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
The system features a linear shuttling vacuum bed designed to ensure perfect registration of both rigid and flexible materials with the printheads. Retractable register pins aid in aligning substrates accurately. The printer supports materials up to 2 in. thick, including reinforced vinyl, lenticular, pressure sensitive vinyl, canvas, fabrics, mesh and paper, rigid plastics, and metal sheet.
The inks used in the Jeti 1224 UV are said to provide outdoor durability of one to two years without lamination, depending on the location. The LcLm ink channels can be substituted with white ink and clear top-coat varnish (offered in low, medium, and high gloss). Gandinnovations says users can make the switch to white and varnish from the system’s control console without sacrificing production time or print quality. The company also offers a special primer to enhance ink adhesion on certain plastic films.
The printer comes with a 17-in. flat-panel LCD and a choice of Onyx PosterShop, Wasatch SoftRip, or Shiraz V6 RIP software. It supports common file formats, including EPS, Tiff, RGB, PostScript Level 3, etc. www.gandinnovations.com
NUR Expedio 5000 Revolution
If billboards are your business, NUR’s new Expedio 5000 Revolution may be the printer for you. The 16.5-ft, roll-fed superwide inkjet delivers high speed and high ink coverage that puts the machine in a class by itself. Using fast-curing UV inks, the four-color (CMYK) Revolution is capable of printing at speeds up to 3200 sq ft/hr.
The printer offers both high-productivity printing for billboards and high-quality printing for P-O-P applications. But Nur emphasizes that machine is designed to revolutionize the cost per square foot of billboard printing and reports that, in billboard mode, the machine is four times faster than most solventbased billboard printers and provides four times more ink coverage than solvent-based systems with the same volume of ink.
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