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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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The Océ Arizona 318 GL UV flatbed prints on rigid media up to 49.2-in. wide x 98.4-in. long and up to 1.89-in. thick. It offers print speeds up to 194 sq ft/hr in Express mode (163 sq ft/hr with its Roll Media option), producing more than 20 2 x 3-foot boards/hr, Océ reports; in Production mode, speeds are 131 sq ft/hr, and 68 sq ft/hr in Fine Art mode. The 318 GL is 4-color standard (Océ UV-curable inks in quick-exchange, 800-ml bags), with a factory-installed White Ink option. The printer features the company’s VariaDot imaging technology that can simultaneously jet droplets ranging from 6 to 42 picoliters in size.

Other Arizona flatbed models include the 550 GT and XT.

CET Color
The X-Press 1000K flatbed and the X-Press 1000HK offer Kyocera printheads that deliver five-level grayscale imaging and true 600-dpi resolution; they print 4.25 in. with each pass. Both models can accommodate media up to 60 x 120 in. Available inksets are CMYK and CMYK + White. Top print speeds are 800 sq ft/hr in Production mode; 669 sq ft/hr in Standard mode.

Other CET models include: the Q-Series 500 flatbeds (X-Press 500Q and X-Press 500QY); the 49 x 99-in. X-Press 500QE-4X flatbed; the X-Press 500/500Y and 1000/1000Y flatbeds; and the X-Press 500H and 1000HL hybrid printers.

Durst Image Technology
The Rho 1012 and Rho 1030 are both equipped with Durst’s Quadro Array printhead technology; offer an 8-ft printing width; are CMYK standard (with optional light cyan and light magenta, or process color addition – orange/green or orange/violet); have integrated ink tanks with 10-litre capacity/ink (refillable during the printing process); and Durst Rho software and an external Caldera RIP server. Both can be configured with full corrugate and roll-to-sheet options. The Rho 1012 utilizes Quadro Array 12M printheads (12-pL drop size) and can print at speeds up to 5000 sq ft/hr and offers a top resolution of 1200 dpi. The Rho 1030 uses Quadro Array 30M printheads (30-pL drop size) and boasts production speeds up to 10,000 sq ft/hr and a top resolution of 600 dpi.