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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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Also available the CP100 UV digital can printer. A part of integrated systems technology platforms developed by Inx Digital to provide customer-driven solutions for inkjet printing, production workflows, and material handling, the CP100 is designed for short-run cylindrical printing and packaging work. The 4-color machine is capable of printing seven drop sizes (6 to 42 pl) and offers up to 720-dpi resolution; top print speed is 18 sq ft/min (loading/unloading speed is dependent upon customer requirements).

Lawson Screen & Digital
Lawson’s Express-Jet/ASI is an industrial direct-to-substrate printer that uses UV LED curing and is engineered to handle ad-specialty applications. It offers 5 colors (CMYK+W) and resolutions up to 1200 dpi. Maximum print size is 18 x 18 in., although the XL Print Option allows for 20 x 30 in. Options include dual LED UV lamps, a vacuum table, and more. The company’s Express-Jet Graphic model has a maximum imaging area of 52 x 72 in.

Matan Digital Printers
The 5-m (126-in.) UV-curable Barak5 is a roll-to-roll printer with a flatbed option. It can image up to three rolls of 63-in. media simultaneously, and print onto coated and uncoated media as thick as 1 in. Offering 2-yr durability, the Barak5 is compatible with roll and rigid media include flexface, mesh, blueback paper, backlit, self-adhesive vinyl, Tyvek, foam PVC, acrylic, aluminum, and foamboard. Users can choose from a range of speeds and qualities, including Express speed and Supreme quality.

The Barak5 features a top speed of 1830 sq ft/hr. Its 30-pl Ricoh E3 printheads offer true 600 dpi and apparent 1200-dpi resolutions. The Barak UV 300 pigmented inks are high-density and flexible with large color gamut. The company reports that the inks will provide coverage of up to 1940 sq ft/liter on average. The Barak5 is armed with a Caldera RIP, which processes while printing to speed the workflow. The RIP has tiling and nesting features.

Matan also offers the 3-m Barak 3.