PRINT 13 is recognized as the most expansive exhibition in the Americas of digital, offset, flexo and hybrid technologies and is taking place in Chicago Sept. 8–12. The following products have been recognized as the MUST SEE ’EMS at PRINT 13, in the wide format printing space.
Canon Solutions America – Océ Arizona 660 XT
The Arizona 600 Series features six independent ink channels, multiple print configurations (CMYK plus W+V or W+W or C+M) and an extra-large table size, designed for shops that focus on retail signage or other standard graphics applications. This innovation results in production prints with uniformity and smoothness comparable to those produced in quality mode, with print speeds up to 495 ft2/hr. I’m sure this award winning line of Océ Arizona Series printers will be sure to excite the market once more.
Canon Solutions America – Océ ColorWave 900
The ColorWave 900, powered by Memjet, is a high-productivity, wide format inkjet printer that can print over 6,000 ft2/hr. and closes the gap between digital inkjet and traditional offset technologies. Designed for the GA, AEC and GIS markets, this printer offers a digital workflow that can help increase productivity and reduce running costs. Shorter print runs can now be more economical by eliminating plate making and makeready, while still maintaining high image quality. With a maximum media width of 42”, the ColorWave 900 incorporates a six media roll capacity and is ideal for a wide range of applications including point-of-sale posters, exhibition and trade show materials, counter displays, floor displays, technical drawings and maps. It is an attractive proposition for wide format print service providers looking to increase print production capacity, and for commercial printers looking for a powerful – yet economical – way to explore new revenue channels.
EFI – EFI VUTEk GS-TF System
EFI will introduce a thermoforming digital UV-curable ink at Print 13. This new technology, enables sign makers and printing companies to print directly onto thermoplastic sheet materials, which can then be formed into deep draw, high elongation parts with excellent retention of hue and opacity. Pre-decorating with this new ink eliminates labour-intensive and costly methods, such as hand airbrushing, which are required when working with shaped and irregular surfaces. This makes it ideal for applications including custom-formed signs, packaging, point-of-purchase displays, vending panels, automotive and recreational vehicles, consumer and promotional products, and many more. It is durable and moisture resistant, resulting in long-lasting graphics. It’s totally unique – I can’t wait to see it live.
EFI – EFI VUTEk HS100 Pro
The EFI HS100 Pro is a high-speed digital 3.2 metre hybrid UV inkjet press that represents a true alternative to analog equipment. Innovative imaging technology driven by the Orion OS software platform delivers critical colour accuracy and consistency with the productivity and digital efficiencies that all print companies need. The HS100 Pro allows you to take on short-run jobs more profitably, while letting you produce longer sheet runs at a lower cost per print than analog technology. Some of the new features include: the ability to handle more than 100 boards per hour, innovative Pin & Cure technology which delivers precise ink lay down for better image quality and high production speeds, gloss control, increased colour gamut and wider output capability. The HS100 Pro also runs multiple jobs at once with multi-queue, eliminating the need to rip larger layout files.
Xante Excelagraphix 4200 P High Speed Wide Format Inkjet
The 4200 P dye-based aqueous thermal inkjet print system features the revolutionary Memjet Waterfall printhead technology that delivers more than 3 billion drops of ink per second, for print speeds up to 12″ per second. The adjustable media path allows users to print on a wide variety of media including heavy foam and corrugated cardboard up to 1/2” thick, and sheet sizes from 8.27″ x 12″ up to 42″ x 50′. You can also personalize individual pieces as you print, running variable data at full speed. Print full colour cartons, product packaging, over-sized architectural / engineering documents, maps, indoor signage, POP displays, newspapers and more.
Stay tuned for the post show review when we will look at the “Best of Category” winners in the wide format printing space.