Durst Image Technology has announced its Rho 320R HS “High Speed” version of its Rho 320R roll-to-roll printer. The new UV machine can hit a maximum speed of up to 1895 sq ft/hr in high-speed P-O-P mode (1485 sq ft/hr in 2-pass mode), and offers a 600-dpi resolution; it can accommodate large rolls with a diameter of up to 24 in. and a width of 126 in. (or 2 rolls of 63-in. each). Inks are UV-free, high-pigmentation Rho Roll DM inks for indoor and outdoor use; 4-color standard (6-color optional).
Océ has debuted its Velocity concept printer, developed in conjunction with Memjet. The 42-in. printer mates high-speed Memjet inkjet technology with Océ workflow to print up to 500 A0 color prints/hr at 800 x 1600 dpi. Incorporating the same six-media-roll capacity of Océ’s ColorWave 600/650, the Velocity utilizes five Memjet inkjet printheads (each measuring 8.77-in. wide and each with 70,000 ink nozzles), applying more than 3 billion drops of ink per second.
Mutoh has introduced its 4-color ValueJet 1324/1624 (54/64-in. max. media width) printers, which boast new printheads with variable-dot technology and use Mutoh ValueJet Eco-Solvent 3A inks. Both sizes offer 12 print modes ranging from 360 to 1440 dpi. The 1324 tops out at 565 sq ft/hr; the 1624 tops out at 600 sq ft/hr (both at 360 x 360 dpi). Both can also be outfitted with a SpectroVue VM-10 optional spectrophotometer.
Landa Corporation has announced six new Landa Nanographic presses, including three sheetfed models. The presses employ the company’s NanoInk technology and colorants, which comprise water-based nano-sized pigments that are heated to become a dry polymeric film, which is then transferred to paper or film without pretreatment. Landa reports that the film image instantly bonds to the surface, forming an abrasion-resistant layer. Each of the three sheetfed presses can print in up to 8 colors and can use spot and specialty colors. The Landa S5 is a 20-in.
Ricoh has demonstrated a prototype of its Ricoh Pro L4000 series printer, featuring the next generation of Ricoh's piezo printheads, latex inks, and a 7-color inkset: CMYKcm + white. Available in two sizes – 54 and 64 in. – the L4000 offers multiple jetting printhead technology to produce three different drop sizes simultaneously (as small as 4 pL) and output speeds up to 195 sq ft/hr. It offers extensive media support on a range of substrates, Ricoh reports. Slated to be available in North America and Europe in Q1 2013.
EFI has announced the Vutek QS2 Pro UV hybrid, which is driven by the company’s new Orion OS. The Orion OS controls a combination of software and hardware that work together to provide grayscale readiness, remote assistance, enhanced color, integration, and improved performance, the company reports. The QS2 Pro offers variable-drop grayscale technology, 6 colors plus white, and multi-layer print capabilities – all in-line. It can accommodate media up to 80-in. wide and 2-in. thick.
Screen has announced its new Truepress Jet W1632UV, a high-speed, UV flatbed that provides a throughput of up to 1012 sq ft/hr while supporting media up to 63 x 126 in. (and approximately 2-in. thick). Employing 12-pL micro-droplet printheads, the W1632UV can produce a resolution up to 900 dpi (1200 dpi apparent) and offers a top speed of 1012 sq ft/hr. The 4-color printer (with optional light cyan and light magenta) utilizes Screen’s TruePress inks and features an automated cleaning station and on-board nozzle mapping. US release is set for July 2012.
Seiko Instruments has previewed its new Neon inks – solvent-based fluorescent inks that are available in Hot Pink and Lemon Yellow for Seiko’s ColorPainter W series. The inks can be printed as spot or composite colors with CMYK. The results are bright under normal lighting, and glow under black lights. Expected launch is later this year.
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