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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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Mimaki USA
Mimaki USA’s JFX plus series of LED UV-cure printers includes the JFX-1631 plus and JFX-1615 plus. The machines feature a post-cure unit, and as a result, reports Mimaki, now offer a top speed of 254 sq ft/min (at 600 dpi), an 80% increase over the previous 1615/1631 models. Both machines feature a top resolution of 1200 dpi. The 1631 plus can handle media up to 65 x 126 in., while the 1615 plus can handle media up to 65 x 63 in.; they accommodate media up to 1.97-in. thick. Two inksets are available: Rigid (CMYK+W+Clear) and Flexible (CMYK+W). A roll unit is optional for continuous roll-media feeding.

Other Mimaki UV machines include the UJV-160 series and the UJF-3042 and UJF-706 printers.

Neolt Digital Printers
Neolt offers the AsterJet 1650, a 65-inch UV printer. The 4-color rollfed AsterJet utilizes binary Xaar Proton printheads and Inx Digital UV-curable inks (1.5-liter integrated reservoirs with “on the fly” replenishment). It features a top resolution of 720 x 1440 dpi, and can hit speeds of up to 560 sq ft/hr at 360 dpi in one-pass mode (108 sq ft/hr at 720 x 1440 dpi in 8-pass mode). Neolt reports that the AsterJet can handle a wide range of media, both coated and uncoated, including banner, paper, mesh, cardboard, adhesive vinyls, films, polyester fabrics, and more. Maximum media thickness is 0.275 inches. Onyx RIP Aster edition comes standard.

Also available is the X-Jet, equipped with Xaar 1001 variable-drop printheads, for both rollfed and rigid media.

Océ North America
The Océ Arizona 550 XT UV flatbed features an extra-large flatbed table for oversized rigid media or objects. Designed as a true flatbed system, the 4-color (CMYK) Arizona 550 XT features UV-curable inks (2-liter bags) and the ability to print on a wide variety of oversized rigid substrates up to 98.4 x 120 in. and 2-in. thick; it also offers a flexible-media printing option for roll media up to 86.6-in. wide. In Production print mode, it can hit speeds up to 462 sq ft/hr on rigid media; an Express mode features speeds of up to 709 sq ft/hr. Its Océ VariaDot imaging technology enables it to produce ink droplets of variable size, resulting in image sharpness comparable to 1440 dpi or higher, Océ reports.