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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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Flora Digital Printing
The PP2512UV is a 4 x 8-ft UV flatbed that features Konica Minolta printheads, and offers resolutions up to 1440 dpi and a top speed of 409 sq ft/hr in Standard mode (269 sq ft/hr in Quality mode). It can accommodate materials up to 3.9-in. thick, including corrugated, foam core, gatorboards, sintra (PVC), ceramic tiles, glass, plexiglass, wood, sheet metal, paper, adhesive vinyl, fabrics, and more. A PhotoPrint RIP (Flora edition) is standard.

Also available are the F1 180UV Turbo, the F1 180UV-4K, the F1 250UV, the F1 320 UV, and the PP1816UV.

Fujifilm North America
Fujifilm’s Acuity Advance HS-X2 UV flatbed builds upon the company’s Advance X2 but dramatically increases output speeds.

The printer features variable-dot grayscale printheads and a new Express mode, capable of reaching speeds up to 709 sq ft/hr. The HS X2 can hit 462 sq ft/hr in Production mode, 325 sq ft/hr in Quality mode and 258 sq ft/hr in Fine Art mode (all speeds are in flatbed mode, without optional rollfed or white-ink modules).

Other HS-X2 features include: a print area of 98 x 120 in. (can print on dual 4 x 8-ft boards); ability to handle substrates up to 1.89-in. thick; CMYK standard (2-liter ink bags); choice of two Fujifilm Uvijet inksets; a dual zoning system with independent vacuum control; and choice of ColorGate Production Server (Fujifilm edition) or Onyx ProductionHouse RIP. A roll media kit is optional for flexible materials as is white ink (both can be added in the field).

Also available is the Acuity Advance HS, the Acuity Advance with a white option, and the Acuity HD 2504. Fujifilm is also the US distributor of the Inca Onset and Inca Spyder series of UV printers (see listing for Inca Digital Printers).

Gandy Digital
Gandy Digital’s Pred8tor is a UV flatbed with a roll-to-roll option. The 5-color (CMYK+W) printer offers resolution up to 1200 dpi (apparent) and a top speed of 1920 sq ft/hr in Production mode (400 sq ft/hr in Extra Fine mode). Maximum print size is 48 x 96 in. (rigid), and the Pred8tor can accommodate media up to 2-in. thick. The machine’s touch-and-drag GUI runs on the WiFi-enabled Apple iPad, which comes loaded with video tutorials and a live diagnostic system; also available on the GUI is a materials-inventory-control ordering system. A print extension table is optional.