Agfa Graphics is launching North American sales of its new :M-Press LEOPARD at SGIA 2011. The :M-Press LEOPARD brings advanced inkjet technology to display producers who want versatility and high quality at a considerably lower investment point and with the same very low variable production cost as the original :M-Press TIGER.
Designed for print service providers who look for best in class quality and speed and who require fast change-over between jobs, the :M-Press LEOPARD is an ideal solution. The prints are suited for all interior and exterior applications where color gamut and accurate durability are essential. The machine can work with a broad range of materials in thicknesses of up to 2 inches, and output onto multiple sheets in the same job.
The new :M-Press LEOPARD incorporates the same inkjet shuttle technology as the :M-Press TIGER, enabling users to output the highest quality at speeds up to 71 sheets/hr (3,179 ft²/hr). The UPH 2 (Universal Print Head) greyscale variable droplet technology guarantees precision dot placement for the reproduction of the finest graduations and vivid solid colors. Instant curing ensures jobs are ready for finishing as soon as they have been printed.
Agfa Graphics’ :M-Press LEOPARD utilizes a simplified feed system, with manual loading based on the ergonomic concept and proven technology of Thieme’s 55 vacuum-zoned universal print table. This ensures accurate and fast positioning of the substrate onto the bed, with precise registration pins on both the left and the right side of the bed to make single and double-sided printing easy. Heavy substrates up to 44 lb/m2 can be pushed towards registration pins in the back side of the table. The variable vacuum zones hold the thinnest and most flexible papers or materials completely flat so that they can easily be printed alongside rigid substrates.
The new production printer joins the company’s expanding portfolio of wide-format solutions which ranges from the entry-level and mid-range UV-curable :Anapurna series, through the :Jeti family of industrial units to the high-end :M-Press TIGER.
SGIA Expo attendees can visit Agfa Graphics’ booths (#935 & 945) to see various inkjet systems running live. The booths will also feature the Agfa Graphics Application Zone, a comprehensive showcase of real-world applications that creatively demonstrate unusual inkjet output.