26 Sep 2020

swissQprint Impala to appear Stateside at SGIA

Swissqprint Impala

Polytype America Corp. will introduce the New Impala UV flatbed printer manufactured by its Swiss partner, SwissQprint at the SGIA show in booth # 135. The Impala was introduced in Europe at the FESPA show last June and enjoyed a very enthusiastic reception while setting a new standard for price, performance and quality in a fully featured printer.

The Impala is the next generation printer from swissQprint and is based on its very successful Oryx UV flatbed printer. The new Impala while similar to the Oryx uses print heads that have twice the number of nozzles and as a result will run twice as fast in most cases. The Impala utilizes 14 picoliter ink drop print heads with up to 2048 jets per color that delivers great quality at high print speed. With its max speed of 1441 sqft/hr the Impala sets a new standard in its class for performance. Typical production printing at high print quality ranges from 387 to 720 sqft/hr at resolutions of 720x720 dpi and 720x360 dpi.

The Impala print head configuration is very flexible starting with a base configuration of four heads running CMYK ink up to 18 heads with two head per color running six color (CMYK, lc, lm), white ink, varnish and primer. This gives the user ultimate flexibility to start with an affordable basic machine and be able to upgrade the speed, color or specialty applications when they need it.

The Impala has the same size adjustable vacuum bed as the Oryx, 99x59 inches. It also uses the same table registration system and software that allows for easy registration of multiple up files and double sided printing. Due to the true flatbed design the printer will allow you to print full bleed images as well.

The Impala offers a full eight-foot-wide roll-to-roll option that doubles as an oversized board transport system. The Amber software has a print queue for unattended printing of roll goods. There is an encoder wheel that tracks the movement of the roll material and if necessary will micro-adjust the beam position assuring band free printing.

When printing oversized boards on the mesh transport the encoder wheel is engaged to provide accurate feedback to micro-adjust the position of the beam eliminating media step banding.

The New Impala UV flatbed will be in operation in the Polytype America Corp. booth # 135 at the SGIA show on October 13-15, 2010.

New Print Modes for SwissQprint Oryx UV Flatbed

Swissqprint Oryx Uv Flatbed

SwissQPrint has created several new print modes for its Oryx UV flatbed printers that increase the maximum print speed up to 77 square metres an hour (828 sqft/hr). This feature will be demonstrated at the SGIA show in Polytype booth #135.

The print modes offer additional production print speed choices of 25 and 38 sq.m/hr (269 and 408 sq ft/hr) with a usable draft mode of 77 sq.m/hr (828 sqft/hr) printing with all modes running 720x360 dpi resolution. The current production print modes of the Oryx are 12 and 18 sq.m/hr (129 and 193 sqft/hr) at 720x720 dpi resolution.

"The significance of these new print modes is an increase in production speed of at least 40 percent while maintaining the highest quality," said Bill Grambsch, sales manager, Polytype. "In addition the Amber print control software is able map out and compensate for any missing nozzles in the print head. This jet mapping feature is the key to getting consistent production speeds. If you buy a printer based on its single pass print mode, experience tells us that eventually one or more jets will clog over time and without the ability to map out the missing jets and compensate for them you will have to slow down your printing speed to get the same quality. With the Oryx you can count on high level production speeds for many years to come."

The Oryx printer uses 14 picoliter ink drop size print heads with up to 1024 jets per color and delivers great quality at high speed. With its maximum speed of 828 sqft/hr the Oryx is a great price/performance value. Typical production printing at high print quality ranges from 193 to 408 sqft/hr at resolutions of 720x720 and 720x360 dpi.

The Oryx print head configuration is very flexible starting with a base configuration of four heads running CMYK up to 16 heads with two heads per color running six colors (CMYKlclm), white ink, and varnish. This gives the user ultimate flexibility to start with an affordable base machine and be able to upgrade the speed, color or varnish for specialty applications when they need it.

The Oryx has an adjustable vacuum bed of 99x59 inches with a table registration system that allows for easy registration of multiple up printing and double sided printing as well as full bleed printing capability.

The Oryx offers a full eight-foot-wide roll-to-roll option that doubles as an oversized board transport system. The Amber software has a queue system for unattended printing of roll goods. There is an encoder wheel that tracks the movement of roll material and if necessary will micro-adjust the beam position assuring band free printing.

When printing oversized boards using the roll mesh to transport boards though the printer the encoder wheel is engaged to provide accurate feedback to manage micro-adjustments of the beam eliminating media step banding.

SwissQprint UV flatbed printers will be on display in the Polytype America Corp. booth #135 at the SGIA show October 13-15, 2010.

