26 Oct 2021

Agfa to demo production hub software at ISA Sign Expo 2019

Agfa to demo production hub software, popular wide-format LED inkjet engines and showcase media and applications at ISA’s Sign Expo 2019.

Agfa will show the world how “We Embody Print” and how print service providers (PSPs) can do the same at ISA’s International Sign Expo 2019.

The company will be demonstrating its popular and newest engines, media and applications, but at the heart of the Agfa booth (#1734) is Agfa’s award-winning workflow, the heart of every production facility.

A New Workflow Experience at ISA 2019

Asanti workflow with PrintTune is Agfa’s Sign & Display production hub featuring an award-winning color management solution, integration with the latest version of Adobe PDF Print Engine (APPE), automatic pre-flighting and more. It helps streamline the print workflow and simplifies the entire printing process, starting and ending with the print buyer.

Asanti 4.1, a multi-user, multi-printer, wide-format workflow hub, or Apogee 11.1 commercial prepress with wide-format connectivity, automate and simplify the production process, helping PSPs save time and money on all their devices.

PrintTune is a comprehensive audit tool that lets PSPs confidently manage their business across all wide-format devices to consistently meet specified quality standards and best practices. PrintTune improves efficiencies at print sites, centralizes feedback and provides greater visibility to print buyers and brand managers. It also helps increase color consistency and quality.

The Asanti kiosk at the Sign Expo booth will also demonstrate Asanti StoreFront 5.1, Agfa's cloud-based system saves time and increases efficiency with print-on-demand, customized templates and dashboard tracking, and PrintSphere 2.1, Agfa's cloud-based, integrated data sharing and storing service. A simple web interface delivers files directly into Asanti workflow, automatically emails customers and backs up data.

UV LED Inkjet Wide-Format Engines Show Their Stuff

Two of the company’s most popular and versatile inkjet engines, the Anapurna FB2540i LED and the Anapurna H3200i LED, will be featured at the booth.

The Anapurna FB2540i LED is a high-speed, 8.33-foot (2.54 meters) wide, UV-curable system on a moving gantry flatbed. It’s ideal for both step-and-repeat work and printing multiple jobs on differently-sized media. With its multilayer printing feature, the Anapurna FB2540i LED can print several color and white ink layers in a single run.

The Anapurna H3200i LED is perfect for sign shops, digital printers, photo labs and mid-size graphic screen printers that want to combine board and roll-to-roll print jobs. At 10.5 feet (3.2 meters) wide, the Anapurna H3200i LED combines high-quality with high-productivity for outdoor or indoor, rigid or flexible wide-format jobs. White ink expands the possibilities while an optional automatic board feeder increases productivity.

“Everything about the Anapurna line of printing systems is designed to help print service providers be more efficient and produce high-quality creative at budget-friendly price points for their clients,” said Deborah Hutcheson, Director of Marketing, Agfa, North America. “From our energy-saving LED lamps, the white ink for increased application options, the high-productivity achieved from multiple board printing and automatic board feeding capabilities and our Thin Ink Layer technology for the lowest ink consumption in the market, Agfa’s innovations help PSPs stand out from the competition,” Hutcheson added.

Thanks to UV-LED technology, all Anapurna systems save energy, cost and time. Their LED lamps’ minimal energy output makes them ideal for thin, heat-sensitive materials.

New Media to Experience at ISA 2019

New and current media from Agfa’s Duratex line will be featured, including rigids, flexible media, banner media and more. A new addition to the Duratex line this year includes the new 18 ounce Standard 2-Sided Blockout Banner, a more economical version of Agfa’s very popular 18 ounce Premium Pole Banner for shorter-term applications. It will be available in sizes 38" to 126" wide. Another newcomer to the Duratex brand is Agfa’s Heavy Duty Foamboard. It’s the first in its category to provide a white point level that is most desired by color management professionals. It has a crush-resistant core and extra strength for longer-term, indoor applications.

Agfa also offers a full range of Duratex fabrics including woven and knit materials that provide rich, brilliant color reproduction. These sturdy, yet lightweight, washable textiles are easy to handle and transport. They are also reusable and can be folded, all characteristics that are catching the attention of today’s print buyers.

Popular Application Cubes on Display at Sign Expo

Agfa will show its inkjet applications expertise that demonstrate how “We Embody Print” with the Application Cube and Inspiration Zone:

  • The Application Cube uses colorful, dynamic graphics to provide inspiration and educate attendees about the possibilities of UV inkjet. A variety of real-life examples demonstrate creative inkjet output.
  • The Inspiration Zone features 13 creative samples of Extreme Productivity and Extreme Quality. All the artwork showcases different techniques to achieve the UV inkjet “Wow” factor including dimensional printing, 3D Lens printing, second surface printing, plus more.

You can also see and learn about the behind-the-scenes technology that went into Agfa’s contribution to Project Peacock, the educational video series by PrintMediaCentr.com for print customers and PSPs. Project Peacock shows the amazing opportunities and applications possible with print.

ISA’s International Sign Expo 2019 is being held Wednesday-Friday, April 24-26, 2019, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Please visit us in booth #1734.