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Seiko's Grand-Format ColorPainter 100S

(June 2005) posted on Fri Jun 03, 2005

Solvent printer features six piezo heads


Seiko now offers a grand-format solvent
printer"?the 100-in. ColorPainter 100S.
This new printer can output onto a variety
of uncoated media, has three onboard
heating systems (front, print, and rear),
and features six industrial piezoelectric
printheads.

The new ColorPainter prints onto uncoated
rollfed or sheetfed media up to
104 in. wide and up to 0.63 mm thick. It
utilizes 6-color (CMYKcm) EG-Outdoor
solvent pigmented inks, available in
1000-ml cartridges. Without lamination,
these inks offer a durability of up to 3 yr
outdoor. It offers several resolutions and
speeds"?2-pass draft (720 x 360 dpi),
330 sq ft/hr; 4-pass fine-draft (720 x 540
dpi), 220 sq ft/hr; standard 4-pass (720 x
720 dpi), 176 sq ft/hr; and high-quality 8-
pass (720 x 720 dpi) mode, 88 sq ft/hr.

The 100S can print directly onto
unbacked mesh (allowing users to purchase
less-expensive unlined mesh). It
also features accurate double-sided printing
with a take-up system that winds up
the roll and feeds it back into the printer
for double-sided banner printing. In addition,
the ColorPainter 100S allows printing
on two rolls simultaneously for 2-up
printing, and has a heavy-duty media
feed/take-up system that holds rolls up
to 242 lbs.

The 100S does not come bundled with
a RIP; typically, dealers will integrate the
RIP of their choice. However, notes Seiko,
all major RIP manufacturers have
expressed support for the ColorPainter
100S and will release compatible products
for it upon the release of the printer.

The ColorPainter 100S joins the Color-
Painter 64S in the company's product
line. "Adding the ColorPainter 100S will
enable us to offer a wider range of products
to our customers," says Pat Ryan,
general manager of Seiko I Infotech-
America. "With its performance, media
versatility, outdoor durability, and amazing
color, we believe it will be a very popular
product in the 'grand-format' market
space." Price: $59,995; shipping date:
June 2005. (Seiko-I Infotech: www.seiko-i.com)


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