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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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GCC America
The StellarJet K72UV from GCC is a hybrid flatbed/roll-to-roll UV inkjet. Supporting rigid and flexible substrates up to 72-in. wide and rigid materials up to 2-in. thick, the K72UV is available with four standard colors (CMYK) and four additional colors as an option (light cyan, light magenta, white, and varnish). It prints at a standard resolution of 720 dpi, but can achieve 1440 dpi with the addition of light cyan and light magenta inks, the company reports. The production speed on the device is 162 sq ft/hr. An Auto Media Calibration system uses a pin to automatically detect and gauge the distance between the printheads and the substrate, then automatically adjusts the printhead to the ideal height.

Also available in the StellarJet series: the K100UV and the 250UV with dedicated white ink.

The HP Scitex FB500 is a UV flatbed with a 64-in. print width, CMYKcm inks, and optional white-ink capabilities. Top resolution on the FB500 is 1200 x 600 dpi; it can hit speeds up to 398 sq ft/hr in Express mode; 319 sq ft/hr in Outdoor Signage mode; 177 sq ft/hr in Indoor Signage mode; Outdoor Signage Plus mode with white ink speed is 85 sq ft/hr. It can accommodate media up to 2.5-in. thick. The FB500 also allows for remote monitoring via an HP embedded Web server and onboard camera.

The HP Scitex TJ8600 is designed for the high-volume sign and display market. Its HP TJ210 Scitex inks (CMYKcm) boast high elongation, improved flexibility, and reduced odor (compared to HP TJ200 Scitex Inks), HP reports, hence supports an extended range of applications, including fleet graphics and P-O-P apps. The printer can accommodate rollfed and sheet media up to 65-in. wide and 0.5-mm thick, and offers a resolution up to 600 dpi apparent; the user can choose from a range of full and selective gloss print modes. Top speed is 5166 sq ft/hr. A double-sided print option is available.

Other UV printers in the HP line include the Scitex FB700, FB7500, XP2300, XP2700/XP2750, XP5100, XP5300, and XP TJ8350.