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Drupa 2016: A New Age for Single-Pass Printing?

(June/July 2016) posted on Wed Jul 13, 2016

As digital short-run capabilities meet analog productivity, production across the imaging industry may be poised for a change.

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By Eileen Fritsch

Continued from "What's Next for Single-Pass Inkjets?"

At drupa, many exhibitors demonstrated advances such as cut-sheet production inkjet presses, higher-resolution capabilities, and new media that will make production inkjet systems (including single-pass lines) more versatile and accessible. Components for building next-generation presses and industrial inkjet systems were also debuted.

HP showcased three faster additions to its PageWide Web Press series: the 42-inch T490 HD color duplex press; the 42-inch T490M HD monochrome press; and the 22-inch T240 HD. HP PageWide Web Presses are suitable for an increasing range of high-volume, offset-quality print applications, including color trade books, journals, retail catalogs, brochures, and marketing collateral.

Durst demonstrated its Tau 330 single-pass inkjet label printing systems (introduced in 2015) with low-migration UV-curable inks, as well as the new Rho 130 SPC single-pass industrial inkjet system with Water Technology inks for corrugated cardboard packaging. The Rho 130 SPC can print corrugated stock up to 51.2 inches wide up to 800 dpi at speeds up to 100,642 square feet per hour.

Also taking aim at the corrugated market, EFI unveiled the Nozomi C18000 single-pass UV-LED printer with a maximum print size of 70.9 by 118.1 inches. The Nozomi prints up to seven colors (including white) at 360 x 720-dpi resolution, and can reach speeds up to 246 linear feet per minute. Using the Nozomi’s double-lane feeding system, the press can print up to 9000 corrugated boards sized 31.5 x 23.6 inches per hour.

Konica Minolta unveiled its long-awaited B2+ UV inkjet press. The AccurioJet KM-1 uses Konica Minolta printheads, UV inks, and LED curing to print up to 3000 oversized (23 x 29.5 inches) sheets an hour for applications such as three- and four-panel brochures, pocket folders, posters, P-O-P graphics, dust jackets, and wraparound book covers. The AccurioJet KM-1 can print on a wide range of offset coated and uncoated substrates, including textured papers, without the need for special treatments before or after printing. Small-lot, short-turnaround jobs can be sent immediately to the next production step because the UV inks are instantly dry. They are also lightfast and scratch-resistant.


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