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Charrette's Duratex SP-64X

Solvent printer features refillable cartridges

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Charrette, distributor of a wide range of wide-format machines and supplies, has introduced its first nameplated wide-format solvent printer"?the Duratex SP-64X. This 64-in. wide printer, manufactured for Charrette, features 6 colors (CMYKcm), Epson printheads, and four different printing speeds. Using its mirrored bidirectional printing capabilities, the Duratex prints up to 398 sq ft/hr (in 360-dpi billboard mode) and offers resolutions up to 1440 dpi in its high-quality mode.

To increase productivity by eliminating frequent changing of ink cartridges, the printer comes equipped with a bulkink delivery system. This system features 500-ml refillable ink cartridges (Duratex ink sells for $189 per liter). In addition, customers can purchase a $1500 bulk-ink system that offers an 8- tank system (one tank per color, plus two that can be used for cleaning solution); each tank holds 1000 ml, which feeds directly into the ink lines, bypassing the cartridges.

The Duratex ink offers 2- to 5-yr outdoor durability, depending on the media used. These inks are also backed by the Avery Graphics ICS Performance Guarantee when used with specific Avery media.

In addition, the Duratex comes standard with Onyx LT RipCenter RIP (Onyx Postershop is optional), is capable of handling up to 220-lbs rolls of media, and features a preprint, platen, and post-printing heating/drying system. Charrette also offers a CaptivAir air purifier or Island Clean Air Duster room scrubber as optional equipment with this printer.

Price: $33,995; installation/training is $1500; and a year's service contract is $4995. Charrette says it plans on expanding its private-label product line, especially in the solvent market. (Charrette: www.charrette.com)

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