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Flatbeds & Hybrids 2013 Report

(June 2013) posted on Thu Jun 27, 2013

Offerings from 20+ companies to expand your shop’s job mix.

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Roland DGA
Roland DGA’s 64-in. VersaUV LEJ-640 UV-LED hybrid is offered in three Eco-UV ink configurations (CMYK + white + clear; CMYK + white + white; and CMYK + clear + clear); it’s also available with Eco-UV S inks for increased flexibility (CMYK + white + white). Capable of handling roll media as well as board stocks up to a half-inch thick, the LEJ-640 features a top print resolution of 1440 dpi and can hit speeds up to 133 sq ft/hr in CMYK mode. Other features include the Roland OnSupport system for remote monitoring of production activities; an automated white-ink circulation system; built-in sensor to check media thickness; an advanced media-takeup system; and a VersaWorks RIP. X-Rite color-management tools are optional.

Also available is the VersaUV LEF, a 12-in. UV LED benchtop printer for imaging onto media as well as three-dimensional objects up to 3.94-in. thick. Features include: Eco-UV inks (CMYK+W+clearcoat), a built-in laser-alignment system, a Roland VersaWorks RIP, and more.

Screen USA
Screen’s TruePress Jet W1632UV is a high-speed, UV flatbed that provides a throughput of up to 1012 sq ft/hr while supporting media up to 63 x 126 in. and approximately 2-in. thick. Employing 12-pL micro-droplet printheads, the W1632UV can produce a resolution up to 900 dpi (1200 dpi apparent). The 4-color printer (with optional light cyan and magenta) utilizes Screen’s TruePress inks and features an automated cleaning station and on-board nozzle mapping.

The TruePress Jet2500UV hybrid can accommodate a range of rigid and flexible substrates and media up to 98.6-in. wide and nearly 2-in. thick. Max. print speed is 67.5 sq m/hr; it offers a top resolution of 1500 dpi. Flexible UV inks; CMYK standard (optional light cyan and magenta).

Signs International Distributor
The 5-color (CMYKK) SID Neutrino, based on Memjet printhead technology, is equipped with five Memjet printheads, each with 70,400 nozzles with a 1.2-pL drop size; it can hit print speeds up to 12,600 sq ft/hr and offers a top resolution of 1600 dpi. Utilizing water-based dye inks, the single-pass Neutrino offers a max. print width of 42 in.

The SID UV 165P is a 6-color hybrid (CMYKcm) that can handle rigid substrates up to a 0.5-in. thick and offers a 65-in. print width. Top resolution is 720 x 1440 dpi; print speed is up to 559 sq ft/hr (one-pass).

The Impala hybrid UV printer features a standard inkset of CMYKcmk + white, and adds options including primer, varnish, or spot colors including orange, green, and violet. It supports drop sizes from 12 to 42 pl, offers resolution up to 1440 dpi, a top speed is 1399 sq ft/hr, and a max. print area of 63 x 98 in. A Silk Gloss print mode was introduced in 2012; a Board Option is available to hold oversized panels and difficult roll media in place.

Also available is the Nyala: Similar to the Impala, but the machine offers an extra-large max. print area of 63 x 126 in., and adds a Tandem function; speed range is 1507 to 2153 sq ft/hr. The company’s Oryx printer offers a max. resolution of 1350 dpi and top speeds of 828 sq ft/hr in draft mode.

Teckwin International
The TS-600 flatbed offers 6-color printing (CMYKcm + W + varnish), 800 x 1600-dpi resolution, and a 65-sq-ft image area; it can print directly onto materials up to 5.9-in. thick. Other features include: an eight-zone vacuum bed with pin-register system and Caldera GrandRIP software; a 54-in. roll system is optional. The TS-600 utilizes AuroraTeck UV inks; specialty inks for ceramics, glass, acrylics, and thermoforming are also available. The 4 x 8-ft TS-300 is also available; it can accommodate materials up to 1.98-in. thick and offers an optional 72-in. industrial roll-to-roll option.

The Excelagraphix 4200 is a 5-color (CMYKK) 42-in. printer that utilizes dye-based aqueous inks. Developed in partnership with printhead producer Memjet, the 4200 utilizes five Memjet printheads running Memjet Waterfall Technology and is designed for short-run and variable-data color print work. It can accommodate a wide range of media up to 3/8-in. thick, including foam board and corrugated board, and offers a top speed of 12 in./sec at 800 x 1600 dpi or 6 in./sec at 1600 x 1600 dpi (its top resolution); it can run variable data at full speed. The printer runs Xanté’s iQueue 5.0 prepress Colorsmart workflow, which offers independent CMYK density control, spot-color matching, imposition, job-cost estimating, and more.