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Ubiquitous UV

A tidal wave of UV tech has made its mark on the market.

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Today, UV could well stand for “ubiquitous – very.” Printing with UV technologies has become that prevalent in the wide-format marketplace. Consider: Overall, more than 45 percent of all wide-format printers currently on the market utilize UV inks, according to our findings – that’s a significant number, and one that has continued to grow each year. Of 70 flatbed/hybrid printers we reported on in our 2011-2012 Printer Sourcebook, only two do not utilize UV inks. And of the 130 rollfed printers reported on in the Sourcebook, nearly 20 percent utilize UV inks. In just a few short years, we’ve seen UV’s tidal wave come ashore and make its impact on the market.

Meanwhile, printer OEMs are constantly tweaking their machine offerings, bettering each printer’s mix of features as new models are introduced (including the integration of UV-LED lamps and related technologies, see page xx). And, importantly, the manufacturers have been addressing both the high end of production UV machines, as well as developing entry-level machines to allow small operations to get a foothold into the advantages that UV technologies offer.

We’ve provided details on one or two of the latest UV printer models from each of the 27 manufacturers that follow. In addition, in each company’s listing we’ve strived to note other UV models the company produces (visit the company’s website for the most up-to-date information as equipment rosters may change by the time we go to press).


Agfa Graphics
www.agfa.com
The Anapurna M2540 FB UV flatbed from Agfa is a 6-color (CMYKcm + white) printer featuring a quick-change vacuum-bed divided into two table zones of four different compartments, allowing the use of different-sized media without having to tape off the whole vacuum bed. Separate parts of the bed also can be used for different jobs in the same print run while maintaining a perfect vacuum, Agfa reports (the vacuum can also be reversed to aid in lifting of large substrates after printing). The printer accommodates media up to 100 x 54 in. and up to 1.77-in. thick.

The M2540FB also features: a maximum print speed of 484 sq ft/hr in Express mode (280 sq ft/hr in Production mode); borderless-printing capabilities; ionizer elements to prevent the buildup of electrostatic charge on media; shuttle safety sensors on both sides of the print carriage to protect printheads from hitting the media; Wasatch SoftRIP standard; and more.

Agfa’s Anapurna M1600 is a 63-in. hybrid UV printer offering 4-colors (CMYK) plus white (with dedicated white-ink mixing and circulation system). Utilizing Agfa’s flexible G2 inks; it features Konica Minolta 1024 printheads. The M1600 can accommodate roll media as well as rigid media up to 1.77-in. thick and features a two-zone vacuum table for dealing with a variety of substrates. Top print speed is 500 sq ft/hr in Express mode; its Production mode offers 305 sq ft/hr; Poster mode is 150 sq ft/hr. A Wasatch SoftRIP Agfa edition is standard. Top resolution is 720 x 1440 dpi.

Other wide-format UV machines in the Agfa line include various Anapurna machines (the 2500 LED, M, M2050, M4f, Mv, Mw, and M2) as well as the Jeti 3348 UV Galaxy and JetSpeed rollfed printers, Jeti 5048 UV XL, and Jeti Titan 3020.

Anderson Group America
www.andersonamerica.com
Anderson America’s Ajet hybrid UV digital printer is capable of printing flexible and rigid substrates up to 5 x 10 ft. The 7-color (CMYKcm+w, varnish optional) Ajet boasts speeds up to 301 sq ft/hr and 720 x 1440-dpi resolution and can accommodate media up to 1.97-in. thick. Features include: an auto-tensioning and roll-feed takeup system; automatic head wiping; a printhead safety device to detect incorrect media height; a visually guided graphic user interface; UV light timer; and more. An Onyx ProductionHouse RIP is standard.
Also in the Anderson lineup is the CoJet, a 48 x 96-in. flatbed that offers 6 colors (CMYKcm) + white; top resolution is 720 x 1440.

