Drupa stand highlights: digital & wide-format

By PrintWeek Team , Tuesday 03 May 2016

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The third in our series of round-ups of all the launches attendees can take a closer look at at Drupa 2016.

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DIGITAL

Adphos Hall 6, C3

Adphos will be showing its modular Tower system for adding inkjet printing systems onto conventional web presses. The company said the modular nature of the product ensured businesses could adopt the technology at a level that meets their specific requirements. The base module comprises a printhead carriage and paper path and a drying module or modules as specified. To this can be added web guides, tension control, web cleaners, extra dryers, camera system mounts and systems, pre- and post-coat modules and dryer, as well as various control solutions from manufacturers such as Siemens, Rockwell and Mitsubishi.

Amica Systems Hall 6, A17

Beijing Meikeyi, which is part of Amica Systems, will be showcasing its latest developments in the inkjet field on the Amica stand. Brand new is the mono Amica Taurus sheetfed inkjet press for variable data printing on products such as direct marketing, plastic cards, cartons swing tags and tickets. It can be used to add text, serial numbers, barcodes, use-by dates, 2D codes and images. The press is available with either one or two printheads, each of which has a print width of up 54mm. The company is also showing its Morpho Color inkjet module for web- or sheetfed presses intended to provide variable data overprinting for coupons, transpromo mail and packaging, or short-run print jobs as a standalone unit. The printer uses Kyocera KJ4 printheads and prints in full colour at 600dpi. The manufacturer said it can print legible text as small as 4pt. It has a print width of 216mm and prints at up to 200m/min. Beijing Meikeyi said the modular design of the printer makes it suitable for a wide variety of applications, including images, logos, text, serial numbers, barcodes, use-by dates, MICR, and host print technologies. Bespoke set-ups are also available, according to the company. 

Barberan Hall 9, D26

Spanish manufacturer Barberan will be exhibiting for the first time its Jetmaster range of inkjet machines for one-pass printing of designs on PVC panels for wall or ceiling decoration. The printers are intended to offer a complete line for tongue-and-groove panel decoration and include software to divide a design over several panels, primer application, digital printing and UV finishing. The Jetmaster 420 features a six-colour ink set and a 7m-long bed and can handle panels of between 30mm and 420mm wide. It can print at up to 55m/min and can print a different design on consecutive panels with no loss of speed. The 210 and 630 models can print on panel widths of 210mm and 630mm respectively.

Canon Hall 8a, B50-1

The focus of Canon’s presence will be productive, high-quality technologies that meet the evolving expectations of commercial printers and corporate print departments. Brand new will be its latest continuous-feed inkjet press, the Océ ColorStream 6000 Chroma in two separate configurations and featuring the new Chromera ink set. One line will be set up as a fully automated book production line, while the other will demonstrate a multitude of applications in a roll-to-stack configuration, including variable perforation. Canon said the high pigment load of the Chromera inks extends the application range of the press to lighter weight media with reduced ink showthrough, and enables the delivery of higher quality documents on uncoated or inkjet treated papers. The ColorStream 6000 Chroma model offers running speeds from 48-127m/min in full-colour mode. For monochrome work, printers can now benefit from an optional maximum speed of 150m/min. Also on show will be the new updated version of the Océ VarioPrint i300, a sheetfed B3 format inkjet press that was initially launched in 2015. The significant enhancements to be shown at Drupa will give it the ability to print on uncoated offset papers, or with higher quality on inkjet coated grades. Canon will also introduce ColorGrip, which prints drops of a priming liquid beneath every colour ink drop. This will greatly extend the range of papers that it works with. Applications were originally mainly in transactional documents and direct mail, but Canon’s UK channel director Craig Nethercott says that ColorGrip will allow it to handle higher-quality work. It can print up to 300 A4 impressions per minute. Canon says it can reliably output 8,700 duplex A4s per hour on average, including cleaning and other stoppages. In offset terms, this is about 4,350sph B3. Also new is the imagePress C8000VP, which builds on the manufacturer’s C10000VP. Canon said the C8000VP delivers the same combination of “outstanding” quality, predictable colour consistency and flexible media handling at constant speeds of up to 80 pages-per-minute. The C8000VP Series has been engineered for commercial and in-house print environments with high volume requirements and has a recommended monthly volume of 80,000 to 400,000 pages.

