Josero has teamed up with its distributor Everything for Signs to promote the new Redjet 320K wide format printer.
On the Redjet 320K printer, Sandy Gray, managing director of Everything for Signs (EFS), comments, “I couldn’t believe that they could produce a 3.2m-wide solvent printer of this quality for the price. It breaks all current assumptions regarding the performance/price ratio on printers of this size. Specifically designed to print banners and building drapes, this machine can print up to 110 square metres per hour with an ink cost of under 50p per square metre. Having seen it working, I am amazed at the quality and delighted to promote it. At £29,950 it’s as close to a gift as you’re going to get in this industry.”
Oasis Graphic Company has made a substantial investment in new printing technology to position the company at the forefront of exhibition and event graphic production. The 3.2-metre wide VUTEk GS3250 printer extends the company's printing capabilities with the highest image quality, fastest production speeds, and the best colour gamut.
Oasis managing director Simon Osborne explains, “This new printer is incredibly versatile and will allow us to undertake more high quality projects for a wider range of applications, including exhibition graphics, environment branding and retail and point-of-sale applications. It's been a long process, from shaking hands on the deal to moving it into its new home, but it's here and it's fantastic.”
In 2011, work commenced at the company's premises with the moving of a 10 m x 18 m wall by six metres to accommodate the new machine. While this was happening, the VUTEk left its home in Meredith USA and began the long six week journey across the Atlantic to the UK. Following installation, a week of commissioning commenced, including software install, configuration, colour profiling and operator training. The new VUTEk GS 3250 is now fully operational.
"This piece of kit truly is a phenomenal machine, its capabilities are enormous and has definitely improved the quality and speed of our direct print work. We're looking forward to acquiring a second one now,” added Osborne.
TG Print & Design, a multi-service company based in Woolwich, south east London, has selected the :Anapurna Mw to develop its wide-format display business. The :Anapurna Mw is a professional hybrid UV-printer designed to produce high quality wide-format output on a wide range of rigid and roll-to-roll media.
From a small start-up some 15 years ago with second-hand equipment, TG has steadily progressed under the guidance of its managing director, David Duhig. The company now has a turnover approaching £4 million and staff of 18 of which almost a third are on various trainee schemes. Duhig has placed a great deal of faith in developing the skills of locally recruited young people and it seems to have paid off.
The display business was really started using an Epson proofer followed by a Roland roll-to-roll printer. Duhig then realized the company needed a machine which printed faster and it was suggested by Art Centre that he should look at an :Anapurna. This lead to Agfa inviting him to go on a VIP trip to its HQ in Belgium. “I was very impressed with what I saw. The :Anapurna prints on a much wider variety of substrates and can handle rigid material up to 40 mm thick so the possibilities of expanding our services were much enhanced,” explained Duhig.
TG Print & Design has built up a reputation for printing A5 and A6 promotional flyers, 4-colour both sides and laminated. By producing reliable quality print and keeping its customers informed of other services on order confirmations and other correspondence, the business has developed mostly by word of mouth. As many customers choose to collect their print, samples of work are left in the reception area which provides an opportunity for them to see other examples of what the company offers, such a display banners and folders.
The company has forged several alliances, for example TG uses the :Anapurna Mw to print on glass, mirrors, wood, metal and plastic for a number of local firms. “The :Anapurna is an extremely versatile machine and Agfa is a highly professional company. I am sure we will be working with them for many years to come,” Duhig concluded.
TG Print & Design is all about giving customers what they require at the best possible price. Customers keep on coming back and they even recommend TG to others. Jobs are either despatched via couriers or customers collect.
Over the past few years TG has re-invested almost 20% of its turnover in new equipment and services. The next step is to develop web-to-print business.
Polytype will launch its ground-breaking new wide-format digital ink-jet printing platform, the Virtu Quantum, which promises a blend of quality and speed hitherto unavailable in the marketplace, at drupa 2012. Now available in widths of 2.5m and 3.5m, the UV-curable machine incorporates high-definition 10pl print-heads, specially integrated by Polytype to produce 1,400dpi resolution for lush, rich images suited to a range of industrial and display applications.
