Wide-Format Innovations on Display at GRAPH EXPO

GRAPH EXPO’s Press/Finishing/PackPrint/Photo Imaging show floor sections feature a host of new wide-format products—including product debuts and MUST SEE ’EMS winners.

This year in Chicago, exhibitors have used GRAPH EXPO as a launch pad to debut new wide-format products.

Roland DGA (Booth 3451) debuted 64" SOLJET Pro 4 XR-640. The Pro 4 is engineered for production printing with a dual inline and mirrored print head configuration that yields exceptional image quality and high print speeds. Integrated contour cutting produces graphics of virtually any shape. With the Pro 4, Roland has introduced a new generation of eco-solvent ink, Eco-Sol MAX 2, in nine colors: CMYK, light cyan, light magenta, white, metallic silver, and light black.

Canon USA Inc. (Booth 400) showcased five imagePROGRAF large-format printers—the iPF9400, iPF9400S, iPF8400, iPF6450, and iPF6400. The printers offer improved color stability designed for precise, ultra high-quality print performance with increased speed and productivity. All of these models utilize Canon’s LUCIA EX pigment ink set, an enhanced multi-sensor, and advanced printing technologies.


MUST SEE ’EMS winners

Three products from the MUST SEE ’EMS fall into the “Pressroom Wide-Format” category and are on display at GRAPH EXPO.

Epson America (Booth 636) showcased the Epson SureColor S50670 64" solvent printer. This printer incorporates a dual array of Epson MicroPiezo TFP print heads to deliver extremely small droplet sizes, and four times the nozzles of Epson’s previous solvent printer. Epson UltraChrome GS2 ink delivers up to five colors with a radical new high density White ink to accommodate a broad range of indoor and outdoor signage applications.

The HP Designjet L26500 Printer from Hewlett-Packard (Booth 1227) is a large-format solution using water-based HP Latex Inks and HP Thermal Inkjet printing technologies. The 61" device prints with speeds up to 246 sqft/hr and a maximum resolution of 1200 dpi.

Xanté (Booth 2449) is demonstrating the Excelagraphix 4200 powered by Memjet. It is a 42" wide inkjet printing system that also brings unrivaled speed, performance, and affordability for short-run and variable data color printing to packaging, including folding carton and corrugated cardboard.


Other wide-format highlights

EFI (Booth 2000) is showcasing two wide-format products. The EFI VUTEk GS3250LX is a fully loaded, production-level LED UV-curing hybrid printer. The EFI R3225 is a 3.2-meter roll-to-roll, entry-level production UV inkjet printer that offers stunning image quality, low total cost of ownership, and access to a wide range of flexible substrates at production speeds, all at a price of around $160,000.

Van Son Holland (Booth 2054) is demonstrating its line of premium inks. Its water-based pigment and dye-based inks are designed for 10,000-piezo printhead devices, such as Mimaki, Epson, Mutoh, and Roland. The product line includes dye sublimination, solvent, and eco-solvent, as well as regular and Power Chrome Pigment-based formulations.

Mutoh (Booth 3644) is showing off the new ValueJet 1638 - 64" Eco-solvent printer, which prints up to 1,000 sqft/hr.

Fujifilm (Booth 414) has highlighted two products during GRAPH EXPO. The Inca Onset S40i flatbed UV inkjet printer meets the high-volume, fast-turnaround production needs of specialist display print companies, using 168 new generation, user-replaceable printheads (28 per color) on a full width print array delivering a 28 picolitre drop size.

The Acuity LED 1600 wide-format inkjet UV-LED printer from Fujifilm features print speeds up to 215 sqft/hr and an 8-color ink set providing a wide color gamut and smooth tonal gradations for production of high resolution quality images.

Durst Image Technology US (Booth 858) presents the new Rho P10 250, which defines a new quality standard for industrial production level machines. At the heart of the P10 250 printer, are the new Quadro Array 10 printheads. This creates the stunning “fine art” print quality at 1000 dpi resolution, producing finer tone, sharper text and smooth gradations. The P10 250 also features light colors for the best in quarter tones, and can print these with no loss in production speeds. The P10 250 provides customers with the opportunity to not only enter new markets, but also supply a quality of print previously unattainable.

The :Jeti 3020 Titan from Agfa Graphics (Booth 627) is a field-upgradeable, UV-curable wide-format inkjet printing system designed to handle heavy workloads. Its base configuration of 16 heads expands to 48 heads, providing a wide spectrum of speed, image quality, and color capabilities.

Agfa’s :Anapurna M2540 FB is an entry-level, flatbed UV inkjet printing system, specifically designed for printing on rigid substrates. It uses six colors (CMYKLcLm) and White, and features four production speeds. Its maximum speed is 484 sqft/hr at 720x360 dpi resolution. High-quality Photo Mode prints at 86 sqft/hr with resolution of 720x1440 dpi.

Mimaki’s (Booth 3439) new JV400LX Series of wide-format Latex printers is a radical departure from other Latex offerings currently on the market. The JV400LX Series comes in a 53" and 63" printing width and is ideal for indoor and outdoor signage.

The new JV400SUV Series combines the flexibility of solvent printing with the durability of UV cured inks, resulting in smooth, glossy prints, which simulate the appearance of being coated yet retaining the color brightness expected from a solvent printer. The JV400SUV Series comes in 53" and 63" printing widths and utilizes two newly developed piezo print heads with four rows of 320 nozzles per head for top quality, high speed, variable dot printing.