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HP’s Certified for JDF Program
HP (www.hp.com) announced that it has created a new HP Certified for Wide Format Printing JDF Exchange program for third-party workflow solutions. HP certification ensures that workflow solutions exchanging JDF will interoperate properly with each other, enabling print service providers to easily build e-storefronts to market their services, take advantage of production-automation tools to reduce costs, and differentiate their service offerings. Several companies already have achieved certification through the program. HP is chair of the CIP4’s Wide Format Workgroup.
Agfa Debuts Jeti 3020 Titan Flatbed
The Jeti 3020 Titan flatbed from Agfa Graphics (agfa.com) is a high-production machine, designed and constructed using a modular format so that, as users’ demands increase, the printer’s color and speed capabilities can be extended. The Titan’s entry-level version incorporates 16 Ricoh Gen 4 grayscale printheads resulting in CMYK output at a native resolution of 600 dpi, able to deliver 1200 dpi for photorealistic image quality. The machine has a maximum print area of 124 x 79.5 in. and prints up to 1216 sq ft/hr in high-speed mode (370 sq ft/hr in quality mode). It can be configured, however, with up to 48 grayscale heads (boosting the maximum print speed to 2432 sq ft/hr in high-speed mode, 740 in quality mode); in addition, the standard CMYK configuration can be extended adding light cyan and light magenta for better image rendering; double white; white and clear varnish; or orange and green to extend the color gamut. The Titan can accommodate flexible and rigid materials up to 2-in. thick.