International Coatings bills its Sentri soft-hand enhancers as an answer to customer requests for soft, water-based-type prints combined with the printing ease and versatility of plastisol inks. The Sentri line includes Sentri Clear, Sentri Black, and Phthalate-Free Sentri Curable Reducer. Sentri Clear 3816 can be mixed with finished colors or color concentrates or used as an extender base, curable thinner, or as a top clear coat for reducing fibrillation.
Estimator Corp. launched an addition to its Roll & Sheet Wide-Format software with the Linear Finishing function for ICut, seaming, welding, trimming, and more. The solution’s LFR (Linear Foot Rate) feature provides a separate charge for machine-time usage. Inputs include material cost, ink coverage, and print charges. Other features include four ink settings plus opaque white; three resolution-quality ranges; and single- or double-sided printing from rolls or sheet stock. An imposition feature is designed to automatically optimize the square-foot usage for roll and sheet media.
Neolt’s new X-Jet hybrid UV inkjet printers feature Xaar 1001 grayscale printheads and INX Digital Triangle UV-curable inks. The four-color printer produces images at resolutions up to 1440 dpi at speeds ranging from 430-1291 sq ft/hr (40-120 sq m/hr). Variable-dropsizes range from 6-42 picolitres and allow users to select the appropriate resolution for each job, from 360-1440 dpi. INX Digital Triangle UV-curable inks are formulated specifically for use with Xaar 1001 printheads. Neolt says the inks enable the X-Jet to produce smooth-tone graphics, fine details, and sharp text.
Hymmen’s new Jupiter is a digital printing system aimed at the home-décor market. Features include single-pass printing and Xaar 101 printheads, designed for imaging directly onto laminate flooring or furniture. The Jupiter can also print onto paper, wood, stone, and plastic, and it accommodates flat or curved objects.The modular printer can be integrated into existing printing and finishing lines, and the printing station can be scaled to suit individual production needs.
Opaque white printing now is possible with Agfa Graphics’ :Anapurna Mw wide-format UV inkjet printer. Agfa says the :Anapurna Mw includes the most advanced technology in the industry and facilitiates printing on transparent and backlit material, as well as white as a spot color. The printer can be used in industrial applications that call for printing white on translucent materials or on dark and colored substrates.
Gandinnovations now offers a Flat-To-Roll (FTR) option for its recently released 1224 NanoJet2 flatbed printer. Gandinnovations says it expects FTR to cut down production time significantly. It is a factory-installed option that fits onto the front and back of the NanoJet2 and is synchronized with the print stepping for flatbed and UV roll-to-roll production. Users adjust the vacuum settings through the GUI to switch from flatbed to the roll-to-roll option.
FUJIFILM Dimatix launched a new, drop-on-demand inkjet head array that the company says delivers best-in-class jetting performance in a ready-to-integrate printhead assembly. The ScanPAQ 2.5 Head Array is the first array based on Q-Class Sapphire printheads and is designed to help OEM system builders develop what Fujifilm Dimatix describes as cutting-edge printing systems with exceptional image quality and high productivity for advanced display graphics and other applications and reduce time to market.
Kammann’s K15-F screen press is designed for printing onto cylindrical, slightly conical, oval, and flat plastic or glass objects. The press features a round indexing table with 16 carrier stations for a maximum six-color printing in one pass. It’s equipped with servo-motor control for screen height, UV lamps, object-diameter adjustment, and oval printing motion; print stations with individual servo-motor drives; manual, three-dimensional fine screen adjustment with electro-motor adjustment of the X direction; and motor-driven registration with selectable register direction.
EFI and Epson America together introduce the Epson Stylus Pro 900 Series Proofing Editions, which combine the proofing features of the Epson Stylus Pro 7900 or 9900 wide-format inkjet printers and EFI’s Colorproof XF v4.0 for Epson. The companies describe the end result as a unique and complete solution designed to redefine what’s possible for virtually all contract-proofing applications. EFI Colorproof XF v4.0 for Epson features Adobe PostScript 3 and Adobe Print Engine 2.0 technologies.
The sacrifice of printing speed for high-resolution output often keeps graphics screen printers from shifting too much of their high-volume work to wide-format inkjet printers. Generally speaking, high-resolution inkjet printing requires a step-down in production pace because the printheads are required to precisely jet extremely fine ink droplets in order to deliver near-photographic or continuous-tone quality.