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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

JFX500-2131 UV-LED Flatbed from Mimaki
Mimaki Engineering ( unveiled a “technology demonstration” of its new JFX500-2131, a high-speed UV-LED flatbed that’s equipped with newly developed printheads and UV-LED curing unit. Still in development, the 83 x 122-in. flatbed offers output up to 646 sq ft/hr in 4-color mode, and up to 538 sq ft/hr with white ink. It can accommodate materials up to 4-in. thick. Inksets available include CMYKcm + white, or CMYK + white + clear.

Also demonstrated was an Easy Direct Print system. Comprising a dedicated camera and software (plug-in for Raster Link 6 software), the system allows for the reading and automatic adjustment of misalignment on a flatbed printer.

And Mimaki showcased its new JV400-LX equipped with white latex ink, and the new JV400-SUV, equipped with solvent UV ink. Both systems can print up to 195 sq ft/hr, offer top resolutions of 1200 dpi, and employ Mimaki’s RasterLink6 RIP. Both models are available in 53- and 63-in. versions. See March, pg 10, for more information.

Screen Announces Truepress Jet W1632UV
Screen ( announced its new Truepress Jet W1632UV, a high-speed, UV flatbed that provides a throughput of up to 1012 sq ft/hr while supporting media up to 63 x 126 in. (and approximately 2-in. thick). Employing 12-pL micro-droplet printheads, the W1632UV can produce a resolution up to 900 dpi (1200 dpi apparent) and offers a top speed of 1012 sq ft/hr. The 4-color printer (with optional light cyan and light magenta) utilizes Screen’s TruePress inks and features an automated cleaning station and on-board nozzle mapping. US release is set for July 2012.

Ricoh Pro L4000 Latex Printer
Ricoh ( demonstrated a prototype of its Ricoh Pro L4000 series printer, featuring the next generation of Ricoh's piezo printheads, latex inks, and a 7-color inkset: CMYKcm + white. Available in two sizes – 54 and 64 in. – the L4000 offers multiple jetting printhead technology to produce three different drop sizes simultaneously (as small as 4pL) and output speeds up to 195 sq ft/hr. It offers extensive media support on a range of substrates, Ricoh reports. The Pro L4000 is slated to be available in North America and Europe in Q1 2013.