Joint-Venture Printer from Agfa and Mutoh
Piezo flatbed can handle media up to 2-inches thick.
The joint-venture printer brings both companies something new to their printer portfolios. For Mutoh, it's the first UV-technology based inkjet printer in its wide-format lineup. For Agfa, it becomes its largest inkjet system.
The :Anapurna 100 and Cobra 100uv are both 100-in. piezo drop-on-demand flatbed/roll-to-roll printers that can handle rigid media up to 2 in. thick. The 4-color (2x CMYK) machines feature eight UPH printheads, which contain 764 nozzles per head. Ink comes in 1-l cartridges; 2-l cartridges are optional. The machines offer print resolutions of 360, 720, and 1440 dpi at production speeds from 151 to 1044 sq ft/hr.
Features include: a Flush Brush system, which is a head cleaning station that applies the solvent and brushes and cleans the heads; 3 UV lamps for on-the-fly curing; a closed-loop ink circuit for properly conditioned ink and less ink waste; walking floor (which includes one static and 2 dynamic vacuum tables) and clamping system for accurate roll/rigid media transport; a head-positioning device to ensure the printhead nozzle plates are 100% parallel with the loaded media; and automatic media edge detection and thickness/cockle control. Optional 100-in. roll trolleys with docking functionality are available.
The :Anapurna 100 and Cobra 100uv are specifically designed to handle heavy workloads--up to 5382 sq ft/day. Application possibilities include indoor and outdoor posters, billboards, fleet graphics, P-O-P displays, exhibition panels, stage graphics, construction barriers, and advertising panels.
Price: The :Anapurna 100 is $249,000 US; it will begin shipping around the world in Q1 2006. The Cobra 100uv, which will initially be sold only in Europe, is $179,950 Euros; it will begin shipping in Q1 2006. (Agfa: www.agfa.com, Mutoh: www.mutoh.be)