After a full year in production, Paul Moebius is pretty jacked about what he’s seeing from the Truepress Jet 2500UV. With a 98.4-inch maximum print width, the grand-format inkjet printer from Screen USA was installed in 2011 at Digital One Color, the firm that Moebius founded. The versatile San...
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“We wanted a printer that not only could keep up with new customer requirements, but also would allow us to propose and produce options that the customer hadn’t thought of before, that would impress them,” said co-owner Debbie Jaue, whose company got its start with a legendary Durst Lambda digital laser photo printer. “The ability to do that sets you apart from the competition and makes you very valuable. Our new Rho printer gives us that ability.”
The P10 250 produces fine color graduations and virtually perfect color reproduction, while maintaining high levels of cost-efficiency and flexibility. The added ability to print light cyan and light magenta further enhances its image quality and range. The device can print simultaneously on two parallel panels or rolls, raising its productivity and versatility even further. And it can run unattended 24/7, said Durst.
Another Durst shop is Astek Inc., formerly a traditional screen printer of wall coverings that has evolved into one of Hollywood’s premier digital imagers for the entertainment industry, major retailers, and leading design firms. This past spring, the Van Nuys, CA, firm took delivery of North America’s first Rho P10 320R printer. The 10.5-foot, 10-picoliter UV inkjet digital , roll-to-roll device features top output speeds of 1,615 sqft/hr. Like PE Plus, Astek also has added a flatbed Rho P10 250 UV inkjet—its sixth Durst printer.
Astek offers flexible output on vinyl, Mylar, window film, canvas, self-adhesive, acetate, natural and fabric materials—and all can be printed in full roll-length runs. Flatbed printing onto almost any rigid substrate up to 1½-inches thick—acrylic, wood, metal, even bubble wrap—also is available
The Rho P10 320R establishes a new quality standard for industrial roll-to-roll printing, said Durst. Precision components include a proprietary magnetic linear drive carriage system for efficient, accurate printing. Image quality is ideally suited for high visibility backlit applications. The Rho P10 32R also prints directly onto textiles and stretch media. Productivity is enhanced by its ability to print two 1.6m rolls of material side by side, with different images on each. The single large roll option allows for uninterrupted operation.
“Our clientele spans a variety of different industries, including fashion retail, hospitality, architecture, interior design, motion picture, and television, and we work with these companies to tackle challenges from giant murals to POP displays,” said Aaron Kirsch, president of Astek, whose handiwork designing and fabricating realistic interiors was seen in summer Hollywood blockbusters “Men in Black III” and “Battleship.”
Size and Speed
Also this spring, Vinyl Xpress of Ontario, Canada, added a Mimaki UJV-160 flatbed printer and a JV34-260 super-wide-format printer to its inventory, giving it the capability of printing sizes up to 104-inches wide. Vinyl Xpress specializes in producing signage for businesses, trade shows, and retailers ranging from banner printing to vinyl graphics and beyond.
Since 2001, Vinyl Xpress has been serving Canadian and international clients ranging from small businesses to major retailers such as The Hudson's Bay Company (HBC), Sears Canada, and Levi’s. From standard prints, large backlit posters, vinyl banners, and graphics for windows, floors, and vehicles to fabric prints and decals/logos/vinyl lettering, Vinyl Xpress provides its clients with high-impact, rich-looking printed materials. “The stunning quality and unprecedented turnaround times of these [Mimaki] machines are just the latest efforts to better serve a growing clientele with unlimited options,” said co-owner Tal Kasimov.
In addition to their size output and vivid color reproduction, the new machines add incalculable creativity options not possible with standard inks. The UJV-160 is designed to print on both rigid and roll-to-roll media, making it ideal for printing onto almost anything including paper, vinyl, fabric, magnets, wood, plastic, steel, carpet, leather, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), boat sails, wood, glass, and many other substrates.