21 Oct 2019

DPI gets out the big guns with the Virtu RR50

Dpi Virtu Rr50

In a bid to challenge the limits of superwide-format display production, the Virtu RR50 UV-curable roll-to-roll ink-jet printer manufactured by WP Digital is now available in the UK and Ireland from Digital Print Innovations (DPI). Armed with the ability to print on almost any flexible material up to five metres wide at speeds up to 320sq m/hr, the RR50 is not only highly productive but brings 1200dpi addressable resolution to this end of the market in configurations which can include six colours (CMYK, Lc and Lm) and white, making it a formidable proposition for display businesses.

This combination of speed and quality makes the RR50 suitable for a plethora of applications for both indoor and outdoor use, including point-of-sale, vehicle wraps, banners and flags, but also for the creation of billboards and hoardings in one piece. “Previously, five-metre machines were limited by the variety of substrates that they could print to and the type of quality they would receive at the business end, restricting them to external applications with long viewing distances,” explains Stewart Bell, managing director of DPI. “The addition of superior graphics quality to the five-metre width creates an armoury of new opportunities for display producers.”

The Virtu RR50 benefits from the heritage of meticulous Swiss engineering that WP Digital, formerly known as Spühl, is renowned for, giving the machine its compact yet robust footprint – (h) 2.5 x (w) 8.3 x (d) 2.3m, weight 10,000kg – while featuring innovative and practical developments in ink-jet technology. Linear motors eliminate belts, instead running the heads on a monorail-type system; this reduces a bandwidth of traditional problems – such as vibration – while improving acceleration and dot placement. Other sensible production features include an in-built, multi-station X-Y tool for accurate cutting and an anti-static device on the head-assembly, as well as multi-roll capability.

“The machine’s strengths start with complex inventions – such as the linear motor-driven technology – but continue to pragmatic inclusions such as front-loading,” says Bell, whose experience in the UV-curable market stretches back to its inception. “These types of invention mean that the RR50 can actually be handled by a single operator with the aid of a remote control loader. The precision of the rollers and excellent material handling help to put the print quality and ease-of-use in a class of its own. For example, it’s able to print a bulk five-metre roll of flag material with ease.”

Available in 36 or 48 print-head configurations which can add white to either a four- or six-colour workflow, the Virtu RR50 features a high-productivity ink-feed system which provides for six litres per colour. This allows the user to benefit from bulk prices and, most significantly, the fact that less time is wasted changing the inks. The UV-curable, pigmented inks provide prodigious durability while also being VOC-free.

“DPI’s pedigree in UV-curable systems is a perfect match for the Virtu RR50, and we know that there is room to make in the display market for a printer that can do both high quality and high volume,” Bell continues. “With many specifiers demanding these traits from an eco-friendly production machine, we can say, comfortably, that this is the solution. We have already seen significant interest from clients using five-metre machines who want to trade up and take advantage of better material handling and print quality.”

While the RR50 is suited to the whole gamut of display production, DPI says that it will be of particular interest to all printers who are looking to convert to digital, especially from the screen-printing discipline. Bell stresses that DPI is best placed to provide this service. “Because we understand the precise calibration needed to get the best out of this formidable machine but can also provide the ongoing service, we know the RR50 will appeal to all sorts of producers,” he concludes.

Océ installs UK’s first Arizona 550GT at Colouration

Arizona 550 Gt

Colouration, a London-based visual solution provider with a strong footprint in producing retail and store displays for the fragrance and cosmetics industry, has become the first company in the UK to install the high speed Océ Arizona® 550 GT UV flatbed printer.

Océ, an international leader in digital document management and printing for professionals, has strengthened its range of Océ Arizona UV flatbeds – the world’s number one selling product family in this sector – with the launch of the Océ Arizona 550 GT printer. The system is the fastest yet, printing at twice the speed of other Océ Arizona models; it can produce more than 40 square metres of high quality printing per hour, with stunning prints suitable for closely-viewed signage and Point of Purchase, made possible by Océ’s unique VariaDot™ imaging technology.

