18 Mar 2019

Mutoh Viper Dye-Sublimation Printer Launched

Mutoh Viper Extreme

Large format piezo inkjet printer manufacturer Mutoh Europe nv announces release of a new high volume dye sublimation printer series, called Viper Extreme. 

Available in 65” (1651 mm) and 90” (2240 mm) widths, the Viper Extreme family is an addition to Mutoh’s existing  Viper family of printers.   Incorporating Mutoh’s proprietary Intelligent Interweaving print technology, Viper Extreme printers allow top  quality production printing for close viewing distances up to 37 m²/h.  Top speeds up to 77 m²/h can be obtained.

Suited for transfer sublimation printing (paper) and for direct sublimation printing (polyester fabrics  with closed structure), Mutoh Viper Extreme printers are specifically targeted at print businesses focusing on volume production of a wide range of sublimated graphics, such as banners, flags, soft signage, interior decoration, curtains, bed linen, sportswear, etc. Prints made with Viper Extreme can also be used for transfer to objects (mugs, cups, mouse pads, snowboards, etc). 
 
Destined for high volume applications, Mutoh Viper Extreme printers have been purpose-built for dye sublimation printing.
 
The machines support all typical dye sublimation transfer paper weights and are  able to print at high speed on the thinnest available lightweight transfer papers of 70 g/m².  Viper Extreme integrates two digitally controlled heating elements into the print platform.  The pre-heater element will acclimatise media before printing.  The post dryer heating element will promote fast drying of the prints, as such preventing “ghost images” during calandering of the dye sub prints.
 
To allow transfer paper to expand whilst absorbing ink, it is possible to “disable” the pressure rollers on the printer.   To compensate for media expansion during printing, Viper Extreme printers incorporate Mutoh’s patented ETT tool (Extra Tensioning Tool).  This tool keeps media under a constant tension, minimising cockling, and easily adapts to different media size roll sizes.
 
Unattended roll-to-roll printing is made possible by the integrated motorised unwinding/winding system for media rolls up to 100 kg.  This system will provide accurate unrolling, adequate tensioning and straight winding of finished prints.  This is particularly important for easy after-treatment on e.g. a calender.
 
The printers incorporate 8 piezo drop-on-demand 360 nozzle heads, offering print resolutions of 360 x 360 dpi, 720 x 360 dpi, 540 x 720 dpi, 720 x 720 dpi and 1440 x 1440 dpi. Mutoh have pre-programmed dedicated Intelligent Interweaving print weaves for each resolution mode to enable high speed banding-free printing for close viewing distances. 
 
Viper Extreme utilises Mutoh’s tested and approved high-speed disperse dye inks, offering excellent nozzle stability for high-speed and high-volume printing.   The inks produce rich and vibrant colours and offer excellent colourfastness.   Being water-based inks, they are a preferred choice for environmentally conscious customers.   Available in 1 and 5 liter bottles, the inks deliver top scores in wash fastness, rubbing and perspiration.
 
Viper Extreme printers connect to Mutoh’s optional professional continuous ink delivery system (BIS).  Two BIS models are available, a 4-bottle system and an 8-bottle system.  Each BIS ink bottle can hold 4.3 litres of ink and can be refilled during printing.

Epson offers great deals for the next quarter

Epson Stylus Pro 9900

Prices are cut on selected Stylus Pro large format printers plus media

Loyalty programme continues until end of June

Epson is offering the SpectroProofer versions of its Stylus Pro 7900 and 9900 printers for the same price as the standard units, representing savings of up to £1,000. This is one of several promotions Epson is running until the end of June.

At widths of 24in and 44in respectively, the SP 7900 and SP 9900 ensure the highest quality proofing, fine art and photo printing. With the in-line, off carriage SpectroProofer versions, powered by X-Rite, managing and calibrating colour is easy. It is fully automatic and provides advanced measurement and certification.

During the period of the offer, the Epson SP 7900 will be available for £3,195, a saving of £800 from the RRP of £3,995. The Epson SP 9900 will be available for £5,595, saving £1,000 off the RRP of £6,595.

