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Getting it All at Graph Expo

(January 2008) posted on Thu Jan 10, 2008

From workflow and wide format, to finishing and fulfillment.

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By Clare Baker, Gregory Sharpless

Gandinnovations ( introduced its Jeti 3148 X-2 UV True Flatbed featuring 48 Spectra printheads. The 48-head design, the company reports, gives shops more production options while providing high-throughput speeds. The printer is designed to print on rigid materials such as foam boards, corrugated boards, plastics, and sheet metal, as well as vinyl, canvas and fabric.

A 6-color (CMYKcm) printer, the Jeti 3148 X-2 features a 5 x 10-ft print area. Users can switch to white and clear varnish options for a CMYK+WV inkset as well. The printer offers resolutions from 300 x 600 to 600 x 1200 dpi. In best-quality mode, the Jeti 3148 X-2 prints at 1200 dpi with a print speed of 900 sq ft/hr; maximum print speed is 1500 sq ft/hr.

The 3148 X-2 also features a three-zone vacuum-controlled system designed to eliminate masking and hold media in place. The flatbed table also utilizes linear motion to ensure accurate registration on both rigid and flexible materials. The Jeti can handle roll media up to 120 x 60 in. and rigid media up to 2-in. thick.

The printer features a user interface with a 15-in. LCD flat-panel display. Users have a choice of an Onyx, Shiraz, or Wasatch RIP upon purchase. Safety shielding is an option.

Kodak ( premiered its Smart Review System, designed to intelligently stream data and produce highly accurate previews, while allowing monitor proofing, imaging, and collaboration in an integrated fashion through third-party applications and workflows. The Smart Review System comprises server-based software for imaging and file management and the Kodak Smart Review Proofing Client. A flexible applications-programming interface allows it to be integrated into a variety of solutions with a comprehensive set of function calls. Solutions that incorporate the Smart Review System enable users to follow projects throughout the entire approval process, tracking changes, comments, and events, making project turnaround times quicker and more efficient.