PrintEx 19: Océ sells showcase units on day one

Printing and copying hardware and related software company, Océ, has sold the solutions it has on display at PrintEx 19 on the first day of the show. 

PrintEx is currently ongoing, from the 13 to the 16 of August, and Sprinter caught up with Océ WFPS-Asia Pacific senior business development manager Steven Badger at the tradeshow.

Badger said the three products that were on show – the latest 64-inch production graphics printer, the Colorado 1650; the Oce Arizona 1300 Series and its ProCut digital cutter – were sold to three different customers. 

“The second half of the year is a busy time for us and business generally picks up for us during this time in Australia. We sold these units to three different customers. More units will come in and we intend to be successful this year as well,” he said.

Details of the customers were not disclosed.

The Oce Colorado 1650 is the latest 64-inch production graphics printer that has been launched for the first time in Australia.

 The solution is the “biggest upgrade” from its previous predecessor, the Oce Colorado 1640 and produces applications such as self-adhesive vinyl, canvas, wall coverings and front- and back-lit graphics that require a high degree of flexibility for finishing, mounting and framing.

Badger said the Colorado 1650 now can offer both matte or gloss print finishes, through the introduction of the Oce FLXfinish, and a fully integrated double-sided printing feature.

Oce FLXfinish is a new approach to LED curing, which allows the operator to choose between a matte or gloss output for each individual print to achieve different finishes without the need to change inks or media.

The 1650 also enhances performance with more porous media, including uncoated papers and soft signage materials, and is supported by the new version of Oce UVgel ink, formulated for application flexibility by increasing ‘stretchability’ of each cured ink droplet.

“For most media, if you want to print on gloss, you use a gloss media and if you want to print on matte, you print on a matte media,” Badger said.

“But for this printer, it involves a completely unique UVgel technology. If we want to print gloss, we lay our ink down and because it’s gel, it settles; it doesn’t bleed or there’s no colour lessen. It sits stable waiting for the lamp to cure. It’s a very productive output and you get a gloss finish

“As for the matte finish, we shoot UV light from the LED next to mirrors beside the printhead. That cures the ink to give it the matte finish. It’s a software process, no change of ink is required.”

The solution covers both wide and small format applications, illustrating the emotional power of print and how it can be used to create an inspiring, unique and unexpected experience for consumers.

Oce also launched its first flatbed printer to use LED technology, the Oce Arizona 1300 Series at PrintEx, which comes together with the Oce Xpert software and Oce Touchstone software.

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