and application versatility,” stated said Xavier Garcia, VP and GM, Large-Format Sign and Display Division, HP.

The HP Latex 3000 system, according to the company, is to provide the ability to work with a greater range of medias, including heat-sensitive substrates, based a new ink solution called the HP Latex Optimizer. This new inking technology is designed to provide curing at lower temperatures and with less energy than previous HP Latex systems. 

The new Latex 3000 will jet third-generation HP 881 Latex Inks and feature production speeds of 830 ft2/hr (77 m2/hr) for indoor applications and 1,290 ft2/hr (120 m2/hr) for outdoor applications.
The new HP Latex branding results in the following portfolio:

HP Latex 260, formerly Designjet L26500
HP Latex 280, formerly Designjet L28500
HP Latex 820, formerly Scitex LX820
HP Latex 850, formerly Scitex LX850
HP Latex 3000 Printer (August 2013 release)

Fujifilm, which is the exclusive global distributor for Inca technology, announced the launch of a new inkjet solution for POP corrugated board applications. The technology package is a combination of the Inca Onset S40i, Fujifilm’s new Uvijet OC inks, and a new handling system that was previewed back in January 2013.

The new Uvijet ink system and system for handling corrugated substrates are designed to address challenges in the inkjet production of corrugated board, including distorted or bowed substrates. Fujifilm points out that because of the absorbent nature of various corrugated materials, there is a tendency for ink to sink in (leaving an uneven matte finish) and for companies to then compensate by over varnishing. Uvijet inks, according to the company, help to overcome these challenges, while the handling system eliminates further potential distortions.

Fujifilm also points out the Uvijet ink system builds on the company’s history of developing screen inks for POP corrugated board applications, as well as its history with UV inkjet inks. The new inks are described as offering a range of finishes from low-glare satin to high gloss in corrugated applications, while also allowing users to store and then later finish printed POP work.

The new handling system for the Inca Onset S40i is based on a fully automatic vacuum-to-vacuum transfer method. It utilizes a robotic arm and camera system to distinguish the location and orientation of a stack (within 0.5 mm), separate the top sheet and transfer it to the vacuum bed of the Onset without any gripping or squeezing, which can leave marks on outer edges. 

This system, according to Fujifilm, enables the transportation of uneven materials (which could have up to a 20 mm difference per linear metre in distribution end-to-end), to be held flat on the table with no marks affecting the printed area. According to Fujifilm, this eliminates the need for an excessive gap between print heads and substrate, which helps users maintain text and image quality on difficult surfaces.

When printing is complete, a second automated head also utilizing a vacuum system picks up the printed sheet and drops it onto a delivery stack. With both heads working simultaneously, the productivity of the Onset is increased to over 500 m2/hr.

“This combination of printer, ink and handling system enables our customers in the corrugated display market to be confident that they can produce an even higher class of POP displays than ever before, as there are no longer any compromises to be made," stated Tudor Morgan, Marketing Manager, Fujifilm. "We are confident that bringing this solution to market will open up new business opportunities for these printers and give the industry a new standard to work to.”

At the ISA Sign Expo in Las Vegas, ended Saturday April 6, Fujifilm exhibited its recently released Acuity Advance Select 8 flatbed printer and the Acuity LED 1600 hybrid printer.

The Acuity Advance Select 8 is a UV-based flatbed inkjet system that, building on the existing Acuity Advance series, offers more colour options through an eight-channel set, including white and clear ink options. The Acuity Advance four- and six-channel models were introduced back in late-2012. The new Select 8 also includes two additional production print modes for increased throughput, as well as a new print-bed vacuum system for greater zoning capability.

At ISA, Fujifilm demonstrated the Acuity Advance Select 8 by running unique substrates for applications like poker chips, textured print, playing card tins, Visual Magnetics, wood signs, clear PETG, white Styrene, black Sintra, Innova framed art and Ultraflex poplin fabric.

Fujifilm also showcased its Acuity LED 1600 wide-format hybrid inkjet printer, designed with a unique curing system for creating higher value graphic displays, signs and banners. The printer employs a patent-pending UV-LED ink curing system for both roll and rigid substrates. Those companies that have been integrating LED curing speak to benefits like lower energy consumption and longer lamp life when compared to traditional metal halide UV curing technology.

The Acuity LED 1600 reaches printing speeds of up to 215 square feet per hour and comes standard with an eight-channel set, including CMYK plus light cyan, light magenta, white and clear. This system allows for printing white or clear ink in a single pass. At ISA, the Acuity LED 1600 was demonstrated with Ultraflex Illumisol backlit signs, Sihl clear film, Catalina Graphic Films’ Mojave wall paper, Fujifilm poster paper, clear textured printing, packing printing with playing card cases, and decal/label printing.

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