Wide Format Digital Print



  • + swissQprint Greentech

    Customer benefit and environmental compatibility are equally high priorities in developing the large format printers, a ..

    31 March 2020


    Customer benefit and environmental compatibility are equally high priorities in developing the large format printers, a principle that takes its firm place in the Swiss company's mission statement.

    swissQprint large format printers, like the country they hail from, are noted for high tech. "swissQprint Greentech" summarises the Swiss manufacturer's strategic harnessing of technologies and processes in the cause of environmental protection.

    Customer benefit and environmental compatibility are equally high priorities in developing the large format printers, a principle that takes its firm place in the Swiss company's mission statement. "swissQprint Greentech" shows how this works in practice. The result is that swissQprint users attain high added value with the lowest possible environmental impact.

    Small ecological footprint
    Four main factors contribute to swissQprint large format printers leaving a small ecological footprint: short shipping distances, outstanding durability, low maintenance requirements and UV LED printing technology.

    The printers are developed and manufactured from start to finish at the headquarters in Switzerland, with the involvement of mostly local suppliers. The machines' outstanding durability saves on resources – some of these printers are still operating after twelve years. Their reliability minimises service calls and consumable parts that need replacing, hence CO2 emissions and costs as well. UV LED technology requires neither heating for drying processes nor ventilation for extracting volatile pollutants (VOC). Furthermore, the LED UV lamps that cure the ink are economical on electricity. This minimises the system's overall energy requirement.

    Maximum energy efficiency

    A fully equipped swissQprint large format printer with a 2×3.2 metre flatbed draws the same amount of electricity as two ordinary electric kettles – just 3 kWh. The printer makes extraordinarily efficient use of this electricity, as evidenced by measurements and ISO 20690 certification.

    The Tesla comparison
    swissQprint draws an interesting comparison: Nyala, the largest and highest-performing model in the swissQprint range, prints an area about the same size as a tennis court within one hour when running at top speed. It consumes 3 kWh of electricity to cover this surface of around 200 square metres. A Tesla, the prime example of "green mobility", can only travel about 16 km with the same amount of energy.

    Pollutant-free
    The current UV standard inks from swissQprint are Greenguard Gold certified. This means that printed products can be brought confidently into critical places like hospitals and schools as the inks comply with strict upper limits for chemical emissions. Furthermore, UV printing does not emit ozone. And with LED systems having replaced the mercury vapour lamps used in the past, toxic waste has been eliminated.





  • + HP expands Latex R Printer possibilities

    HP Inc. today announced an updated portfolio of HP Latex R Series printers with new features and solutions to make it ea..

    31 March 2020


    HP Inc. today announced an updated portfolio of HP Latex R Series printers with new features and solutions to make it easier for print service providers (PSPs) to benefit from HP Latex printing on a hybrid printing platform, including achieving high image quality on a range of rigid and flexible materials using HP’s water-based Latex Inks.

    The HP Latex R Series brings vibrant colors into the rigid printing world along with HP’s innovative White Latex Ink, a glossy, high-quality “true white” that doesn’t yellow over time like traditional UV-based white ink.

    The new portfolio introduces the new entry-level HP Latex R1000 model, offered at an attractive entry price point.

    Additionally, HP is introducing improvements across the portfolio. The new R Series printers now enable customers to benefit from higher productivity and efficiency.

    Software productivity advancements include expanded queue management capability and automated updates. More efficient multi-sheet media loading and handling will help significantly boost output. These upgrades will be available to existing R Series printer customers.

    The new R series will also boost the capability of PSPs to grow applications such as custom short-run packaging, POP corrugated displays, and printed thermoforming, benefitting from fine details and saturated color image quality on cardboard stock and amazing HP Latex ink elongation capabilities when producing thermoformed printer parts.

    “With the new HP Latex R Printer series 2020 edition, large format print service providers will benefit from new levels of performance. They will also be able to expand to fast-growing applications, such as short-run special packaging and printed thermoforming for which HP Latex inks technology delivers top-quality performance,” said Guayente Sanmartin, general manager, HP Large Format Graphics Business, HP Inc.

    The new portfolio of R Series Printers
    HP Latex R Printers powers PSPs with ultimate versatility for one technology to achieve the same look across rigid and flexible campaigns. A single ink set delivers vibrant HP Latex colour gamut along with the industry’s glossiest white. HP’s White Latex Ink set an industry first by developing an innovative system that recirculates the white ink to avoid settling. The R Series printer portfolio includes:

    • HP Latex R2000 Plus Printer for highest capacity and productivity, feeding materials in roll-fed or sheet-fed configuration up to 98-inches wide (2.5 meters), printing with high-capacity 5 litre-cartridges and white ink printing capability.

    • HP Latex R1000 Plus Printer handling media up to 64 inches wide (1.64 m), roll-fed or sheet-fed configuration with 3 litre-cartridges and white ink printing capability.

    • HP Latex R1000 Printer entry-level solution at an attractive price, handling media up to 64 inches wide (1.64 m) with 3 litre-cartridges. Provided in sheet-fed configuration with white ink printing capability, with roll-fed available as an accessory.

    The R Series rigid substrate capabilities include paper and plastic foamboard, PVC foam, corrugated board, acrylic, polycarbonate, compressed cardboard, honeycomb board, alluminum composite panel, and wood. Roll substrates include PVC banner, self-adhesive vinyl, coated paper, polypropylene, polystyrene, polycarbonate, polyester, textiles, and canvas.

    Learn more about HP Latex at hp.com/go/LatexRseries.





  • + Mimaki expands portfolio with new large-scale 3D and roll-to-roll UJV100-160 inkjet printers

    Mimaki 3DGD-1800 3D The Mimaki 3DGD-1800 3D facilitates large-scale production up to three times faster than with c..

    31 March 2020


    Mimaki 3DGD-1800 3D

    The Mimaki 3DGD-1800 3D facilitates large-scale production up to three times faster than with conventional Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) type 3D printers and connects the company’s 2D printing expertise and 3D technology innovations.

