25 Jun 2021

Océ launches Arizona 550 GT display graphics printer

Arizona 550 Gt

Océ, an international leader in digital document management and printing for professionals, today announced the new Océ Arizona 550 GT flatbed printer, the highest capacity Océ Arizona model released to date.

This new printer is capable of POP-quality prints at 40 square meters hour and offers much better value than other UV flatbed models currently available in the market. The Océ Arizona 550 GT display graphics printer is the next generation model in the award-winning Océ Arizona Series. It uses UV curable inks and Océ VariaDotTM imaging technology to deliver near-photographic image quality for nearly any application. Designed as a true flatbed system it can print on a wide variety of rigid substrates up to 1.25 by 2.5 meters. It also offers a Roll Media Option for printing onto flexible media up to 2.2 meters wide.

Production print speeds

The Océ Arizona 550 GT display graphics printer features a Production print mode of up to 40.2 square meters per hour on rigid media without sacrificing any of the award-winning print quality for which the Océ Arizona Series is famous. This enables users to print nearly one hundred boards (125 x 250 cm) in a single eight-hour shift. With this productivity, print providers can confidently take on peak demand and rush jobs. It reduces the risk for businesses wanting to make the transition from analog to digital printing by providing all the print quality they need at production speeds. An Express print mode is also available with print speeds of up to 67 square meters per hour, nearly three times higher than the fastest print speed available on the previously-released Océ Arizona 350 GT display graphics printer.

Costs a third less than comparable systems

Like all Océ Arizona printers, the Océ Arizona 550 GT model was designed using an efficient cost engineering approach that makes it much more affordable than comparable systems. Print providers can own this high quality, high capacity printer for about 30% to 40% less than comparable, competitive UV flatbed systems. That reduces capital outlay for small- and medium-sized businesses, and enables them to acquire the best-in-class print quality and application versatility.

Opens the door to applications that command premium prices

With the Océ Arizona 550 GT display graphics printer, print providers can offer premium priced services and achieve more competitive prices for their work. The Océ Arizona 550 GT can print on irregularly shaped or non-square items, heavy substrates such as glass, or materials that have an uneven surface such as wood. This is an important advantage over competitive rigid-capable printers that use belt or friction-based media feed systems, as they can only print on square-cornered, lightweight materials of uniform thickness. The true flatbed architecture enables printing on anything that is reasonably flat up to 48 mm thick – from a hockey puck to a DVD to a door or a piece of painted aluminum.A Roll Media Option is available, giving print providers the ability to print onto flexible media including vinyl, self-adhesive vinyl, scrim banner, paper and blue backed paper without compromising the rigid printing workflow. Print providers can use this system to expand into more exotic applications that command premium prices, from parts templates for manufacturing; CD covers and wallpaper to fast food menus and fabric; and anything needed for sign and display.

Océ VariaDot imaging technology is productive and uses significantly less ink

The Océ Arizona 550 GT display graphics printer uses Océ VariaDot imaging technology that enables a printhead to produce ink droplets of variable size resulting in variable sized dots on the printed media. The ability to jet small droplets produces sharp images with smoother gradients and quartertones. The ability to jet larger droplets produces dense, uniform solids. The result is near-photographic image quality with sharpness only before seen at resolutions of 1,440 dpi or higher. In addition to superior image quality, Océ VariaDot imaging technology requires only four color inks to achieve the best image quality in the industry. The use of only four colors and of variable-sized droplets results in significantly lower ink consumption than six color printers with fixed droplet inkjet technology. On average, all Océ Arizona Series printers consume less than 8 ml of ink per square meter total, including all maintenance.

White ink expands capabilities

The Océ Arizona 550 GT display graphics printer includes a White Ink Option that enables under-printing for non-white media or objects, over-printing for backlit applications on transparent media and/or printing white as a spot color. Under-printing white ink provides a base for non-white surfaces upon which color can be added, giving print providers the ability to expand their range of offerings to include specialty applications. Over-printing white ink provides a diffusion layer for backlit applications that will be viewed from the unprinted side, enabling print providers to produce high quality backlit images for point-of-purchase applications. The ability to also print white ink as a spot color enables white features of images to be highlighted for greater effect.Océ Arizona® 550 GT display graphics printer.