CET Color
www.cetcolor.com
CET Color’s X-Press 1000 is a flatbed UV that can handle substrates up to 49 x 99 in. and 4-in. thick. It offers an 800 x 1200-dpi resolution maximum; the X-Press 1000’s Production speed is 960 sq ft/hr (4-pass) and High Quality speed is 400 sq ft/hr (8-pass). Three inksets are available: CMYK, CMYKcm, and CMYKcm + white + varnish. Features include: Spectra Polaris 512 printheads; a customizable print spooler; four-zone reversible vacuum table; and pin registration system.
The X-Press 500H Hybrid UV and the X-Press 500 Flatbed UV are also in the CET UV lineup.

Durst Image Technology
www.durstus.com
Capable of operating in a continuous-feed workflow to eliminate load/unload delays between sheets, the Rho 1000 can print on sheets, heavy boards, and roll media, and can accommodate substrates up to 8-ft wide and 1.58-in. thick (2.75-in. thick in the “industrial version”). It can hit speeds of up to 5400 sq ft/hr (4100 sq ft/hr in the Rho 1000L version) and offers a top resolution of 600 dpi. Four colors (CMYK) are standard, with options including light cyan, light magenta, white, clear varnish (gloss), and process color additions (orange and green or orange and violet). Rho Premium Rigid Inks and Rho P-O-P Inks are available. Durst recently added a Smart Speed Option (accelerates print speed by more than 20%) and a Spot Gloss Option; a Mirus feeder allows for the loading of stacks up to 1500 kg on pallets from three sides (and two parallel stacks can be loaded at the same time). The feeder is capable of handing media up to 5-mm thick. A Mirus stacking solution is also available.

The Durst Rho 900 UV printer, based on the company’s 800HS model, features an automated media handling (auto-feed) system and process colors – orange and green, or orange and violet. The 98-in.-wide Rho 900 is equipped with Durst’s Quadro 30D Array printhead technology and offers 600-dpi resolution. Durst reports that the 8-color machine (CMYK + 4 ink bays that can be set up as print jobs/apps required) can hit a maximum output of 72 4 x 8-ft boards/hr with its continuous board printing option; speed for P-O-P-quality printing is 34 4 x 8-ft boards/hr. It can accommodate media up to 1.58-in. thick (2.75 in. in the industrial version) and as small as 12 x 17 in. if need be. The media-handling system incorporates an auto-feed table with belts, sheet feed gate with guides for parallel board printing, and automatic two-point pin registration system to ensure accurate front-to-back registration.

Other Durst UV models include the Rho 1000L, Rho 800 Presto and Presto /HS, Rho 750 HS, Rhopac 160 Corrugated Display Printer, Rho 500R and 320R.

EFI
www.efi.com
EFI’s Vutek GS3250LX is a production-level UV printer utilizing “cool cure” LED technology. The LED-lamp technology allows the machine to consume less energy, increases uptime and requires less maintenance, and expands the range of substrates that can be printed on, EFI reports. The printer features an 8-color inkset (CMYKcmyk + white), a selectable dual resolution of 600 or 1000 dpi, and a print speed up to 2400 sq ft/hr in Fast-5 (4-color + white) mode (1200 sq ft/hr in 8-color+white mode). The GS3250LX can accommodate flexible or rigid substrates up to 126.5 in.-wide and up to 2-in. thick; it is also multi-roll capable (two 60-in. rolls). Other features include: instant on/off; a precision alignment fence of accurate board alignment; an enhanced Fiery XF 4.5 RIP; and more. Options include a heavy-duty unwinder, extension table, and small-depth extension table.

The Vutek GS3250r is a 6-color (CMYKcm) roll-to-roll UV machine that offers dual 600- or 1000-dpi resolution and speeds up to 2400 sq ft/hr. It also features: multi-queue functionality available at the user interface; multi-roll capability (up to two 60-in. rolls), co-branded EFI/3M Premium UV inks in 5-liter containers; an EFI Fiery XF RIP; native JDF connectivity; and optional automated double-sided printing capability. The GS3250r accommodates media up to 126.5-in. wide and up to 0.125-in. thick.
Additional EFI UV machines include: the Vutek GS5000r, Vutek GS3250, Vutek GS2000, Vutek QS3250r, Vutek QS3200, Vutek QS2000, Vutek QS220, Rastek H650 and H652, and Rastek T660 and T1000 printers.