    Capable of producing objects up to 1.8 metres tall in just seven hours – with its assembly-based design allowing for the creation of even larger designs – the innovative 3D printing system boasts a number of clever time- and cost- saving features, including dual-head configuration to enable the simultaneous output of two structures.

    The Mimaki 3DGD-1800 also facilitates the production of support-free hollowed structures, further streamlining production whilst allowing for increased portability and the possible addition of interior illuminations. The technology will open up a diverse range of potential applications, from signage, events and creative art through to interior design. Customers can utilise Mimaki’s extensive portfolio of 2D print solutions to cost-effectively decorate these applications, opening doors to a range of new products that combine creativity and innovation with Mimaki’s tried and tested vibrant, high-quality results.

    The new Mimaki 3DGD-1800 is set to revolutionise the way in which large-sized objects are created, enabling a switch from costly and time-consuming conventional handcrafting methods which require significant expertise, to effortless, high-speed production utilising 3D data.

    Whereas large objects have traditionally been produced by manually sculpting foam materials, Mimaki’s new 3D printing system transforms this process right through from concept to manufacture – meaning that designs can be visualised as a finished product just based on the 3D data, and then produced in various sizes from a single data set. Contrary to other 3D printing methods involving hot-melt lamination, the 3DGD-1800 employs Gel Dispensing Printing technology, extruding gel-type UV curable resin lineally and utilising LED UV light to instantly cure the resin, enabling lamination speeds of up to 350mm in height per hour.





  • + EconoRed III Dryer Ups Capacity, Reduces Cost and Size

    An all-new EconoRed ER-III-30 high-capacity dryer from Vastex cures screen-printed plastisols, water-based inks and disc..

    17 March 2020


    An all-new EconoRed ER-III-30 high-capacity dryer from Vastex cures screen-printed plastisols, water-based inks and discharge at higher rates, in a smaller footprint, at lower cost and more quietly than the BigRed 3 model it replaces, it was announced by Mark Vasilantone, president.

    With a 76 cm wide belt and three 61 cm wide, 3,600 watt heaters (total 10,800 watts) it can cure 475 garments/h printed with plastisol ink, or 150/h printed with water-based ink or discharge.

    An EconoRed III-30-2 version equipped with an additional heating chamber (total 21,600 watts), allows doubling of belt speed, curing up to 950 garments/h printed with plastisol ink, or 300/h printed with water-based ink or discharge.

    The heaters feature closely spaced coils that provide high-density, medium-wavelength infrared heat for maximum cure speed without cold spots or under-curing and come with a 15-year warranty.

    With the Vastex Infrared Focusing System, the heaters can be adjusted to any height 5 to 17 cm above the belt, allowing the operator to compensate for varying garment thicknesses.

    The dryer is over 20 percent quieter and 13 cm narrower than its predecessor owing to its top-mounted exhaust system, and allows positioning of the control box on the right (standard) or left side of the enclosure to suit shop layouts.

    The new exhaust system draws in filtered air that cools the outer skin of the dryer while a powerful 10.75 CMM exhaust system evacuates moisture and fumes from the heating chamber. The two-chamber model includes a 21.5 CMM system.

    As with all Vastex conveyor dryers, EconoRed dryers are supplied as standard with a digital PID temperature controller accurate to =/- 1°, allowing the operator to repeat or fine-tune drying results at any future time.

    Vasilantone says EconoRed III-54 models with 137 cm wide conveyor belts will soon follow.

    The company also produce specialised DTG-capable multi-function dryers with capacities from 110+ to 950+ pieces per hour per chamber, as well as industrial-grade and entry-level manual screen printing presses, flash cure units, screen exposing units, screen drying cabinets, washout booths and complete screen printing shop systems.
     
    For information contact Vastex International, Inc., +1 610 625 2702, sales@vastex.com, www.vastex.com






  • + New Mimaki Tx300P-1800 MkII textile printer

    Tx300P-1800 from Mimaki splendidly reproduces rich colour gradation and delicate sophisticated lines in textile printing..

    11 February 2020


    Tx300P-1800 from Mimaki splendidly reproduces rich colour gradation and delicate sophisticated lines in textile printing. In Tx300P-1800 MkII, these capabilities have been taken to a new level, and long-awaited print on paper is now available with the "hybrid ink capability" which is another unique feature of this series. 

    As Dye sublimation ink (transfer) for printing on transfer paper has been added, you can now select from 3 types of ink sets; "Dye sublimation ink (transfer) + Textile pigment ink", "Direct sublimation ink + Textile pigment ink", "Dye sublimation ink (transfer) + Direct sublimation ink".*1,*2
    Enabling print on paper will expand the possibilities of new materials and applications drastically.

    • Switchable conveyance units supporting both paper and textile
    Service engineers are no longer needed! You can easily replace platens manually.

    • A variety of ink types capable of responding to print materials and hybrid ink supply system
    One way and Hybrid are available.

    • Ultimate design for usability ensuring high-quality production
    New printhead, Reliable textile feeding mechanism

    • Mimaki’s print technologies for achieving beautiful printing
    - Mimaki Advanced Pass System 4 (MAPS4) reduces banding.
    - Superior inkjet technology

    • Uninterrupted printing solutions
    - Nozzle Check Unit (NCU) automatically detects and cleans clogged nozzles.
    - Nozzle Recovery System (NRS) uses only good nozzles as substitutes, when the clogged nozzles are not recovered after cleaning.
    - Mimaki Bulk Ink System 3 (MBIS3) for long-time continuous printing.

    • High-performance RIP software TxLink4 Lite*
    The TxLink4 Lite offers simple RGB and CMYK colour replacement on raster and vector data, as well as the ability to produce different colour patterns. Moreover, various colour replacement functions can represent desired colours.
    * TxLink4 Lite or RasterLink6Plus is bundled according to a user' s choice.

    The feature of digital textile printing

    Substantial time savings and production time reduction from design to market enables fast response to clients orders.
    No restriction in numbers of colours, smooth gradations and high quality printing.
    Ecologically viable printing as only the required ink quantity is used for production. No excess water usage.





  • + Agfa Introduces Oberon RTR3300

    Agfa announced a new addition to its large-format inkjet printer assortment. The Oberon RTR3300 is a dedicated 3.3 m hig..

