Technology Guide: Wide Format

Technology Guide: Wide Format
As the wide format sector continues to grow, ProPrint runs the rule over some of the latest print solutions.

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EPSON SURECOLOR S-SERIES (GENERATION 2)

Epson has just released the new SureColor S-Series of printers, which includes three models — the single-head CMYK SC-S40600, the dual-head CMYK SC-S60600, and the dual-head 10-colour SC-S80600.

All three models support sheet based output as well as roll-to-roll production up to 1,626mm (64”) wide with an integrated automatic take-up (ATU). Epson says they are simple to install, easy to load, quick to configure and inexpensive to run.

The low cost SC-S40600 is designed for general signage, décor and label applications. It is suitable for small workshops or studios with a need for flexible ad-hoc production on vinyl, canvas, film and/or paper.

The high performance SC-S60600 provides the same output but is designed for users with a need for volume production. The high colour SC-S80600 has one of the largest colour gamuts in the industry and is designed for premium and specialist work complete with optional white or metallic ink.

This latest generation of printers is suitable for a wide range of applications including durable signage and banners, indoor POS, custom wallpapers, wall and floor decals, short-run self-adhesive labels, vehicle wraps, back-lit and window displays.

Epson’s latest models use minimal power and cost-conscious consumables. They have a simplified operation and are very easy to maintain with a self-cleaning print head. They have been designed for reliability with flexible service and warranty cover up to five years.

The new Epson S-Series printers are fully Green Guard Gold approved and nickel free.

Epson’s channel partners are certified to offer training and service support to end users. Epson hosts internal training courses to ensure users get direct guidance on how to get the most from their Epson SureColor S-Series printers. Epson CoverPlus service packs are available to provide Epson’s priority support, repair or replacement program.

FUJIFILM ACUITY 1600 II

The Fujifilm Acuity 1600 II, sold and distributed here by Fuji Xerox Australia, has been upgraded to feature a fast printing mode of 33m2 per hour for rapid job turnaround and lower output costs.

Its primary markets include display graphics, signage, POS, P4P and packaging.

Fujifilm’s ink, printhead and curing systems deliver near-photographic prints on a wide range of flexible and rigid media for both indoor and outdoor roll-to-roll and rigid media (up to 13mm thick), including display graphics, signage, decals, environmental graphics and package prototypes.

Acuity LED prints can also be used with specialist finishing processes to create durable architectural graphics. It offers an eight-colour ink set including CMYK plus light cyan, light magenta, white and clear, along with the ability to print white or varnish together in one pass.

The Acuity LED 1600 II features a new fast printing mode of 33m2 per hour, which is 50% faster than the previous model to address customer demands for faster job turnarounds and lower output cost. It also has a new automatic jetting calibration function based on printhead gap and two new vacuum modes for different media (for thin/low-resilience media). The vacuum mode has improved the printer’s media adaptability to expand its applications and reduce media loss.

The white and clear ink heads can be disabled when not in use to reduce maintenance costs (an engineer is required).

The Acuity LED 1600 II is a large-format hybrid printer that’s suitable for offices, studios or workshops. The LED 1600 II features a low energy, long life LED UV lamp curing system, so it produces very little heat to work with heat-sensitive media. They consume far less energy than conventional UV lamps and last up to ten times longer.

Fuji Xerox Australia ensures that all customers receive comprehensive hardware and software training to suit each customer’s unique requirements. FXA has trained engineers nationally to support all customers.

Fuji Xerox Australia can provide finance for a low monthly finance cost tailored to suit each customer’s individual requirements.

HEWLETT-PACKARD PAGEWIDE XL 8000

The HP PageWide XL printer portfolio includes the 4000, 5000 and 8000 printers, and delivers up to 30 A1 sheets per minute. The award-winning flagship HP PageWide XL 8000 offers up to 50 per cent savings in total production costs, says HP.

