16 Jun 2019

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.

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.

Tech8 Breakdown Cover Brings Peace of Mind


Tech8 Image

With so many manufacturers’ warranty programmes and third-party options containing disclaimers, limitations and strict conditions, Tech8’s breakdown cover and preventative maintenance schemes have now been extended to cater for more printer and ink combinations, thus bringing peace of mind to users. The only precondition is that the machine must be a working model and fully operational.

Tech8’s warranty schemes extend beyond printers and also include pre-press equipment and finishing systems. Protection is all-inclusive and fully comprehensive with rapid response times and no hidden costs.

Users of wide-format printers can now rest assured that their equipment which is outside the manufacturer’s warranty terms can now benefit from a highly skilled independent team of specialists. Others are moving to Tech8 simply because the benefits offered are more comprehensive and even include accidental damage plus outside influences such as electricity fluctuations.

Cover for equipment starts from as little as £1.60/day and payment can be made in monthly instalments. Unlike other schemes, there is no limit to the number of claims and all parts, labour and travelling charges are included.

Contacting Tech8 is easy and carried out by registering on-line at www.tech8.eu. Acceptance of printers doesn’t necessarily require a site visit, with customers being given a test file to download, print and return. If the results meet the criteria required, immediate cover is available whilst a site visit can be carried out where a unit needs pre-contract repairs.

All Tech8’s engineers and technicians are fully trained and experienced, and support packages offered by the company include telephone and online help. Around 30 percent of commonly reported problems can be remedied this way, saving time and lost jobs by helping users instantly without the need for a call-out.

Full information on Tech8’s services and further details on pricing is available at www.tech8.eu. More specific queries can be handled by telephone on 0845 8739707.


Epson Discount Selected Stylus Pro Large Format Printers


Epson Stylus Pro

Existing Epson Stylus Pro owners can enjoy discounts of up to £900 when purchasing selected models from the Stylus Pro range of large format inkjet printers. This offer has been extended until the end of March this year.

There are several models included in the discount and all satisfy the highest requirements of the proofing, photographic and fine art reproduction markets, with a wider colour gamut for vivid, long-lasting results at a maximum resolution of 2880 x 1440 dpi. The printers can process a wide choice of media from fine art paper to adhesives.

The models are:


  • Stylus Pro 9900/S A B0/44” printer with 10-colour Ultrachrome HDR inkset and Micro Piezo TFP print head for ultra high speed. A discount of £900 is available.
  • Stylus Pro 9880  An A0+/44” printer with 8-colour Ultrachrome K3 inkset and Micro Piezo print head. A discount of £900 is available.
  • Stylus Pro 7900/S An A1+/24” printer with 10-colour Ultrachrome HDR inkset and Micro Piezo TFP print head for ultra high speed. A discount of £400 is available.
  • Stylus Pro 7880 An A1+/24” printer with 8-colour Ultrachrome K3 inkset and Micro Piezo print head. A discount of £400 is available.


For more details and to apply for your discount, please contact your Epson reseller or visit www.epson.co.uk/loyalty

Qualifying printers: Stylus Colour 3000, 1520. Stylus Photo 2000, 2010, R2400. Stylus Pro 3800, 5000, 5500, 4000, 4400, 4800, 7000, 7400, 7500, 7600, 7800, 7880, 9000, 9400, 9500, 9600, 9800, 9880, 10000, 10000CF, 10600. Proof of purchase required.




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.

Buy Back Scheme offers Epson Business Customers a Hassle-Free Route to Refresh Old Equipment

Epson Logo

Epson announces a simple and cost-effective buy back scheme which is an easy way for business customers to refresh and update old equipment, no matter what brand or model they are currently using.

The scheme provides a complete service, from de-installation of out-dated technology to the installation of new Epson models. The service offers an environmentally friendly option for removal of old equipment, with Epson taking responsibility for recycling in accordance with WEEE regulations.

Customers taking advantage of the buy back scheme will find it competitively priced, so whether they want to replace their printer fleet or upgrade to the latest in projection technology, the fully integrated solution ensures minimum effort for maximum return.

This offer applies to all Epson equipment, from laser printers to scanners to dot matrix printers. The buy back price is based on the condition, age and model of the product. For more information contact your Epson reseller.