    11 February 2020


    Agfa announced a new addition to its large-format inkjet printer assortment. The Oberon RTR3300 is a dedicated 3.3 m high-end roll-to-roll machine that combines extreme productivity and quality with an extensive media scope and a unique ease of use.


    The new Oberon RTR3300 comes in a four colour plus white, and a six colour version, depending on user needs and preferences. In ‘express mode’, the Oberon RTR3300 hits an impressive 150 m²/h, while still delivering Agfa’s well-known exceptional image quality. In ‘production mode’, the Oberon reaches a consistent 85 m² per hour. The dual-roll option is capable of handling two rolls each up to 1.6 meters wide, doubling the total output.


    The UV LED inks on the Oberon RTR3300 were optimised for flexible media and excel in the smooth printing of solid colours. They obtained the highest category of Greenguard Gold certification, which means they meet some of the world’s most rigorous chemical emissions standards and can be used in sensitive indoor environments like schools or healthcare facilities.


    Wide media scope


    The Oberon RTR3300 covers significant media diversity and a wide range of applications, enabling print service providers to execute all their customers’ creative wishes, while also inspiring them to explore new directions.


    In addition to its air-cooled LED curing lamps, the Oberon RTR3300 features a unique water-cooled table that keeps the printing zone at room temperature. Therefore, print service providers can smoothly process any kind of heat-sensitive roll material, including lower cost media.


    The dedicated mesh printing functionality makes printing on mesh (with or without liner) more convenient than ever.


    User-friendly, efficient and reliable


    The Oberon RTR3300 was designed with a view to offering convenience, lean operations and peace of mind. Thanks to a unique media loading setup, a single operator can quickly load the media. The smart multi-queue functionality guarantees effortless job planning in view of the available materials. The free fall option, which may be used to print on demand, reduces media waste. A light box next to the printing area allows for on-the-spot quality inspection of backlit prints, while a double light curtain ensures that jobs don’t get interrupted and media wasted, even when an operator accidentally moves into the safety zone.


    Taking printing to the Extreme


    “When developing the Oberon, we once again focused on merging extreme productivity with extreme quality, in addition to delivering the lowest ink consumption levels and reduced overall operational costs. It is a position to give print service providers a competitive edge,” said Tom Vermeulen, Head of Sign & Display, Agfa. “This new engine builds on decades of experience in developing and manufacturing versatile large-format printing solutions. Our unique systems approach integrates and optimizes engine, ink, media, workflow and color management to ensure the highest quality, consistency and reliability.”


    The Oberon RTR3300 will make its debut at the C!Print show (Lyon, France, 4-6 February 2020) and at FESPA (Madrid, Spain, 24-27 March 2020).





  • + EFI launch new VUTEk D5R and D3R mid-volume UV LED printers

    Electronics For Imaging Inc. is launching a new mid-range roll-to-roll printer line that helps sign and display graphics..

    21 January 2020


    Electronics For Imaging Inc. is launching a new mid-range roll-to-roll printer line that helps sign and display graphics customers drive more volume with high-end digital print for endless applications and designs.

    The new EFI VUTEk D3r and D5r LED inkjet printers leverage many of the advanced capabilities from EFI’s highly successful VUTEk 3r+ and 5r+ printers, offering a mid-range solution for an even wider variety of high value applications thanks to its combination of white and clear inks, as well as its Museum print mode. The new printer line also supports the unique collection of options for VUTEk roll-to-roll LED printers, providing a full system for higher efficiency and a lower total cost of ownership.

    The VUTEk D3r, which prints up to 2,196 square feet per hour, is making its worldwide debut at the EFI Connect users’ conference, Jan. 21-24 in Las Vegas, and making its European debut at the EFI EMEA Ignite event on Jan. 29 in Brussels, Belgium.

    The second printer in the new mid-range line, the VUTEk D5r, prints up to 2,626 square feet per hour. Early D5r users such as Thomas Printworks in the United States and Allgraf in Italy have purchased the new printer line for its performance capabilities to meet growing demand for high-end signage, décor, outdoor graphics and other applications.

    “We were looking to upgrade our 5-meter printing capabilities, and when we found the EFI VUTEk D5r, it checked all the boxes related to speed, quality, cost of operation, and efficiency,” said Bryan Thomas, president at Thomas Printworks. “The quality of the machine was so impressive that it gave us the added benefit of also replacing a 3-meter printer within our fleet.”

    “Our choice to buy the EFI VUTEk D5r was a winning decision,” said Agostino Allegris, CEO and president at Allgraf. “The printing resolution, the possibilities of white printing and the inline clear ink are unique features and they give us a competitive edge. Now, we have the ability to print a full flood or selective clear ink in glossy or matte. We are excited of the possibilities of printing a whole series of innovative applications and materials.”

    High-end UltraDrop Technology and high efficiency

    The D3r and D5r printers, at 3.5- and 5.2-meters wide respectively, deliver outstanding smoothness in shadows, gradients and transitions with UltraDrop Technology, precise and sharp 3-point size text, and a true resolution of up to 1,200 dots per inch. An ultra-high-definition print mode offers near-photographic quality. The printers’ LED curing ensures not only cost savings but also a more environmentally sound printing solution, consuming less energy and enabling the use of thinner, heat-sensitive substrates.

    The VUTEk D line is equipped with additional printheads and offers both white and jettable clear ink for matte and glossy effects, covering a wider amount of unique applications such as wall decorations and murals, window graphics, flooring, high-value prints with selective gloss effects, fleet graphics, truck-side curtains and more.

    The printers are easily customisable to the purchaser’s needs and strategies, with optional features including:

    • White and clear ink;
    • Inline x-cutters and y-slitters;
    • Automatic backlit and block-out printing;
    • Media spreaders and motorised winders; and more.

    Both printers include EFI’s industry-leading Fiery proServer SE digital front end, allowing increased productivity as well as accurate color matching every time.

    For added productivity, users can choose to add a software productivity pack and are able to remotely connect with the printers using a mobile application. EFI VUTEk SuperFlex 3M inks are also available for manufacturing of popular and profitable vehicle wraps and fleet graphics.

