Must-See Wide-Format Technology

Thanks to the partnership of the International Sign Association and GASC, print pros from sign and display shops have their own “one-stop shop” at the show, and commercial printers as well can learn about the latest applications and opportunities in wide-format direct from the industry gurus. Here, education will also focus on new entries and veterans into the sign market with individualized guidance on why and how to diversify and grow their business into signs/displays.

Wide-format products will also be on display throughout the PRINT 13 exhibition hall. Be sure to check out these MUST SEE ’EMS winners in the “Pressroom: Wide Format” category.

Canon U.S.A., Inc. (Booth 502) is showcasing the Océ Arizona 660 XT: which features six independent ink channels, multiple print configurations, and an extra-large table size. All Océ Arizona 660 models feature six independent ink channels that can be configured to suit the needs of the PSP. They can also be configured for maximum productivity or optimized white ink utility; or with both white ink and varnish for maximum versatility.

For those shops that focus on retail signage or other standard graphics applications and require the highest throughput, channels five and six can be configured to enhance print speed by adding extra cyan and magenta nozzle capacity. Called CM2 (C-M-squared), this innovation results in production prints with uniformity and smoothness comparable to those produced in Quality mode. CM2 configured printers also feature Production-Squared print mode with print speeds of more than 495 sqft /hr—nearly 25% faster than Production mode. CM2 printing offers higher quality in all the Production print modes and faster printing speeds.

Canon U.S.A. is also displaying the Océ ColorWave 900 printer, closing the gap between digital inkjet and traditional offset technology. Designed for the graphic arts; architecture, engineering, and construction; and geographic information systems markets, this printer offers a digital workflow that can help increase productivity, lower running costs and increase flexibility for variable data and short- to medium-run length print jobs.

The Océ ColorWave 900 printer has a raw print speed of more than 12,000 sqft/hr. Delivering 3.4 billion, 1.2 picoliter drops of aqueous ink per second, the machine is able to produce resolutions of 1600x1600 dpi.

With a maximum media width of 42", the Océ ColorWave 900 printer incorporates the six media roll capacity of the Océ ColorWave 650 devices, possessing a total input capacity of 13,650 square feet (up to 650 feet per roll). The output is cut and delivered—dry and ready to use—into a high-capacity stacker, which features dual delivery trays for concurrent printing and unloading to further maximize uptime and increase productivity.

EFI’s (Booth 2602) latest UV-curable digital press represents a true replacement for analog equipment with the productivity of screen and image quality approaching offset. The 3.2m EFI VUTEk HS100 Pro is a high-speed digital UV press with productivity and image quality that will appeal to screen printers and the commercial sector wanting a cost-effective digital platform to produce longer sheet runs at a low total cost of ownership.

EFI VUTEk GS-TF is a patented, flexible UV curable digital ink and printer system that enables direct printing to substrates for deep-draw thermoforming applications such as POP displays, backlit electrical signage, vending and gaming machine panels, packaging, and consumer product applications that are difficult to decorate.

The EFI VUTEk Pro-TF Ink opens an entirely new market for PSPs, by bringing what was once a separate thermoforming decoration task among sign installation experts to the digital printing space. By replacing what is often a manual, airbrushed decoration process, thermo-formable inks generate significant time and money savings while bringing a new level of high-impact, full-color design opportunities to thermoformed signage and graphic display products.

EFI’s Pin & Cure imaging technology, driven by the Orion OS platform, delivers precise ink lay-down for critical color accuracy and consistency, gloss control and a increased color gamut —all with the productivity and digital efficiencies to accommodate more versioning and localization. With throughput speeds at rates of up to 100 boards per hour and up to 50 boards per hour in P-O-P mode, the VUTEk HS100 Pro comes with true greyscale print head technology and up to eight colors, including white and specials, for maximum ink yield and a low cost per print over analog.

The Excelagraphix 4200-P from Xanté (Booth 5007) is a 42" wide inkjet print system changes everything you know about high-speed full color printing. The complete turnkey solution features the Memjet Waterfall Printhead Technology that delivers more than three billion drops of ink per second, for blazing print speeds up to eight times faster (up to 12" per second) than traditional inkjet technology. The adjustable media path allows users to print on a wide variety of media, including ultrathick foam board and corrugated cardboard (up to 3/8" thick) and sheet sizes from 8.27x12" up to 42x50". It is driven by the iQueue Prepress Workflow. IQueue automates prepress production and makes it easy to manage multiple digital files, make independent CMYK / density adjustments, match critical spot colors, select the desired linescreen, screen angles and dot shape. You can also apply and save custom imposition templates, nudge/rotate a digital file on a specific sheet size, track multiple run counts, and estimate individual job cost from multiple user workstations.