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UV Universe

(May 2009) posted on Tue May 19, 2009

Surveying your UV machine options.

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Inca Onset S20 and Spyder V: Inca Digital Printers' ( Onset S20 builds on technology from the Onset UV flatbed but is smaller and offers a lower price point. The S20 weighs in at "only" 17,637 pounds (vs 26,456 for the Onset) and requires a floor space of 23.5 x 42.5 feet (vs 39.4 x 65.6 feet for its big brother).

The S20 can hit a top speed of 2690 square feet/hour and print edge to edge over a 123 x 63-inch area on a moving bed on substrates up to 2-inches thick. The 4-color machine (with optional light cyan, light magenta, orange, violet, and white) features Inca-configured printheads on a full print width color bar with a 28-picolitre drop size. As with the original Onset, the user can choose between satin, semi-gloss, and gloss finishes at time of output. Other features include an integrated scanner to check print density, a vacuum table with accurate pin positioning for double-sided printing, a Wasatch SoftRIP (or ColorGate Production Server), and an optional semi-automated material-handling system.

The Inca Spyder V high-speed printer line is based on the company’s original Spyder series of flatbed inkjet printers. The Spyder V prints at 1001 sq ft/hr in production mode and has a top speed of 1399 sq ft/hr. Substrates as thick as 1.18 in. with dimensions up to 126 x 63 in. can be printed on the device. The printer is offered with a standard CMYK inkset, but a 6-color version is available with the option of using Fujifilm Sericol’s Uvijet Ultratone color system. The Spyder V is designed to complement the other Spyder models, filling the gap between the Spyder 320 and the Turbo Plus. Fujifilm Sericol ( is the exclusive US distributor of Inca printers.