    “The ‘D’ in the name for these new printers is for ‘Design,’ and they are absolutely designed to offer the right mix of features, productivity and cost to create new opportunities for signage and graphics professionals,” said Ken Hanulec, EFI’s vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “We listened very closely to our customers for feedback to create a mid-volume solution that will be the technology of choice for print providers seeking to profitably grow their businesses with high-end applications.”

    For more information on EFI’s portfolio of solutions for the display graphics industry, visit www.efi.com.





  • + Cutting Plotter CE7000 series is Now Launched

    A new series of cutting plotters has been announced by Graphtec. Called the CE7000, it replaces the CE6000 series and pr..

    14 January 2020


    A new series of cutting plotters has been announced by Graphtec. Called the CE7000, it replaces the CE6000 series and provides radically enhanced performance capabilities but at a competitive price point and with new and larger size options.

    With a cutting performance that equates to the flagship Graphtec FC8600 series of machines, the CE7000 is available in a choice of four sizes (40, 60,130 replacing the CE6000-120 and the new and largest160cm models). These provide respective media cutting widths of 484, 712, 1,372 and 1,626mm, with a maximum cutting speed of up to 1,000mm/sec on the 130 and 160 machine options and a maximum cutting force of 450g.

    The CE7000 series also feature the latest Version 8 of Graphtec’s proprietary ARMS (Advanced Registration Mark Sensing) system for reliable long-length (up to five metres) tracking and optimum cutting accuracy. Key design features include a digital servo drive system and graphic backlit LCD control panel, together with a range of standard and optional accessories (including super-steel 0.9mm cutting blades and fibre-tip pens) and a choice of machine operating modes to accommodate different types and thicknesses of material.

    The CE7000 is suitable for handling of most types of flexible and semi-rigid materials, including self-adhesive vinyl, heat transfer, paper and card formats. The machine can be used for a wide range of print and cut applications, including those in the signage and graphics, digital printing and finishing, labels and labelling, vehicle marking and decals, labels and labelling, packaging and print wear and promotional products sectors.

    The CE7000 is supplied as standard with Graphtec’s own-brand design and production software. This comprises Graphtec Pro Studio for Windows and Graphtec Studio for MAC applications, together with the optional Cutting Master 4 program that enables integration with other popular software suites such as Adobe Illustrator and CorelDRAW. 





  • + Epson Develops Compact, Lightweight Spectroscopic Camera to Automate Colour Inspections

    Epson has developed a compact, lightweight spectroscopic camera that can be integrated in manufacturing lines. Epson wil..

    07 January 2020


    Epson has developed a compact, lightweight spectroscopic camera that can be integrated in manufacturing lines. Epson will launch its first spectroscopic camera, one that captures light across the visible spectrum, in the 2020 fiscal year ending March 2021.

    Differences in colour can occur between products in different production lots in ordinary manufacturing processes. A spectroscopic camera can be used by manufacturers to perform the following inspections to control these differences to a certain extent and ensure product quality:
    ·         Colour variation inspections
    ·         Surface coating inspections
     
    The RGB cameras currently used in these inspections are unable to capture detailed colour information and are not always able to distinguish between subtle differences in colour. Consequently, most visual inspections relied on human colour perception. However, colour perception varies among individuals, and human error puts manufacturers at risk of shipping defective goods. Time and cost constraints make colour management an issue in many industries. Spectroscopic cameras have traditionally been large and expensive, and those equipped with line sensors may have to composite images after scanning, adding to the time and expense.
     
    Epson has developed an optimal solution for colour management processes with a compact, lightweight spectroscopic camera that can be integrated into manufacturing lines, that can automate and quantify inspections, and output images without the time and trouble of compositing. This spectroscopic camera will enable manufacturers to manage colour in their manufacturing processes more easily than ever before.
     




    Features
    1.     About the same compactness and weight as an RGB camera. Can be installed in manufacturing lines.
    2.     Integral field spectroscopy. Can focus on an area, measure the colours, and distinguish colours of a target object within the visible light range.
    3.     Image processing functions needed on manufacturing lines can be used along with spectral imaging functions.


    Epson will be demonstrating the spectroscopic camera on the Epson booth S1-02 at International Robot Exhibition 2019, to be held at the Tokyo Big Sight (Tokyo International Exhibition Centre) from 18-21 December 2019.
     
    For more information about the exhibition and the demos that will be on the Epson booth go to: https://biz.nikkan.co.jp/eve/irex/english/





  • + Polaroid Large Format Printers and Ink Now Available in the U.S. Market

    Polaroid today announced its large format printers and ink, previously available in Latin America and the EU, are now av..

    26 November 2019


    Polaroid today announced its large format printers and ink, previously available in Latin America and the EU, are now available for commercial customers in the United States. Polaroid large format printers feature today’s leading technology and offer the speed, quality and profitability businesses are looking for from their printing solutions.

    Four different printer lines — solvent, mild-solvent, dye sublimation and UV— are currently available to satisfy a wide a range of uses including signage, POP displays, buses, billboards, tradeshow displays and more. Also available is a collection of specialty ink, created specifically for each printer line. Polaroid large format printers currently available in the U.S. market include:

    Polaroid Nova UV LED 3.20 Printer
    • Ricoh G5 PL HEAD
    • Head quantity: From 4 up to 9 print heads
    • Printer speed: Production Mode: 95 sqm/H 1060 SQF/H; High Quality: 55 sqm/H 570 SQF/H
    • Print technology: Piezoelectric ink jet
    • Printing mode: Unidirectional / Bi-directional
    • Media: Supports flexible media up to 320cm
    • Resolution: 720×1200 DPI
    • File format: EPS, JPEG, PDF, TIFF, Postscript
    • Power supply: AC 220v 5500 w
    • Operation conditions: Temperature 20°C – 28°C; relative humidity 40% to 60%
    • Printer dimensions: 6450x1240x1600mm


