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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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Also available: the Domin8tor UV flatbed, which offers a 78 x 120-in. print area.

The 6-color (CMYKcm) HP Scitex FB7600 can print up to 5382 sq ft/hr at top speed (1937 sq ft/hr in Text mode), provides a resolution of 600 dpi, and can handle rigid and flexible media up to 65 x 126 in. (up to 25-mm thick). The machine uses HP’s FB225 Scitex inks, which are designed to better adhere to plastics and possess improved flexibility on corrugated media; the pigmented UV-curable inks also are Greenguard Children & School certified. A Caldera GrandRIP+ or Onyx ProductionHouse RIP is standard; multi-sheet loading table (simultaneous printing of up to four sheets) is optional. An optional Hostert Automatic Loader is engineered to allow high-volume print shops that produce long repeating runs to reduce production costs, improve turnaround time, and create an automatic working environment with stack-to-stack operation. The recently introduced Enhanced Color Pack upgrade includes HP FB225 Orange Scitex Ink (for a broader gamut for vivid colors with more realistic skin tones and improved spot matching) and Light Black Scitex Ink (for smoother gray solids and improves neutrality).

The Scitex FB500 UV printer can accommodate media up to 64-in. wide and offers a top speed of 398 sq ft/hr in Express mode (177 sq ft/hr in Indoor Signage mode). With a CMYKcm (W optional) inkset, the FB500 features max. resolution of 600 x 1200 dpi, HP White Ink Homogenizer to maintain ink stability, an embedded Web Sever, and more. A Roll-to-Roll Upgrade Kit is optional.

Also available: the Scitex FB700 printer (98-in. wide) and the Scitex FB10000 industrial press.

Inca Digital
The Inca Onset S20i UV flatbed boasts a full-width printhead array with 26 individual Fujifilm Dimatix printheads per color, providing users with production speeds up to 3340 sq ft/hr. Available in two color configurations – CMYKcm or CMYK + white – the S20i uses an enhanced range of Fujifilm Uvijet inks engineered to provide improved adhesion, stability, and finishing properties, the company reports. It can accommodate materials up to 63 x 123.6 in. and 2-in. thick (0.4-in. thick using automation). Top resolution is 1000 dpi. Other features include: a multi-zone vacuum table, a UV sensor system, and a substrate-height detector; a flexible automation system is optional as is Inca’s Print Run Controller (PRC) software module.