Flora Digital
www.floradigital.com
The PP2512UV printer from Flora Digital (ShenZhen Runtianzhi Digital Equipment) is a 4 x 8-ft UV flatbed that features Konica Minolta printheads, and offers resolutions up to 1440 dpi and a top speed of 409 sq ft/hr in Standard mode (269 sq ft/hr in Quality mode). It can accommodate materials up to 3.9-in. thick, including corrugated, foam core, gatorboards, sintra (PVC), ceramic tiles, glass, plexiglass, wood, sheet metal, paper, adhesive vinyl, fabrics, and more. Available in 4- or 8-color versions (CMYK/CMYKcm + w + varnish). A PhotoPrint RIP (Flora edition) is standard.

Also available are the PP2512 Turbo, the HJD5000UV, PP3218UV, F1 250UV, F1 180UV, and F1 320UV printers.

Fujifilm North America
www.fujifilmusa.com
The Uvistar 2 printer series is the second generation of the Uvistar UV rollfed inkjet printers from Fujifilm North America and is recommended for P-O-P and display-graphic printings. Available in 3.5- and 5-meter (print width) versions, it builds on the existing Uvistar platform. The 4-color printer uses Uvijet QK inks and offers 600-dpi resolution (1200 apparent). Top speed on the smaller machine is 2991 sq ft/hr; it’s 3800 sq ft/hr on the larger Uvistar.

The Uvistar 2 boasts new parallel drop size (PDS) technology, which enables users to print 40-pl drops together with 20-pl drops, eliminating the need for “light” colors to achieve quality print results, Fujifilm reports. Other modifications include: a new Linear Encoder that monitors printhead location for improved accuracy of drop placement; upgraded electronics offering greater control over printhead heating; a front-end scale-up feature allowing large files to be RIP’d in smaller sizes and then scaled up on press; and multi-roll support enabling users to work simultaneously on as many as three rolls up to 65-in. wide, with cores of varying weights, widths, and diameters. A ColorGate Production Server RIP is standard; a flatbed table for rigid materials is optional (accommodates substrates up to 1-in. thick).

The Acuity LED 1600 incorporates a fast-curing LED-UV ink, a long-life and low-power-consumption LED lamp system, and a high-precision and high-speed printhead. The LED 1600 prints roll media and rigid substrates up to 13mm (approximately ½-in.) in thickness and can accommodate media up to 63-in. wide. It can hit a top speed of 215 sq ft/hr at 400 x 600 dpi, and offers resolutions up to 1200 dpi. The 8-color printer (CMYKcm + w + clear) features: Intelligent Curing Control technology for precise LED light volume and alignment; VersaDrop jetting technology to ensure smooth tonal gradations; simultaneous single-pass printing of two or three layers of color, white, and clear inks; and a reusable cartridge and replaceable ink-pouch system. The LED 1600 also employs Sport Color Matching Software to simplify the process of matching spot colors.

Fujifilm’s other UV printers include: the Acuity Advance, Advance LT, Advance X2, Advance HS, and Advance HS X2, plus the original Uvistar printer series. In addition, the company is the exclusive North American distributor of Inca’s printers (see Inca listing).

Gandy Digital
www.gandydigital.com
Gandy Digital’s Pred8tor is a UV flatbed with a roll-to-roll option. The 5-color (CMYK + W) printer offers resolution up to 900 dpi (1800 dpi apparent) and a top speed of 1920 sq ft/hr in Production mode (400 sq ft/hr in Extra Fine mode). Maximum print size is 48 x 96 in. (rigid), and the Pred8tor can accommodate media up to 2-in. thick. The machine’s touch-and-drag GUI runs on the WiFi-enabled Apple iPad, which comes loaded with video tutorials and a live diagnostic system; also available on the GUI is a materials inventory-control ordering system. A print extension table is optional as is a roll-to-roll rewind unit.

