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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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The extra width of the Océ Arizona 550 XT printer enables it to be used in a continuous imaging mode for rigid media up to 49.2 x 98.4 in., or a standard 4 x 8-ft board. Two rigid boards of this size can be mounted on separate vacuum areas of the flatbed table (while one board is being printed, the operator can change the other). Beyond the roll-media option, users can add a white-ink option (at factory, or later), as well as an Onyx ProductionHouse RIP.

The Océ Arizona 550 GT flatbed is aimed at the P-O-P application market, and uses UV-curable inks (CMYK) and the same Océ VariaDot imaging technology. It can print on a variety of rigid substrates up to 49.2 x 98.4 in. in area and up to 2-in. thick; it also offers a roll-media option, for printing onto flexible media up to 86.6-in. wide. Top Production-mode speed, reports Océ, is 433 sq ft/hr, which is twice that of other Arizona models; also available is Express mode, which will hit 721 sq ft/hr, approximately three times higher than the company’s 350 GT. The 550 GT, says Océ, can produce 100 full-sized boards (4 x 8-ft) per 8-hour shift. Options include: white ink; a roll-media option; and an Onyx ProductionHouse RIP.

Other printers in the Arizona series include the Arizona 350 and Arizona 300 GT.

Polytype America
The Virtu RS25 features a printing width of 98.4 in. and allows for printing of roll media as well as board materials. The printer offers a 6-color inkset (CMYKcm) + white, and a top resolution of 1200 dpi. Maximum substrate thickness is 3.7 in. In Production mode, the RS25 can hit 861-1507 sq ft/hr (80-pl drop size). Options include an add-on table, automatic feed system, antistatic device, camera with monitor, and more.

Also available are the Virtu RS35 (138-in. print width) and the Virtu RR50 (196.9-in. print width).