While commercial printing was the primary focus of Drupa 2008, the show has also become a major event for debuting new digital printing products. This overview provides details about key innovations in inkjet technology that were unveiled there.
By Tom Frecska
So big, it only occurs once every four years. That’s a good way to sum up Drupa, the quadrennial gathering of the commercial printing industry in Dusseldorf, Germany. Drupa 2008, which took place during two weeks early in June, showcased the offerings of nearly 2000 exhibitors representing literally every printing technology and product available. The city-like exhibition complex was populated by approximately 400,000 visitors, primed to learn what new equipment and supply offerings might propel their companies to increased profits.
The manufacturers didn’t disappoint, making the event a launching pad for innovative new products that raise the bar on productivity and versatility. For screen printers on this side of the pond, the most important developments revealed at Drupa were those made in digital printing technology, particularly in wide-format inkjet. Here we’ll take a look at several of the most significant systems unveiled at the show, some of which are still under development, but all of which will eventually be available in North America.
Agfa Anapurna XLS, Anapurna Mv, and Anapurna M4f
The Anapurna XLS, the Anapurna Mv, and the Anapurna M4f are the latest additions to Agfa’s line of UV inkjet printers. Designed as a high-speed, photographic-quality printer, the combination flatbed/roll-fed XLS outputs images at resolutions up to 1400 x 720 dpi on roll and rigid substrates up to 100 in. wide and 1.77 in. thick. The machine offers a top printing speed of 474 sq ft/hr.
The heart of the Anapurna XLS is the Agfa Universal PrintHead, a piezo printhead with 764 nozzles per head. It deposits CMYK Anapurna UV inks in droplet sizes of 8 pl. The machine’s eight printheads are configured for 2 x CMYK printing on a variety of indoor and outdoor media. The XLS supports borderless printing, as well as printing of two rigid panels simultaneously.
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