Domino Printing Sciences Hall 5, A23

Domino will be putting the focus on its ability to deliver complete solutions for print and finishing. The company will be showing for the first time a B2 sheetfed digital printing system built around its new 782mm-wide Domino K600i mono printer. This system will operate at up to 120m/min printing on sheets from 60-250gsm. Applications range from variable data printing for security printing and game cards, to 2D code printing onto carton sheets for folded cartons. Product manager Bryan Palphreyman said: “We have partnered with Gremser, who will provide a range of high-performance sheetfed handling solutions that complement our modular width K600i printer. This newly launched wider B2 version enables our customers to more cost effectively produce variable data solutions in conjunction with their current offset presses.” Domino will also be showing a K630i mono press running inline with an Ibis Bindery Systems saddle-stitcher and producing up to 7,000 booklets per hour. The line marks the beginning of a new partnership with the digital finishing specialist. This integrated solution is designed to minimise manning requirements and material waste, in addition to facilitating both high production output and being geared for rapid job change. Finally, Domino will be showing its high-end seven-colour inkjet digital label press, the N610i. This will operate at up to 75m/min using UV-curable inks. Domino said that this is the highest productivity digital label press operating either reel-to-reel or reel to finished label and that the seven-colour ink set can deliver 90% of the Pantone range.

EFI Hall 9, A40-1/A40-2

EFI will showcase the most advanced EFI Fiery digital front end platform to date, which includes an extremely fast version designed to drive the new generation of high-speed, high-quality inkjet presses, including the new Landa press exhibited next door to EFI’s stand, and Xerox’s new Trivor 2400 inkjet press. 

Fujifilm Hall 8b, A25

Fujifilm will have its main stand in Hall 8b, but will also be exhibiting its digital technology alongside partner Heidelberg in Hall 1. Like many of the digital press manufacturers, Fujifilm will be focused on pushing its technologies further into markets historically covered by offset, hence the highlight of the main stand will be the Jet Press 720 B2 digital inkjet press, the second generation of the 720 press first announced at Drupa 2008. Fujifilm said the enhanced press will be operating in a true production environment, with visitors able to see the competitive benefits that can be gained using this press.

Heidelberg Hall 1

The main draw on Heidelberg’s stand will undoubtedly be its new B1 sheetfed inkjet press, Primefire 106 (see ‘must see’), which it has developed jointly with Fujifilm and which it said offers offset-grade output. The ‘fire’ suffix now applies to all of Heidelberg’s digital kit and brings a fairly diverse range of machines under the same umbrella. This includes the Versafire CV and CP printers (previously Linoprint), Labelfire, the recently launched Gallus DCS 340, and Omnifire 250, previously known as the Jetmaster Dimension. The company is exhibiting under the banner theme ‘Simply Smart’, focusing on customer demands caused by the industrialisation of printing and Heidelberg said its digital products will play a big part in that. Chief executive Gerold Linzbach said: “We will take our industry into a new digital era by stepping up our investment in the digital and services growth segments. Our customers expect us to deliver added value and enhanced business opportunities, and we are actively helping them make the transformation to a digitised future.” The Omnifire 4D range, for printing directly onto objects, is being significantly extended. Although it is the 250 that will be shown, Heidelberg is also on the brink of launching the Omnifire 1000 for printing onto larger objects including snowboards, boxes, bikes and luggage. It is also looking to have a very large Omnifire XL which will have applications in the automotive and aeronautical sectors. The Omnifire 1000 will be launched at the end of this year to handle objects up to 1,000mm and uses six axes robotics to enable every side of an object to be printed.