    Polaroid Second 1.80 Printer
    • Epson DX5 HEAD
    • Head quantity: 2 print heads
    • Printer speed: Production Mode: 25 sqm/H 250 SQF/H; High Quality: 14 sqm/H 150 SQF/H
    • Print technology: Piezoelectric ink jet
    • Printing mode: Unidirectional / Bi-directional
    • Media: Supports flexible media up to 180cm
    • Resolution: 1400 DPI
    • File format: EPS, JPEG, PDF, TIFF, Postscript
    • Power supply: AC 220v
    • Operation conditions: Temperature 20°C – 28°C; relative humidity 40% to 60%
    • Printer dimensions: 2715x650x1246


    Polaroid HS-2 5113 Sublimation Printer
    • Ricoh G5 de 7pl. Head
    • Head quantity: 4-9 printer heads
    • Printer speed: Production Mode: 95 sqm/H; High Quality: 55 sqm/H; Ultra Quality: 25 sqm/H
    • Print technology: Piezoelectric ink jet
    • Printing mode: Unidirectional / Bi-directional
    • Media: glass, acrylic, wood, PVC, metal panels, ceramic tiles, KT board WPC, MDF, ceiling film, vinyl, advertising banner, PET, wallpaper and more
    • Resolution: Up to 720 X 1200 dpi
    • File format: EPS, JPEG, PDF, TIFF, Postscript
    • Power supply: AC 220 V,5500 W
    • Operation conditions: Temperature 22°C a 28°C; relative humidity 80%
    • Printer dimensions: 6450x1240x1600mm


    Polaroid T-Rex UV LED 4FTx8FT Printer
    • Ricoh G5 PL HEAD / Kyocera
    • Head quantity: From 2 up to 9 print heads (Ricoh G5). From 2 up to 8 print heads (Kyocera)
    • Printer speed: Production Mode: 75 sqm/H 807 SQF/H; High Quality: 40 sqm/H 430 SQF/H
    • Print technology: Piezoelectric ink jet
    • Printing mode: Unidirectional / Bi-directional
    • Media: Glass, acrylic, wood, PVC, metal panels, ceramic tiles, KT board WPC, MDF, ceiling film, vinyl, advertising banner, PET, wallpaper and more
    • Resolution: 300 – 1200 DPI
    • File format: EPS, JPEG, PDF, TIFF, Postscript
    • Power supply: AC 220v 5500 w
    • Operation conditions: Temperature 20°C – 28°C; relative humidity 40% to 60%
    • Printer dimensions: 6200x2300x900mm


    Additionally, a new demo space has opened in Ontario, CA where Polaroid large format printers will be on display and support will be provided to business-to-business and commercial customers.


    www.polaroid.com


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  • + NEW BIGRED™ 4D-54 DRYER CURES ALL INKS AT ULTRA-HIGH RATES

    A new BigRed™ 4D-54 conveyor dryer from Vastex features a pre-heating zone and high-efficiency air flow mapping, a..

    26 November 2019


    A new BigRed™ 4D-54 conveyor dryer from Vastex features a pre-heating zone and high-efficiency air flow mapping, achieving ultra-high rates and side-to-side curing uniformity, while cooling the chamber skin, reducing noise and preventing dust contamination, it was announced by Mark Vasilantone, president.

    Narrower than its predecessor by nearly 18 cm, the compact dryer is equipped with a 137 cm-wide conveyor belt, dual heating zones and four infrared heaters capable of curing up to 950 plastisol printed garments/h, 432 water-based or discharge-printed garments/h, and 144 garments/h printed with digital white ink.

    A high-powered pre-heating zone surges ink temperatures past 150°C within the first several centimetres of conveyor travel, maximising dwell time at optimum curing temperatures and, in turn, conveyor belt speeds and dryer output.

    Air intake fans located below the roof of the enclosure quietly draw ‘make-up’ air into the chamber’s double-walled shell through filtered inlets along opposite exterior sides at rates up to 15.6 m3/min, serving to cool the outer shell for safety while preheating the incoming air. 

    An exhaust fan located below the centre of the conveyor belt draws the preheated air downward at rates up to 24 m3/min, over the garment and through the belt, removing heat, moisture and contaminants from the chamber.

    To accommodate each shop’s layout, the 15 cm diameter exhaust fan outlet rotates 360 degrees for connection to ductwork, and the control box can be located on the right (standard) or left side of the chamber.

    Exhaust filters located on both sides of the conveyor prevent garment lint from entering the blower or exhaust stack. Cleaning all filters before or after each shift can be accomplished in one minute according to the company, safeguarding printed images, the equipment and the shop environment.

    Exhaust flow sensors with warning lights alert operators to a clogged exhaust line, clogged filter or blower failure. Other safety features include a light tower to monitor dryer status, and a ‘cool down mode’ for powering down.

    Dual digital PID temperature controls maintain accuracy to +/-0.5°C.

    The heaters of the new dryer carry a 15-year warranty, and feature closely spaced coils that provide high-density, medium-wavelength infrared heat for maximum cure speed without cold spots or under curing associated with conventional units.

    The dryer’s capacity can be doubled, tripled or quadrupled when needs increase by adding one, two or three additional heating chambers and extending the conveyor belt.
    Mr. Vasilantone says a BigRed™ 4D-30 version with 76 cm-wide conveyor belt will soon follow.

    For information contact Vastex International, Inc., +1 610 625 2702, www.vastex.com 





  • + Inkcups releases Revolution high-speed industrial digital cylinder printer

    Global OEM Inkcups (Danvers, MA) has released its new Revolution Digital Cylinder Printer. The new device is fully autom..

    19 November 2019


    Global OEM Inkcups (Danvers, MA) has released its new Revolution Digital Cylinder Printer. The new device is fully automatic and can print high-quality, full-colour graphics at about 600 parts per hour, depending on the type of part. It features automatic loading and unloading, integrated pre-treatment, and Helical printing technology that interlaces the inkjet drops in a helical pattern, thereby delivering superior-quality images “at twice the resolution and image quality compared to similar machines,” said Inkcups.