The Virtu Quantum was vigorously tested over a period of months in a fully operational production environment after proof of concept was first demonstrated in 2011. Resultingly, the engine's speeds reach an impressive 300sq m/hour in production mode and 150-180sq m/hour in photographic mode, meaning that business owners no longer have to compromise between image quality and turnaround time when making large capital investments in wide-format machinery. Applicable to both roll-to-roll and flat-bed modes and across a range of both popular and unusual media, the versatility afforded owners is a distinct advantage in the current, extremely competitive climate.
Polytype's dedication to accuracy means that customers ordering at the show can have total confidence in the feasibility of the system, and be able to integrate it effortlessly to upgrade their current production processes. The new Quantum series will allow even more depth and colour gamut for the accurate reproduction of typically difficult images, such as skin tones and sought-after brand shades – but at productivity speeds that will challenge even billboard quality modes from rival manufacturers.
“Polytype does what other manufacturers dare not do: we will drive a new machine hard in an actual working situation to make sure that we are aware of all of its capabilities,” explains Sylvia Muhr, sales and marketing director for Polytype's Virtu Business Unit. “In doing so, we have fine-tuned the Virtu Quantum to deliver an unparalleled combination of speed and quality in its machine category, and visitors to our stand at drupa 2012 will be amongst the first to witness it match its full potential.”
Polytype's wide-format technologies are renowned in the marketplace for their exceptional build quality and ability to output with finesse of graduation and detail on innumerable substrates, and have won multiple awards from within the printing industry and in related sectors, such as design. The company's experience ranges from display applications to highly industrial work, with the Virtu Quantum able to sit as the core element in a glass production workflow; significantly, Polytype consults with each customer to ensure that every machine is tuned to their precise specifications, ensuring maximum return on investment for users.
Stewart Bell, Managing Director of Digital Print Innovations Ltd (DPI), UK distributor for Polytype Virtu Printers, will be at drupa and is looking forward to welcoming UK and Ireland customers to the Polytype stand for the launch. “The launch of the new Virtu Quantum is very exciting news for DPI and our customers and I am really looking forward to being at the launch and demonstrating the new machine at drupa in Dusseldorf this year. Polytype is renowned in the marketplace for its exceptional Swiss build quality and its ability to deliver outstanding and consistent results at speed. The new Virtu Quantum is perfectly positioned for companies wishing to invest in the latest technology and wanting a printer made to exact standards and specifications to suit their growing needs."
EFI has announced the commercial availability of the EFI VUTEk TX3250r fabric printer which enables customers to take advantage of the demands and requirements of the growing soft signage markets. The VUTEk TX3250r printer is a new 3.2-metre, production-level solution that evolved from the first EFI industrial inkjet textile system, the VUTEk FabriVu, introduced in 2002.
An early adopter for the VUTEk TX3250r, Indy Imaging of Indianapolis, already had two VUTEk GS3200 hybrid printers. According to Robbie Gordon, president, “In our market, it’s about reliability, quality and turnaround, and all of that must happen consistently. Our customers have noticed differences in all three areas. What used to take us hours now takes minutes, and the quality that was not there at 300 dpi with other printers, is abundantly there at 1080 dpi on the new VUTEk TX3250r. The speed and quality of this new printer outpaces the competition. We can now print 10-foot wide banners with no seams, opening up another market for larger sizes in flags and banners."
With the ability to print direct to textile and transfer paper, the VUTEk TX3250r is an ideal solution for users looking to grow their soft signage business with a production-level printer, or to diversify their offering by converting traditional vinyl signage to a product with lower shipping costs, a greener footprint, easier installation and higher margins.