Expanding the premier UV flatbed product family

The Océ Arizona 550 GT display graphics printer joins the market-leading Océ Arizona family of UV flatbed printers at the top of the range. Other Océ Arizona Series models include the Océ Arizona 350 XT printer (2.5 x 3 m table, up to 23 m2/hr print speed), the Océ Arizona 350 GT printer (1.25 x 2.5 m table, up to 22.2 m2/hr print speed) and the Océ Arizona 300 GT printer (1.25 x 2.5 m table, up to 12.3 m2/hr print speed). All share the same award-winning image quality and robust architecture, offering the Océ values of quality, reliability, productivity and user-friendliness. In all, Océ Arizona Series UV flatbed printers have accumulated 16 industry awards to date from organizations throughout the world. These awards validate the quality and innovation built into every Océ Arizona Series printer, now the most popular printer in its class.

HP Scitex TJ8350 Printer used to Create Personalised Billboards

Hp Scitex Tj8350

Zyan Digital, of Aljacer, Murcia, has used its new HP Scitex TJ8350 Printer to extend its capabilities and develop personalised wide format printing. Demonstrating the versatility and speed of the HP Scitex TJ8350 Printer, Zyan printed180 180 x 300cm posters on vinyl, personalising each with the name of a car repair shop. The printer's productivity meant that Zyan could print the two-sheet job in only twenty hours. Substrate versatility is another feature that Zyan makes use of. Sixty percent of its jobs are printed on paper, with the balance printed on vinyl and canvas in equal proportions.

Established in 1989 as a photographic laboratory, Zyan entered the wide format printing market through photographic applications. Zyan Digital now has ten wide format printers, 26 employees working in three shifts and has an annual turnover of €3.2 million.

Inca Onset S20 installed at Daelprinting by FUJIFILM Sericol

Inca Onset Daelprinting

Belgium based Daelprinting expanded its service offering in December 2009 with the installation of an Inca Onset S20 with added Ultratone colour option. The large format print service provider can now offer its customers shorter turnaround times with higher quality print while simultaneously making it an environmentally friendly option.

The company, situated halfway between Amsterdam and Paris in the historic town of Ypres, delivers a wide variety of wide format materials including POS materials, wide format banners and industrial solutions to customers throughout Northern France and the Benelux region.

Arjan D’haene, commercial director at Daelprinting, said: “Up to now, our business has comprised 50% screenprinting and 50% digital services. But, as most of our customers require materials to be printed in two, three or sometimes four different languages with print runs never exceeding 500 sheets, we were keen to invest in a high performance digital printer to offer them a better service with shorter turnaround times and high quality print.

“We wanted to make an investment through a company with a proven, trusted, track and service record and FUJIFILM Sericol ticked all the boxes. We’ve used its UV curable inks for a few years and have been impressed with their fantastic durability. So, when we decided the Inca Onset S20 was the right product for us, we knew FUJIFILM Sericol could deliver to our standards.”

The Inca Onset S20, a UV curing inkjet flatbed printer, is the latest high performance addition to the Onset family which has already represented a major change in business dynamics for the industry. It prints edge to edge onto substrates of 3.14m x 1.6m and up to 50mm thick, at speeds of up to 250m2/hr. The vacuum table with accurate pin positioning allows users to print single and double-sided on a variety of media sizes.

“With the S20, we are now able to turn a job around in three to four days, shortening our lead times by 75%,” says Arjan D’haene. “Not only that, but the print quality is much better than we’ve produced before and it has resolved a problem with banding we’ve had with all of our previous digital machines.

“We are delighted that we can now offer our customers an improved service and wider selection of materials, while lowering our print cost per square metre. Digital printing used to be a high price solution for us, but with the S20 we can offer a competitive price up to 500m2. This is beneficial both to us and our customers, as they can now get so much more out of their marketing budgets.”

As the Onset prints on a wide variety of substrates, Dael’s environmentally conscious customers now have more options to choose from. Arjan D’haene continues: “More and more of our customers want environmentally friendly print, and the combination of FUJIFILM Sericol’s UV curable inks with the S20’s ability to print on paper, cardboard and Re-board allow us to offer them a number of ‘green’ options to choose from.”

The 6-colour Onset S20, combined with FUJIFILM Sericol’s award winning Uvijet Ultratone inks, allows printers to widen the printable gamut of colours to 85% of the PANTONE® colour spectrum. It also features a gloss level control to produce finishes from matt, through satin to high gloss depending on application, bringing massive versatility in the range of products that can be printed, e.g. display POS, exhibition graphics, backlit/frontlit displays and outdoor signage printing.

Stefan Sagmeister Turns to HP Graphic Arts Technology (Video Link Included)


Stefan Sagmeister

Stefan Sagmeister Turns to HP Graphic Arts Technology to Create the Revolutionary - and Evolutionary - Darwin Chair



  • World-renowned graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister needed to find a high-quality, durable printing solution that would allow him to realise his vision for the Darwin Chair.



