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Ubiquitous UV

(February 2012) posted on Wed Feb 08, 2012

A tidal wave of UV tech has made its mark on the market.

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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.

Screen USA
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 (

Signs International Distributor
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. (, 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.