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UV Update

(May 2011) posted on Tue May 10, 2011

More than 20 companies offering wide-format UV options.

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CET Color
CET Color’s X-Press FK512 is a UV flatbed that offers a 14-pl drop size, CMYKcm + white ink set, and a choice of 6- or 12-head configuration. Max print speed for the 12-head version is 720 sq ft/hr (360 for the 6-head version), while production speed is 360 sq ft/hr (6-head: 180) and 240 sq ft/hr for quality speed (6-head: 120). Top resolution is 720 x 1440 dpi. The FK512 can accommodate media up to 6 x 10 ft and up to 3-in. thick. The integrated vacuum table has six individual vacuum zones. The FK512 is also available as part of a print-and-cut system, bundled with CET Colors X-Press CNC 480 router.

Other CET UV printers are the X-Press HK512 hybrid, the X-Press RK512 roll-to-roll.

Durst Image Technology
The Durst Rho 900 UV printer, based on the company’s 800HS model, adds an automated media handling (auto-feed) system and process colors—orange and green, or orange and violet. The 98-in.-wide Rho 900 is equipped with Durst’s Quadro 30D Array printhead technology and offers 600-dpi resolution. Durst reports that the 8-color machine (CMYK+4 ink bays that can be set up as print jobs/apps require) can hit a maximum output of 72 4 x 8-ft boards/hour with its continuous board printing option; speed for P-O-P-quality printing is 34 4 x 8-foot boards/hour.

It can accommodate media up to 1.58-in. thick (2.75 in. in the industrial version) and as small as 12 x 17 in. if need be. The media-handling system incorporates an auto-feed table with belts, sheet feed gate with guides for parallel board printing, and automatic two-point pin registration system to ensure accurate front-to-back registration.

The machine’s process-color additions are printed in the same mode as its CMYK process colors; no special file preparation is necessary. Further, these additional colors can be printed—even with white ink or light colors—with no loss in output speed, Durst reports. The Rho 900 also can print white, varnish, and light colors.
Other Durst UV mode
ls include these flatbeds: Rho 1000, Rho 800 Presto/HS, Rho 750 HS, and Rho 600 Pictor; and these rollfeds: Rho 500R, Rhotex 320, Rho 320R, Rho 351R, and Rho 160R.