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Vutek PressVu 320/400 is a Flatbed and Roll-to-Roll Printer

Features production speeds of up to 1000 sq ft/hr

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Vutek's latest addition to its PressVu family is the 3.2-m wide (126-in.) PressVu 320/400. A flatbed/roll-to-roll printer utilizing piezo drop-on-demand technology, it offers 4 colors, UV-curable inks in 5-l containers, and compatibility with rigid media up to 1.75-in. thick. The printer features resolutions up to 400 dpi and offers production speeds up to 1000 sq ft/hr (or 20 4 x 8-ft sheets); in highest-quality mode, it produces at 650 sq ft/hr.

The PressVu 320/400 is designed for 24/7 production, says Vutek, while its flexibility to print on rigid as well as rollfed media allows print providers to expand services and capabilities with one machine. Setup, as well as switchover between flatbed and roll-to-roll, is easy and fast"?either can be done by one person in just one minute, the company reports. Applications include billboards, P-O-P advertising, banners, signage, posters, exhibition graphics, backlit displays, bus shelters, long-term outdoor graphics, and printing on exotic materials such as wood, glass (using Vutek's Glass Primer System), and metal.

The PressVu ColorBurst RIP is a standard feature. The RIP includes ICC color management, advanced layout features, contourcutting support, and a multilanguage interface. In addition, the PressVu 320/400 also offers good front-to-back registration"? within 1/16 in. on a 4 x 8-ft rigid sheet.

Price: $299,000, including training and a 1-year warranty. Beta testing began on the machine in June; shipping is expected this summer. (Vutek: www.vutek.com)

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