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Finding Solvent Success

(March 2011) posted on Wed Mar 09, 2011

A narrowing of choices when it comes to solvent printers.


By Gregory Sharpless

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Mutoh
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The Dual-Head ValueJet 1618 from Mutoh is a 64-in. roll-to-roll mild/eco-solvent printer that images onto coated and uncoated media with Mutoh's Intelligent Interweaving and drop-on demand piezo technology for increased print speeds and elimination of banding and ink mottle. Sporting two 180 nozzles x 8 line printheads, the 1618 offers 2x CMYK Eco-Ultra inks in 16 channels. Imaging in full color directly onto posters, banners, backlit panels, P-O-S displays, signs, and stickers, the 1618 features 12 printing modes-from 540- to 1440-dpi resolutions-and users can print as fast as 480 sq ft/hr at 720 dpi. Other features include a media preheating and drying system, as well as a take-up system for rolls up to 67 lb; an optional HD take-up system is available. The machine comes standard with an Onyx Mutoh-edition RIP.

Other solvent printers in Mutoh’s lineup include: the mild/eco-solvent ValueJet 1304, 1614, and 2606 printers, as well as the ValueJet Mubio-Hybrid 1608-64 hybrid that utilizes Mutoh Mubio bio-solvent inks (composed of 80% plant-derived substances).

Roland DGA
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The AdvancedJet AJ-1000i is a 104-in.-wide machine that can reach print speeds of 968 sq ft/hr at 360 x 180 dpi and produce 6-color graphics (CMYKcm) onto coated and uncoated media. Other speed/resolution pairings include: 323 sq ft/hr at 360 x 360 dpi, 162 sq ft/hr at 360 x 720 dpi, and 65 sq ft/hr at 720 x 720 dpi, its top resolution.

Users can choose either EcoXtreme i inks for high durability or EcoXtreme LT inks for relatively short-term applications (both 1-liter ink cartridges).

Other features on the AJ-1000i include: Roland Intelligent Pass Control to eliminate banding; integrated tri-heater system and blower; automated media-feed and takeup system; and VersaWorks RIP software. An MU Mesh Printing Unit, for unlined mesh media, is optional. The machine is also available in a 74-in. version (AdvancedJet AJ-740i).

Roland DGA’s other solvent printers include: the VersaCamm SP 300i/540i and VersaCamm VS 640/540/420; the VersaArt RS 540/640; and the SolJet Pro III XJ 540/640/740 and SolJet Pro III XC 540MT.


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