All three use solvents
Redhill Inkjet, based in New Hampshire,
now has exclusive rights in the US and
Canada (as well as a few other countries)
to sell the Shanghai Yaselan line of
printers. Redhill has made modifications
to the S. Yaselan line to better accommodate
Western print providers, says the
company"?particularly when it comes to
consistency and ease of operation. The
Redhill line includes the YSL S8, the YSL
2300D, and the YSL 3500VE; all printers
will carry the Red Hill nameplate.
Redhill printers run some high production-
mode speeds"?up to 922 sq ft/hr.
Redhill's Alan Barrett claims that all production
speeds on Redhill's printers produce
sellable graphics. "Every printer
(other than Redhill printers) that I have
ever seen has serious banding in its
faster speeds. The Redhill line has been
engineered to allow faster production
speeds and yet make sellable prints."
The Redhill YSL S8 printer is a 130-in.
wide, solvent 4-color printer. It features
eight Spectra printheads and true 360-dpi
resolution. Designed for a mid-range production
facility and to print applications
with a 10 ft+ viewing distance, the S8N
offers print speeds up to 922 sq ft/hr in
production mode, 511 sq ft/hr in better
mode, and 264 sq ft/hr in best mode.
The Redhill YSL 2300D is a 87-in., 6-
color (CMYKcm) solvent-based printer. It
features Konica printheads (14-picoliter
drop version) and true 720-dpi resolution.
Designed for shops that need to print
near photo-quality images, the 2300D
prints up to 300 sq ft/hr in production
mode, and 175 sq ft/hr in photo-quality
mode. Konica also offers a 40-picoliter
drop version of this particular printhead;
Redhill chose the 14-picoliter version,
says Barrett, because the 40-picoliter version
would produce too much overlap,
resulting in muddy images on Western
media. Price: $59,000.
The Redhill YSL 3500VE is a 130-in.,
4-color solvent printer for the small
shop that wants to produce large signs
fast (with viewing distances of more
than 10 ft). It features 16 Xaar XJ-128
printheads and a 370-dpi resolution.
Print speeds are up to 682 sq ft/hr in
production mode, 368 sq ft/hr in better
mode, and 187 sq ft/hr in best mode.
All three machines leave China with
the Scanvec Amiable Photoprint DX RIP,
which is included in their prices. Redhill
recommends the optional Onyx ProductionHouse
RIP for the S8 and 2300D
printers. (Redhill Inkjet: www.red-hill.com)