EFI has showed for the first time in the UK its 127-in., 6-color Vutek HS100 Pro, which can handle up to 100 beds/boards per hr (50 in P-O-P mode); 3600 sq ft/hr in roll-to-roll mode. The HS100 is driven by Orion software and a Fiery proServer, and offers variable-drop grayscale technology.
Durst introduced the Rho 512R UV rollfed printer, which has a max. print width of 16.4 ft and can handle a wide range of media (coated and uncoated). It uses Durst Quadro Array 12M printheads (12-pL drop size) and offers a top speed of 3767 sq ft/hr. CMYK is standard; light cyan and magenta, white, and process color addition inks (orange, violet) are optional. Max. resolution is 900 dpi.
Dainippon Screen has premiered its Truepress Jet W3200UV UV inkjet system, developed in conjunction with Inca Digital. The machine boasts a newly developed print carriage and a print speed of 904 sq ft/hr; standard inkset (Screen Truepress inks) is CMYK, with light cyan, light magenta, and white inks as options.
Mimaki has debuted its JV400-SUV printer. The 4-color printer, available in two print widths – 1371 and 1620mm – uses solvent UV (SUV) Mimaki inks that feature immediate curing, the company reports. The JV400-SUV can hit speeds up to 18 sq meters/hr; max. resolution is 1200 dpi. Other features include: improved variable-dot print technology (4-pL minimum); Nozzle Recovery Function; Uninterrupted Ink supply System; and a three-way intelligent heater.
Ilford has introduced OmniJet AquaBlock, a layer for aqueous media that is completely waterfast without lamination, the company reports, and so can be used for outdoor applications. The Aquablock layer does not swell or dissolve in extreme weather conditions. AquaBlock will be integrated into forthcoming Ilford media. The company also released four new OmniJet media for solvents and eco-solvents: OmniJet NanoSolvent Glossy Banner Vinyl and NanoSolvent Glossy Backlit Vinyl, plus OmniJet Satin Blueback and OmniJet Semi-Gloss Poster Paper.
Xerox has introduced its new Xerox Wide Format IJP 2000 printer. The single-pass machine features aqueous inks (CMYK), 5 fixed printheads (1.3-pL drop size), and speeds up to 4520 sq ft/hr; max. resolution is 1600 x 1600 dpi. The IJP 2000 can accommodate a variety of media types up to 42-in. wide. Other features include: a 4-roll capacity for media; a built-in cutter and production capacity stacker; 2-liter ink tanks; and a Caldera GrandRIP+. Xerox FreeFlow VI Design Express software for variable/personalized printing is optional.
As you probably know, Adobe Creative Suite (CS) is no more. Adobe recently announced that it is replacing it with Adobe Creative Cloud (or “CC”). You can no longer buy CS or any of its component programs – you can only rent.
InteliCoat Technologies has been purchased by Exopack Advanced Coatings, a manufacturer and supplier of precision coated papers, films, and specialty substrates for imaging, electronic, medical, optical, and security technologies. The InteliCoat Technologies company name will be phased out over the coming months, but Exopack reports that it intends to keep all of InteliCoat’s Magic, Magiclée, Museo, and JetSet offerings, consisting of the same base papers and coating processes.
Zund has introduced Zund Cut Center 2.0, the latest version of its software for producing cutter-ready files from RIPs and nesting programs. Features include: automatic cut-path optimization; simultaneous job preparation; overcut elimination; and optional production-time calculator and batch processing.
GMG has announced ProductionSuite v2, its production solution for wide-format printing. The latest release includes SmartProfiler 2.0, a wizard for the calibration and profiling of supported print devices without color-management expertise; a new layout feature with integrated cut and white support; and an interior-decoration option comprising colorways and step-and-repeat for the creation of textiles and wallpapers.