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New Inkjets for Outdoor Graphics

(June 2003) posted on Fri Jun 13, 2003

Printers introduced at ISA's 2003 Sign Expo


Mutoh Toucan 64

Mutoh America

www.mutoh.com

Inks: Solvent, six-color

Outdoor Durability: 5 years

Format: Roll-to-roll, 1.6-m (63-in.) print width

Resolution: 720 dpi

Print Speeds: 216 to 800 sq ft/hr

Pricing: $74,995

Suited for production runs of 256 36- x 48-in. posters in an 8-hr shift. Includes 21-GB HDD, and Thunderbird print server and ISIS Print Manager software.

Neojet UV-46

Dilli Precision Ind. Co.

www.dilli.co.kr

Inks: UV-curable, four-color

Format: Roll-to-roll/flatbed, 46 in.

Resolution: 400 dpi

Print Speeds: 215 sq ft/hr

Built in Korea by Dilli Precision Ind. Co. which has experience building solvent-system inkjets and cutting plotters.

Orasign PosterJet

Distributed by Aeromatrix

www.aeromatrix.com

Inks: Solvent, four-color

Outdoor Durability: 2 to 3 years

Format: Roll-to-roll, 3.2-m (126-in.) print width

Resolution: 370 dpi

Print Speeds: 237 to 1453 sq ft/hr

SignJet PRO JX2000A

Western Graphtec

www.graphtecusa.com

Inks: Aqueous, four-color

Format: Roll-to-roll printer-cutter, 1.1 m (42 in.) and 1.5 m (60 in.)

Resolution: 600 dpi

Print Speeds: 81 to 204 sq ft/hr

Pricing: $13,995 and $15,995

Dual-purpose sign-printer and vinyl-cutter. Eight-head configuration makes it possible to run two sets of CMYK pigmented or dye inks for faster throughput, or switch between dye and pigmented ink sets. Built-in cutting functions comparable to those on Graphtec's high-end cutting plotters.

Silver Storm (YSL-S8)

Shanghai Yaselan Advertising Material Co. Ltd

www.yaselan.com

Inks: Solvent, four-color

Outdoor Durability: 2 years

Format: Roll-to-roll, 3.4 m (134 in.)

Resolution: 360 dpi

Print Speeds: 484 sq ft/hr to 1324 sq ft/hr

The Silver Storm is Yaselan's first grand-format inkjet made with US-built Spectra printheads. Yaselan has partnered with the new Jetrion division of Flint Ink to ensure that print quality will satisfy world standards.

SkyWide 34

Skyton USA

www.skyton.biz

Inks: Solvent, four-color

Outdoor Durability: 2 years

Format: Roll-to-roll, 3.4 m (137 in.)

Resolution: 360 dpi

Print Speeds: 301 sq ft.hr to 861 sq ft/hr

Pricing: About $140,000

Superwide built with input from consortium of former employees of other well-known superwide manufacturers. Printer uses MegaInk--a fast-drying ink formulated to reduce energy and ink consumption, provide a longer shelf life, and work more effectively on uncoated materials.

SolventJET II

Distributed by Splash of Color and All Graphic Supplies

www.splashofcolor.com; www.allgraphicsupplies.com

Inks: Solvent, six-color (CMYKRB)

Outdoor-Durability: Up to 5 years

Format: 1.4 m (54 in.) and 1.9 m (74 in.) roll-to- roll printers; 1.3 m (54 in.) printer/cutter

Resolution: 1440 dpi

Print Speed: up to 300 sq ft/hr

Pricing: From $36,995 to $42,995

Modified Roland Pro II Series printers use Lyson Pentachrome? solvent-based inks that don't require ventilation equipment. Using red and blue inks instead of light cyan and light magenta helps signmakers simulate spot colors such as reflex blue and Coca Cola red.

Tiara Opal 63

Tiara US

www.tiara-usa.com

Inks: Solvent, six-color (CMYKcm or CMYKRB)

Outdoor Durability: 5 years

Format: Roll-to-roll, 1.6 m (63 in.)

Resolution: 1440 dpi

Print Speed: up to 60 sq ft/hr

Tiara US is a wholly owned subsidiary for Lyson Inc., the UK-based company that makes inks and media for all major inkjet-printing technologies. Opal 63 can be equipped with Pentachrome? inkset to make it easier for signmakers to hit certain spot colors.

Vutek UltraVu 150

Vutek

www.vutek.com

Inks: Solvent, four- or six-color

Outdoor Durability: 5 years

Format: Roll-to-roll, 1.5 m (60 in.)

Resolution: 360 dpi

Print Speeds: 230 to 430 sq ft/hr

Pricing: $165,000

Ruggedly built, built-in-the-US printer is backed by Vutek operator training, materials testing, customer service and technical support. Lower ink costs per square foot than many other solvent-system inkjets.


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