24 May 2019

Fujifilm Dimatix launches Spectra Polaris printhead

fujifilm dimatix spectra polaris 

Fujifilm Dimatix has launched the latest addition to its line of Spectra brand drop-on-demand inkjet printhead products with the introduction of the new Spectra Polaris PQ-512/15 printhead aimed at a wide range of demanding printing applications.

The Spectra Polaris PQ-512/15 printhead utilizes the binary operating capability of Dimatix’ VersaDropTM jetting technology and Q-class hybrid construction to deliver ink drop sizes from 15 to 30 picoliters from 512 individually addressable inkjet nozzles at continuous frequencies up to 45 kHz fired at 8 meters/second velocity with exceptional straightness.

The new Spectra Polaris printhead is equipped with a flexible, fluid interface allowing single or two-color operation with a broad range of inks, including UV-curable inks and aggressive organic solvents, making it suitable for a broad range of commercial and industrial printing applications such as wide-format, label and package printing at resolutions to 1000 dpi.

An integral mounting bezel designed with precision registration points enables drop-in alignment – a unique repairable feature allows each 256-channel jet module to be exchanged and accurately registered in the field without the need for special tools or recalibration. Each 256-channel jet module is also dual-ported to facilitate ink flushing and recirculation. Heaters and temperature sensors allow precise control of ink viscosity at jetting temperatures up to 70 degrees C.

“The Spectra Polaris PQ-512/15 printhead gives systems builders the option to design scanning products tailored to a wide range of printing applications requiring both speed and print quality,” said Marc Torrey, Vice President, Marketing, Fujifilm Dimatix. “That high level of versatility in an economical printhead module designed to provide long-service life and simplified field maintenance will make the Spectra Polaris PQ-512/15 the printhead of choice to drive a new class of highly flexible printer products.”

Hybrid announces substantial price reduction for Mimaki’s flexible LED UV inks.

mimaki ujv-160 

At a time when there’s been industry wide price increases – in most cases put down to the weakness of the pound, it's nice to be able to report a “good news story” on the ink pricing front. Mimaki’s exclusive distributor for the UK and Ireland, Hybrid Services Ltd, announced this week that their award winning flexible UV ink has been reduced in price by a quarter.

This price reduction has made it substantially more competitive; against not only other UV machines but in comparison to some other manufacturers’ solvent inks that continue to rise in price. As specified on the EDP award-winning Mimaki UJV-160 flatbed / roll-to-roll printer and as a standard option on the newly launched grand format flatbed machine (the Mimaki JFX-1631); the price reduction on the LF-200 ink set will benefit many users and makes for a sound argument for both machines.

Hybrid’s National Sales Manager, John de la Roche told us; “To be able to slash 25% of the running costs out of an already competitive package is very satisfying for us and our customers. With its flexible properties and huge creative potential, the Mimaki LED UV ink is a pretty revolutionary product and as the opportunity has arisen to reduce its cost, we’ve jumped at it.”

With immediate effect, Mimaki’s LF-200 ink is now just £90 per cartridge, making an ISO-400 print around 80p per square metre and is available from stock through Hybrid’s authorised resellers.

Fulmar Boosts Prepress Production Facility With 'exceptional' High-speed Screen Platesetter

Screen PlateRite 8800ZX

Fulmar's focus on delivering superb quality at speed for some of the UK's top brands has led the company to invest £250,000 in a B1 Screen PlateRite 8800ZX platesetter, the fastest thermal platesetter in its class. Fulmar, part of the CPI Group, has also further streamlined production with a major workflow upgrade to Trueflow SE across two sites in Croydon. 

A guaranteed supply of plates to Fulmar's Group's Heidelberg presses comprising a total of 62 units is paramount. "We wanted a platesetter with exceptional throughput to cope with our considerable plate volume needs," says Mike Austin, Group Marketing Director. "Run lengths are growing shorter and response rates are faster and this investment was important to reduce our prepress times still further. With this latest investment we can now produce a full set of plates for one of our 12-colour presses in 15 minutes."

The PlateRite 8800ZX uses GLV (Grating Light Valve) imaging technology to output up to 51 Agfa thermal plates per hour. Integral plate punching and multi-cassette plate loader reduces handling time and ensures plates are quickly on press. Achieving the highest levels of quality is Fulmar's priority and the driver behind its new Trueflow SE workflow investment. Screen's PDF/JDF-enabled, prepress production system provides automated pre-flight, colour conversion, imposition, trapping and Ripping.

The company has achieved the ISO 12647 standard for colour process control which, in Mike's view, "is the backbone which keeps quality at the forefront in everything we do."  A highly efficient production suite complemented by strong environmental credentials (including ISO 14001 Environmental Management, Carbon Neutral manufacturing status, FSC and PEFC Chain of Custody Certification) has attracted an impressive client list.  This includes leading design groups and a raft of corporate clients.  "We expect to continue our investment plan throughout this year and have some strong thoughts regarding purchases at IPEX next year," says Mike.

Mimaki Summer Promotion makes investment even more attractive


Hybrid Services Ltd announce a limited time promotion on Mimaki’s award winning, integrated solvent printer / cutters – the CJV30 Series – with two of the four sizes currently benefiting from greatly reduced prices.