The HP PageWide XL 8000 printer won the 2016 iF Gold “Best of Best” Design Award among a record 5,300 submissions. The ink cartridges are not hidden away, but designed as a key visual element, offering quick access to this often-replaced component.

It can print at up to 30 D/A1 pages/ minute and up to 1,500 D/A1 pages/ hour, and is focused on the technical large-format market for printing computer-aided design drawings, geographic information system maps, complemented by point-of-sale applications and on-demand posters for the architectural, engineering and construction industries, print service providers, repro houses and central reprographic departments.

The HP PageWide XL series includes a stationary 40-inch (101.6-cm) printbar that spans the whole printing width. As paper moves under the printbar, the entire page is printed in one pass, enabling very high printing speeds.

HP PageWide XL pigment ink is specially designed to provide reliable operation with HP PageWide XL printers and produce dark blacks and vivid colours on a range of media including uncoated bond papers, moisture- and fade-resistant prints on weights from 70gsm to 200gsm.

HP PageWide XL printers do not apply heat to the paper as part of the printing process, enabling very high levels of length accuracy (±0.1%). Designed for high-volume operation, the PageWide XL Series is based on HP PageWide technology currently powering HP inkjet web presses.

These printers save substantial amounts of energy in printing, warm-up, and while ready-to-print compared to LED EP printers with similar print speeds. HP PageWide technology uses HP thermal inkjet and HP pigment Inks, so a fuser or dryer is not needed to produce dry, ready-to-use prints immediately, reducing power and energy use.

These printers are self-monitoring with predefined resolution paths as technical issues occur, and intuitive maintenance wizards. Installation, training and support is provided from certified staff at HP and its channel partners.

The PageWide XL series ranges in price from $48,000 to $150,000. HP Financial Services can assist in financing these printers to approved customers.

KIP 800 SERIES

Konica Minolta has partnered with manufacturer KIP to offer its portfolio of colour and monochrome wide-format printing systems.

KIP printers offer a range of colour and mono print systems for engineering and construction documents to maps, posters, signs and photo enlargements.

The KIP 800 colour series is designed for technical, graphic and office document users who require high demand output, precise imaging and colour fidelity.

A high-resolution multi-touch screen provides copy, scan and print previews to view black-and-white and colour images. Multi-touch controls allow users to zoom, rotate and pan the image preview.

KIP wide-format printers provide the ability to print from or scan to the cloud directly from the control display, using a choice of cloud services including OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, Box.com, Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Office 365.

The KIP 800 series uses a heat pressure fixing system that enables the correct temperature and pressure to produce a durable long life print for all applications.

KIP’s intelligent image smoothing technology eliminates jagged edges on text, curves and diagonal lines. It works by placing additional sub-pixels where needed throughout the image, to enhance the image quality for output.

A dry toner based system also produces a stable UV print and is also the most cost effective solution for wide-format printing. The KIP range includes LED technology which has been developed and redefined over many years.

The KIP 880 offers multi-function copy, scan and print options for high-demand enterprise workflows. The integrated dual footprint configuration multitasks scan and print production, saving time. Smart touchscreen automation simplifies complex copy, scan and print processes for single touch control.

OCÉ COLORWAVE 700

The Océ ColorWave 700 is a single footprint machine — all print, scan and copy tasks can be carried out with the Océ ClearConnect user interface.

With a cloud connection users always have access to documents. The automatic original width detection, media loading, roll selection and image positioning automate the print, copy and scan process.

It is ideal for commercial printers who want to offer new wide-format services like posters, roll-up banners, modern canvas, wallpaper and more with the new Océ MediaSense technology. It provides a cost-efficient way for commercial printers and retailers to produce short-run point of sale colour specialties more economically with no preparation time or complex finishing.

Like other members of the Océ large-format family, this printer works just like a tablet thanks to the Océ ClearConnect multi-touch user interface. Staff will intuitively know how to use it when they see it for the first time.

