Wide Format Print

Agfa – Jeti Tauro H3300 
Agfa describes its flagship Jeti Tauro H3300 as a highly productive UV LED wide format inkjet device. With a print width of 3300mm, Agfa says the press provides a hybrid solution that can print onto a wide variety of roll to roll and flat sheet stock. The Jeti Tauro H3300 uses up to 60 Ricoh Gen 5 heads, enabling it to print a fine 7 picolitre dot at up to 453m2 per hour.
The engine can also be equipped with master rolls units and Semi or Full Automation ‘Pick and Place’ technology which offers additional productivity. 
Its six colour configuration incorporates light black which Agfa says guarantees a perfect neutral grey balance over the total tonal range, while gloss and satin options enable spot colour reproduction without image quality loss or extra ink usage.
Durst P5 250 HS  
Durst says the P5 250 HS is targeted towards high volume industrial production but can also produce one-offs in offset quality. Durst says the P5 relates to five core technological features: productivity, reliability, workflow, versatility and print quality. 
Durst says the P5 range consists of a series of new generation printers which include the company’s new, in-house developed software and workflow solutions.
It also features touch-based operation interfaces and remote service capabilities which Durst says allows a streamlined delivery to maximise performance and uptime with applications on a variety of media. 
Durst says the iconic industrial design, originally developed by the famous Ottl Eicher, has gone a further step with the P5. A Munich design studio canvassed opinions from many customers and operators with a view of integrating their wishes into a new concept. 
Durst says this has been achieved and feedback will be incorporated into future Durst product lines.
Other features include print volume capability in two-pass mode up to 240 sqm/h and high-resolution modes of 1200 dpi; offset printing quality with a drop-size of 5 pcl; Durst Analytics information platform for pre-emptive maintenance and detailed machine and consumption data to guarantee maximum uptime and Durst Workflow, which provides an in-house developed suite of applications custom tailored for Durst printers and with unique features ¬ beyond ripping.
Matt Ashman, sales manager for PES in Melbourne, the Durst agent, says, “With this new technology and new approach to industrial design we will be providing solutions way beyond the capabilities seen in a wide format printer to date.” Ashman says this will take Durst’s customer business to exciting places with more opportunity and more capabilities.
EFI Pro Led UV Presses 
EFI says it is targeting printers looking to enter wide format display graphics with this range which it says can tap into new markets, new revenue streams or aid in the reclamation of outsourced work.
EFI says the hybrid flatbed and roll-to-roll printers are ideal for overflow and specialty printing and for print businesses looking to increase customer satisfaction and profitability with speed and high image quality.
The options in the range include the EFI Pro 16h LED UV hybrid inkjet and the EFI Pro 24f LED flatbed which EFI says contains the most powerful features from LED and variable drop grayscale head technology with a flatbed design.
Epson SureColour F9360
The SC-F9360 is the latest offering from Epson in dye sublimation wide format, with the company saying it combines its Precision Dot Technology, with advanced media management, and UltraChrome DS HDk ink, to enable high speed production with outstanding print quality. Epson claims it achieves an exceptional gamut using just 4 colours and will print at speeds up to 109m2/hr. 
The 1.6m wide print engine is supported by a large Continuous Ink Supply System (CISS) and an automated Take-Up, which Epson says has high precision. 
The press is designed to be simple to operate, ships complete with software, and its self-cleaning system ensures reliable operation with minimal maintenance. Epson says the printer can be applied to soft signage and fabric production and can also be used for hard surface work.
The press has dual Epson PrecisionCore (TFP) Print Heads supporting resolutions up to 720 x 1440 dpi. The system uses Epson UltraChrome DS ink, which according to the company gives precise, predictable and bright colour. The system also incorporates an HDk ink formulation and Precision Dot Technology to achieve outstanding image quality with fine gradation and an high gamut.
The SC-F9360 is also designed to support a wide range of quality requirements and material needs with standard modes for fabric and enhanced HQ modes for hard surface work. The press is compatible with roll media from 12” to 64” (300-1626mm) wide in thicknesses from 0.04 to 1mm.
The press is designed for production speeds of 18 to 60m2/hr, sellable output can be made at up to 93m2/hr. A large 12L Continuous Ink Supply System is matched with support for media rolls up to 45Kg and a high-precision Auto Take-Up for unattended roll-to-roll operation.