The Mimaki CJV30-60 is a 60cm wide integrated solvent printer / cutter and sports a multitude of production features that set it – and its larger brothers – apart from alternative machines. Its ability to run white ink, unique die cut feature, big onboard ink supply, powered take up unit and seamless print and cut workflow without operator intervention, all add up to an award winning product that is currently available for just £7,995. That price also includes a fully comprehensive Gold warranty, a feature packed software bundle and over 3.5 litres of ink.

With a choice of eco or full solvent inks, the CJV30 Series really does give the signmaker more choice than ever before. That choice is broadened further with the unique 1m sized variant – opening up even more possibilities for wide format printing from a machine with an ultra-compact footprint. At just £9,995, the CJV30-100 comprehensively dispatches alternative (and narrower) machines and floors them on performance as well as value for money.

John de la Roche – National Sales Manager for Mimaki’s UK & Ireland distributor, Hybrid Services Ltd – said of the promotion; “There’s never been a better time to invest in a Mimaki than now, and with this combination of award winning product and hugely competitive pricing, it makes a sound investment even more appealing. We’re conscious that this is a limited time promotion, so it’s important to get a demo booked and order placed now to ensure you benefit from the savings.”

Very well received at recent exhibitions in the UK and Europe, the Mimaki CJV30 Series range also includes a 130cm and 160cm machine, and forms just part of Mimaki’s huge complement of solutions for the sign and graphics professional.

Canon extends large format offering with Colortrac SmartLF Ci 40 scanner

The Colortrac Ci 40 scanner with the Canon imagePROGRAF 820 large format printer

Canon Europe, world leader in imaging solutions, has today announced the addition of Colortrac’s SmartLF Ci 40 scanner to its large format range of solutions for CAD and GIS users. As a high speed, compact scanner, the SmartLF Ci 40 scans detailed technical documents with precision, making it ideal for CAD & GIS businesses, as well as governments and libraries. When combined with a Canon imagePROGRAF printer, users can scan to print and archive, or copy technical documents with a high level of detail and accuracy in a more time- and cost-effective way using minimal energy and space.

As an Energy Star qualified scanner, the Colortrac SmartLF Ci 40 scanner enables users to minimise energy usage. With a scanning speed of up to 10 inches per second, the device, like the imagePROGRAF large format printers, helps to reduce the time taken to print, scan and copy documents. It uses CIS technology with a 600dpi optical resolution to ensure accurate reproduction of detailed documents and images

A plug and play USB 2.0 connection ensures it is simple to set-up. The inclusion of Colortrac’s SmartLF all-in-one software allows users to start scanning straight away. They can easily scan originals face-up and load and retrieve documents from the front, making it possible to position the scanner in tight spaces, even against the wall.

James Casey, European Product Marketing Professional for LFS says, “CAD and GIS users need to reproduce maps, drawings, engineering schematics, blueprints or logs quickly, accurately and cost effectively. By offering this scanner to extend the capabilities of our large format solutions, we can help them achieve exceptional reproductions without any loss of the quality and detail of the original documents”.

The Colortrac SmartLF Ci 40 is available across Europe now through selected Canon dealers.

Fantastic Roland VersaArt RS-640 Trade-In Offer

Roland RS-640

Save outsourcing costs and gain control over quality by bringing wide format digital graphics production in-house - offer a one-stop shop solution for all your client's print needs!

The Deal

Roland DG is offering a fantastic time-limited trade-in offer of £1000 for any Hewlett Packard, Epson, Canon, Encad or Kodak wide format printer when purchasing a Roland VersaART RS-640*. The trade-in package also includes:

FREE 2 year limited warranty
FREE take-up unit
FREE set of inks (440ml)
FREE roll of banner
FREE roll of paper
FREE roll of vinyl
FREE Roland DG Academy course
FREE Roland VersaWorks RIP
FREE telephone technical support

*This deal is available until the 30th of June 2009

The Machine
Gain a distinct competitive advantage and quick return on investment by investing in advanced digital printing capabilities. The VersaArt is a flexible production tool for a wide range of applications from precision composite designs and posters to large, durable outdoor signs and banners. It supports coated and uncoated media as well as new environmentally friendly paper media and fabrics for profitable specialty applications. The VersaART RS-640 is a great entry-level wide format machine at just £14,999 and comes with a range of other benefits:
- Single ink set - Top speed of 21m2/hr
- Wide print size range - Indoor and Outdoor applications
- 1440variable dot dpi - Permanent heads

Just some of the applications achievable with the VersaART RS-640 include:
- Indoor and Outdoor prints - Vehicle and Accessory Wraps
- Banners - Interior backlit
- Fabric Banners - Displays and Adverts
Featuring the latest in Roland eco-solvent inkjet technology, the VersaART RS-640 offers image quality, productivity and performance beyond that of any other printer in its class. The VersaArt RS-640 comes complete with VersaWorks professional RIP software for precision colour management and supports 64" media. It delivers the exceptional productivity and print quality required for successful in-house production, eliminating the need to outsource wide-format graphics.

The package includes a Roland DG Academy course, designed to help users get the most from their wide format digital print machine from set-up to maintenance to getting the most out of your machine and new applications.

This whole package costs £70 a week on a 5 year finance package - it will only take 2 prints a week to cover this cost!

Find out more at www.rolanddg.co.uk/rs640  
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