MUST SEE

Heidelberg Primefire 106

heidelberg-primefire-106The Primefire 106 is a high-quality, industrial-level B1 inkjet press expected to turn heads in the packaging market particularly but also in commercial sectors for items such as calendars and posters. It can handle short runs and personalisation including barcodes, QR codes and numbering. The Preset Plus Feeder is adopted from the Speedmaster XL 106 technology. There is a conditioning unit prior to printing which coagulates the ink to get a more defined dot at speed. The water-based ink applied by the 1,200dpi seven-colour inkjet unit is food safe. After printing, two more units dry and coat (full or spot) before reaching the Preset Plus Delivery. Heidelberg stressed the importance of the sheet control within the press and the colour and workflow capability provided by Heidelberg’s Digital Front End which will drive the press. By using Multicolour technology (the four process colours plus green, orange and violet) Heidelberg said it can provide high-quality print and a wider colour gamut than is possible with offset. It can print on substrates up to 0.6mm. Heidelberg engineers will service this equipment in the field and the inks will be sold as part of the Saphira consumables range. 


HP Hall 17

Occupying all of Hall 17, HP has overtaken Heidelberg as Drupa’s biggest exhibitor, highlighting the increasing importance of the digital manufacturers. The company also has some big new presses to unveil: six Indigos and three PageWide web presses. The Indigo 12000, is intended to ultimately replace the 10000, and while it shares many of the headline specifications of the 10000, it will have a wide-range of productivity and quality enhancements. These include the addition of One Shot technology to enable a wider choice of substrates, an inline spectrophotometer, and a new screening configuration for the three-channel (CMY) Enhanced Productivity Mode (EMP). It will also benefit from Indigo Optimizer, a new software tool that HP claimed can increase throughput per shift by up to 40% through features like intelligent job sequencing and the production of proofs without stopping jobs in production. The 12000 will become available in the second half of this year. Installed 10000s, of which there are circa 250 worldwide, will be field upgradable to the 12000 specification later this year. With a number of vendors poised to unveil B1 digital presses at Drupa, HP will also use the event to demonstrate the new oversized B1 Indigo 50000 (See ‘must see’). HP will also launch the Indigo 7900 sheetfed press, which will feature many of the same enhancements as the 12000. It will also launch the Indigo 5900, which will incorporate many of the new features, including one-shot imaging. All of the new presses as well as circa 90% of presses already installed, will be compatible with the cloud-based PrintOS production environment, which was unveiled earlier this year. For the labels market, HP will launch a new twin-engined Indigo 8000 narrow web press. The 80m/min press features two WS6800 engines, which are also being launched at Drupa. The three enhanced PageWide presses to be shown are the 42in (1.06m)-wide full-colour T490 HD and the mono T490 M HD, and 22in (559mm)-wide T240 HD. As well as featuring the High Definition Nozzle Architecture, launched last year, the three new machines also have a number of productivity enhancements that HP said boost their speed by 67% and 25% respectively. In total, the company plans to bring 56 presses and printers to Drupa, weighing in at an impressive 230 tonnes of technology. “The scale of our presence at Drupa demonstrates that digital has made its way since the early days of 2000, when no one was really convinced. 2016 will demonstrate that digital is everywhere and HP is leading the way,” said Francois Martin, worldwide marketing director of HP’s Graphics Solutions Business.


MUST SEE

HP Indigo 50000

hp-indigo-50000The 27-tonne Indigo 50000 is essentially a pair of Indigo 20000 reel-fed engines, that have been enhanced to expand their capabilities beyond the unit’s original flexible packaging remit to also be more suited for commercial print applications. The 762mm wide web press can print 32m/min or 770 straight A4 colour pages per minute and has a maximum repeat length of 1,138mm, making it capable of printing pages 10-up, HP said. The 50000 will go into beta sites early next year, with commercial shipping slated for next summer.