GCC
www.gccworld.com
The StellarJet K72UV from GCC is a hybrid flatbed/roll-to-roll UV inkjet. Supporting rigid and flexible substrates up to 71-in. wide and rigid materials up to 2-in. thick, the K72UV is available with four standard colors (CMYK) and four additional colors as an option (light cyan, light magenta, white, and varnish). It prints at a standard resolution of 720 dpi, but can achieve 1440 dpi with the addition of light cyan and light magenta inks, the company reports. The production speed on the device is 113 sq ft/hr (316 sq ft/hr in Eco mode). An Auto Media Calibration system automatically adjusts the printhead to the ideal height.
Also available in the StellarJet series: the K100UV and the 250UV with dedicated white ink.

HP
www.hp.com
The HP Scitex XP2500 (10.5-ft-wide) and XP5500 (16.6-ft) models – replacements for the Scitex XP2300 and XP5300, respectively – are both 4-color UV printers that can print simultaneously on up to three rolls of media and can utilize HP Specialty Billboard Scitex Inks to achieve high ink coverage. Both have a top resolution of 360 dpi and come standard with Caldera GrandRIP+ or Onyx ProductionHouse RIPs. Top speed on the XP2500 is 2850 sq ft/hr; the XP5500 tops out at 3500 sq ft/hr. Options include a double-sided printing kit and HP Vertical Cutter kit (XP2500 only).

The HP Scitex FB7600 is an upgrade to the company’s FB7500 printer and offers in-line saturation control for backlit applications, hot folders, and job queue. The 6-color (CMYKcm) machine can print up to 5380 sq ft/hr at top speed (1937 sq ft/hr in Text mode), provides a resolution of 600 dpi, and can handle rigid and flexible media up to 65 x 126 in. (up to 25-mm thick). The machine uses HP’s new FB225 Scitex inks, which are designed to better adhere to plastics and possess improved flexibility on corrugated media; the pigmented UV-curable inks also are Greenguard Children & School certified. A Caldera GrandRIP+ or Onyx ProductionHouse RIP is standard; multi-sheet loading table (simultaneous printing of up to four sheets) is optional.

Other HP UV printers include: the HP Scitex FB500, FB700, and FB7500 flatbeds, plus the Scitex XP2750, XP5100, and TJ8600 rollfed UV machines.

Inca Digital Printers
www.incadigital.com
Inca’s Onset S40 printer, positioned between the company’s flagship Inca Onset S70 and the Onset S20, features Fujifilm Dimatix Sapphire QS-256 MEMS printheads, with jetting accuracy resulting in prints with tighter fine text, as well as smoother prints, Inca reports. The S40 prints at up to 5059 sq ft/hr (with automation), offers a 63 x 124-in. print area, and can accommodate media up to 2-in. thick. It’s intended for the production of single and double-sided displays, P-O-S, exhibition graphics, backlit/frontlit displays, outdoor signage printing, and cosmetic/fashion graphics, etc.

The UV flatbed is 4-color standard with optional light cyan and light magenta (Fujifilm UVijet OB inks); users can choose among uni-directional, bi-directional, and super-high-quality print modes. Additional features include variable levels of gloss (from Satin to Gloss), user printhead replacement, and automatic print setup controls. In addition, the S40 is compatible with Inca’s flexible automation system (optional), offering users the choice to operate in manual, semi, or three-quarter automation from the same configuration, as well as Inca’s Print Run Controller (PRC) software module.

Inca’s Spyder V printer, based on the company’s original Spyder series of flatbed inkjet printers, prints at 1400 sq ft/hr at top speed. Substrates as thick as 2 in. with dimensions up to 63 x 126 in. can be printed on the device. Available in 4-, 5-, and 6-color configurations (CMYK, CMYK + white, and CMYKcm or CMYKOV).
Other UV printers in the Inca lineup: the Onset S70, the Onset S20, and the Spyder 320. All Inca printers are exclusively distributed by Fujifilm USA (fujifilmusa.com).

Infiniti
www.infiniti-dt.com
The FinaUV 160+ from Infiniti is a 62-in. UV flatbed available with CMYKcm and CMYK + W inksets. It boasts a top resolution of 1440 dpi and speeds up to 259 sq ft/hr (4-pass, 720 dpi). It can accommodate media up to 1-in. thick. An Infiniti RIP is standard; optional Wasatch RIP.

