Grafik’Art shows off its colours

ImageThe Grafik’Art trade show delighted attendees from April 19 to 21 in Montreal. Exhibitors displayed their newest products and services in over 100 000 square feet of display space. Last month, you heard from some of the people there—this month, we’ll talk about some of the products. Following are the hottest products to come out of Grafik’Art in alphabetical order.

Canon was showing off its imageRUNNER 7105. At 105–ppm (letter), the imageRUNNER 7105 is perfectly suited for central reproduction departments, print–for–pay establishments, print–on–demand applications, and large corporate offices where fast scanning, copying, and printing are required. To maximize versatility, the system is designed to meet professional printing needs with available in–line perfect bookbinding, saddle–stitched booklet finishing, hole–punching which includes comb bind, coil bind, twin loop, velo bind, and 2 or 3 hole punch, tab–feeding, and high–capacity stacking. The suggested retail price for the imageRUNNER 7105 will be around $50 000 (US).
In the large–format inkjet category, Canon and many of its dealers were showing off the popular line of imagePROGRAF printers from 17 inches up to 60 inches wide. The new imagePROGRAF line of printers is the ideal solution for any colour professional looking for impressive, full–bleed colour output, strength in paper handling, and exceptional speed in output. The ipf5000 17” 12–colour printer is selling for $1995, the ipf8000 44” 12–colour printer is $5995, and the 60” 12–colour printer is $14 995 (all prices in US dollars).

Fujifilm Graphic Systems introduced a hi–res, UV flatbed printer, the Acuity HD 2504. Specifically designed for print applications requiring fine detail and high resolution images, this press delivers both rigid and flexible point–of–purchase signage that holds up visually, even at close viewing. The printer’s ability to jet droplets as fine as 6 picolitres produces sharp, precise four–colour images with smoother transitions and quarter tones. Acuity also jets larger droplets, up to 30 picolitres, to deliver dense and uniform solid image areas. Users can expect to use up to 35 percent less ink than with a comparable fixed–droplet, six–colour printer. The Acuity HD 2504 also prints at resolutions of 1200 dpi or higher to produce crisper, more legible type in sizes as small as 6 point. With production speeds of up to 174 ft2/hr and a bed size of 49.6” x 99.2”, the Acuity HD 2504 is a hi–res, value–based UV flatbed printer.

Home town favorite Gandinnovations was showing off the Jeti 3324 UVRTR—with 24 Spectra heads, environmentally friendly UV–curable inks, and the fastest output of any UV roll–to–roll grand–format printer on the market today. The UV lamps instantly dries the ink to a number of materials including fabric, canvas, vinyl, plastic film, paper, and polyester, opening many new markets. The flexibility of printing in 6 colour with true 1200 dpi resolution on any material gives the Jeti 3324 UVRTR the highest quality of any printer in its class achieving 40 sqm/hr (450 sqft/hr) in the best quality mode. The Jeti 3324 UVRTR hosts a 3.3m (10’ 10”) print area that allows operators to get the most from the new TRUE 1200 dpi resolution, the highest quality on the market today.

HP announced the HP Designjet Z6100 8 colour Printer series for large format print service providers and technical markets, such as GIS, architectural, engineering, and construction markets, expanding its industry–leading portfolio with a level of productivity, versatility and dependability. With the HP Designjet Z6100 Printer series, users across a number of industries now have a rapid, reliable, colour–accurate solution that enables them to print more applications and grow their businesses. Available in 42– and 60–inch models, the HP Designjet Z6100 can handle large print volumes. The HP Designjet Z6100 Printers are expected to be available in June 2007 and sell for around $9995 (US) for a 42” model and $15995 (US) for a 60” model.

The Xerox 4595 Digital Copier/Printer is a high–volume, black–and–white copier/printer designed to meet the continuing need for high volume monochrome office printing. With scanning speeds up to 100 images per minute and print and copy speeds up to 95 ppm, this system is a true workhorse for high–volume environments such as office workgroups and educational and financial institutions. The Xerox 4595 is also available with a light–production finisher for a full range of output choices.

The Xerox 4595 is available immediately in North America, Europe, and developing markets. List pricing for a copier–only version of the Xerox 4595 for the office starts at $46 900 (US); the 4595 with copier and printer functionality starts at $53 200 (US).
Peter Dulis
Wide Format Printing Specialist
T: 647.895.3315