  • The HP Designjet L65500 Printer, HP Latex Ink and HP DuPont™ Tyvek® Banner enabled Sagmeister to create 230 high-quality prints for his design.



  • The innovative Darwin Chair is an example of Sagmeister's groundbreaking work and redefines what is possible in the world of furniture design.


Rethinking seating

The work: album covers, posters, books. The clients: Lou Reed, The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith. The reputation: maverick, icon, rock star. The name: Stefan Sagmeister. After more than 30 years in the graphic design industry, Sagmeister has made headlines for numerous reasons, but it all boils down to one thing: groundbreaking graphic design.

With a knack for transforming stale thinking, Austrian-born Sagmeister often pulls inspiration from the ordinary. Take the recent renovation of his studio in New York City. Unable to find furniture he liked and unwilling to settle, Sagmeister decided to design the pieces himself.

"I knew that I needed a few different pieces, including a couple of lounge chairs," Sagmeister says. "I also knew that coming from graphic design, I didn't want to design purely form-based chairs. I wanted to make them quite graphic."

Sagmeister's solution? A chair that can change with you. "The idea developed of designing a chair that has hundreds of sheets of paper as a cushion. Just rip off a sheet of paper, and you have a chair with a new colour, pattern and texture," Sagmeister says.


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The evolution of a chair

As his vision of what became known as the Darwin Chair took shape, Sagmeister began to focus on a new question-how to make it happen. "There was just a question of how to make the paper the star and have the structure underneath it recede as much as possible," he explains.

Sagmeister began by examining the structure that the paper cushion was attached to. "Initially, the base was made out of wood, but we changed it to stainless steel. This allowed it to become skinnier and free swinging, so it really became all about the paper."

And just what was it about the paper that deserved the spotlight? "Each of the 230 sheets is printed with a different design," Sagmeister says. The intricate patterns represent the creation of the universe and the creation of the world, from the beginning of plant, animal and human life all the way to the digital revolution.

"Because we wanted the design to have intricate patterns, we needed a high-quality printing technique that could depict very fine lines and many colours. We also wanted something that would reduce the environmental impact of printing. With those parameters, the HP Designjet L65500 Printer was chosen."


The design is in the details

To complete the production of the Darwin Chair, Sagmeister needed to select the paper that would make up the cushion-one of the largest elements of the piece. Having already found a way to offer hundreds of different styles in one piece of furniture, Sagmeister used his choice of paper to extend the life of the chair even further.

"The chair is a piece that will probably have a shelf life of 30, 40 or even 50 years, so we were very careful when we designed these sheets," he notes, acknowledging that the prints could even be given a second life by becoming framed pieces of art. To achieve this level of durability and versatility, Sagmeister decided to print on HP DuPont™ Tyvek® Banner.

Along with rethinking the way the prints could be used, Sagmeister rethought the way they were produced. He reduced the environmental impact of the Darwin Chair's prints by working with the HP Designjet L65500. "It used to be that if you used a printing technique that was more environmentally aware, you always lost something else, like print quality or durability. Now, you're able to have it all," he says.


Design remix

With the creation of the Darwin Chair, Sagmeister went well beyond simply creating new furniture for his studio. His remix of the traditional chair redefines what is possible in the world of furniture design.

And it exemplifies the benefits that anyone can achieve when they push boundaries and rethink the ordinary. Just as Sagmeister was able to break design barriers, commercial printers can also break business barriers and capture new opportunities.

"A lot of things that I do, printers tell me are not possible at first. I like to constantly push the edge there," Sagmeister says. The Darwin Chair is a testament to Sagmeister's ability to rethink the ordinary and to the groundbreaking results.


You can also find more information on the above project by watching this YouTube Video


Diagonal 80 Leverages Environmental Advantages of its HP Designjet L65500 Printer


HP today announced that Diagonal 80, a company which has recently built a modern centre of production in San Agustín del Guadalix (Madrid), has installed an HP Designjet L65500 Printer and is using it to help companies demonstrate their commitments to the environment.

A company that clearly saw the digital future, in 1996, Diagonal 80 installed its first HP Designjet wide format printer, followed by regular investments in new digital technologies that continue today.

Among is current broad range of HP printers, Diagonal 80 has an HP Designjet Z6100 Printer (1.52m); an HP Scitex FB6100 Printer (3 x 2m flatbed); an HP Scitex XP5100 Printer (5m) and its new HP Designjet L65500 Printer.

The HP Designjet L65500 Printer, that uses HP Latex Inks, was the first new printer to be installed when the company moved from its 350m2 premises in central Madrid, to a new purpose-built 2400m2 facility just outside the city.