    Inkcups’ new Revolution Digital Cylinder Printer.
    Common applications include stadium cups, pint glasses, stainless steel and plastic tumblers, cosmetics jars, glass and plastic bottles, beer cans, oil filters and many, many more. The printer is fast enough to produce high volumes, flexible enough for quick changeovers, and can output long runs “at one-third the cost of comparable machines,” said the OEM. Its inline conveyor can be loaded manually, or automatically loaded using a robotic system.

    It prints 360-degree seamless graphics up to 1,200 dpi on a wide range of cylindrical objects and open-ended, tapered objects. It can print images up to 220 mm tall on a part length of 76 mm to 305 mm, with a diameter of 63.5 mm to 111 mm.





  • + Esko adds new Kongsberg X Edge to portfolio

    Esko, a global supplier of integrated hardware and software solutions for leading display, signage and packaging custome..

    18 November 2019


    Esko, a global supplier of integrated hardware and software solutions for leading display, signage and packaging customers, has extended its Kongsberg digital cutting table range with the Kongsberg X Edge - a completely new, fully upgradeable table design offering the perfect combination of productivity, flexibility and best in class reliability.

    Delivering speeds of 30m/min with acceleration of 0.3G and able to handle the full spectrum of display, signage and packaging materials - from kiss cutting vinyl to heavy duty milling and every job in between - the Kongsberg X Edge means no longer being forced to compromise and choose between speed, precision or production power.

    Russell Weller, Product Manager at Esko, said that as a further addition to the integrated ecosystem of award-winning Esko software and hardware solutions, the new Kongsberg X Edge brought the tried and trusted heritage of the Kongsberg range together with next generation upgradeability. “The Kongsberg X Edge has been specially designed to ensure there is no sacrifice in machine configuration, with all the options you would expect from the Kongsberg X Series available,” said Russell. “The difference is that as your company grows, the Kongsberg X Edge evolves with you. It can be easily upgraded in terms of both speed and acceleration to ensure it keeps up with your business demands.

    “The Kongsberg X Edge delivers this high production speed and outstanding cutting quality at a remarkable price. Moreover, the Kongsberg X Edge design avoids the impact of costly reinvestment when a business expands, not only delivering exceptional cutting quality but also unlocking future production flexibility and profitability.”

    Incredibly versatile, the Kongsberg X Edge is as suitable for short run production, sample making and other packaging-related jobs, as it is for signage and display production. “This new innovation has been developed to ensure great quality for any job or application,” added Russell. “The extra fast tool loading, auto recognition and calibration features are ideal for short run jobs, with the added flexibility of an optional conveyor system available to support automated board and roll feeding when required.”

    Delivering a variety of milling options to match throughput requirements, the Kongsberg X Edge also features perfect print-to-cut registration, even in cases of heavy distortion and jobs longer than the table.

    “The Kongsberg X Edge is the perfect tool for cutting flexo plates and patches, operating in tandem, both physically and digitally, with existing imaging devices,” added Russell. “Easily fitting into a truly tailored workflow, it can also be equipped to produce dedicated shipping boxes for finished plates.”

    The engineering of the rack and pinion drive, the construction of the tabletop and the quality of the motors and traverse all combine to ensure that the table provides the greatest cutting accuracy and consistency.

    “Esko connects hardware and software to streamline your production from start to finish, from design to shipping,” said Russell. “Having secured a reputation for delivering speed, precision and production power through superior engineering and build quality, Esko now brings next generation innovation to its portfolio with the Kongsberg X Edge.”

    Kongsberg X Edge is now available to the global market.





  • + New flagship cutting plotter introduced by Graphtec GB

    Replacing the existing flagship FC8600 series of cutting plotters, the latest FC9000 series is now available from Grapht..

    05 November 2019


    Replacing the existing flagship FC8600 series of cutting plotters, the latest FC9000 series is now available from Graphtec GB. It is said to provide one of the highest performance capabilities currently available for this class of cutting plotter.

    The FC9000 is available in a choice of four different sizes (the 160, 140, 100 and 75 models) that will respectively accommodate material widths of 1,626, 1,372, 1,067 and 762mm. With an increased maximum cutting speed of 1,485mm/sec and a cutting force of 600gf (5.88N), the FC9000 is considered to have set a fresh benchmark for high-end cutting involving a much wider range of sign and graphics and digital printing media in varying thicknesses.

    A key attribute of the FC9000 is the optional media take-up spool that will increase the efficiency of roll-to-roll work undertaken by digital print specialists. For example, using the integrated barcode function, it is possible to print up to 50 metres of material overnight and then cut the following morning, thereby creating a seamless workflow capability. A further attribute is the new auto panelling function which prevents skewing of longer lengths of material to be cut by automatically splitting the job into smaller sections for guaranteed precise sequential cutting.

    The FC9000 also incorporates the latest Version 8 of Graphtec’s proprietary ARMS (Advanced Registration Mark Sensing) system for radically enhanced media tracking and cutting accuracy. It is also supplied as standard with the latest Graphtec Pro Studio or optional Pro Studio Plus and Cutting Master 4 design and production software, with the latter available as a plug-in option for integration with other popular software programs such as Adobe Illustrator and CorelDRAW. The FC9000 also meets all relevant CE safety standards and comes with a three-year performance warranty.





  • + Roland DG announces new IU-1000F UV-LED flatbed printer

    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters worldwide, today announ..

    15 October 2019


    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters worldwide, today announced the expansion of its already extensive UV-LED print portfolio with a new large-format UV-LED flatbed printer, the IU-1000F. Capable of printing on an impressively wide range of substrates and objects at up to 116 sqm per hour, the IU-1000F is designed to meet the diverse needs of busy print service providers and commercial printers, with unsurpassed performance.

    As life cycles and requirements for communication tools such as outdoor and indoor advertising, event decoration, and store displays become shorter and more diverse, the sign and display industry is increasingly becoming one-stop shops offering quick response. Under such challenging circumstances, high performance large-format UV flatbed printers that enable a more efficient production process and that are capable of printing on various materials for a wide range of applications are attracting greater attention than ever before.

    According to Kohei Tanabe, the President of the DP Business Division, the IU-1000F boasts breakthrough speed and quality while also eliminating the need for mounting and drying processes. “It is a powerful solution for the sign and display or print production business that seeks more efficient and faster-turnaround production capability. By offering increased productivity, material compatibility, image quality, ease of use, and all the other aspects of this product, I am confident that the IU-1000F will achieve increased profitability for printing businesses," he said.