Colouration first saw the new system late in 2009, during a trip to Océ headquarters in Venlo, The Netherlands, and was immediately impressed, says Managing Director Tony Dennington: “We went to Venlo and we liked what we saw. We did some tests of our own, and the quality was as good as, or better, than anything else out there. There are more expensive machines, but this is better. It was by far the best machine we looked at.”

Dennington reveals that the Océ Arizona 550 GT printer, which was installed in late January, will have a significant impact on the 31-staff company’s business. Colouration produces a lot of “visual merchandising” for retail and department stores – anything from magnetic wallpaper to backlit display units to hanging banners. Clients have included prestigious brands such as Thierry Mugler, Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein.

Before installing the Océ Arizona 550 GT printer, the company had to print onto rolls, and then mount the substrate onto board or perspex. Now, using the flatbed Océ Arizona 550 GT printer, Colouration can print direct to a wide variety of media types, including metals, woods, acetates and acrylics. The system also comes with a Roll Media Option, which Colouration has chosen to take, as it also has with the White Ink Option to augment the four-colour output with under- and over-printing capability.

Dennington says: “This is going to open the door to so many new ideas, things that we hadn’t even talked about in the past. Our creative team are falling over themselves coming up with new applications. For visual merchandising, the Océ Arizona 550 GT printer is a dream, with the quality, the detail it can produce, and the speed. I’m very, very happy.”

The Océ Arizona 550 GT printer allows print companies to take on peak demand and rush jobs with confidence, due to its productivity and image quality. The next generation model in the award-winning Océ Arizona Series, it uses UV curable inks and Océ VariaDot technology to deliver near-photographic image quality. Designed as a true flatbed, it can print on a wide range of rigid substrates up to 1.25 by 2.5 metres, and roll media up to 2.2 metres wide.

Dominic Fahy, Business Group Director, Display Graphics and Imaging Supplies, said: “The initial response to the Océ Arizona 550 GT printer has been overwhelmingly positive, as companies like Colouration have found.  Océ is proud of its reputation as an innovative company that’s continually bringing new products and services to the market. This is a major step forward with another addition to  the world’s number one selling product family in this sector. We are delighted.”

Durst Rho 320R with Rho Roll ink listed by 3M Performance Guarantee Program

Durst 3m

The Rho 320R using Rho Roll inks have been listed by the 3M Performance Guarantee Program, guaranteeing that the printers are designed, engineered, developed, tested and manufactured for optimal compatibility and performance for 3M’s qualified media portfolio (ControlTac Graphic Films, Controltac Graphic Films with Comply Adhesive, Scotchcal Graphic Films and Scotchlite Reflective Graphic Films).

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The above mentioned media are 3M trademarks.


Inca Onset S20 extends gamut at FESPA

Inca Onset S20

Inca Digital shows an enhancement to the high-performance, wide-format Inca Onset S20 UV inkjet flatbed printer at FESPA on Fujifilm Sericol's stand (Hall B1 Stand 220). Inca will demonstrate an expanded gamut capability using Uvijet Ultratone ink to increase quality perception. This, coupled with Inca's use of 28 picolitre drop print heads, produces smooth colour transitions reducing the graininess of light colours and producing smooth skin tones. This capability is critical for closely-viewed point of sale advertising, particularly for high value cosmetic and fashion products.

The Inca Onset S20 is the newest addition to the Inca range of printers and enables companies to offer print volumes on a wide variety of materials with shorter turnaround times at highly competitive prices. Following its launch last year, Inca Onset S20s are in operation across Europe today and buoyant sales are continuing as companies invest to enhance their production capabilities.

