Creative Visual Solutions (CVS, Oakville, Ontario) recently installed a swissQprint Nyala LED wide-format printer from Cobalt Graphics (Mississauga, Ontario). Since 2002, CVS has been a Canadian leader in providing stare-of-the-art displays, exhibits and experiential environments – including the full gamut of design, fabrication and event logistics to a wide variety of industries. The company employs just under 30 people and is headed by President Sean Clarke.
The new flatbed can print directly onto transparent and other substrates such as aluminum and wood. SwissQprint’s Nyala LED “operates with even greater precision than its predecessor with LED curing that makes it hugely versatile, highly profitable and environmentally-friendly,” said the OEM. LED curing significantly reduces power consumption. Less heat build-up, in turn, increases the variety of materials that can be printed upon, enabling many new applications. The lamp system is maintenance-free, so consumables and downtime for maintenance are no longer issues. Additional mechanical improvements in the Nyala LED include beam architecture that’s been reworked for better stability.
Plus, the printer is perfectly flat over its entire surface of 3.2 × 2 metres. This creates ideal conditions for pinpoint droplet placement and a homogeneous print image, while maintaining high productivity. The Nyala LED outputs a maximum of 206 square metres per hour and is expandable with options as required, including a roll-to-roll option that’s been improved. Also, there’s no need for expensive, special LED inks as SwissQprint UV inks cure both under mercury vapour lamps and under its new LED system. In the latter case, the output software automatically adjusts the UV output power to the material used and the printing speed. This also helps users to achieve consistent and optimal curing.
Launched in August of 2018, Cobalt Graphics is a new player in the Canadian printing industry founded from a series of acquisitions of smaller, wide-format distribution companies across the country, and of Ernest Green & Son, the largest independent distributor of graphic arts products in Canada. The company, therefore, has a wide-ranging knowledge of the total print industry – with specific expertise in the wide-format, commercial offset and flexographic markets.