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Agfa Graphics Introduces Ardeco Printer

(September 2013) posted on Mon Aug 19, 2013

Plus: Anapurna M3200 RTR, Jeti TitanX, and Asanti automated workflow solution.

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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.