Océ has announced the new Océ Arizona 360 GT and Océ Arizona 360 XT flatbed printer models with enhancements over previous models that enable its customers to increase productivity and application versatility and open doors to technical and industrial applications.
The Océ Arizona 360 GT model features the standard table size of 49 by 98.4 inches while the Océ Arizona 360 XT model features an extra large table size of 98.4 by 120 inches. Both offer an Express Mode print speed of up to 377 square feet per hour, which is ideal for banner and outdoor work. A new High Definition print mode delivers incredibly fine feature reproduction including the ability to print text as small as two-point size, enabling print providers to offer higher-margin technical and industrial applications such as printing on lenticular lenses and membrane panels.
These new models include a UV curing system designed by Océ that provides more UV energy to support difficult-to-cure media while reducing heat at the media surface by 50 percent. This improves support for heat-sensitive media such as thin polystyrene or polyester films.
Both models also feature a new-style tabletop that allows very thin media to be printed directly on the table without mechanical distortion of the media into the vacuum holes. This enables users to print very thin, flexible materials on the flatbed table, if they do not have the Roll Media Option installed.
Océ VariaDot imaging technology for high quality and cost savings
The Océ Arizona 360 GT and Océ Arizona 360 XT printers use UV curable inks and Océ VariaDot imaging technology to deliver near-photographic image quality for nearly any application. Printers equipped with Océ VariaDot technology can simultaneously jet smaller 6, 12, and 18 picoliter droplets for the production of sharp images with smooth gradients and quartertones. This technology also provides the ability to jet larger 30, 36, and 42 picoliter droplets for the production of dense, uniform solid colors. The result is near-photographic image quality with sharpness only before seen at resolutions of 1,440 dpi or higher. Print providers should never have to refuse a job because of their clients' expectations for high quality output, when using an Océ Arizona 360 GT or Océ Arizona 360 XT printer.
In addition to superior image quality, Océ VariaDot imaging technology requires only four-color inks to achieve the best image quality in the industry, based on the six DPI/SGIA Product of the Year Awards earned by the Océ Arizona Series of printers, more than any other UV flatbed printer on the market. The clever use of only four colors, jetted in variable-sized droplets, results in significantly lower ink consumption than printers that use fixed droplet inkjet technology or require six colors to achieve sufficient print quality. On average, all Océ Arizona Series printers consume less than 8 ml of ink per square meter, including all maintenance; less than any other flatbed printer Océ has tested to date.
Select the table size that fits the job
Designed as true flatbed systems, the Océ Arizona 360 GT and Océ Arizona 360 XT printers can print on a wide variety of rigid substrates up to 1.89 inches thick. Each uses a vacuum system to hold media stationary on a flat surface, assuring accurate registration even on multiple imaging passes. Full bleeds can be printed, saving time and labor costs in finishing.
The standard size table on the Océ Arizona 360 GT printer can accommodate a 49.2 by 98.4 inch rigid board, and is designed to handle the vast majority of display graphics jobs.
The extra large size of the Océ Arizona 360 XT printer enables printing of oversized sheets and objects up to 98.4 by 120 inches in size. Two independent vacuum systems in the Océ Arizona 360 XT model also enable the printer to be used in a continuous imaging mode for rigid media up to 49.2 by 98.4 inches (or a standard four- by eight-foot board). Two rigid boards can be placed on different areas of the flatbed table. While one board is being printed, the operator can change the other. Since the system never has to stop printing for a media change, no time is lost between prints and significantly higher net productivity can be achieved. Up to 87 four- by eight-foot boards can be produced in a single eight-hour shift on the Océ Arizona 360 XT printer using Express print mode, making it a great solution for typical sign and display work that would otherwise go to the screen press.
Available options for both models
A Roll Media Option is available, giving print providers the ability to print onto flexible media including vinyl, self-adhesive vinyl, scrim banner, paper and blue backed paper without compromising the rigid printing workflow.
A White Ink Option is also available that enables under-printing for non-white media or objects, over-printing for backlit applications on transparent media and/or printing white as a spot color. Because the White Ink Option enables users to take advantage of these high-value, high-margin application opportunities, more than 90 percent of Océ Arizona printer purchasers have selected this important option for their printer since its introduction in 2008.