Kodak Hall 5, F9

The big news on the Kodak stand will be the launch of its next-generation inkjet technology platform, Ultrastream. As well as [possibly] a buyer for its inkjet business. Built on the company’s continuous inkjet Stream technology, Ultrastream will, according to the company, “move production inkjet into the mainstream of commercial printing and packaging”. Kodak said that at the heart of the new technology are precise silicon nozzles that incorporate the latest industry advances in micro-electromechanical systems and semiconductor technology, as well as a simplified and elegant electrostatic drop selection scheme. The silicon nozzle plate consists of an array of 2,560 nozzles with an approximate diameter of 9 microns positioned linearly at 600dpi. It can print 153m/min at 1,800dpi resolution. There will also be live demonstrations of a Prosper 6000C press with inline finishing. The Prosper 6000 can print up to 300m/min and was designed to fulfill a variety of applications, including books, newspapers and magazines and general commercial work. The press will be running with a MegTec automatic roll splicer and multiple inline finishing solutions for two different applications: magazines and catalogs printed on lightweight coated paper and finished with a Manroland Web Systems FoldLine, as well as commercial applications that will be finished with a Vits multicut variable servo sheeter. The stand will also be partly occupied by Kodak’s This is Inkjet! Loft, an apartment decorated with printed products produced using Kodak Stream inkjets, including laminate flooring, countertops, furniture, wallpaper and water bottles. Additionally, Kodak will be presenting the new NexPress ZX3900 Digital Production Color Press, an enhanced version of the NexPress SX platform. The ZX3900 supports thicker substrates, and is targeted at applications such as labels, tags and small format folding cartons. It can print onto longer sheets, of up to 1.35m in length, and has switchable colour stations, so colour order and combinations can be changed depending on requirements. 

Konica Minolta Hall 8b, A65-1/A65-6

The star turn on Konica’s 2,400m2 stand will undoubtedly be the launch of the long-awaited KM-1 B2 press, a sheetfed duplex inkjet press, using UV-cured inks (see ‘must see’). Also new will be the bizhub Press 1250e, which Konica said is designed for a variety of fast-turnaround, high-volume applications and is suitable for a range of finishing options and greater media flexibility. The company said it would be focused on demonstrating value-adding business opportunities. The various business zones will cover the complete Konica Minolta production printing portfolio, including markets such as industrial inkjet, label printing and marketing automation. With a view to adding some rock and roll flair to proceedings, almost all of the print samples focus on Konica’s Drupa show band Alice Francis and provide real-life examples of the marketing materials required by a band, such as posters, banners, post cards, photobooks, calendars, etc.


MUST SEE

Konica Minolta KM-1

km1The KM-1 is a sheetfed duplex inkjet press, using UV-cured inks. The company called it the “first machine in the industrial inkjet heavy printing segment” and predicts it will match offset quality more closely than any other digital press to date. The KM-1 is Konica’s first sheetfed inkjet press and has been developed as a joint venture with Komori, which will sell it under its own name as the Impremia IS29. Production presses will print 3,000 simplex or 1,500 duplex B2 sheets per hour at up to 1,200dpi, with full variable print. A beta machine was installed at PLS, the German operation of US-based W2P business OvernightPrints in January.


Manroland Web Systems Hall 14, C41-1/C41-2

Manroland Web Systems has said its main focus at the show will be on industrial digital production. On its stand will be a FoldLine running output from HP and Kodak digital presses. The manufacturer describes the FoldLine as the optimal finishing tool for newspaper production in digital production environments. The company will also be showing different business models and products including books, newspapers, booklets and flyers.

OKI Hall 5, B21

OKI will be showing its new Pro6410 NeonColor, which marks the introduction of white toner technology to its Pro Series range of graphic arts printers to enable printing of eye-catching designs on transfer media. According to OKI the Pro6410 NeonColor “liberates” graphic designs from the limits of the standard CMYK colour spectrum. Users can create fluorescent effects on light or dark backgrounds, with the added option of using the white toner as a security mark, revealed only when checked under UV black light. 

Paul Leibinger Hall 3, B54

German marking specialist Paul Leibinger will be showing its latest system for continuous inkjet printing, the Jet3up. The Jet3up industrial inkjet printer is suitable for a wide range of product marking applications and can print on glass, films, cans, cardboard, cables, wood, plastics and metals without contact. It employs fast-drying inks and can print fixed or variable data at speeds of up to 10m/s. The company also said the device will print on any surface shape, such as convex, concave, rough or smooth. The upgrade from the previous Jet3 model boasts more functions and a more user-friendly interface design. 

Ricoh Hall 8a, B46

Ricoh is exhibiting under the banner ‘Open New Worlds’ with the intention of offering solutions for printers looking to access new markets, improve profitability and productivity, and better manage workflows. The stand will be divided into different areas for different application types with technology demonstrations and business advice targeted at each sector. Taking pride of place on the stand will be a pair of the manufacturer’s Pro VC60000 colour inkjet web presses. One will be a fully configured line running a variety of media in roll-to-roll and roll-to-sheet formats, the other will be a stripped-down single-engine press to enable visitors to be up close to the technology. New on show will be the enhanced banner option for the Pro C7100x and Pro C9100 digital colour cut-sheet presses. Benoit Chatelard, vice-president, Production Printing, Ricoh Europe, said: “We will be showcasing game-changing solutions in hardware, software and services for the graphic arts industry as well as corporate print rooms, publishers and marketing agencies.”