"We chose the HP Designjet L65500 Printer for several reasons," explained Alejandro Licitra, owner, Diagonal 80. "We had a gap in quality between our production capability with solvent technology and aqueous inks, which UV-curable inks filled perfectly. We also noticed that latex inks had a far better adhesion than UV curable inks on many substrates. There were also the advantages of using inks which are more environmentally responsible, have a high colour gamut, and a create a better working environment."

Diagonal 80 also found that the HP Latex Inks offered the advantage of not being susceptible to cracking on applications that are subject to folding or repeated rolling. As Diagonal 80 supplies a large number of graphics for exhibitions including pop up displays, roller and tension banner displays and other display systems where the graphics receive repeated use and handling, this is an important characteristic.

"The number one advantage of the L65500 Printer and the latex inks is that we can meet our customers' desire for printing with the environment in mind," Licitra continued. "Often, they want to include environmental awareness in their marketing campaigns."

Diagonal 80's new building, designed by a well-known innovative architect in Madrid, AMID (cero 9), is a manifestation of the way the company wants to present its image. Part of that image is the concept of a "spotless environment," a theme that is the subject of a public competition to find the best design to decorate the whole building.

Diagonal 80 has initiated its own "spotless printing" campaign, which for them means printing with quality and with respect to the environment. With high profile end-users of its print, including international conservation and environmental groups, as well as commercial organisations that wish to promote their environmental efforts, Diagonal 80 finds the HP Designjet L65500 Printer a valuable marketing tool as well as a high quality printer.

Grapo Manta UV printer with white ink option - success following FESPA Debut


Grapo Manta

Grapo Technologies, a manufacturer of UV large format roll-to-roll and flatbed UV printers based in the Czech Republic, today announced that the market response to its Manta wide format UV flatbed printer with a white ink option, introduced at FESPA, has exceeded expectations.  Adding a white ink option to UV printing generates higher quality print on colored backgrounds and opens up new possibilities for unusual applications.

“We have been extremely pleased with the results we have achieved with the Manta White,” said Sales Director Branislav Oravec.  “With seven units already sold since FESPA, we are looking forward to ongoing success with this new option. To make it simpler and risk-free for our customers, the White option can be removed within 24 hours in favor of a full-speed CMYK platform if they find they do not have the expected requirement for white ink applications.  Vice-versa, four-color Manta printers in the field can easily be upgraded to include the white ink option.”

Quality & optimal price/performance

“We installed our Manta White in November 2009,” said Stefan Heilemeier, Managing Director, HeLa Werbung in Germany. “The installation and training was very smooth and within two days we were up and running.  We believe this printer has the best price/performance ratio on the market and will differentiate our business.  Already, we have been able to print projects on wood, acrylic, aluminum molds, stretched canvas and more.”

Double P in Slovakia installed two Manta White systems to complement five solvent roll-to-roll printers. “We were interested in the Manta because of the substrate limitations we found with our solvent printers,” said Jana Partlova, Managing Director. “With the Manta White, there are virtually no limits, and we can offer our clients printing on unusual surfaces.  It is really amazing how many substrates you can print on with the Manta.” Double P will be using its Manta White printers to produce interior decorations, posters and signage as well as projects using wood, doors, glass and more.

Manta prints it all!

The Manta is a cost-effective, flatbed system that uses UV-curable inks.  It can print directly on rigid, heavy and odd-shaped materials, as well as materials with a structural surface such as wood, metal, cartons, cardboard, glass, ceramic, carpet and more, generally without any need for pretreatment of any kind.

“Since the designers of the Manta come from a printing heritage,” added Oravec, “we understand exactly how these systems are used in a real production environment.  Quality is critical, of course, but so is overall production throughput.  Only 40% of the entire production time in most operations is consumed with actual printing, with the rest being preparation time.  We have designed Manta to require minimal preparation time for maximum printing uptime in order to ensure unmatched production throughput using this printer.” Oravec notes that the Manta printer had an extremely fast time to market, with product availability just five months after development began.

The Manta’s vacuum system holds materials firmly in place for perfect registration, even with multiple and bidirectional printing.  It has no minimal print area, allowing smaller items to be placed on the desk without the need to cover up empty areas as with other flatbed printers. Its unique twin mode function allows operators to use one-third of the print area for smaller pieces, while using the other two-thirds independently for even more productivity.

Manta Benefits Conventional Screen Printers

“Manta White was developed in response to customer demand,” commented Oravec. “These clients were looking for the ability to affordably produce unique, eye-catching applications, many of which require white ink.  Early installations have proven that printers that have white ink capability can set themselves apart from their competitors by producing more unusual applications. In today’s competitive marketplace, Manta White is a win/win solution for our clients as they work to better serve their clients.”