    In addition to high-adhesion, high-density CMYK UV inks, this highly versatile large format device supports White, Gloss and Primer inks to create a wide variety of stunning applications, from impressive and highly-profitable signs, displays, backlits and exhibition graphics to custom-designed interior décor applications such as canvas wall panels and furniture.

    Equipped with 12 high-performance printheads in a staggered 3-row arrangement, the IU-1000F can print up to 635 x 1800 dpi with variable droplet technology which can simultaneously fire 3 sizes of droplets at high speed. Printing time for a typical 1220 x 2440mm rigid board averages about 15 boards per hour (48.5 sqm/hr) in the everyday “Standard” print mode for typical point of purchase display applications. About 10 sheets can be printed even in the “Quality” print mode (32 sqm/hr).

    The IU-1000F employs UV-LED flatbed printing technology to print directly on a huge variety of materials and objects, including rigid boards up to 2510mm x 1310mm, 110mm in height and 45 kg/sqm in weight. The exclusively-developed, high-performance UV inks cure immediately, enabling the IU-1000F to print on substrates such as acrylic, PETG, PVC board, foam board, PC, wood, corrugated polypropylene board, aluminum composite plate, and even on metal and glass that are generally difficult to adhere to by using the Primer ink.

    The IU-1000F features a number of new functions to optimise efficient performance, including an ionizer that removes static electricity, a versatile print bed that can handle materials of various sizes, from one large board to multiple small panels, and media alignment pins for easily aligning materials to be printed.

    The IU-1000F will be unveiled at major exhibitions of large format printing solutions such as Viscom, Italy (October 10th to 12th) and Printing United in North America (October 23rd to 25th). Sales will start in Europe, North America and Japan from the first quarter of 2020 with other regions to follow shortly after.





  • + Memjet Announces DuraLink XL Enhancements

    Memjet adds a longer-life printhead, enhanced printhead durability, and expanded colour gamut to its second-generation, ..

    07 October 2019


    Memjet adds a longer-life printhead, enhanced printhead durability, and expanded colour gamut to its second-generation, modular print technology.

    Memjet today announces new enhancements to its second-generation printing technology called DuraLink. Based on feedback from current and future OEM partners, DuraLink XL enhancements include a more robust printhead, four times the printhead life and an expanded colour gamut. These features augment DuraLink’s value as a vital printing technology that enables the rapid, cost-effective development of next-generation solutions in commercial, packaging and industrial printing markets.

    “Since its introduction, dozens of OEMs from a variety of print markets have engaged with DuraLink technology,” said Eric Owen, general manager at Memjet. “As these partners enter into the lengthy development process, they provide valuable insight on how DuraLink meets their needs, and, more importantly, how we can make the technology even better. These enhancements reflect how Memjet works collaboratively with our OEM partners to ensure our printing technology — and the solutions created with it — has the features, functionality and growth potential to meet the demands of print markets today and well into the future.”

    Meeting the Growing Packaging Opportunity

    “Nearly 60 percent of DuraLink’s OEM engagements are focused on packaging,” said Owen. “To meet the needs of this large customer base, Memjet integrated new colour and durability features into DuraLink technology.”

    Memjet has added orange, green and violet to DuraLink, creating a seven-colour option for OEM partners who need it. This expanded colour gamut means OEMs can create solutions that enable end users to accurately hit brand colours and produce more realistic images — capabilities that are critical in the growing food, fashion and packaged goods markets.

    Further DuraLink enhancements improve print production in the corrugated market. When printing on corrugated, it is often difficult to position the media consistently under the printhead. This creates an irregular surface that tends to move during the printing process. While the media is being transported, it can often hit and damage the printhead.

    To reduce the possibility of contact between the printhead and the substrate, DuraLink can now be positioned up to three-millimeters above the board. If there is contact, the nozzle plate of DuraLink’s proprietary hardened silicon surface is strike and damage resistant. This makes it difficult to damage to the nozzle plate and, due to the unique design, unlikely that the substrate will ever reach the printhead.

    Robust Printhead Life

    OEMs across all markets will benefit from the longer life of DuraLink printheads. Previously, the DuraLink printhead had a 50-litre head life. The enhanced DuraLink XL printhead is now four times that number, lasting for an average of 200 litres.

    This longer printhead life provides lengthier uptime and improves efficiency for end-users. Unplanned downtime is virtually eliminated as end users can plan for printhead replacements to happen during normal maintenance or paper-roll changes.

    These features are available to all DuraLink customers, regardless of where the customer is in the development process.

    “Memjet is an innovator, continually striving to make our products better. We also ensure that all customers have access to this innovation,” said Owen. “So whether a customer has already built their system, or has a system in development, they can still incorporate and leverage the new features of DuraLink.”






  • + Roland DG Raises the Bar for Versatile, On Demand Output with New VersaUV LEC2-300 Printer Cutter

    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer cutters, today announced the la..

    30 September 2019


    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer cutters, today announced the launch of the VersaUV LEC2-300 30" UV printer cutter.

    Kohei Tanabe, President of the Roland DG Digital Printing Business Division, states that the LEC series printers are capable of creating unique special effects using UV ink and contour cutting printed images on demand. "Since they were introduced in 2008," he said, "the LEC series has been used by a broad range of printing businesses for countless applications, including printing adhesive decals, labels and stickers, novelty merchandise, and design prototypes. The newly released LEC2-300 builds on the best features of the series, while making it both easy and economical to produce high-value added prints in quantities as few as one. As the newest model in the series, it also comes packed with features, including a newly developed print head and LED lamps, and a host of updated functions for an even higher level of print quality in a compact and stylish design." 

    The LEC2-300’s UV ink adheres to the surface of a diverse range of media, from adhesive sheets for stickers and labels to PET or PVC-based substrates, and even textiles, Japanese paper, canvas or tarpaulin, leather and more. In addition to CMYK ink, the LEC2-300 can be used with Clear and White ink configurations for exceptional, premium-value printing, including full-colour prints with matte or glossy finishes, simulated embossing and other custom-textured effects.

