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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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Gandy Digital
Gandy Digital’s Pred8tor is a UV flatbed with a roll-to-roll option. The 5-color (CMYK + W) printer offers resolution up to 900 dpi (1800 dpi apparent) and a top speed of 1920 sq ft/hr in Production mode (400 sq ft/hr in Extra Fine mode). Maximum print size is 48 x 96 in. (rigid), and the Pred8tor can accommodate media up to 2-in. thick. The machine’s touch-and-drag GUI runs on the WiFi-enabled Apple iPad, which comes loaded with video tutorials and a live diagnostic system; also available on the GUI is a materials inventory-control ordering system. A print extension table is optional as is a roll-to-roll rewind unit.

The StellarJet K72UV from GCC is a hybrid flatbed/roll-to-roll UV inkjet. Supporting rigid and flexible substrates up to 71-in. wide and rigid materials up to 2-in. thick, the K72UV is available with four standard colors (CMYK) and four additional colors as an option (light cyan, light magenta, white, and varnish). It prints at a standard resolution of 720 dpi, but can achieve 1440 dpi with the addition of light cyan and light magenta inks, the company reports. The production speed on the device is 113 sq ft/hr (316 sq ft/hr in Eco mode). An Auto Media Calibration system automatically adjusts the printhead to the ideal height.
Also available in the StellarJet series: the K100UV and the 250UV with dedicated white ink.

The HP Scitex XP2500 (10.5-ft-wide) and XP5500 (16.6-ft) models – replacements for the Scitex XP2300 and XP5300, respectively – are both 4-color UV printers that can print simultaneously on up to three rolls of media and can utilize HP Specialty Billboard Scitex Inks to achieve high ink coverage. Both have a top resolution of 360 dpi and come standard with Caldera GrandRIP+ or Onyx ProductionHouse RIPs. Top speed on the XP2500 is 2850 sq ft/hr; the XP5500 tops out at 3500 sq ft/hr. Options include a double-sided printing kit and HP Vertical Cutter kit (XP2500 only).