Screen's Truepress family of digital printing systems continues to add new members with capabilities to address different opportunities for printers in a changing marketplace. At Print '09, Screen (USA) will introduce the Truepress Jet1600UV-F, a high-quality inkjet printing system developed for the sign and display business.
"The Truepress Jet1600UV-F delivers high precision and high flexibility," said Bill Brunone, vice president of targeted inkjet systems for Screen (USA). "This easy-to-use flatbed device is built around the latest technology for inkjet printing and UV-LED curing."
The Truepress Jet1600UV-F prints images as wide as 63 inches (1,602 mm) and as long as 122 inches (3,100 mm). It is capable of printing 140 square feet (13 square meters) per hour on a diverse array of substrates up to 1.96 inches (50 mm) thick.
Several unique features make the Truepress Jet1600UV-F ideal for printing operations that require high performance. The inks are hard-dried using ultraviolet rays produced by dedicated light emitting diodes (LEDs). The UV-LED light source used by the Truepress Jet1600UV-F generates very low heat during imaging, increasing the range of media that it can handle efficiently. As a result, the Truepress Jet1600UV-F accommodates such heat-sensitive materials as foam and channel boards, PVC, acrylic and styrene panels without warping or distortions. The UV-LED light source also lasts longer and draws less electricity than conventional UV lamps so its impact on the environment is minimized.
"The UV-LED technology helps achieve low energy consumption and a work environment mostly free of volatile organic compounds," Brunone said.
A newly created imaging system features eight individual printing heads that support rapid printing. The enhanced productivity allows the Truepress Jet1600UV-F to take on fast-turnaround jobs in quick succession.
The new head positioning system incorporates a high-resolution linear scale. The extremely precise dot placement translates into legible type on large-size prints, even when outputting sizes down to 3-point text. The reproduction is exceptionally sharp and the tints and gradations exceedingly smooth thanks to the maximum resolution of 1,200 dpi x 1,200 dpi, coupled with the piezo variable-drop printhead that emits up to seven dot sizes.
Two types of UV ink, one for flexible media and the other for rigid media, give operators a great deal of choice in printing applications. Available in four process colors, the flexible UV ink can be stretched by up to 200 percent, as well as cast or bent. It exhibits excellent performance on white media, including substrates employed for packaging, POP displays and life-size panels.
The rigid ink resists friction and exposure to damaging chemicals. This ink series is particularly well suited to printing on aluminum composite panels and decorative illuminated film. It is offered with cyan, magenta, yellow, black and white inks. The addition of white ink ensures high-quality color output on transparent, metallic and colored media.