Shenzhen Runtianzhi Image Technology in China has introduced the Flora PP 2512UV printer, a UV flatbed that can accommodate rigid media up to 48 x 100 in. and 4-in. thick. The 6-color printer (CMYKcm, with optional white and varnish) can be outfitted with Konica Minolta or Spectra Polaris printheads, and resultant print speeds will range from 418 sq ft/hr in Standard mode to 145 sq ft/hr in Ultra Quality mode; top resolution is 1200-1400 dpi, depending upon printhead.
Caldera’s Costview 3.0 allows print providers to monitor all print-related costs by extracting job information directly from the RIP spooler. Production managers can control, modify, study (via spreadsheet), and export all relative job costs. Costview 3.0 also includes a new eco-print calculator and new carbon-footprint analysis tool, measuring CO2 from each print element (inks, media, electricity, etc.).
Anderson America has introduced its Ajet hybrid UV digital printer. Capable of printing flexible and rigid substrates up to 5 x 10 ft., the 7-color (CMYKcm+w) Ajet boasts speeds up to 301 sq ft/hr and 720-dpi resolution. It can accommodate media up to 1.97-in. thick. Features include: an auto-tensioning and roll-feed takeup system; automatic head wiping; a printhead safety device to detect incorrect media height; a visually guided graphic user interface; UV light timer; and more. An Onyx ProductionHouse RIP is standard.
EFI is now offering the Vutek GS5000r roll-to-roll UV printer with various new field-upgradeable features: white-print capabilities; multi-image and multi-queue functionality, allowing for running multiple jobs simultaneously from the user interface; and double-sided printing capabilities (optional).
Arlon has announced six new products for window and wall graphics:
• New DPF 206 (fabric film with woven texture) and DFP 207 (vinyl film), removable interior wall decoration films. The 6-mil polycoated matte white films feature a clear removable pressure-sensitive adhesive designed to bond well and be removable to substrates such as smooth painted non-vinyl walls. Available in 54-in. widths.
Hewlett-Packard has debuted two new printers – the Scitex LX850 and LX820.
SID Signs has announced the introduction of the SID Triton 210, an 83-in. eco-solvent printer. The 4-color (CMYK) rollfed machine features a top speed of 182 sq ft/hr in Draft mode (4 passes), 129 sq ft/hr in Standard mode (6 passes), and 107 sq ft/hr in Quality mode (8 passes). It utilizes Epson printhead and offers a top resolution of 1440 dpi.
Mactac Graphic Products has debuted PermaGard PG7285XL, an addition to its line of Permacolor pressure-sensitive overlaminates. Designed for interior and exterior signage, murals, P-O-P displays, and wide-format graphics requiring protection from UV light, weather, and scuffing, it’s repositionable, non-reflective, has a white paper liner, and can be used over UV, solvent, eco-solvent and latex wide-format prints. The 2.75-mil matte overlam is available in 79 in. x 164-ft rolls. The product will replace Mactac’s current Permacolor IP7286 overlaminate.
Roland DGA has introduced its 64-in. VersaUV LEJ-640 UV-LED wide-format hybrid printer. The LEJ-640 is offered in three Eco-UV ink configurations: CMYK + white + clear; CMYK + white + white, for high-opacity white printing on transparent films; and CMYK + clear + clear, for thick dimensional effects such as embossing. The clear ink can be put down in both gloss and matte finishes. Applications range from packaging prototypes and P-O-P to wide-format signage, décor, exhibits, and window displays.
Fujifilm has announced the debut of Acuity Advance LT, an entry-level UV flatbed. The 4-color printer, which features variable dot imaging, can accommodate rigid media up to 49.6 x 98.4 in., up to 1.89-in. thick; it can handle roll media (optional) up to 86.6-in. wide. Top speed is 132 sq ft/hr in Production mode; 91 sq ft/hr in Quality mode. The Advance LT utilizes KO or KI-series inks, packaged in 2-liter bags. The LT can be upgraded to the standard Advance or to Advance with white.