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DuPont Dives into Wide with Three New Printers

(February 2005) posted on Wed Feb 02, 2005

Two wide-format and one superwide-format


DuPont Imaging Technologies has introduced
its DCC line of wide-format inkjet
printers. The new line includes: the DCC
22UV, a 2.2-m flatbed/roll-to-roll UV-curable
printer that features 6-color inks plus white;
the DCC 32S, a 6-color, 3.2-m solvent roll-toroll
printer; and the DCC 25S, a 6-color 2.5-m
solvent roll-to-roll (and thin board) printer.
Contract-manufactured by Shenzhen Runtianzhi
Image Technology in China, and
based on that company's Flora line, the
printers carry the DuPont nameplate.

The DCC 22UV is a combination flatbed
and roll-to-roll printer that uses UV-curable
inks to direct print onto various substrates.
Featuring 6 colors (CMYKcm)
plus white in 4-liter containers, the DCC
22UV has 14 Spectra Galaxy 256 printheads
(two per color). The white channel
is offset to allow for in-line color over
white printing at production speeds, says
DuPont. The 22UV offers three print-resolution/
productivity modes: Ultra Quality
(800 x 600 dpi, 161 sq ft/hr), Quality
(600 x 400 dpi, 323 sq ft/hr), and Ultra
Speed (400 x 400, 484 sq ft/hr). Capable
of handling materials up to 86 in. wide
and 2 in. thick, the 22UV is designed for a
variety of applications including graphics,
short-run and prototype packaging, point
of purchase, displays, signs, banners, and
more. MSRP: $249,900.

A 145-in. wide, roll-to-roll printer
designed for very high-volume applications
at high speeds, the DCC 32S features
a 6-color solvent inkset (CMYKcm) and an
automated take-up roller (with integrated
in-line dryer). It has 14 Spectra 256 printheads
(2 per color) and its three print-resolution/
productivity modes include: Ultra
Quality (720 x 360 dpi, 376 sq ft/hr), Quality
(360 x 360 dpi, 644 sq ft/hr), and Ultra
Speed (360 x 180 dpi, 1184 sq ft/hr). The
DCC 32S can accommodate flexible media
only. MSRP: $199,900.

The DCC 25S is a 98-in.-wide solvent roll-to-
roll printer that can also handle thin
boards up to 1.8 in. thick. Featuring 6 colors
(CMYKcm) in 4-liter containers, and an automated
take-up roller with an in-line dryer, it
utilizes six Spectra piezo printheads. Print
resolution/productivity modes: Ultra Quality
(720 x 360, 160 sq ft/hr), Quality (360 x
360, 268 sq ft/hr), and Ultra Speed (360 x
180, 644 sq ft/hr). MSRP: $65,000.

Each printer in the DCC line comprises
a system that includes the printer, computer,
software, ink ("start up" set of
4liters/color), installation, training, and
service and support. The DCC 22UV and
DCC 32S printers include Scanvec Amiable
PhotoPrint4 Server software; the DCC 25S
includes Scanvec Amiable's PhotoPrint 4
DX software.

The printers made their US debut at
SGIA in October 2004. As this piece was
written, the line was going through external
evaluation programs; DuPont estimates
that the printers will be available
by early 2005. (DuPont Imaging Technologies: www.digitalprinting.dupont.com)


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