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Inkjet Drupa 2012

(June 2012) posted on Fri Jun 15, 2012

For 14 days in May, Dusseldorf was the epicenter of the graphics world.

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By Gregory Sharpless

The 8- and 10-color SureColor SC-S70670 is Epson’s first 64-inch rollfed printer that simultaneously supports white and metallic inks. Both the 8-color model (CMYKcmk + orange) and the 10-color version (adds white + metallic) offer resolutions up to 1440 dpi and 294 sq ft/hr in 8-color, high-speed mode (198 sq ft/hr in production mode; 44 sq ft/hr with metallic ink enabled). The S70600 also utilizes Epson’s thin Film Piezo printhead, in conjunction with Epson GSX eco-solvent inks (also odorless and nickel-free). Other features include: automatic print optimization for various media and automatic substrate tensioning.

Epson also has launched three 4-color machines all geared toward the CAD and GIS markets: the SureColor SC-T7000 (44-in.), SC-T5000 (36-in.), and SC-T3000 (24-in.) printers. These printers all use Epson’s new UltraChrome XD Ink, designed to produce deep blacks, a wide color gamut, and crisp, dense lines; they utilize Epson’s Variable Droplet Technology for fine detail.

And, as an expansion to its aqueous UltraChrome inks, Epson has developed UltraChrome D6, a 6-color ink system for the company’s SureLab digital dry lab; the company also demonstrated its first UV ink for printing to uncoated paper and film label substrates during the recent Drupa expo.

Uvistar Pro8 from Fujifilm
Fujifilm ( announced the launch of the Uvistar Pro8, the latest in its series of Uvistar superwide printers. The Pro8 is a rollfed UV printer with a flatbed option that adds a set of light colors (cmyk) as well as the ability to switch between 4- and 8-color printing modes, and also features: Parallel Drop Size technology to smooth images; an auto media-handling system for rigid media; an automated backlit print option; and a new operator interface. It utilizes Fujifilm’s new Uvijet QN inks, which are intended to meet the growing demands of indoor applications, where viewing distances tend to be closer and rigid materials are more commonly used, the company reports.

Top speed is more than 3229 sq ft/hr; maximum resolution is 600 dpi (1200-dpi apparent). The Uvistar Pro8 can accommodate media up to 150-in. wide and approximately 1-in. thick. The printer will be available in August of this year.