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UV Universe

(May 2009) posted on Tue May 19, 2009

Surveying your UV machine options.

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Other features of the DS Series: continuous ink supply with a secondary ink reservoir to operate continuously for an entire 8-hour shift; Vutek Print Manager, which combines the RIP, job management, and printer management; automatic printhead maintenance; support for both stochastic and rosette screening; accurate front-to-back registration; and an optional advanced material-handling system capable of loading and unloading a pallet of rigid media material.

EFI also recently released the Vutek GS3200 hybrid and GS-5000r roll-to-roll UV printers. For a full report, see page 12.

LexJet Legend 72HUV: The Legend 72HUV from LexJet ( is a 72-in. rollfed/rigid UV-curable printer that reaches speeds of 655 sq ft/hr and features eight Spectra Galaxy 256 (2 per color), which produce 50-pl drops. Its ColorWide UV-curable CMYK inks are stored in 2.3-l tanks and cured with two on-board Mercury lamps.
Offering bi-directional printing and resolutions from 200 x 200 to 800 x 1600 dpi, the Legend's print speeds include: 655 sq ft/hr in 2-pass mode at 300 x 200-dpi resolution; 254 sq ft/hr at 300 x 600-dpi resolution in 6-pass mode; and 104 sq ft/hr in 16-pass mode at 300 x 1600 dpi.

The Legend features a platen with friction-feed pinch rollers to accommodate roll and rigid media; this platen has industrial vacuums providing suction to hold down media. Printing edge-to-edge on rolls up to 72-in. wide, the machine will hold rolls that weigh up to 250 lb and image onto rigid media up to 1-in. thick and 96-in. long.

The Legend includes ConsistaPrint custom color management as well as LexJet's Prime software system, which reminds customers when it's time to perform basic maintenance, such as replacing filters. It also has a built-in AutoServe Printhead Service Station that automatically primes, cleans, and caps the heads to extend the printhead life and reduce ink waste.

Standard equipment includes a complete inkset, banner material, an Abatement Technologies Predator 600 portable air scrubber and more. The latest version of Onyx PosterShop or ProductionHouse RIP is required, but not included.