Epson says the printer also runs off a standard power supply, is relatively quick to install, and is supplied complete with Epson Edge Print software (can also be ordered with an optional high-performance Ergosoft RIP). 
The F9360 was made with the aim to operate using reduced power consumption and with cost-effective 1L ink refills.
The press is said to require minimal maintenance and features a self-cleaning print head. 
Fujifilm Onset X Series
Fujifilm says its Onset X flatbed series is designed for high quality production with maximum uptime. The production press is said to be able to keep manufacturing day in and day out at maximum speed, with nozzle drop outs being automatically mapped without reducing the speed. 
The full range consists of the X1 (400sqm/hr), X2 (640sqm/hr) and X3 (900sqm/hr), which can all be adapted for businesses as they grow and evolve. 
Onset presses can be specified with semi-automatic or fully automatic handling systems, with robotics. Fujifilm says robotic handling allows users to further increase the machine’s productivity by reducing downtime caused by pallet change overs along with enabling printed stacks to be up to 300 per cent higher than traditional systems.
The company also aims to protect the press from UV bounce, with the system monitoring printheads for their exposure to UV light, and then invoking automatic cleaning to remove any ink residue which may cause premature printhead failure. The presses are also said to use high speed shutters and side shutters to protect the heads when they are not printing. 
The tier drop (small) feature can print an entire job with a 10 per cent smaller droplet, giving finer details. For heavy solid coverage, Fujifilm says users can invoke the tier drop (large) feature to print an entire job with a 10 per cent larger droplet. 
HP Latex 1500 
HP says its Latex 1500 wide format press offers fast, affordable and high quality superwide production, adding the water-based HP Latex technology enables print service providers to deliver true application versatility, high image quality and high productivity. 
The HP Latex 1500 has dual roll printing capabilities offering double throughput on self-adhesive vinyl and other rolls up to 1.6m. The company says this maximises productivity as users can print two different jobs at the same time and can also use two rolls of varying diameters. The printer status beacon makes at-a-glance monitoring and unattended printing possible on a busy production floor and robust roll-to-roll design drives up to 150m2 PVC banner production.
Print speeds of 45m2 per hour are possible for SAV indoor quality prints and 74m2 PVC for outdoor quality prints, HP says. The Latex Optimiser is also said to support this quality and high-speed delivery as prints can be cured and dried inside the printer so they are ready for  immediate delivery, allowing for greater output capacity.
With its Optical Media Advance Sensor (OMAS) and embedded spectrophotometer, the compamy says the HP Latex 1500 delivers high quality images at 1200dpi. 
Jetmark Vulcan Classic
The Vulcan Classic 3.2m UV roll to roll press is the latest offering in Jetmark’s stable. Showcased during Visual Impact in Sydney, the Vulcan is empowered with V8 technology, printing at up to 2400dpi, with smart memory utilisation, speedy communication with advance cabling system and thermal design technology. Jetmark says it offers ESAS (Electro Static Absorber System) that absorbs static electricity from the Medias, improves productivity and ensures easy trouble-free prints.
The Classic’s fast firing heads use AIVC technology, with an aim to ensure high quality continuous printing, equipped with an advanced industrial head with great expanding capability that enormously enhance productivity and profitability. It can print at speeds of up to 91sqm/hr and is designed to be a complete solution, offering white printing, flexi layer technologies and a LED light box system.
Jetmark says its CWC Option (Colour White Colour) shows Day and Night Effect without shift in colour hues. Proprietary CIPO Technology (Colorjet Intelligent Pass Optimization) is used, aiming to ensure multiple print patterns are produced as per the needs of the customer, no matter the kind of media being put to use. It also is said to offer benefits of multitasking and multithreading to speed up printing operations.
Additionally, Jetmark says the Vulcan offers advanced motorised carriage height adjustment, automatic ink regulation, LED lamps, advance plasma anti-static device, high-tech vacuum system, pneumatic press rubber roller, reinforced beams, and carriage safety sensor features.
The printer is also loaded with an eco-cooling system, which includes a water cooling system, maintaining printing temperature and removing media wrinkle to ensure high quality prints. At the same time, the dual-roll option enables customers to install two or more rolls one after another, helping to execute multiple jobs simultaneously and also enhancing the efficiency of the printer on smaller media.