“The introduction of the TX3250r should help eliminate the soft signage cost barrier for our customers and enable them to capture the market for soft signage, and flags” said Scott Schinlever, senior vice president and general manager of Inkjet Solutions at EFI. “One benefit is the ability to print on textiles, opening new markets for customers while expanding existing capabilities. EFI also focused on exceeding customer expectations for quality and reliability, as we did with the revolutionary FabriVu production quality textile printer that was launched nine years ago.”
The VUTEk TX3250r uses dye sublimation technology to dye, or sublimate, fabric fibres directly, so the fabric retains the same drape and soft hand customers prefer. This method achieves brighter colours than other textile printing methods and the final product is odourless. In addition, the TX3250r enables printing on polyester, which is a non-PVC material that is considered more eco-friendly than vinyl. Final printed images produced on the TX3250r can be washed, dried, folded without leaving marks and reused.
EFI VUTEk TX3250r features:
New, fast-drying inks for unparalleled speed up to 1800 ft2 / hour (167 m2 / hour)
High-resolution, 8-colour print capability for high-margin printed displays and high-density backlit signs
Fast-4 (CMYK) production speed for high-volume flag and banner jobs
Direct to textile or indirect via transfer printing process, so users can offer more materials.
For more information on the VUTEk TX3250r soft signage printer and EFI, please visit www.efi.com
FUJIFILM Dimatix is supplying its Q-Class inkjet printheads to a New Hampshire-based technology developer for what is believed to be the first implementation of grayscale technology used for grand-format 3.2 metre wide graphics reproduction.
The developer – Redwood Technologies of Moultonboro, New Hampshire – specialises in the design, development and integration of hardware and software for the private label digital Inkjet Industry. The company's Nemesis logic board is able to drive inkjet printheads in 3.2-metre (126-inch-wide) grand-format printers in true grayscale mode, in addition to the purely "on-off" binary operation characteristic of conventional grand-format printing.
"Production printing on media 10 feet wide is no small feat," remarked Redwood Technologies founder and president Mike Mills. "It requires precision-engineered electro-mechanical assemblies driving sophisticated inkjet delivery systems equipped with multiple printheads that must operate in concert quickly and flawlessly to achieve the desired visual effect. Adding grayscale to that list of requirements raises the level of complexity dramatically. It also opens the door to possibilities previously unattainable," Mills explained.
"We selected FUJIFILM Dimatix Q-Class printheads for their ability to deliver precision, speed and consistency. A critical component of that decision was Dimatix VersaDrop jetting technology, which makes it possible for us to apply all the Q-Class advantages to true grayscale printing," he continued.
"Although each of these Dimatix technologies is at the leading edge in its own right; the combination of VersaDrop flexibility and Q-Class technology is unbeatable both from a development perspective and for production performance," said Mills. "It's exactly what we needed to design a family of price-competitive printers and retrofit components able to deliver flawless photorealistic quality imaging."
The Dimatix Q-Class is FUJIFILM Dimatix' breakthrough piezoelectric drop-on-demand (Piezo DOD) inkjet platform around which it is building a new family of printheads and head arrays for high speed scanning and single pass printer architectures. The low crosstalk and excellent channel-to-channel uniformity allows Q-Class printheads to deliver unparalleled jetting straightness at unprecedented speed while supporting both binary and grayscale VersaDrop operation. Their high chemical resistance and precision also gives Q-Class printheads the ability to reliably jet UV-curable, organic solvent and aqueous ink formulations onto a broad range of substrates.
FUJIFILM Dimatix patented VersaDrop jetting technology takes advantage of the inherent high frequency response of Q-Class printheads, enabling each of several hundred nozzles in one or more piezoelectric printhead arrays to deliver a desired amount of fluid in each drop of ink. By varying the size of the drop fired, rather than the number of drops fired or the number of passes by the printhead to create each pixel, VersaDrop technology makes it possible for inkjet systems to satisfy a wide range of commercial print requirements, including applications demanding smooth tonal gradations and extremely fine features printed within the same job.
VersaDrop technology also offers a more robust solution compared to other grayscale methods for modulating drop size, by producing a single drop at high speed rather than a burst of drops at significantly slower speeds.
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