A tidal wave of UV tech has made its mark on the market.
Also in the Roland UV line is the narrow-format VersaUV LEF-12 “benchtop” flatbed UV printer built for three-dimensional objects. The LEF-12 offers a 12 x 11-in. printable area and supports materials up to 4-in. thick and up to 11-lb. It prints CMYK + white + clear (Eco-UV inks), with resolutions up to 720 x 1440 dpi. A VersaWorks RIP is standard.
Other Roland UV printers: the VersaUV LEC-330 and VersaUV LEC-540 printers.
The 98-in. Truepress Jet2500UV from Screen USA is a 98.4-in.-wide hybrid flatbed/roll-to-roll printer that boasts speeds up to 727 sq ft/hr and accommodates rigid and rollfed media up to 1.9-in. thick. The printer’s piezo drop-on-demand printheads produce eight levels of grayscale with drop sizes from 6 to 42 pl and produce images with precise dot registration, sharp text, and a 1500-dpi maximum resolution. Screen’s flexible UV inks are available in the standard 4-color (CMYK) inkset; light cyan, light magenta, and white are optional. Ink tank capacity is 5 liters/color to accommodate long print runs. Screen recently added two new features to the Jet2500UV: multi-layer printing and automatic generation of see-through graphics.
The company’s Truepress Jet1600UV-F2 is a 66-inch UV LED flatbed that has been developed specifically for the sign and display business. A 5-color printer (CMYK + w), the Jet1600 UV-F2 is capable of hitting speeds of 254 sq ft/hr at 300 dpi (140 sq ft/hr in Quality mode). It offers a maximum resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi and it can accommodate a diverse array of substrates up to 1.96-in. thick. Two types of ink are available to users—FlexLED for rigid materials and HardLED for flexible media. The UV-LED light source used by the Jet1600UV-F2 allows it to accommodate such heat-sensitive materials as foam and channel boards, PVC, acrylic, and styrene panels without warping or distortions, the company reports. A post-cure unit is standard; a roll unit is optional.
The Manta Slim KM8/720UV printer from Sigmajet (formerly Grapo Techologies) can accommodate media up to 60 x 81 in. and 2.4-in. thick. Top resolution is 360 dpi (720 apparent) and it can hit speeds of up to 1184 sq ft/hr (323-431 sq ft/hr in Production mode). Available in two ink configurations: CMYK or CMYK + white (Fujifilm Sericol inks). A SigmaJet RIP is standard; a Caldera V8 RIP is optional. The Manta Slim is designed for shops that have limited space for a UV printer; it measures 118 x 150 x 59 in.
Other SigmaJet UV printers include: the Manta, Manta White, Gemini, and Shark. The SigmaJet line is distributed in the US by Integra Technologies International (integraint.com).
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The SID UV 200S is a 6-color (CMYKcm) printer that offers 24 Spectra printheads (128 nozzles) and an 81-in. print width. Top speed is 419 sq ft/hr in Draft mode (300 x 600 dpi, three passes), while High Quality mode is 204 sq ft/hr (600 x 600 dpi, six passes); top resolution is 800 dpi. The SID UV 200S can accommodate media up to 1.18-in. thick. Onyx software is standard.
Also available is the SID UV 165P printer.
The Impala hybrid UV printer from SwissQPrint uses an 8-color inkset (CMYKcmk + W) + varnish (optional spot colors available), and offers print speeds up to 1441 sq ft/hr in Draft mode (484 sq ft/hr in Std Production mode and 387 sq ft/hr in Quality Production mode). Top resolution is 1440 dpi; maximum print area is 59 x 98 in. (optional Endless Flatbed Solution).
Also available from SwissQPrint is the Oryx UV flatbed printer. All SwissQPrint machines are distributed in the US by Polytype America Corp. (polytype-digital.com, see Polytype’s listing).
Teckwin’s TeckPro UV3200 is a roll-to-roll printer that features a maximum print width of 130 in., resolutions up to 800 dpi, and a top speed of 990 sq ft/hr in High Speed mode (484 sq ft/hr in Production mode). The 7-color printer (CMYKcm + w) allows for simultaneous printing on multiple rolls (two rolls, 64-in.) and offers a double-sided backlit printing option. A Teckwin Caldera GrandRIP+ is standard.
Other UV machines from Teckwin include the TeckStorm TS-300 and TS-600 printers.