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(May 2009) posted on Tue May 19, 2009

Surveying your UV machine options.

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The Rhopac 160 is an entry-level UV digital press for corrugated displays. A 4-color (CMYK) printer, the Rhopac 160 is upgradeable, with additional printing features such as white-ink, varnish, light colors (lm, lc), and spot colors. It can hit reach a top speed of 270 sq ft/hr, hit a best resolution of 600 dpi, and handle media up to 1.58-in. thick. Three UV system inks are available: Rho ink flexible set, Rho ink rigid set, and an economic UV ink. The Rhopac 160 comes complete with Durst Rho Linux software and an external Caldera RIP Server (GrandRip+).

Océ Arizona 350 GT and 350 XT: Océ's ( Arizona 350 GT printer is a flatbed inkjet offered with a four-color (CMYK) or optional five-color (CMYK+white) inkset. The white-ink option can be added at the factory or in the field. The maximum speed on the 350 GT is 239 sq ft/hr (188 sq ft/hr in roll-fed mode) and it uses Océ Variadot technology to jet droplets as small as 6 pl to achieve image quality comparable to 1440 dpi or more, the company reports. The system supports rigid media up to 49 x 98.4 in. and 1.89-in. thick; a roll-media option accommodates rollfed media up to 86.6-in. wide. Other features include: an integrated vacuum table; full-bleed printing support; and an onboard de-gassing system. The optional RIP is Onyx ProductionHouse Océ edition.

The Arizona 350 XT flatbed sports an extra-large 8 x 10-ft vacuum table allowing for the production of rigid prints as large as 98.4 x 120 in. Designed to be a true production printer, the 4-color (CMYK) 350 XT features UV-ink technology and production print speeds up to 248 sq ft/hr on rigid media (up to 188 sq ft/hr in its optional roll-media mode). This enables users to print nearly 60 4 x 8-foot boards in a single eight-hour shift, or more than 1615 square feet of flexible media, Océ reports. The machine also features the company's VariaDot imaging technology.

The extra width of the Arizona 350 XT printer enables it to be used in a continuous imaging mode for rigid media up to 49.2 x 98.4 in., or a standard 4 x 8-ft. board. It can accommodate materials up to 1.89-in. thick.