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Mutoh Introduces Spitfire 100 Printer

Features mild-solvent inks and 720 x 720-dpi resolution

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At FESPA, Mutoh Europe introduced the mild-solvent Spitfire 100. The printer will not initially be sold in the US; but according to Mutoh Europe's Nick Decock, will be at a later stage.

The 102-in. Spitfire 100 joins previously released 65- and 90-in. Spitfire models. It uses Mutoh's Spitfire mild-solvent inks, comes with a heavy-duty unwinding/ winding unit, offers resolutions up to 720 x 720 dpi, and delivers production speeds up to 237 sq ft/hr on uncoated banners, and up to 140 sq ft/hr on uncoated self-adhesive vinyls. It has eight 360-nozzle printheads with drop-ondemand variable-drop piezo technology.

The Spitfire Mild-Solvent inks, in 220- ml cassettes, can be set up at 2 x CMYK or 6-color CMYKcm. The inks rapidly dry and can be handled immediately after printing, Mutoh reports; they also resist cleaners, detergents, and commercial degreasers. In addition, the mild-solvent inks allow for printing of a broad color and tonal gamut as well as deep shadows, and offer an outdoor durability of 2 years, with no lamination required for general-purpose signs.

The 102-in. Spitfire sports a new look compared to its predecessors, as well as new hardware. New features include a new ink-supply path (ink-supply tubing, head caps, and pumps), a new X/Y rail extrusion, a new electrical pump system (one per head), a renewed head base, and an improved vacuum system. It also features a heavy-duty unwinding/winding unit and a large illuminated viewing area with striplights for users doing visual inspections during printing. The Spitfire also comes with the Mutoh Edition of Onyx RIPCenter or PhotoPrint SE. Optional equipment includes the Mutoh APS Quatro Mini three-stage air-purification system.

Targeted at the sign business, the Spitfire focuses on volume production of midterm outdoor prints. Applications include P-O-P displays, trade-show graphics, vehicle graphics, construction barriers, stage graphics, publicity banners, window graphics, and backlit box signage, as well as indoor applications such as photo enlargements and floor graphics.

Price: "??49,990($60,000 US), shipping now, Europe only. (Mutoh Europe: www.mutoh.be)

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