Inca Digital launches Onset X Series of large-format printers

The new printers, characterized by Inca as “a new benchmark for throughput, quality, supreme reliability and future-proof scalability” are large-format, flatbed UV inkjet printers that will be sold globally and exclusively by Fujifilm. A major evolution of Inca’s pioneering Scalable Architecture concept, each Onset X printer is based on a new platform which features a larger 25-zone vacuum table and UV control system to eliminate masking, as well as a carriage that can incorporate up to 14 ink channels – unique among high-end, large-format flatbed printers. This allows printers to configure their Onset X for the combination of productivity, colour and quality that best matches their changing production requirements.

The Inca Onset X3 ultra-high-speed, large-format, flatbed UV inkjet printer.
The Inca Onset X3 ultra-high-speed, large-format, flatbed UV inkjet printer.

If they wish, users can start out with the Onset X1 (560m2/hr.; 6,027 sq. ft., 112 full-bed sheets/hr.) and, as their business develops, upgrade to the Onset X2 (725m2/hr.; 7,803 sq. ft., 145 beds/hr.) and eventually to the new ultra-high-productivity high-quality printer – the Onset X3 (900m2/hr.; 9,687 sq.ft.,180 beds/hr.). The OEM added that the speeds and productivity of the Onset X Series are dependent on the choice of Fujifilm Dimatix printheads and can be configured for each customer depending on their desired quality and speed requirements. Each model in the Onset X Series can handle substrates in sizes up to 3.22m (126”) x 1.6m (63”) and thicknesses up to 50mm. All are compatible with different types of automated media-handling systems.

Onset X1. With a maximum throughput of 560m2/hr. (equivalent to 112 full-bed sheets/hr.), it’s ideal for companies producing a mix of fast-turnaround retail graphics requiring distance viewing, as well as high-quality images for close-up viewing. It features eight active channels: four print CMYK and the remainder which can be configured as required using a combination of light magenta, light cyan, white and orange (LmLcWO). When the time is right, an additional carriage can be added to scale up to an Onset X2 or X3.

Onset X2. With a second set of CMYK, the Onset X2 delivers even higher productivity – 725m2/hr. (145 beds/hr.) – while an optional six LmLcWO channels can be populated to add versatility. Also upgradeable according to production needs, the 14-channel Onset X2 provides the capacity to extend the range of jobs companies can handle. A choice of uni-directional, bi-directional and super-high-quality print modes can be selected depending on specific job requirements.

Onset X3. Capable of printing at an ultra-fast 900m2/hr. (180 beds/hr.), the high-productivity Onset X3 features 3X CMYK ink channels plus the choice of white or orange, and 14 or 27-picolitre printheads. With this printer, users of analogue screen printing can take the digital route, “confident they can print long runs of high-quality print with superb consistency and reliability,” said the OEM.

John Mills.
John Mills.

“Since 2013, Inca Onset users have benefited from a highly-flexible flatbed UV inkjet production machine that can grow and change with them,” said John Mills, Inca Digital’s CEO. “Strong sales of the Onset have shown that the modular concept is right for the highly dynamic high-end large-format UV sector, which is evolving at such a pace and in so many directions, that print service providers often face a dilemma in choosing the right printer. The new Onset X Series is designed to remove the traditional compromise of quality and productivity and make the choice of a printer the easiest decision they have to make. The Series combines an easy-to-understand upgrade path with a comprehensive choice of options, so that whatever stage a business is at, management can configure or re-configure an Onset X printer with the right productivity and colour performance to match their budget and evolving business needs,” Mills added.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.