The Bigger Printing Company is the first business in the UK to invest in Canon Océ’s revolutionary UVgel large format printing technology. .
Arriving in Bigger Printing’s production facility towards the end of 2017, the Canon Océ Colorado 1640 provides the largest leap forward in print technology in years. The production team at Bigger Printing have been thoroughly testing the Colorado 1640 over the past 8 weeks, testing a large range of materials in order to fine-tune the solutions Bigger Printing will offer using this process.
In this unique UVgel printing process, liquid ink turns into gel droplets the moment it lands on the media. This prevents the ink dots from merging, or spreading, so the printer can deposit more ink in fewer passes,resulting in drastically reduced printing times. This process also decreases the volume of ink required for prints, by up to a substantial 40% when compared to eco-solvent or latex printing.
The durable, colourfast technology delivers excellent aesthetics and a wider colour gamut than other print processes, creating brighter, vibrant prints, with precise sharp dots. UVgel prints are cured instantly by the latest UV LED technology, providing odourless prints which are instantly ready for finishing and installation.
The Océ Colorado 1640 has a dual-roll configuration (the only printer in its class to offer two media rolls online). Two rolls of the same media, or different media types can be loaded, and can be switched automatically, helping to support reduced turnaround times.
The UVgel printing process, combined with the latest UV LED curing technology, results in extremely durable UV prints . The prints offer high levels of resistance of outdoor UV light fastness, and the highest abrasion resistance levels.
Speaking following the conclusion of the testing period, David Bowen, Operations and Marketing Manager at The Bigger Printing Company commented: “We’ve been looking forward to having UVgel printing in our Production facility since we became aware of the technology – and it certainly hasn’t disappointed. We are now able to produce prints on roll media much quicker than before, at a lower cost, with a tougher print solution, producing more vibrant imagery, while being better for the environment! We appreciate that our clients are facing tougher demands on their budgets and deadlines, and UVgel printing is just one step for us to supporting our clients even further.