Agfa to bring latest RTR wide-format tech to Fespa 2020

Rhys Handley
Monday, February 17, 2020

Agfa is to demo its new Oberon RTR3300 large-format roll-to-roll printer at Fespa 2020.

The Oberon RTR3300 can take two 1.6m-wide rolls to double capacity
The Oberon RTR3300 can take two 1.6m-wide rolls to double capacity

The Oberon is a 3.3m roll-to-roll system and will be key to Agfa’s showing at Fespa, which is being held in Madrid over 24-27 March.

Using flexible UV-LED inks, Agfa said the Greenguard Gold-certified machine is optimised for flexible media and the smooth printing of solid colours.

Agfa head of sign and display Tom Vermeulen said: “When developing the Oberon, we once again focused on merging extreme productivity with extreme quality, in addition to delivering the lowest ink consumption levels and reduced overall operational costs.

“It is in a position to give print service providers a competitive edge.

“This new engine builds on decades of experience in developing and manufacturing versatile large-format printing solutions. Our unique systems approach integrates and optimises engine, ink, media, workflow and colour management to ensure the highest quality, consistency and reliability.”

The Oberon was launched at C!Print in Lyon, France earlier this month.

Available in four-colour plus white and six-colour versions, the Oberon RTR3300 can hit 150sqm/hr in its high-speed express mode, while production mode achieves consistent speeds of 85sqm/hr. Its dual-roll option can handle two rolls up to 1.6m wide each.

In addition to its air-cooled LED curing lamps, it features a water-cooled table that keeps the printing zone at room temperature so print service providers can process any kind of heat-sensitive roll material, including lower cost media. It also sports dedicated mesh-printing functionality with or without liner.

Smart multi-queue functionality optimises job planning in view of the available materials and a free fall option, which may be used to print on demand, reduces media waste. A light box next to the printing area allows for on-the-spot quality inspection of backlit prints, while a double light curtain reduces job interruption and media waste.

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