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Agfa Debuts Grand Sherpa Universal AM

Features mild-solvent inks and 431 sq ft/hr

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Agfa's :Grand Sherpa Universal AM utilizes :Grand Sherpa Universal AM mild-solvent inks, and is available in 65- and 90- in. widths. It offers five print resolutions"? from 360 x 360 to 1440 x 1440 dpi; and print speeds including high-speed, production, and high-quality.

Agfa reports that the :Grand Sherpa Universal AM is twice as fast as its current :Grand Sherpa Universal system. Billboard production speeds [at lower resolution] are the same at 431 sq ft/hr, but with improvements in the inks and media handling, photo- and sign-quality modes [higher resolution modes] in the Universal AM are twice as fast as the standard Universal.

The mild-solvent inks are available in 220-ml cassettes and can be configured as 6-color CMYKcm or 2 x 4 CMYK. The inks provide light stability for up to 3 years and are water-, rub-, and scratch resistant. Prints that will be subject to abrasion however, may require lamination.

The :Grand Sherpa Universal AM also features: four heaters for fast drying and ink penetration on uncoated media; a motorized media take-up system; and heavy-duty media transport system (standard on 90-in. model; optional on 65-in. model). This printer does not come standard with a RIP, but the Agfa :ApogeeX RIP is recommended.

Price: 65-in. model, $36,000; 90-in. model, $46,000; now shipping worldwide. (Agfa: www.agfa.com)

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