The International Sign Expo 2009 ushered in a host of new inkjet printers that raise the bar on productivity and print quality. Here you
By Tom Frecska
Tough economic conditions haven’t thwarted the product-development efforts of inkjet manufacturers, and you didn’t have to look farther than the International Sign Expo 2009 for proof. A score of new printer models were unveiled during the April event in Las Vegas, including models that print with UV, solvent, and sublimation inks. The descriptions that follow highlight the key features and performance attributes of these machines.
This newcomer to the inkjet-manufacturing business (www.chinetechnolo gies.com) sprung from the gate with a bundled system it bills as a “$100,000 Print-and-Cut System.” The X-Press F512 is a 4 x 8-ft flatbed UV inkjet printer that is paired with the company’s X-Press CNC router. The X-Press printer features six or eight Konica 512M printheads that deliver a 14-pl droplet size and print resolutions up to 1440 x 720 dpi. Both the six- and eight-color systems print CMYKLcLm, and the eight-color unit also is capable of printing CMYK x 2 or CMYK + white or spot colors. The eight-color printer can output up to 450 sq ft/hr in production mode. The X-Press Router comes with either a 4 x 8-ft or 5 x 10-ft table and will cut materials up to 2 in. thick. It is driven by Chin.E’s UcanCAM routing software for designing and producing three-dimensional signage. Additionally, the company showed the X-Press RK512 roll-to-roll UV printer, which is available in a 62-in. model with six heads (CMYKLcLm) or a 120-in.-model with eight heads (CMYK x 2). It has a top production speed of 340 sq ft/hr.
The PS 3206D roll-fed solvent inkjet was introduced by DGI (www.dig-net.com). The six color (CMYKLcLm), 12-head system offers output speed in production mode of up to 860 sq ft/hr and provides print resolution up to 720 dpi. Suitable for media up to 130 in. wide, it also supports simultaneous printing of two separate, narrower rolls. Other features include triple heating zones (before, during, and after printing), automatic take-up system, and DGI’s proprietary Drop Control Technology for precise placement of ink droplets. The system comes bundled with Wasatch SoftRIP.
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