CET Color debuted a new line-up of UV wide-format printers that are sure to gain the attention of the digital wide-format market. CET has made it possible for small-to-medium sign and digital service bureaus to join the big league of large-format printers with a "$100,000 Print & Cut System" and a 72-inch hybrid capable of printing roll-to-roll and on substrates up to one-inch thick.
The "$100,000 Print & Cut System" consists of a true flatbed printer, the X-Press F512, the X-Press CNC router and proprietary software that can produce high quality digitally printed and die-cut graphics on a wide variety of media.
"Other suppliers of printing and cutting equipment cannot match the productivity, quality and price of the CET $100,000 Print & Cut System," said Dave Cich, vice president of CET.
Cich also stated that no other printer at this price range can boast of production print speeds of up to 850 sqft/hr and a 1440 x 1440-dpi print resolution. The true UV- flatbed printer can be configured with six to 16 Konica 512M print heads utilizing a 14-picoliter drop size, and with either a 4x8-foot, 5x10-foot, or 6x10-foot table. The X-Press Printers can produce graphics with very fine detail and text down to 4 pt. The Konica print heads together with specially formulated UV-curable inks give the printers an ultra-wide color gamut, quick curing and good adhesion to foam board, styrene, corrugated plastics, PVC board, fabrics, vinyl banner, as well as a vast selection of other materials. Popular white ink, spot colors, and a UV varnish are available as options. Although the X-Press Printer and Router are designed as a system, buyers can order separately or mix-and-match according to application needs.
The X-Press F512R, a UV Hybrid Printer, can be ordered in a 72-inch or 120-inch version. The 72-inch X-Press can print rigid and roll media up to 72-inch wide by any length, and up to one inch thick. It utilizes the same Konica 512M printhead and inks as the X-Press flatbed, and it can be ordered with four, five, or six heads. The 120-inch X-Press can be ordered with four, six, or eight printheads. The output quality is up to 1440 x 1440 dpi, at speeds up to 680 sqft an hour. The environmentally friendly UV inks contain no VOC's.