Plus: Anapurna M3200 RTR, Jeti TitanX, and Asanti automated workflow solution.
Agfa Graphics moved into textile printing with the introduction of its Ardeco printer for soft signage. The rollfed Ardeco utilizes dye-sublimation inks and features: a built-in calendering unit; a textile-dedicated transport system; 8 or 12 Ricoh Gen 4 printheads (384 nozzles/head, 7-pL drop size); a max. print width of 126 in.; and a top resolution of 1200 dpi. A set of cold-cutting knives for in-line finishing is optional.
Also new is the Anapurna M3200 RTR, a 126-in. UV rollfed that features 6 colors (CMYKcm) and a 1440-dpi max. resolution. Designed as a heavy-duty production tool for indoor and outdoor applications, the M3200 RTR utilizes KM1024i 12-pL heads, supports dual-roll printing, and has a max. resolution of 1440 dpi. Features include a set of shuttle safety sensors to prevent printheads from touching the substrate; a 2-zone vacuum table; an ionization bar to remove electrostatic loads on media; and Agfa’s new Asanti workflow for the sign and display market (see below). A trolley to handle heavy rolls up to 330 lbs is optional.
Also making its debut was the Jeti TitanX UV flatbed. Featuring a bed size of 79 x 122 in., the TitanX offers the ability to switch from 4 to 6 colors (CMYKcm) and back, on a job-by-job basis; top speed is 2433 sq ft/hr. Other features include Agfa’s fast-curing Anuvia UV inks; an auto head-height system; media-detection sensor; and in-line shuttle safety sensors. Max. media thickness is 2 in. The printer also offers a flat-to-roll (FTR) option.
And, Agfa introduced its Asanti automated workflow solution, specifically for the wide-format sign and display markets. Having roots in the company’s Apogee technology, Asanti’s rendering is based on Adobe PDF Print Engine standards, enabling JDF control for automated accountability, Agfa reports.