CET Color has launched its K-Series of UV printers, comprising the X-Press 1000K flatbed and the X-Press 1000HK hybrid models. Both printers offer Kyocera printheads that deliver five-level grayscale imaging and true 600-dpi resolution; they feature 2656 nozzles/heads and print 4.25 in. with each pass. Both models can accommodate media up to 60 x 120 in. Available inksets are CMYK and CMYK + White. Top print speeds are 800 sq ft/hr in Production mode; 669 sq ft/hr in Standard mode. List price is $249,000.
GBC has launched its new line of Spire wide-format laminators, available in Spire I, II, III, and IV Series.
EFI has acquired privately held GamSys Software. GamSys, a creator of ERP (MIS) systems for the printing and packaging industries in the French-speaking areas of Europe and Africa, will become part of EFI's existing software applications portfolio. EFI intends to integrate support and operation of GamSys into its existing Productivity Software organization, while continuing to enhance the product's offerings. Patrick Vreven, GamSys co-founder and CEO, becomes director of EFI GamSys.
Durst has appointed Christoph Gamper as CEO of Durst Phototechnik AG and its subsidiaries. Gamper succeeds Dr. Richard Piock, who has been in charge of the group for more than 20 years. Piock will join Durst’s Board of Directors as president of Durst Phototechnik AG.
MTL Print has announced the new NurStar 305D, a 5- x 10-ft UV flatbed. The 4-color machine offers variable-drop-size technology, boasts a top speed of 2700 sq ft/hr in Signage mode (1080 sq ft/hr in P-O-P High Quality mode), and offers a resolution of 1440 dpi. It can accommodate media up to 1-in. thick. A Caldera RIP is standard; white ink is optional.
Digital Graphics Solutions has introduced the Samurai II series of digital flatbed cutters. The Samurai II is able to cut structural rigid cardboard, PVC (up to 6mm), styrene, Coroplast, foam, corrugated board, SBS board, adhesive vinyl, magnetic film, carpet, leather, paper, and other substrates. In three sizes (cutting areas): 51 x 51, 51 x 74, and 51 x 98 in., the Samurai II features: a 4-tool built-in head, oscillating knife, non-oscillating knife, creasing wheel, and plotting pen. Maximum cutting depth is 0.6-in.; max. cutting diameter is 0.25-in.
Budget Inks has announced its Better Canvas, a bright white, water-resistant canvas that’s a blend of 35% cotton and 65% polyester. Compatible with solvent, latex, and aqueous printers, the canvas can be easily stretched without cracking, the company reports. Geared toward indoor signage, backdrops, and murals, as well as photographic and fine-art prints. In 60-in. rolls.
Royal Sovereign has introduced its 78-in. RET-2000 and 98-in. RET-2500 electric trimmers. Both units feature a max. cutting thickness of 0.8mm and cutting speeds up to 6.6 ft/sec, as well as a bi-directional self-sharpening rotary blade, hands-free operation, waste catcher, built-in safety covers, and more. Recommended for vinyls, paper, laminates, canvas, styrene, and Lexan. A roll holder is optional.
Caldera has introduced its standalone PrintBoard production-monitoring tool. Formerly only available as a plug-in for Caldera Print & Cut solutions, PrintBoard is now available in a hardware-and-software bundle that includes the PrintBoard plug-in as well as the company’s Variable Display media player and a “light” Variable Display software license.
Agfa Graphics has introduced Duratex PolyFab, a polyester-coated fabric that is water-repellant, lightweight, and stretchable for expansion over frame systems. The first fabric in the Duratex line for UV-curable, latex, solvent, and eco-solvent inkjet printers, PolyFab is 100% knitted, crease-free, and coated; it can be cold cut. Geared toward indoor and outdoor signage, inflatables, light boxes, tradeshow displays, tents, display frame and pop-up display systems, plus outdoor umbrellas. In 59- and 118-in. widths.