InkTec
www.jetrix.co.kr
The Jetrix 3015FQ from InkTec is a UV-curable flatbed that’s available in 4-color (CMYK) or 8-color (CMYK + white + varnish + primer x 2) versions. Maximum rigid media size is 5 x 10 ft; maximum media thickness is 100mm. Top speed is 323 sq ft/hr in Production mode (107 sq ft/hr in Fine Art Mode). Features include: Spectra grayscale printheads with VersaDrop from 10 to 30 picoliters; head auto-height adjustment system; intelligent vacuum table; Auto Ink Clean/Refill system; and more.

Other Jetrix UV machines include the 2513FRQ and Jetrix 2030. The Oldham Group (oldhamgroup.com) is the US Jetrix distributor.

Inx International
www.inxdigital.com
The Inx Digital MD1000-6 UV flatbed printer from Inx is designed for short-run production of packaging prototypes, ad-specialty items, P-O-P ad items, containers, decorative tins, and more. The MD1000-6 offers: CMYK + w (and/or clear) inks; 1200 x 900 resolution; a High Production speed of 317 sq ft/hr (105 sq ft/hr in High Quality mode); and a maximum media thickness of 2 in. Maximum media width is 98 in. Onyx PosterShop is standard; ProductionHouse is optional.

Also available is the Inx Digital MD660 (60-in. width). In Q2 2012, the company reports, it will introduce the MD1000-12, which will feature 12 printheads and an optional CMYKOG color set.

Lawson Screen & Digital
www.lawsonsp.com
Lawson’s Express-Jet/ASI is an industrial direct-to-substrate printer that uses UV LED curing and is engineered to handle ad-specialty applications. It offers 5 colors (CMYK + w) and resolutions up to 1200 dpi. Standard maximum print size is 18 x 18 in., but the XL Print Option allows for 20 x 30 in.

Matan
www.matanprinters.com
The 5-m (196-in.) UV-curable Barak5 is a roll-to-roll printer with a flatbed option. It can image up to three rolls of 63-in. media simultaneously, and print onto coated and uncoated media as well as rigid media as thick as 1 in. The Barak5 features a top speed of 3800 sq ft/hr and a true resolution of 600 dpi. Its Barak UV 300 pigmented inks are high-density and flexible with large color gamut. The Barak5 is armed with a Caldera RIP. The printer is compatible with roll and rigid media including flexface, mesh, blueback paper, backlit, self-adhesive vinyl, Tyvek, foam PVC, acrylic, aluminum, and foamboard.

Matan also offers the 3-m (118-in.) Barak 3 and the Barak IQ UV printers.

Mimaki USA
www.mimakiusa.com
Mimaki USA’s JFX plus series of LED UV-cure printers includes the JFX-1631 plus and JFX-1615 plus. The machines feature a post-cure unit, and as a result, reports Mimaki, now offer a top speed of 254 sq ft/hr at 300 x 600 dpi (140 sq ft/hr at 600 dpi in Standard mode). Both machines feature a top resolution of 1200 dpi. The 1631 plus can handle media up to 65 x 126 in., while the 1615 plus can handle media up to 65 x 63 in.; both accommodate media up to 1.97-in. thick. Two inksets are available: Rigid (CMYK+ w + clear) and Flexible (CMYK + w). A RasterLink Pro5 RIP is standard; a roll unit is optional for continuous roll-media feeding.

The UJF-706 flatbed can accommodate media up to 28-in. wide and nearly 6-in. thick. Capable of 1200-dpi resolutions, the machine is available with two inkset configurations: Rigid (CMYKcm + w + clear) and Flexible (CMYKcm + w).

Other Mimaki UV machines include the UV-160 series and the UJF-706 printer series.

M.T.L. Print Ltd.
www.meitaldp.com
The Meital 304-D printer from Israel-based M.T.L. Print Ltd. is a 4-color UV flatbed that utilizes Xaar 1001 HSS (hybrid side shooter) printheads. It can handle media up to 4 x 8 ft and 1-in. thick and offers a top print speed of 1600 sq ft/hr; high-end resolution is1080 dpi. A Caldera Plus RIP is standard. Option: matte or gloss modes.

Also on M.T.L.’s UV roster: the 301, 302, 302-D, 303, and 304 printers.

