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
Mimaki (www.mimakiusa.com) presented its new JFX-1631 flatbed UV inkjet system. It features UV LED curing technology with lamps that reportedly consume half the energy of conventional curing systems and last 5000 hr. The lamps also provide short boot times at startup and cool operation, which makes the device suitable for printing on heat-sensitive materials. The JFX-1631 supports media up to 66.7 x 125.7 in. and 1.97 in. thick. It provides three resolution levels, including 600 x 600, 600 x 1200, and 1200 x 1200 dpi. Inks for the machine are offered in CMYK (white will soon be added), and two ink systems are available: LF-200 flexible UV ink for materials that will undergo bending, embossing, etc. and LH-100 hard UV ink for prints on rigid materials that re-quire scratch and chemical resistance.
The Océ (www.oceusa.com) Arizona 350 XT is the largest model in the Océ Arizona line of combination flatbed/roll-fed inkjets. It supports substrates up to 98.4 x 120 in. and 1.89 in. thick. The extra-wide printer also can be used in a continuous imaging mode, allowing boards up to 4 x 8 ft to be mounted in separate vacuum areas of the flatbed table. The means that while one board is being printed, the other can be changed. The system, which features Océ Varia-Dot imaging technology, provides near photographic quality and variable dot sizes from 6-42 pl. The four-color (CMYK) system also can be expanded with additional white-ink capability. In addition, it comes with optional roll-to-roll printing capability and can print roll materials up to 87 in. wide. Its production speed is said to be 248 sq ft/hr in rigid printing mode and 188 sq ft /hr in roll-to-roll mode. Other features include an on-board ink degassing system and an LCD monitor and mouse on a moveable podium.
Roland’s (www.rolanddga.com) Intelligent Pass Control technology, designed to virtually eliminate banding by optimizing masking patterns and dot placement at the edge of each pass, has been added to two of the company’s printer lines, creating the VersaCAMM VP-i and AdvanceJet AJ-i printers. The VersaCAMM VP-i line includes 34- and 50-in. roll-fed printer/cutters for display graphics and P-O-P applications. They use ECO-SOL MAX inks with three-year outdoor durability. The AdvanceJet
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