The Vulcan is also available in a 5m wide option as well for those after ultra wide printing. 
Mimaki – LED UV Curable Print and Cut Inkjet Printers   
Mimaki says the UCJV300-160 wide format press has gained a good reputation in the graphic sign market since its release and continues to be a popular choice for printers. To cater for the need for varying widths, Mimaki has now added three extra models to the range: the UCJV300-75, UCJV300-107 and UCJV 300-130.
Of these Mimaki says the UCJV300-75 and UCJV300-107 models most suit the production of point-of-purchase advertisements, seals, labels and stickers. Mimaki says the LED UV curing properties open up opportunities for the on-demand printing of a variety of promotional items. To further simplify use, Mimaki says it does not require an ink accepting layer, like PET film or fabric, meaning it is possible to print direct to paper with Mimaki’s formulated LED UV curable inks. 
Mimaki also points to energy savings with the series as the heating process is not necessary.
Océ Arizona 1300 series   
Océ says its new Arizona 1300 series has been designed to serve the needs of print service providers with production capacities of up to 15,000 m2/year. The series comprises a range of true flatbed printers using UV curable ink. Océ describes the products as quick, reliable and low maintenance while offering optimum print quality and versatility for both rigid and flexible applications, at speeds up to 53m2 per hour on almost any media.
Printers are able to leverage their expertise through the application latitude of the series, its instant-on capability and self-learning technology, Océ says. Complex jobs can be designed once and then adapted and repeated saving time on future jobs, it adds. The company describes the basic configuration as ‘rock solid’ and ready for upgrades such as roll media and additional ink channels, including Océ’s white UV ink.
Océ also says the series includes the award-winning Océ VariaDot™ greyscale printing technology and other technology developed for higher-volume Océ printers. A high-resolution camera alignment system ensures easy, quick and precise printhead alignment, the company says.
Roland DG TrueVIS VG2 Series Printer Cutters   
Roland DG says the TrueVIS VG2 series is the latest in a new generation of TrueVIS printer cutters and builds on the standards set by the award-winning VG series. Available in 54” (VG2-540) and 64” (VG2-640) widths, Roland DG says the VG2 series offers comprehensive new colour choices, improved machine efficiency, and increased print and cut accuracy.
In addition to seven colours and white, new TR2 ink supports orange ink to increase colour gamut, enabling reproduction of specific brand colours and providing 130 new spot colours, Roland DG says. In order to take full advantage of the VG2’s superior colour reproduction capability and widened colour gamut, a True Rich Colour preset was developed. Roland DG says this now means vibrant colour can be combined with neutral grays, smooth gradations and natural skin tones to create stunning graphics. 
Roland DG says the TrueVIS VG Series printer cutters won the Pick Awards 2019 for Image Quality and Productivity from Buyers Lab.
Screen Truepress Jet W3200UV
Screen calls the Truepress Jet W3200UV its wide format all rounder, with the 3.2m flatbed having the ability to print roll or rigid. 
Screen says its subsidiary Inca produced the Jet W32000UV as a more mid level machine, with the roll feed and take-up option targeting workhorse reliability. 
The W3200 has received several upgrades since its introduction, with the latest version, the W3200II-HS, capable of printing up to 230m2/hr in Billboard mode and higher quality, close-inspection graphics up to 150m2/hr. For close viewed indoor work, the 22-pass uni-directional Super Fine Photo mode can be set for critical detail, fine text down to 3pt and smooth skin tones needed for applications such as cosmetics point of purchase displays. 
Peter Scott, local managing director for Screen says, “The 3.2 metre flatbed UV sector is very crowded and there are some less than reliable machines built for a price that rapidly find their way onto the used market when put to the test for high volume production at sellable quality. 
“I am happy to say the 11 we have installed in the ANZ region are all still working hard, and fully supported by our factory trained technicians.
“I would invite anyone looking at a 3.2 metre hybrid flatbed/roll printer to seek a demonstration on the W3200II-HS. Like all Screen equipment, it is supported by a team of factory-trained technicians and Screen’s Trust online diagnostic and update system.”
Screen bought UK based Inca Digital Printers in 2005, acquiring what it claimed was the world’s most productive flatbed UV technologies. Inca was the inventor of the flatbed concept, having shown the first commercially available model to the world – the Eagle 44 – in 2000.  



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