Novus Imaging
www.novusimaging.com
Novus Imaging’s 126-in. Synergia H hybrid press is available in two models: the AQ and UV (indicating the type of ink used). Both offer: 2400-dpi apparent resolution; Spectra Q class printheads with a 10-30 pL variable drop; 4-color standard ink system (optional colors include cmW, orange, gray, red, and blue); the ability to handle media up to 2-in. thick; iPad integration; and a Caldera Grand RIP+.
The Synergia H/AQ features the company’s new AquEpoxy inks, which are water-based epoxy inks and environmentally sustainable. Novus reports the inks offer superior adhesion, long-term outdoor durability, and low maintenance requirements. Print speed of the Synergia H/AQ ranges from 1500 to 2500 sq ft/hr. The Synergia H/UV utilizes UV27 UV-curable inks and offers speeds from 700 to 120 sq ft/hr. It can be field-upgraded in speed and ink type to the H/AQ. US distribution of the Novus Imaging machines by Global Imaging (globalimaginginc.com).

Océ North America
www.oceusa.com
The Océ Arizona 360 GT and Arizona 360 XT flatbed UV printer models are both 4-color printers offering an Express Mode print speed of up to 377 sq ft/hr on the GT (392 sq ft/hr on the XT) and a new High Definition print mode for fine-feature reproduction, including the ability to print text as small as 2-point size (for technical and industrial applications such as printing on lenticular lenses and membrane panels). The Arizona 360 GT features a standard table size of 49 x 98.4 in., while the Arizona 360 XT features an extra-large table size of 98.4 x 120 in.; they can print on a variety of rigid substrates up to 1.89-in. thick.

The printers also include a UV-curing system designed to provide more UV energy to support difficult-to-cure media while reducing heat at the media surface by 50%, improving support for heat-sensitive media such as thin polystyrene or polyester films. Both models also feature a new-style tabletop that allows very thin media to be printed directly on the table without mechanical distortion of the media into the vacuum holes. Available options include a roll-media option (up to 86 in.) and a white-ink option.

Other UV printers in the Océ lineup: the Arizona 550 XT, the Arizona 550 GT, and the Arizona 300 GT.

Polytype America Corp.
www.polytype-digital.com
The Virtu RS25 from Polytype America features a printing width of 98.4 in. and allows for printing of roll media as well as board materials. The printer offers a 6-color inkset (CMYKcm) + white, and a top resolution of 1200 dpi. Maximum substrate thickness is 3.7 in. In Production mode, the RS25 can hit 861-1507 sq ft/hr (1507-2799 sq ft/hr in Speed mode). Options include an add-on table, automatic feed system, anti-static device, camera with monitor, an oven for textiles, and more; choice of 30- or 80-pl printheads.

Also available are the Virtu RS35 and the Virtu RR50 UV machines. In addition, the company is the US distributor for the SwissQPrint line of UV printers (see SwissQPrint’s listing).

Roland
www.rolanddga.com
Roland’s 64-in. VersaUV LEJ-640 UV-LED wide-format hybrid printer is offered in three Eco-UV ink configurations: CMYK + white + clear; CMYK + white + white, for high-opacity white printing on transparent films; and CMYK + clear + clear, for thick dimensional effects such as embossing. The clear ink can be put down in both gloss and matte finishes. Applications range from packaging prototypes and P-O-P to wide-format signage, décor, exhibits, and window displays.

Capable of handling roll media as well as board stocks up to half-inch thick, the LEJ-640 hybrid features a top print resolution of 1440 dpi and can hit speeds up to 133 sq ft/hr in CMYK mode. Other features include the Roland OnSupport system, which allows remote monitoring of production activities; an automated white-ink circulation system; built-in sensor to check media thickness; and an advanced media-takeup system. A VersaWorks RIP software is included.

Also in the Roland UV line is the narrow-format VersaUV LEF-12 “benchtop” flatbed UV printer built for three-dimensional objects. The LEF-12 offers a 12 x 11-in. printable area and supports materials up to 4-in. thick and up to 11-lb. It prints CMYK + white + clear (Eco-UV inks), with resolutions up to 720 x 1440 dpi. A VersaWorks RIP is standard.