"It's 10 years since we launched the first Inca Digital flatbed printer and we continue to lead the industry with innovative systems such as the Spyder range and the flagship Inca Onset and Onset S20", says Linda Bell, CEO, Inca Digital. "The market for large format digital print has grown exponentially and our latest developments in software, automation and ink options are all about giving our customers new levels of productivity and flexibility."

With the capability to print edge to edge onto substrates of 3.14m x 1.6m and 50mm thick, at speeds of up to 250 sq m/hr, the Inca Onset S20 also features a gloss level control to produce finishes from matt, through satin to high gloss, depending on application. Flexibility is a key feature of this machine and the ability for printing companies to choose a colour configuration to suit their business is an important factor in its success. The introduction of light cyan and light magenta expands its capabilities and opens up lucrative new sectors for our customers.

In addition, both the Inca Onset and Onset S20 have the ability to maximise productivity through Inca's new Print Run Controller (PRC) software module. PRC assists in the production of an individual order incorporating different elements whether they are images, text variations or languages. It is also applicable when a large number of images need to be output in varying quantities with variable elements to a large number of recipients, preventing workflow bottle-necks, streamlining production and thereby reducing both operator error and post-print collation requirements.

Inca offers a range of UV inkjet flatbed printers in a choice of formats, speeds and colours. Go to www.incadigital.com to see full details.

Teckwin Releases New UV3200 Roll-to-Roll UV Printer

Teckwin Uv 3200

Teckwin International has unveiled the TeckPro UV3200. This new roll-to-roll UV printer has a maximum printing width of 130 inches, visible resolution up to 800 dpi and production speeds up to 990 square feet per hour.

The TeckPro UV3200 was designed to perform extremely well on a variety of flexible materials. Its media handling system supports rolls up to 750 pounds, meanwhile TeckPro UV3200 is capable of simultaneous printing on multiple rolls and true double-sided backlit printing.

The TeckPro UV3200 is a high speed industrial printer, designed to increase production in any size shop. Its high speed, high efficiency and high returns exactly meet the demands of rational investment.

Color Graphics Takes Delivery of Rho 500R Grand-Format Printer

Durst Rho 500r

Color Graphics Inc., a full-service professional imaging business located in Salt Lake City, UT, has recently installed the five-meter Durst Rho 500R superwide roll-to-roll UV inkjet printer. Color Graphics was one of the first in the US and first west of the Mississippi River to add the Rho 500R to its shop floor.

Color Graphics also has installed a Durst Rho 800 large-format UV inkjet printer in order to transition the bulk of its large-format fulfillment to quality Durst Rho output, and also to position the company for growth, said Guy Timothy, president Color Graphics. "The idea is to upgrade our technology and our capacity. But we also wanted to partner with a company that would work with us to help us grow our business."

Color Graphics is employing its new Rho 500R primarily for higher-end retail and POP applications. Timothy said its ability to print three different images on three separate media rolls simultaneously across its five-meter width "was huge for us," and that the 500R delivers "the best print quality available."

A major factor is the cost of operation of the 500R. "We anticipate a 3.5 percent cost savings over our current printers—even with the capital expense factored in," Timothy said. "That's significant. The change we're making to Durst has brought our ink costs alone down about 50 percent."

Timothy said the Rho 500R "adds to our ability to handle an entire campaign for a client. It adds important capabilities to our range of service because of its versatility and capacity, and because it prints five meters wide, along with the ability to print white in line with process colors. It runs continuously with minimal maintenance. And the people at Durst have been taking good care of us every step of the way."

"This is the equipment that will take our business to the next level, help us satisfy more client requests and position us for growth," he said.

"We appreciate the confidence Color Graphics has shown in Durst, and we're very pleased to have the company as a valued client," said Christopher Howard, senior vice president of sales & marketing, for Durst US. "Color Graphics is the kind of company we like to do business with—creative, forward thinking, anticipating client needs, always looking to improve their offerings and their performance. We're delighted to be playing an important role in their success and we look forward to a bright future together."