Agfa-Dotrix Spices Up the .Factory
Single-sided, web-fed digital color press
The Factory's actual printing engine is referred to as SPICE, or Single Pass Inkjet Color Engine. The unit's four printing stations or colorbars"?each equipped with an array of print cartridges"?cover the whole width of the web, so the substrate passes the printing stations only once for each color. The new enhancements include:
--A mechanical interface that connects converting and standard finishing equipment, such as unwinders, rewinders, varnishing units, and sheet-cutting devices.
--An improved UV-curing system to increase the range of substrates suitable for use on the press. The new cooled, double-lamp system allows printing and curing on thinner foils that are commonly used for industrial print.
--An improved automated maintenance unit with automatic inkjet head cleaning, for consistent print quality.
--An improvement to its color-matching capabilities, allowing it to automatically match and convert spot colors.
Price of the Factory ranges from $1.2 to $1.8 million, depending upon configuration of SPICE and peripherals, base unit and curing, and digital front end. (Agfa Dotrix: www.dotrix.be)