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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 company also showcased a white-ink kit and an automatic loader for its Scitex FB7500 and FB7600 presses, and a new cloud-based version of HP SmartStream Production Analyzer for automatic monitoring of HP Scitex production operations. See our coverage of HP’s pre-Drupa event for more details (May, pg. 8).

Seiko Fluorescents and Bulk Inks
Seiko Instruments ( previewed its new Neon inks –solvent-based fluorescent inks that are available in Hot Pink and Lemon Yellow for Seiko’s ColorPainter W series. The inks can be printed as spot or composite colors with CMYK. The results are bright under normal lighting, and glow under black lights. Expected launch is later this year.

New ValueJet Printers from Mutoh
Mutoh ( showcased its 4-color ValueJet 1324/1624 (54/64-in. max. media width) printers, which boast new printheads with variable-dot technology and use Mutoh ValueJet Eco-Solvent 3A inks. Both sizes offer 12 print modes ranging from 360 to 1440 dpi. Top speed of the 1324 is 565sq ft/hr and for the 1624 top speed is 600 sq ft/hr (both at 360 x 360-dpi resolution). Both can also be outfitted with a SpectroVue VM-10 optional spectrophotometer.

The new ValueJet TD textile printer series also comprises two sizes (64 and 104 in.) and offers four possible ink configurations: 8-color, 6-colors, 4-color single, and 4-color double. Top speed is 447 sq ft/hr; resolution ranges from 360 to 720 dpi (14 print modes).

Mutoh also presented its new 4-color double-head ValueJet-1638, which is capable of print speeds up to 431 sq ft/hr and printing 65-in. wide. The printer uses ValueJet Eco-Solvent inks.

Bordeaux Digital PrintInk’s PRDS Inks
Bordeaux Digital PrintInk ( showcased its new PRDS environmentally friendly dye-sub and direct-to-textile inks for the fabric-printing markets, in final development stages. The company reports that the PRDS inks feature excellent nozzle stability and high ink density, and produce vibrant colors as well as excellent color fastness and low fumes during fixation. Available in bulk and cartridges.

The company also announced its first latex water-based resin ink designed for piezo drop-on-demand printheads.