Agfa launches Jeti Ceres wide-format roll-to-roll printer

Agfa Graphics' Jeti Ceres RTR3200 LED high-speed roll-to-roll printer.
Agfa Graphics’ Jeti Ceres RTR3200 LED high-speed roll-to-roll printer.

Agfa Graphics’ new wide-format Jeti Ceres RTR3200 LED high-speed roll-to-roll printer for mid-range to high-end applications, is aimed specifically at high-output printing service providers. The dedicated roll-to-roll printer with UV LED curing features “extremely rapid results and stunning image quality” on a wide variety of flexible media. The engine’s optional white printing features and primer capability can be combined – for a new level of image vivacity, dimension and durability, said the OEM. As a dedicated 3.2 m roll-to-roll printer, the Jeti Ceres prioritizes speed, results and the robustness required for high-throughput printing. It’s capable of printing on diverse, single-roll and dual-roll media at speeds of up to 186 m²/hr. Its sturdy design guarantees low-maintenance and functionality in the long-term, while its UV LED curing lamps reduce costs, increase eco-friendliness, broaden the printable media range, and eliminate lamp-based downtime.

Reinhilde Alaert.
Reinhilde Alaert.

“The Jeti Ceres RTR3200 LED could be considered the roll-to-roll equivalent of the renowned Jeti Titan series,” said Reinhilde Alaert, Agfa Graphics Marketing Product Manager, Sign & Display High-End. “Our goal with this new engine is to maximize productivity while staying true to Agfa Graphics’ industry-leading image quality and low-ink consumption – which is why we bring a roll-to-roll alternative to the Jeti product family. This engine is no lightweight. It’s is the workhorse for roll-to-roll applications. It offers speed, precision and efficiency required by intensive print firms – and the UV LED curing process only adds to its business-boosting capacity.”

Optimized for Agfa’s UV LED inks and thin-ink layer technology

Because of its state-of-the-art UV LED curing and Agfa Graphics’ UV LED-cured inks, the Jeti Ceres can print on heat-sensitive media such as self-adhesive sheets and PVC without warping or wrinkling them – which opens up new opportunities while reducing costs. Equipped with white-ink circulation that extends along the entire ink line, the Jeti Ceres offers many possibilities when it comes to the use of white inks to enhance or give that ‘wow factor’ to images – especially in backlit and dual-sided applications. “Agfa Graphics’ thin-ink technology results in wide-gamut, vibrant images – no matter the substrate. Our inks’ high pigmentation, along with our deep understanding of the physics of ink-jetting, keeps ink consumption low, extremely precise and waste-free,” Alaert added.

agfajeticeres2-inAgfa Graphics’ Jeti Ceres also adds a primer option for extra durability when printing on unusual or difficult roll-based media. The engine pre-prints a fine layer of primer automatically before depositing ink, thus preparing the top layer for ideal surface tension to better receive ink. As it reduces downtime and reprints, it dramatically enhances the productivity of the system and guarantees the image quality – with minimal impact on cost per square metre.

Workflow automation and streamlined data exchange

Asanti, Agfa Graphics’ wide-format printing workflow software, comes with the Jeti Ceres system and directs the printing process from A to Z – managing the processes in prepress, production and finishing. The Jeti Ceres with Asanti is also compatible with Agfa Graphics’ cloud-based PrintSphere, which standardizes the flow of information between customers, colleagues, freelancers, departments and other Agfa printing solutions, streamlining file sharing and ensuring data security in the automated workflow.

Agfa Graphics Canada is located in Mississauga, Ontario.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.