Both the Epson SP 7900 and the SP 9900 deliver the widest colour gamut available today. They use UltraChrome HDRTM, an advanced 11-colour ink set incorporating new orange and green inks, which gives a higher percentage of standard spot colours to be accurately reproduced, and a maximum expression for photo and fine art applications.

Under the terms of Epson’s Loyalty programme, existing owners of Epson Stylus Pro printers* can purchase the Stylus Pro 7880 for £1,995, a saving of £400 on the RRP, and the Stylus Pro 9880 for £3,995, a saving of £500. The SP 7880 prints up to A1+ and the SP 9880 up to B0+, both with excellent results in both monochrome and colour. Epson UltrachromeTM K3 Vivid Magenta ink offers the finest quality results.

To complement its Stylus Pro offers, Epson has also cut the price of its Traditional Photo Paper roll media.

PZ Pilot Pro features Xaar 380 printheads

Squidjet PZ Pilot Pro 

Xaar Americas, Inc. announces that Squid Ink Manufacturing, Inc., a unit of Engage Technologies, Inc. and a leading manufacturer of quality inks and inkjet printing equipment, has introduced its new PZ Pilot Pro® hi-resolution inkjet printing system featuring the Xaar 380 printhead. The PZ Pilot Pro is an affordable new device for printing high quality bar codes and other product information directly on corrugated cases and cartons.

With up to 2.1in of print height per head, the PZ Pilot Pro exceeds the 2.0in GS1 specification for case code printing, without the additional cost of a larger print engine.  Yet, what really differentiates the PZ Pilot Pro is the easy-to-use 6.4in colour touch display. The touch-screen user interface is intuitive and, as Squid Ink puts it, ‘ATM simple’. Users can easily create or edit messages directly on the controller, as well as downloading them via a network connection, or from a USB memory device.

The PZ Pilot Pro uses the robust Xaar 380 printhead, offering superior print quality, 80 pico-litre droplet size, and the durability required for industrial environments. In addition, PZ Pilot Pro uses Xaar-approved oil-based inks specifically designed by Squid Ink for the Xaar 380 printhead.

“The good thing about the Xaar 380 printhead is that it is very reliable,” explains Chad Carney, Director of Marketing, Engage Technologies Corporation. “The head’s easy mounting structure was very helpful in the design of the PZ Pilot Pro. Speed was also very important for us. The Xaar 380 printhead delivers the performance that the PZ Pilot Pro printer needs, with online speeds of up to 167 feet per minute at 180 dpi, ideal for most secondary packaging lines.” The 180 dpi resolution is capable of printing razor-sharp graphics, small character text, and scannable bar codes.

“The PZ Pilot Pro is another example of how piezoelectric drop-on-demand printheads meet the needs of the coding and marking industry. The Xaar 380 printhead at its heart gives the performance, ease of integration, and total cost of ownership that production facilities demand,” comments Chris Lynn, VP Sales and Marketing, Xaar Americas Inc. “Xaar is very pleased to be a partner of Squid Ink, and we expect the PZ Pilot Pro will be received very well in the packaging marketplace.”

Mutoh upgrades SC-PRO series cutting plotters

mutoh sc pro 

Wide-format inkjet printer and vinyl cutting plotter manufacturer Mutoh Europe nv announces that it has integrated two new features into its SC-PRO series of professional sign cutting plotters.  Apart from regular kiss-cutting of lettering jobs and automated contour cutting of pre-printed stickers, Mutoh SC-PRO cutters now also incorporate a cut through function and a poster trim feature.
 
The new cut through function allows cutting through both the self-adhesive vinyl and the vinyl’s protective backing paper. This will enable users  to “finish” individual contour-cut sticker designs. The new poster trim feature will enable trimming of poster designs, eliminating the hassle having to
do this manually.
 
The two new features are now standard integrated into Mutoh SC-PRO series cutters.  Installed-base SC-PRO users will be able to have access to these features via a regular firmware upgrade.

