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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

Matan’s New Barak 8Q UV Printer
Matan Digital Printers ( launched the Barak 8Q, an 8-color UV hybrid printer. Available in 11.4- and 16-ft versions, the Barak 8Q features the company’s Parallel Drop Size technology that enables printing of 20- and 40-pL drops in the same printing pass to smooth images while also achieving ink coverage and density. And it uses Barak UV low-odor pigmented inks and supports a wide range of environmental media (including PE); inkset is CMYKcmkY.

Top speed on the Barak 8Q is 3800 sq ft/hr and it offers a 600-dpi max resolution (1200 dpi apparent). Its front-end software version 7 includes a Media Saving Wizard. Options include: automatic double-sided printing an automatic rigid-media loader and unloader; inline finishing; and a wrinkle analyzer that identifies wrinkles caused by media manufacturing and adjusts the carriage height accordingly.

Inca Onset S40i Launched
Inca Digital Printers ( unveiled the Inca Onset S40i flatbed, which supersedes the company’s Onset S40 machine. The new printer includes a variety of intelligent features (hence the addition of the “i” in the new badge) that are designed to increase productivity as well as reliability. The Onset S40i utilizes 168 new-generation, user-replaceable printheads (28 per color) on a full-width print array, delivering a 28-picoliter drop size.

The 6-color printer (CMYKcm) offers various new features including: a 15-zone vacuum table to reduce bed-masking requirements for substrates thinner than 3mm; an auto sensor system that constantly monitors the machine condition and informs the operator when automatic printhead cleaning is required; a substrate-height detector; and a new Fujifilm Uvijet ink system.

Maximum print area is 63 x 124 in.; the S40i can handle substrates up to 2-in. thick in manual mode. Top throughput is 5059 sq ft/hr (with automation), and maximum resolution is 600 dpi. A choice of uni-directional, bi-directional, and super-high-quality print modes can be selected depending on job requirements. The new printer is compatible with the Inca’s flexible automation system (allowing users the choice to operate manually or with semi- or three-quarter automation from the same configuration) and it supports Inca’s Print Run Controller software module (for variable-data printing).

The Inca Onset S40i is available in Q2 2012; distributed in North America by Fujifilm (