The Océ ColorWave 700 offers up to six rolls to mix and match different media to print a variety of graphics and technical applications like CAD drawings, GIS prints, shop decorations, photo canvas, wallpaper, pull-up banners and many more.

The Océ ColorWave 700 prints on uncoated media like Tyvek and other high margin colour specialties with Océ MediaSense technology that supports media thickness of up to 0.8mm, in standard and custom sizes.

This system can print up to 225 A1 prints per hour. The Océ ColorWave 700 can load 200 metres of media per roll, with a total of six rolls for up to 1,200 metres of media capacity for unattended printing.

RICOH PRO 4160

The Ricoh Pro L4160 is a roll-fed Piezo inkjet printer that uses eight ink cartridges configured to the printer’s own preferences, as well as a three-way intelligent heater that maintains proper temperatures pre-printing, during printing and during drying to expedite printing and deliver the best results.

The Ricoh Pro L4160 will produce indoor and outdoor signs and banners, banners, point-of-sale displays, billboards, soft signage and display panels, exhibition and event graphics, vehicle wraps and wall coverings.

Its print heads are arranged in a single line to ensure the exact drop is dispensed on every detail of every job. Multi-jetting enables three drops of various sizes to be dropped simultaneously to accommodate all kinds of media and density requirements.

The L4160 can output jobs up to 1,610mm (63 inches) wide and as long as the roll being printed. It uses up to six-colour process printing, adding orange and green to the standard CMYK setup for more colour options and increased colour gamut. It will also print with white ink – useful for printing on clear substrates – and use it as a base colour for the best image quality on both sides.

The L4160 is kind to the environment with aqueous latex inks that print on a wide range of media. These inks can weather any storm – literally – on almost any substrate including plastic, vinyl, textile, clear film and backlit materials. A water-based ink containing resin, latex generates little VOC, making special ventilation equipment unnecessary.

The RICOH Pro L4160 uses an intuitive, icon-based interface for checking settings, setting “favourites” and reusing past settings. Quality and speed can be checked with layout imposition tools and test prints that save time, error and waste.

ROLAND DG TRUEVIS VG SERIES

The TrueVIS VG series from Roland DG is new from the ground up, says the company.

Available in 64-inch and 54-inch models, the TrueVIS VG series inkjet printers/cutters are designed to produce decals and labels, banners, signs, vehicle graphics and posters.

Four completely new FlexFire print heads fire droplets in three sizes and a wide print swath, delivering images and uniform colours at production speeds while minimising ink usage.

New Greenguard Gold Certified TrueVIS Ink uses eco-solvent technology, delivering a wide colour gamut and improved output, while meeting stricter environmental standards and user demands for lower costs without sacrificing quality. 500ml pouches fit into reusable cartridges and  slide into a hidden ink bay for clean usage and less waste. TrueVIS ink is available in CMYK (x2) for productivity, CMYKLcLmLk for fine details and smooth gradations, and CMYKLcLmLk+White for printing on dark or clear substrates.

The TrueVIS also features Roland DG’s most advanced print/cut technology to date. A new carriage and blade offer increased downforce and accuracy, allowing compatibility with a wider variety of media.

A new Roland DG mobile panel lets users to perform control panel functions of VG printer/cutters with an existing smartphone or tablet using a Bluetooth connection. This feature provides an interface directly on or remotely in range of the printer, and enables the user to receive status updates as well as remotely manage production, test printing, and cleaning functions.

Improved motor and drive systems provide added durability for heavy users, and optional take-up and drying units boost performance during unattended high-volume operation.

VersaWorks Dual RIP software – free with the TrueVIS – features a new core engine for better file processing, including files with transparencies, plus the advanced and ease-of-use capabilities that VersaWorks is known for.

The 64” VG-640 can be financed from as low as $661 per month through Roland Rental, including the bundled VersaWorks Dual RIP program plus a comprehensive three-year extended warranty. Training courses are available across Australia, and all Roland products are backed by a nationwide authorised service agent network.

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