The venerable rollfed printer remains a critical output tool.
In early 2013, the company announced its new line of ValueCut cutting plotters, comprising three models: the ValueCut 600 (30.3-in. media width, 24-in. cut width); ValueCut 1300 (62.7-in. media width, 52-in. cut width); and ValueCut 1800 (74.8-in. media width, 72-in. cut width). All three VC models are designed for long-run cut jobs and precision accuracy, Mutoh reports; users can simultaneously print and cut. Standard features include: newly designed sheet-off feature; roll support system; multi-segment registration; spare blade; oil-ball point pen; SAi Flexi starter software; and more. A floor stand and media-catch basket are standard on the VC 1300 and 1800 models (optional on the 600). A dual-roll support system is optional.
Also in the Mutoh lineup: the ValueJet 1204Plus, 1324, 1624, 1638, and 2638; the ValueJet 1628TD and 2628TD, as well as 1638W textile printers; and RJ-900X printer.
The Evo33 from PrinterEvolution (www.printerevolution.com) comprises an upgraded EFI Vutek 3360 chassis with a new ink-delivery system, Spectra Q-class true grayscale variable-drop heads, new motion-control system, and new updated electronics and computer interface. The 126-in. Evo33 can be configured with one of two different ink types: AquaSub33 water-based dye-sub or LoSol33 bio-solvent inks. The company added Orange and Violet options to its CMYK ink set in late 2012. Top resolution is 600-dpi addressable (1200-dpi apparent); speeds range from 580 to 1285 sq ft/hr. A Caldera GrandRIP+ is standard.
Newly released is the company’s Neo Series of printers (Neo64 DS, Neo74 DS, and Neo104 DS), which are water-based print and sublimate units with on-board calendars and optional in-line cutting systems.
The SolJet Pro 4 XR-640 printer-cutter from Roland DGA (www.rolanddga.com) features accelerated print speeds and reformulated Eco-Sol Max 2 inks in nine colors, including white, metallic silver, and light black. The 64-inch Pro 4 offers a dual inline and mirrored printhead configuration yielding a maximum print speed of 528 sq ft/hr at 360 x 720 dpi (standard speed on banner is 183.5 sq ft/hr; standard speed on vinyl is 166 sq ft/hr). Print speeds for white and metallic inks are more than 50 percent faster than those of previous SolJet models, Roland reports. Top resolution is 1440 dpi.
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