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New Options in Wide-Format Inkjet Printing

(July 2007) posted on Mon Jul 09, 2007

This spring saw the launch of several new inkjet printing systems that are pushing the technology into new realms of speed and versatility. This overview details key features and capabilities of new solvent and UV inkjets that are well-suited for the

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The Acuity HD 2504 features a 99.2 x 49.6-in. print area and is capable of full-bleed printing. A stationary zoned-vacuum bed holds substrates during printing. The device will support materials up to 1.89 in. thick and 238 lbs, and the manufacturer says it prints not only flat graphics, but also works with substrates that have irregular or uneven surfaces. Its registration accuracy allows for double- sided printing and precise overprinting to increase ink density.

An ink sensor and the ability to skip white spaces in an image for higher productivity are other features of the printer. The Acuity HD 2504 can be purchased with the Onyx ProductionHouse RIP v.7.


Roland VersaCamm VP-300/540

Expanding its line of combination inkjet printer/cutting plotters, Roland rolled out the VersaCamm VP-300 and VP-540, which respectively support media 30 and 54 in. wide. Faster print speeds, an optional take-up device, and RIP software are highlights of the new systems.

All VP-300/540 printers use Roland’s Eco-Sol Max mild-solvent inks to print on a variety of uncoated media and are reported to provide up to three years of outdoor durability. The CMYK machines both feature four printheads and offer print resolutions up to 1440 dpi. Maximum printing speeds are 166 sq ft/hr on the VP-540 and 124 sq ft/hr on the VP-300.

The new printers feature several upgrades over previous VersaCamm models, including new media flanges and additional pinch rollers to ensure accurate media position. An optional media take-up system that provides constant tension will support media rolls weighing up to 66 lbs on the VP-540 and 44 lbs on the VP-300. The take-up system allows for unattended printing.

Both models incorporate Roland’s Quadralign four-point optical registration system to ensure accurate blade position during cutting operations. The swivel-knife blade on each model will cut at linear speeds up to 11.8 in./sec with 30-200 g of force and has a repeatable cutting accuracy of ±0.1 mm.

The VP-300/540 models are bundled with Roland’s new VersaWorks 2.2 RIP software. The software incorporates Roland Color, a new spot-color fidelity system designed to simplify color matching. The RIP also supports variable-data printing. Other upgrades include new belt drives, grit rollers, ink dampers, and pumps, plus an automated cleaning system. Both units are supported by Roland’s new Two-Year Trouble-Free Warranty.


Fujifilm Vybrant Series


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