Riso Hall 5, C20

Japanese manufacturer Riso said it will have a new product to launch but is not revealing details at the moment. The company is exhibiting under the stapline ‘Unique Possibilities – High Speed / Low Cost / Eco Friendly’ and it’s likely that a new printing machine will follow the principles of its ComColor colour inkjet range: high-speed low-cost cut-sheet printing at good quality.

Screen Europe Hall 8a, C11-1/C11-4

The highlight of the Screen stand will be the Truepress Jet520HD web-fed inkjet press, a modular twin-engine press that can print up to four colours on a 520mm web. The greyscale heads boast a maximum resolution of 1,200dpi and support four droplet sizes down to 2pl. The press runs at 50m/min at maximum resolution, rising to 120m/min at 600dpi. It has a monthly duty cycle of up to 50m A4 pages. Screen is pitching the machine at the high-quality commercial print market and states that it is the combination of image and colour quality and substrate flexibility that sets it apart. 

Think Laboratory Hall 3, E35

Japanese manufacturer Think Laboratory is claiming a world first for its new FXIJ-1 Aqua. The company says the new machine is the first “VOC-less” inkjet film printer that uses water-based inks only. The FXIJ-1 Aqua is intended for short-run packaging applications where the use of a gravure press would not be commercially viable. The five-colour roll-to-roll printer has a web width of 540mm and is intended for use on jobs of up to 2,000m in length. Think said touchscreen controls ensured ease of use and said it can operate at speeds of up to 30m/min.

Xaar Hall 6, C5

Among “a number of exciting new developments” UK printhead developer Xaar promises to unveil a brand new printhead platform based on Thin Film silicon MEMS technology at the show. This is expected to be the P4 printhead intended to enable Xaar to make its mark in the sheetfed inkjet space for commercial printing, which has been under development for a number of years. Also on show will be the new 1003 printhead, launched in March, and the Print Bar System. The 1003 printheads are aimed at applications including ceramic tile decoration, labelling, direct-to-shape and other packaging printing, the production of wood laminates, glass printing and other manufacturing processes. Xaar said the 1003 upgrades enable higher productivity, versatility and superior performance. Upgrades include XaarGuard nozzle plate protection, which the manufacturer claims provides the longest maintenance-free production runs in the industry. Consistent print quality is also improved across the wide print widths used in many single-pass applications due to Xaar’s new X-ACT Micro Electric Mechanical Systems (MEMS) manufacturing process. 

Xerox Hall 8a, A62

Xerox marks its move into the sheetfed inkjet sector with the official unveiling of its brand new Brenva HD and Trivor 2400 inkjet presses. The Brenva HD is only the second sheetfed B3-plus inkjet press to be announced. It mixes iGen and Impika technology. It can handle uncoated offset and inkjet coated papers and expected applications are transactional print, books and manuals, and direct mail. It has a max sheet size of 364x520mm and can operate at 197 A4 simplex images per minute. Features include an inline spectrophotomer, missing jet correction on-the-fly, front-to-back registration scanning, and vector halftoning. Users can also set up their own media profiles. The Trivor 2400 is a 20in (508mm) production inkjet web with a small footprint. It runs at 100m/min at 600x600dpi in four-colour mode, or 200m/min in mono mode. In highest quality colour mode of 1,200x600dpi it will run at between 50-60m/min. “We refreshed all of our top-end cut-sheet portfolio in past 18 months and we are still very committed to that market space. Winning in cut-sheet is very important for us,” said Xerox president of global Graphic Communications Andrew Copley. The company is also promising to simplify colour management for inkjet presses through the use of IntegratedPlus Automated Color Management (ACM), a web-based system that accepts users’ scanned pages and analyses and automatically corrects colour. 