    The contour cutting function has been further enhanced to cut out printed graphics to any shape with exceptional precision. The automated process eliminates the need for plate making and die punching for trimming adhesive decals, labels and stickers. A Perf-Cut function allows you to print out as many labels as required and then peel and apply as needed. Combined with the new Multiple Print function and a new precision media take-up system, high-volume lots can be printed efficiently without attended operation.

    The newly developed print head and LED lamps now deliver exceptionally rich and vibrant print quality. The new print head has been optimised for precise ink delivery and control, while the new LED lamps are more powerful to make curing the ink even faster. This combination delivers stunning print finishes down to the finest level, from small text to elaborately textured patterns and gradations. White ink density has increased by up to 40% compared to the previous model, to provide much higher opacity and coverage.

    "In so many industries, we are seeing the needs of consumers becoming more diverse and individualised," Kohei said. "The ability to create unique items with a superb sense of exclusivity at the right time is essential for customers involved in the printing business to keep ahead of the competition. We developed the LEC2-300 to provide our customers with the power to quickly produce creative designs in as many formats and methods as possible. With this new printer, we hope to contribute to further growth and development of the printing industry."






  • + METEOR IS PLEASED TO WORK WITH EPSON ON ELECTRONICS AND SOFTWARE TO DRIVE NEW PRECISIONCORE PRINTHEADS

    Meteor Inkjet Ltd, leading supplier of electronics, software tools and services for industrial inkjet, further expands i..

    30 September 2019


    Meteor Inkjet Ltd, leading supplier of electronics, software tools and services for industrial inkjet, further expands its product portfolio with the launch of the HDC‑ES3200 driver card for Epson S3200 PrecisionCore printheads. 
     
    Announced by Epson in May at the FESPA Global Print Expo, PrecisionCore printheads embody differentiated technology that enables outstanding image quality, productivity, durability and printhead scalability.
     
    Duncan Ferguson, Epson Europe’s Vice President, Professional Printing & Robotics said, “Epson is keen to help as many customers as possible convert from analogue to digital printing.  We think the best way to ensure seamless adoption of our printheads is for our customers to engage with technically excellent companies that have significant experience in industrial inkjet.  Meteor’s long track record of offering robust, reliable printhead electronics and software gives me confidence that our customers will be in a safe pair of hands.”
     
    Clive Ayling, Meteor’s Managing Director comments, “Meteor has enjoyed an easy relationship with  Epson in our development of electronics and software to drive the S3200 printhead.  We’re excited about the potential this printhead offers and we look forward to further opportunities to work with Epson on printheads to come.”





  • + swissQprint Karibu: Certified Energy Efficiency

    Following in the footprints of the swissQprint Nyala flatbed printer, the new Karibu roll to roll printer is the latest ..

    17 September 2019


    Following in the footprints of the swissQprint Nyala flatbed printer, the new Karibu roll to roll printer is the latest model to undergo tests as specified by the ISO 20690 standard. The result once again: outstanding energy efficiency.

    Confirmation comes from experts at Fogra: the new Karibu roll to roll printer from swissQprint is highly energy efficient. When they tested it as specified by the ISO 20690:2018 standard, Karibu scored even higher than the Nyala flatbed printer. swissQprint had this model put through its paces last year, when it was also given the rating "outstanding energy efficiency". 

    The ISO 20690 standard specifies methods for determining the energy consumption of digital printers and thus allows comparison of their operating costs and ecological footprints.

    Standardised measurement
    In order to model realistic system usage, the standardised measurement includes four different printer statuses. To ensure that results are consistent, the experts used three different printing modes several times with a standardised print file. For example, Karibu in its most productive "speed" printing mode applies 71 square metres to the substrate per kilowatt hour.





  • + Roland DG Announces Free Upgrade for TrueVIS VG-640/540 Users

    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer cutters worldwide, announced to..

    17 September 2019


    Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer cutters worldwide, announced today that owners of its TrueVIS VG-640/540 printer cutters can now upgrade their devices for free to the award-winning performance of the recently launched VG2-640/540 with new TrueVIS TR2 ink.

    “As a pioneer of UV print and cut, Roland DG has played an integral role in introducing and advancing this important technology, enabling users to take their design and print production capabilities to the highest possible levels,” said Roland DGA, Roland DG’s US-based sales and marketing subsidiary, President Andrew Oransky. “We’re thrilled that the SGIA judging panel saw fit to give our UV printer cutters and inks the recognition they deserve.”


    Ryo Baba, TrueVIS VG2 Project Manager for the Roland DG Digital Printing Business Division said, “As a major benefit to our existing VG-640/540 customers, we are offering a free upgrade program. Thanks to the newly developed TR2 ink*, that boasts a wide colour gamut, and a new “True Rich Colour” preset that maximises the potential of the VG-640/540 and the new ink capabilities, the upgraded VG-640/540 can now produce stunning graphics that excite both heart and mind.”

    Baba said the upgraded VG series with TR2 ink will help take the customer’s business to the next level. The VG series with TR2 ink is certified for long-lasting results by the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty, providing clients with assurance of the quality and reliability of their graphics. The VG with new TR2 ink is also certified by the Avery Dennison ICS Performance Guarantee, that provides protection for up to 4 years for outdoor durability and up to 7 years for indoor durability. Avery has set the recommended outgassing time at just six hours, dramatically reducing the print and laminate timeframe.

    With the free upgrade, VG owners obtain a host of new features to improve print & cut accuracy and usability. Crop mark options are added for cutting laminated printed materials to increase cutting stability. A newly added PerfCut mode lets you print, cut and die-cut in one seamless operation. In addition to the conventional Print & Cut function, the Cut & Print function allows you to cut first and then print later. This helps to reduce edge curls when dealing with thin media, such as heat transfer films for apparel decoration.

    VG-640/540 users can enjoy the free upgrade of their devices by downloading the specified firmware and the latest version of VersaWorks 6 software RIP. To learn more, visit www.rolanddg.com.au/vgupgrade