Other Roland UV printers: the VersaUV LEC-330 and VersaUV LEC-540 printers.

Screen USA
www.screenusa.com
The 98-in. Truepress Jet2500UV from Screen USA is a 98.4-in.-wide hybrid flatbed/roll-to-roll printer that boasts speeds up to 727 sq ft/hr and accommodates rigid and rollfed media up to 1.9-in. thick. The printer’s piezo drop-on-demand printheads produce eight levels of grayscale with drop sizes from 6 to 42 pl and produce images with precise dot registration, sharp text, and a 1500-dpi maximum resolution. Screen’s flexible UV inks are available in the standard 4-color (CMYK) inkset; light cyan, light magenta, and white are optional. Ink tank capacity is 5 liters/color to accommodate long print runs. Screen recently added two new features to the Jet2500UV: multi-layer printing and automatic generation of see-through graphics.

The company’s Truepress Jet1600UV-F2 is a 66-inch UV LED flatbed that has been developed specifically for the sign and display business. A 5-color printer (CMYK + w), the Jet1600 UV-F2 is capable of hitting speeds of 254 sq ft/hr at 300 dpi (140 sq ft/hr in Quality mode). It offers a maximum resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi and it can accommodate a diverse array of substrates up to 1.96-in. thick. Two types of ink are available to users—FlexLED for rigid materials and HardLED for flexible media. The UV-LED light source used by the Jet1600UV-F2 allows it to accommodate such heat-sensitive materials as foam and channel boards, PVC, acrylic, and styrene panels without warping or distortions, the company reports. A post-cure unit is standard; a roll unit is optional.

SigmaJet
www.sigmajet.com
The Manta Slim KM8/720UV printer from Sigmajet (formerly Grapo Techologies) can accommodate media up to 60 x 81 in. and 2.4-in. thick. Top resolution is 360 dpi (720 apparent) and it can hit speeds of up to 1184 sq ft/hr (323-431 sq ft/hr in Production mode). Available in two ink configurations: CMYK or CMYK + white (Fujifilm Sericol inks). A SigmaJet RIP is standard; a Caldera V8 RIP is optional. The Manta Slim is designed for shops that have limited space for a UV printer; it measures 118 x 150 x 59 in.
Other SigmaJet UV printers include: the Manta, Manta White, Gemini, and Shark. The SigmaJet line is distributed in the US by Integra Technologies International (integraint.com).

Signs International Distributor
www.sidsigns.com
The SID UV 200S is a 6-color (CMYKcm) printer that offers 24 Spectra printheads (128 nozzles) and an 81-in. print width. Top speed is 419 sq ft/hr in Draft mode (300 x 600 dpi, three passes), while High Quality mode is 204 sq ft/hr (600 x 600 dpi, six passes); top resolution is 800 dpi. The SID UV 200S can accommodate media up to 1.18-in. thick. Onyx software is standard.
Also available is the SID UV 165P printer.

SwissQPrint
www.swissqprint.com
The Impala hybrid UV printer from SwissQPrint uses an 8-color inkset (CMYKcmk + W) + varnish (optional spot colors available), and offers print speeds up to 1441 sq ft/hr in Draft mode (484 sq ft/hr in Std Production mode and 387 sq ft/hr in Quality Production mode). Top resolution is 1440 dpi; maximum print area is 59 x 98 in. (optional Endless Flatbed Solution).

Also available from SwissQPrint is the Oryx UV flatbed printer. All SwissQPrint machines are distributed in the US by Polytype America Corp. (polytype-digital.com, see Polytype’s listing).

Teckwin
www.teckwin.com
Teckwin’s TeckPro UV3200 is a roll-to-roll printer that features a maximum print width of 130 in., resolutions up to 800 dpi, and a top speed of 990 sq ft/hr in High Speed mode (484 sq ft/hr in Production mode). The 7-color printer (CMYKcm + w) allows for simultaneous printing on multiple rolls (two rolls, 64-in.) and offers a double-sided backlit printing option. A Teckwin Caldera GrandRIP+ is standard.
Other UV machines from Teckwin include the TeckStorm TS-300 and TS-600 printers.
 

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