Trycket Mora Purchases Sweden's First HP Scitex LX800 Printer



Hp Scitex Lx800

HP today announced that Trycket Mora, of Mora, Sweden, has purchased Sweden's first HP Scitex LX800 Printer.

Trycket Mora is a family business and was established in 1979 as a screen-printing house. In 2001 the company broke into the wide format market and went digital, specialising in printing outdoor banners and signage for sporting events and ski resorts.

The company will be installing the 3.2m (126in) HP Scitex LX800 Printer for its production and environmental benefits - both from a product and internal production perspective.

"We are expanding our 900m2 facility by 180m2 to accommodate this new printer, so we wanted to make sure that the machine we installed would help create a cleaner working environment". Said Mathias Hofvander, CEO, Trycket Mora. "Not only do the HP Latex Inks the LX800 uses help reduce environmental impact they also require no ventilation, which will help create a much better working environment".

The HP Scitex LX800 Printer uses water-based HP Latex Inks, producing prints that are odourless and as well as high quality. Capable of printing graphics up to 3.2m (126in) wide, the HP Scitex LX800 Printer also provides a versatile, large format solution with production speeds of up to 45m²/hr.

The LX800 helps PSPs produce a broad range of high-profit outdoor and indoor applications - including POP displays, light boxes, customised wallpaper and vehicle wraps - that can deliver a fast return on investment. It produces high-quality output with 1200 dpi resolution at production speeds up to 88m²/hr (947ft²/hr) for outdoor billboards and up to 45m²/hr (484ft²/hr) for indoor applications.

Outdoor prints produced on the LX800 achieve display permanence up to three years unlaminated and up to five years laminated and offer scratch, smudge, and water resistance comparable to low-solvent inks.

"Our customers not only want to know that their jobs are being produced in the most environmentally responsible way possible, but they need to be able to re-use the banners time and again. The HP Latex Technology gives us the confidence that the prints we produce will meet these expectations". Concluded Hofvander.

The LX800 prints on an extensive range of substrates including; HP HDPE Reinforced Banner, HP Outdoor Frontlit Scrim Banner, HP Light Textile Display Banner, HP Wrinkle-free Flag with Liner and HP Heavy Textile Banner. The HP Take-Back programme has also recently been extended to encompass seven recyclable media. This facility will enable Trycket Mora to offer take the first steps to being able to offer a more environmentally responsible services to its customers.


Ad Art expands capabilities with significant investment in HP Scitex

Hp Scitex Xp2750

HP today announced that The Ad Art Company has invested approximately $5 million in HP Scitex digital large-format printers to capture new sign and display printing opportunities.


The new additions, which include two HP Scitex FB7500 Printers and HP Scitex TJ8550, XL1500 and XP2750 printers, will help the Los Angeles-based shop profitably handle print runs that were previously reserved for screen printers. The Scitex printers' speed and efficiency reduce turn-around time on client requests for low-volume, customized large-format graphics.


Ad Art is already using its new fleet of printers to provide the high quality and speed required by its large retail customer base.


Build-a-Bear Workshop Campaign

Ad Art recently produced a promotional campaign for Build-a-Bear Workshop tied to the launch of its new limited-edition Ice Cream Bears Collection, which included vibrant, colorful pieces printed on 3/16-inch thick foamcore and 13 ounce vinyl substrates. Ad Art selected its HP Scitex FB7500 Printer for the campaign to provide the customer with litho-quality output at a lower price than was possible with analog devices.


Using its new HP Scitex FB7500 Printer, Ad Art delivered 1,200 double-sided displays and banners totalling more than 27,680 square feet. Ad Art's client preferred the higher quality available with the HP Scitex FB7500 Printer, and the printer's speed and productivity exceeded expectations.


"We've migrated a significant amount of screen and litho work over to the HP Scitex FB7500 Printer and have it working around the clock to keep up with the demand," said Joe DeMarco, president, Ad Art. "Many of the projects we would have printed with screen or litho processes are significantly less expensive on digital, and the quality is as good or better for our customers."


With maximum speeds of up to 5,380 ft2/hr. (500 m2/hr.) and three-quarter automated loading to reduce idle time between sheets by up to 85 percent(1) with only one operator, the HP Scitex FB7500 Printer delivers the highest productivity of its price class.(2) Designed for fast-paced, industrial printing environments, the printer offers a versatile UV flatbed printing solution for a variety of outdoor and indoor applications and a compelling digital alternative to screen and litho devices.


"Companies such as Ad Art are realizing what is possible with digital printing and taking advantage of these capabilities to attract new clients and grow their business," said Jan Riecher, vice president and general manager, Graphics Solutions Business – Americas , HP. "HP Scitex printers deliver significant benefits in terms of flexibility, turnaround time and cost, without any sacrifice in quality."