All that is required to perform semi-automatic poster trimming on an SC-PRO cutter is that the  printed poster comes with a registration mark printed in each corner. After loading the poster into the cutting plotter, the operator can have the cutter memorize the four registration marks using the SC-PRO’s integrated laser beam. Once this is done, the poster will be automatically trimmed via activation of the cut through function on the cutter’s control panel.
 
The cut through functionality enables cutting through both the self-adhesive vinyl and the vinyl’s protective backing paper to individually finish sticker designs which may have been contour-cut previously with the SC-PRO cutter.   Stickers that have been cut through can afterwards be easily removed from the vinyl.
 
Cut through can be performed in two different ways. A first method consists in adapting the cutting force of one single knife holder which performs both contour cutting of pre-printed stickers and cut through of each individual sticker.  A second method is to use two separate knife holders, the first one for contour cutting and the second knife holder for cut through. A test pattern integrated in the SC-PRO firmware will enable testing of cut through parameters per type of material that is used and to freeze optimum cut through pre-sets in the application software driving the SC-PRO.
 
The new cut through functionality for Mutoh’s SC-PRO cutters is now already supported via Mutoh Edition software versions of EasySign®, SAi® and Caldera® RIP software, as well as the original versions of these RIPs.

Screen Truepress Jet 650 debuts at Fespa

Screen Truepress Jet 650 

Screen’s Truepress Jet650UV industrial inkjet printing system will make its European debut at Fespa Digital (Stand B140, 12-14th May, Amsterdam) and can be seen printing instrument panels, lenticular graphics and other samples on rigid sheets and boards. Alongside the debut, Screen launches an ink for this innovative printer that can be used for printing on a variety of media with the flexibility to withstand three-dimensional moulding after printing. The new ink provides excellent stretchability and adhesion to substrates, which allows high-precision printing on a wide variety of media, including ABS resin, acrylic, PVC and PET in addition to polycarbonate.

The Truepress Jet650UV has highly-customisable features and provides precise, high-resolution 1200 - 2400 dpi imaging on a range of object sizes up to a maximum size of 644 x 594mm wide in multi-colour including white. It is suited to a wide range of applications, including industrial materials, sign and displays, packaging, souvenirs and interior products. It is particularly popular for the printing of car dashboard panels, where precision, visual confirmation and durability are crucial.

New Rastek UV Flatbed Printer from EFI

EFI Rastek T660

EFI™, the world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, today announced a new addition to its Rastek™ line of wide-format printers, the T660 UV flatbed, which delivers best-in-class image quality at an affordable price, making it the perfect choice for production and print shop environments where quick service, superior image quality and smaller footprints are the keys to customer satisfaction and increased profit.

“With the current state of the economy, print service providers are in a great position to explore new business opportunities,” said Darrell Etter, director of product marketing, EFI Rastek. “EFI’s Rastek T660 UV flatbed printer is the perfect solution for businesses looking to break into the fast-growing wide-format market. It produces photographic image quality for demanding customers on a broad range of substrates, and yields a high return on investment for any print business.”

EFI’s American-made Rastek T660 gives businesses the capacity to explore new markets by offering dazzling new applications. Optimized for and tested on over a dozen substrates, including PVC, aluminum, acrylic and glass, the T660 is ideal for printing indoor and outdoor signage, display and exhibition graphics, Point-of-Purchase advertising, and even short-run packaging and prototyping on substrates up to 60” wide and 2” thick. With sellable speeds up to 200 square feet (18.58 square meters) per hour and 1200 x 900 dpi, EFI’s Rastek T660 is the ideal wide-format system for tapping into new markets and new revenue streams.

Four-color plus white ink printing, gray scale print heads, and seven sizes of drops ranging from six to 42 picoliters combine to produce stunning results with exceptional image quality, saturated colors and smooth color gradations. White ink allows for under- and over-printing, providing businesses with more options to increase capabilities and profits.

Like all EFI wide-format and superwide printing solutions, the Rastek T660 produces a high return on investment to meet the needs of any growing print business. This printer includes the amazing Fiery® XF production RIP to increase productivity and job management, and is easily integrated with EFI Print MIS solutions.