Xeikon Hall 8a, B20-1/B20-3

Expect a big noise around the long-awaited official launch for Xeikon’s Trillium liquid toner press, a 60m/min, £2m device aimed at commercial and DM printers that will have a special zone all to itself. Xeikon will also be showing its new Fusion Technology concept for digital colour label and packaging production. The system is built up from a series of digital modules, rather than relying on both digital and conventional systems, and according to Xeikon brings automated unattended production a step closer. “Fusion is one platform, but with everything digital,” explained marketing director Filip Weymans. Xeikon is targeting high-end markets such as wine and spirits and beauty packaging. It will work with third parties on some of the options. “Dry toner is one of the technologies that is most compatible with others. We expect there to be different modules, such as inkjet white, hot foiling and tactile varnish,” Weymans explained. Xeikon’s in-house front-end, X-800, handles Fusion’s pre-press, data processing, colour management and press operation as well as all additional modules, without manual intervention. At the centre of the modular system is Xeikon’s dry toner electrophotographic five-colour press. Xeikon’s “application-tuned” dry toners have been developed to meet high gamut and accuracy, light fastness, food safety and brand integrity standards. 


WIDE-FORMAT

Agfa Graphics Hall 8a, B62-1/B62-5

Agfa will be showing its Jeti and Anapurna ranges of wide-format printers, with a Jeti Tauro on its stand in a brand new three-quarter automated configuration that includes a new Automatic Board Feeder (ABF) and unloading unit. The ABF reduces idle time and increases efficiency with productivity gains, in some cases of more than 30%, according to Agfa. Also on show will be a Jeti Mira with Agfa’s dockable roll-to-roll option. 

Amica Systems Hall 6, A17

Amica Systems will be showing its latest wide-format machines, including the new CFL1914, a dedicated flatbed for printing on large-format sheets or boards, up to the thickness of 50mm, for indoor and outdoor applications. It is equipped with high-performance UV-LED curing lamps and two cooling fans and “enables users to directly print exceptional images on a wide range of rigid uncoated substrates”, according to Amica, including uneven or irregular materials. The printer also supports white ink.

Canon Hall 8a, B50-1

Canon is to give a number of wide-format machines their first European showing. This is likely to include the Océ ColorWave 910 high-speed colour single-pass inkjet printer. This machine superseded the ColorWave 900 and can print at 1,000m2/hr. Also new are the latest additions to the imagePrograf Pro series: the Pro-2000, Pro-4000 and Pro-6000S. These machines produce high-quality print suited to fine art or photographic applications. That said the two bigger models, at 44in (1.1m) and 60in (1.5m) are also well suited to high-end signage and display.

EFI Hall 9, A40-1/A40-2

EFI is playing its cards unusually close to its chest for this Drupa. However, it has hinted that products on display will include new superwide-format technology, including print devices for packaging, as well as advanced aqueous UV ink technology. Also on the stand will be EFI’s H1625-SD for direct printing on to thermoforming substrates; the Vutek HS125 Pro high-throughput, cost-effective 3.2m-wide printer; and the Vutek LX3 Pro, designed for POS productivity.

Epson Hall 5, A1-1

Epson will unveil its brand new 44in (1.1m) addition to the SureColor SC-P series; the SC-P10000. It follows in the footsteps of the recently launched 64in SC-P20000 and delivers the same level of quality in a smaller package. The company said the new machine is easy-to-operate and produces accurate, superior-quality, large-format photos, POS items and signage, even at very high speeds. Customers can now benefit from all of the features from the range, but now with a smaller footprint. The SC-P10000 is targeted at photo labs, high-street photo and copy shops, as well as print production houses and corporates looking for an in-house solution. 

ESC Hall 3, D70-1

ESC will be highlighting its Practika flatbed platform, which has been developed to use nano inks for printing on substrates such as glass, ceramics, leather and metals. The manufacturer said the printers were suitable for use in the food industry as the inks do not contain any chemical solvents. Inks are available in CMYK plus special colours. The Practika MIG 64 has a max print size of 3x1.6m and prints at up to 1,440dpi. It can print on items up to 250mm thick. ESC will also be showing its new textile printer series, the GoTx, which is designed for uninterrupted mass decoration on a variety of textiles. ESC said its patented media feeding system ensures minimal fabric shift without the need of sticky blanket systems. It is available with inline fixation systems and an optional offline pre-treatment station to complete any process requirement. The GoTx printers are available in widths 1.9m and 2.6m and are powered by Epson DX7 printheads. Typical production speeds are said to range from 32m2/hr to 95m2/hr. The printers are available in either dual-CMYK, for high-speed production, or in eight colours (CMYK plus red, orange, violet and green, for example) for a wider gamut. 

