10 technologies selected for 2008 awards.
The Printing Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (PIA/GATF) has announced its 2008 GATF InterTech Technology Award recipients. Ten technologies were selected to receive the award, chosen from 28 nominations from 21 companies. The technology winners include the following (all comments are as reported by GATF):
Inca Onset, Inca Digital Printers Limited (www.incadigital.com): The large-format UV digital flatbed printer can handle print sizes up to 10.5 x 5-ft and achieve production throughput of 300 3 x 5-ft sheets an hour. Edge-to-edge printing allows for substrates up to "?u-in. thick and up to 22-lbs at full speed. The Onset can be equipped with a fully automatic load/unload system and is easy to run by one operator with a minimal 20-minute setup time at the start of each day. The machine identifies and remaps weak nozzles to ensure consistent quality, uses the lowest energy levels possible for UV curing, and employs linear drives to move the bed for smoother motion and better drop placement and accuracy.
Competition judges commended Inca Onset for its speed and efficiency, and they felt it had great versatility as well as the potential to challenge other printing processes.
Xaar 1001 Printhead, Xaar plc (www.xaar.com): The Xaar 1001 Printhead, used in a number of high-quality digital presses, delivers excellent drop formation and placement accuracy with outstanding operational durability. Most printheads eject ink from a small nozzle at the end, which can fail due to blockage or air bubble formation. With Xaar's Hybrid Side Shooter (HSS) technology, ink flows past the back of the nozzle so air or particles are removed from the nozzles, keeping channels primed and operational. Using XaarDOT (Drop Optimization Technology), Xaar 1001 grayscale printheads can generate up to 15 different drop sizes by combining sub-droplets fired in quick succession onto the same printed dot. This allows the 360 dpi actual resolution to produce results equivalent to 1000 dpi with far fewer nozzles, delivering a greater range of both resolutions and substrates, and a variety of print options.
The judges appreciated the Xaar 1001's faster speeds, ink savings, increased resolution, and its ability to support suspended particle inks.