Fosco Hayes & Hurdley Finds Instant Success with HP Scitex FB7500 Printer

Hp Fb7500 Fosco Hayes Hurdley

HP today announced that Fosco Hayes & Hurdley (Fosco's), of Birmingham, UK has installed the HP Scitex FB7500 Printer.

Established in 1936, Fosco's has kept up with changes in imaging technology and today carries out a range of large format digital printing services including flexible and rigid substrate printing, die cutting, finishing and installation work.

The company was running at capacity with its existing printers, so new machine was taken on in order to absorb existing work as well as to allow the company to pitch for new jobs. In preparation for the arrival of the FB7500 and the anticipated increase in work the company doubled the size of its facility to 20,000ft².

"Clients expect high quality and fast turnarounds these days and there is normally a trade-off between these two desires. However, with the FB7500 you get both high quality and speed," said David Nicholas, managing director, Fosco's "A job which would have previously taken us two days to complete can now be done in as little as two or three hours. The machine creates the potential for increased capacity, which will allow us to put more jobs on-press and offer a new trade print service at a low cost, with fast turnarounds."

The HP Scitex FB7500 Printer is highly efficient, featuring three-quarter automated loading which reduces loading time between sheets by up to 85 percent. The printer maximises uptime using HP Scitex X2 piezoelectric printheads that are easily accessible and can be replaced and calibrated quickly, without the need for a service call. With these features and print speeds of up to 500m2 per hour the HP Scitex FB7500 Printer delivers the highest productivity of digital flatbed printers in its price class, ensuring that it is ideal for print service providers in fast paced production environments.

The FB7500 uses UV-curable inks to achieve vibrant colours with two years outdoor durability(3). For maximum versatility the FB7500 can print on a wide range of flexible and rigid materials.

"Our new machine has already made it possible for us to pitch for work we wouldn't have previously considered," continues Nicholas. "Clients are particularly impressed with the quality of the FB7500 and its ability to print on such a wide variety of substrates".

Print-Leeds installs UK’s first Screen Truepress Jet1600UV F for lenticular success

Print Leeds Screen Truepress Jet1600uvf

Print-Leeds, the plastics printing specialist that takes its name from its home city, has installed the UK’s first Screen Truepress Jet1600UV-F large format digital inkjet printer to take the company to the next level with digital production directly on to substrates up to 50mm thick.

The company is strong in the niche market of lenticular printing, which it currently produces on its Heidelberg CD74-6-LX-UV – also the first UK installation – and has seen a marked increase in the demand for very short runs and one-offs. The Truepress Jet1600UV-F has a head positioning system which features a high-resolution linear scale, enabling extremely precise dot placement.

“We have been printing litho for a long time and we wanted to replicate that quality on a smaller scale as there is a tendency for customers to order less, more frequently,” says managing director Rod Fisher. “The key to success in lenticular is printing in exact registration and that is what the Truepress Jet1600UV-F gives us, as well as fantastic quality to match that of our litho production.” Fisher adds that the makeready for litho can get through upwards of 300 sheets, which at around £1 per sheet for lenticular work, is a costly process. “Therefore there are huge savings in short runs using the Truepress Jet1600UV-F,” he says.

As much of Print-Leeds output is point of sale work, another feature of the Truepress Jet1600UV-F that appealed was its sophisticated white ink capabilities. “Being able to print a selective fitted white rather than a flood white across the whole image is a definite advantage,” says Fisher, “And not many machines can do that.”

The Truepress Jet1600UV-F is also economical to run with its UV-LED lamp which generates significantly less heat during imaging, drawing little electricity and giving a long lamp life. “The lamps also have instant start up which saves a lot of time,” says Fisher, “The machine is also almost odorless, which means we can have it in an ordinary room.”

Print-Leeds grew out of a repro house in 1986 and extended into print in 2002. With repro in decline Fisher saw a specialist niche in UV, an area where printers seemed reluctant to diversify into. “There was a gap in the market in litho printing predominantly on to plastics,” says Fisher. “Printers who were used to printing on paper didn’t want to print on plastic. They were worried about getting the ink to dry, whereas we went in with an open mind. Now with the demand for short runs we are developing our expertise into new technology and therefore new markets.”

The next step, says Fisher, is to get a cutting bed to handle the larger sheet size of 3100×1600mm that the new acquisition can handle. “The Truepress Jet1600UV-F is a key factor in our on-going venture into a digital future,” says Fisher, “particularly as we expand further into web-to-print applications, including large format and short-run lenticular printing.”