Fujifilm Hall 8b, A25

For applications at the high-volume end of the scale, Fujifilm will be showcasing the new Onset X Series printer for the first time in Europe. The Onset X represents the latest evolution in Inca Digital’s advanced “scalable architecture” concept, and the productivity achieved with a choice of Fujifilm’s Dimatix printheads and Uvijet inks enable this industrial printer to be used for a diverse range of applications. Also being showcased will be the new Uvistar Hybrid 320, a 3.2m-wide, hybrid flatbed/roll printer, capable of producing high-quality output at speeds of up to 195m2/hr. 

Mimaki Hall 9, A4

Star of the Mimaki stand will be the new UJV55-320, which proved a hit at Fespa Digital in March (see ‘must see’). Also on show will be a UJF-7151 flatbed printer for direct printing on various substrates at very high quality; the small-format UJF-6042 UV flatbed for high-quality photo print production onto rigid substrates, alongside the UJF-3042HG and UJF3042FX; high-performance flatbeds JFX500-2131 and JFX200-2513; the UJV500-160 UV roll-to-roll industrial printer; and solvent-based production printers JV150-160 and JV300-160 as well as the print & cut solutions CJV300-160 and CJV150-75. Mimaki will also show the Kebab device, which can be used with the UJF-3042HG and the UJF-6042 for 360˚ direct UV printing on cylindrical objects ranging from 30-330mm long and 10-110mm in diameter. “This is always a show-stopper for us,” said Mike Horsten, general manager marketing EMEA at Mimaki Europe. 


MUST SEE

Mimaki UJV55-320

ujv55The manufacturer said it sold more than 30 units of the 3.2m-wide, 110m2/hr printer from its Fespa stand and expects Drupa attendees to be equally impressed. The company said it will be exhibiting solutions that serve a wide range of market needs, from indoor and outdoor signage to industrial, packaging and promotional products.


Mutoh Hall 9, C22

Mutoh will be showing a number of new additions to its ValueJet range of printers, including the 1324X, the 1604X, the 1624X and the 2638X. The ValueJet X series printers are targeted at long-term outdoor and indoor sign & display applications such as posters, banners, backlit signage, wall coverings, POS, fine art reproductions and vehicle graphics. The single-head ValueJet 1324X incorporates high-performance micro piezo printhead technology that is able to produce ink droplets of 3.5-35.2pl. Each head has eight channels with 180 nozzles per channel. The single-head 64in (1.62m) wide ValueJet 1604X printer is said to offer high print quality and productivity at an affordable price, and Mutoh is targeting it at printers looking to enter the signmaking sector as well as those needing extra versatility for frequent material switches. The 1624X printer is the successor of Mutoh’s ValueJet 1624 printer introduced in 2011. Mutoh said it can deliver sellable, 720dpi print at up to 20.5m²/hr.

OKI Hall 5, B21

On the wide-format side of the OKI stand will be a line-up from the manufacturer’s ColorPainter range, including the H3-104 and M-64, which it said are perfect for the production of outstanding, highly durable designs on a vast range of materials including banners and vehicle graphics as well as wallpaper, umbrellas, pop-up displays, floor and exhibition graphics. 

Roland DG Hall 9, E4-1/E4-2

New for Roland is the VersaUV LEJ-640FT flatbed, the newest in its series of UV printers. Roland said the new machine had been designed with production versatility in mind and offers businesses the size and functionality of a flatbed with the flexibility of Eco-UV inks, including gloss and white for luxury effects and textures. The printer is capable of printing on flexible or rigid substrates or objects up to 150mm deep and 100kg in weight. It has a print area of 1,606x2,490mm and Roland said the combination of instant curing and ability to print on a variety of non-traditional substrates makes the LEJ-640FT “the ultimate in versatility in the flatbed market”. 

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