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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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The HP Scitex FB7600 is an upgrade to the company’s FB7500 printer and offers in-line saturation control for backlit applications, hot folders, and job queue. The 6-color (CMYKcm) machine can print up to 5380 sq ft/hr at top speed (1937 sq ft/hr in Text mode), provides a resolution of 600 dpi, and can handle rigid and flexible media up to 65 x 126 in. (up to 25-mm thick). The machine uses HP’s new FB225 Scitex inks, which are designed to better adhere to plastics and possess improved flexibility on corrugated media; the pigmented UV-curable inks also are Greenguard Children & School certified. A Caldera GrandRIP+ or Onyx ProductionHouse RIP is standard; multi-sheet loading table (simultaneous printing of up to four sheets) is optional.

Other HP UV printers include: the HP Scitex FB500, FB700, and FB7500 flatbeds, plus the Scitex XP2750, XP5100, and TJ8600 rollfed UV machines.

Inca Digital Printers
Inca’s Onset S40 printer, positioned between the company’s flagship Inca Onset S70 and the Onset S20, features Fujifilm Dimatix Sapphire QS-256 MEMS printheads, with jetting accuracy resulting in prints with tighter fine text, as well as smoother prints, Inca reports. The S40 prints at up to 5059 sq ft/hr (with automation), offers a 63 x 124-in. print area, and can accommodate media up to 2-in. thick. It’s intended for the production of single and double-sided displays, P-O-S, exhibition graphics, backlit/frontlit displays, outdoor signage printing, and cosmetic/fashion graphics, etc.

The UV flatbed is 4-color standard with optional light cyan and light magenta (Fujifilm UVijet OB inks); users can choose among uni-directional, bi-directional, and super-high-quality print modes. Additional features include variable levels of gloss (from Satin to Gloss), user printhead replacement, and automatic print setup controls. In addition, the S40 is compatible with Inca’s flexible automation system (optional), offering users the choice to operate in manual, semi, or three-quarter automation from the same configuration, as well as Inca’s Print Run Controller (PRC) software module.