The Hottest Products From PRINTING United
The PRINTING United Digital Experience was the 2020 showcase for many of the product launches that had been scheduled for drupa and other trade shows. Here’s a quick look at products that were featured.
Canon Arizona 2300
The Canon Arizona 2300 Series UV curable flatbed printers are built around the Arizona FLOW technology, a vacuum technique that supports a zone-less, multi-origin table layout. FLOW technology offers up to 20% more productivity, as it requires less masking and taping, and is supported by three-sided pneumatic registration pins to better secure the substrate in place on the table. The pneumatic registration pins allow customers to print from edge to edge on the substrate, to align substrates to either the left or the right edge of the table, or both. Users can also easily and accurately print double-sided, as well as print on odd-shaped, heavy, smooth, or pre-cut media without the use of a jig. Additionally, this series also provides customers with the ability to print up to 1,001 sq. ft./hr. The automated maintenance system offers hands-free printhead maintenance and reduces downtime by restoring nozzle function in as little as 24 seconds — including white ink, which can be difficult to maintain. Its high-resolution camera alignment system enables easy, quick, and precise printhead alignment and flatbed table mapping.
Epson SureColor S-Series
Epson’s 64˝ SureColor S-Series solvent printers with a bulk ink system — the SureColor S60600L and the SureColor S80600L — enhance productivity while supporting a low total cost of ownership. The SureColor S60600L features a four-color bulk ink pack system, and the SureColor S80600L features a 10-color bulk ink pack system, providing double the ink capacity of previous generations for a low ink cost per milliliter, and minimized waste when compared to Epson cartridge systems. The SureColor S80600L is a premium print solution capable of hitting 98.2% Pantone coverage. Both models offer more than 30% better ink efficiency than comparable latex solutions, and produce outstanding decals, labels, banners, and more at $0.165 per milliliter.
Roland DGA TrueVIS VF2-640
Roland DGA’s new TrueVIS VF2-640 is a 64˝ eco-solvent wide-format printer. The first “print-only” model to be offered within Roland DG’s TrueVIS series, the VF2-640 inherits a host of features from the TrueVIS VG2 series of printer/cutters. Along with the VF2 comes a TR2 green ink that, when combined with vibrant TR2 orange ink in process colors, allows for a significantly wider gamut. This specially formulated TR2 green ink is also now available for use with the TrueVIS VG2 series. Like VG2-printed graphics, output produced by the VF2 with standard TR2 inks has earned both the 3M MCS Warranty and the Avery Dennison ICS Performance Guarantee, providing customers with assurance of the quality and durability of their graphics.
Fujifilm Acuity LED 1600R
Featuring Q-Class printheads from FUJIFILM Dimatix, the Acuity LED 1600R is a 64˝ dedicated roll-to-roll press, offering four color channels, with the option of a modular upgrade to seven colors. It features a high-density mode capable of handling heat-sensitive roll media while printing vibrant displays, making it suitable for backlit and window applications. It can print up to 355 sq. ft./hr. Producing low levels of heat and requiring lower ink volumes and less power than similar machines, the Acuity LED 1600R has instant start-up, long-life UV-LED lamps, no ozone or VOC emissions, and only one consumable — the ink. Along with the new press is the new Uvijet RL ink range, which is available in CMYK and CMYK plus light Cyan and light Magenta, along with a modular upgrade option to include White. Picoliter drop sizes range from 10 to 30, allowing for smooth tonal ranges, fine text, and solid colors.
HP Latex R Series
HP’s Latex R Series printers allow in-plants to benefit from HP Latex printing on a hybrid platform. They can achieve high image quality on a range of rigid and flexible materials using HP’s water-based latex Inks. The series includes: HP Latex R2000 Plus Printer for the highest capacity and productivity, feeding materials in a roll-fed or sheetfed configuration up to 98˝ wide, printing with high-capacity five-liter cartridges, and white ink printing capability; the HP Latex R1000 Plus Printer handles media up to 64˝ wide, roll-fed or sheetfed configuration with three-liter cartridges and white ink printing capability; it is an entry-level solution at an attractive price. The R Series rigid substrate capabilities include paper and plastic foamboard, PVC foam, corrugated board, acrylic, polycarbonate, compressed cardboard, honeycomb board, aluminum composite panel, and wood. Roll substrates include PVC banner, self-adhesive vinyl, coated paper, polypropylene, polystyrene, polycarbonate, polyester, textiles, and canvas.
Agfa Jeti Tauro H3300 LED S
The latest member of the Jeti Tauro family — the Jeti Tauro H3300 LED S — is an entry-level model. This new hybrid six-color printer, with optional white and primer, boasts a top speed of 302 sq. m./hr., which can be upgraded to higher speeds. It has short startup times and easy maintenance, while featuring the same automation options. It is available in six possible configurations. Four of these are dedicated to board printing, ranging from manual to fully automatic. The 3/4 automated version makes use of an automatic board feeder. Two configurations focus on roll printing, with a master roll-to-roll and a light roll-to-roll model. It is powered by Agfa’s Asanti workflow software, with the smart Asanti Production Dashboard displaying ink and media consumption and printing time for each job and printer.
Konica Minolta AccurioPress C14000
Konica Minolta launched the AccurioPress C14000 series of high-speed toner-based digital presses. The AccurioPress C14000 prints 140 A4 ppm, and the C12000 runs at 120 ppm. They boast outstanding image quality at a resolution equivalent to 3,600x2,400 dpi. They can print on a range of media, from textured stocks to synthetics and envelopes up to 450 gsm. The new TU-510 four-side full-bleed trimmer provides highly flexible inline finishing. The press is even capable of printing eight-panel gatefold brochures in-line and book covers for finishing offline.
Ricoh Pro C5300s
Ricoh introduced the Ricoh Pro C5300s/C5310s, which provide high productivity with full-color, 2,400x4,800 dpi at up to 80 ppm. Built-in sensors aid front-to-back registration. They support a range of media, including specialty stocks, synthetics, envelopes, and oversized sheet options. These presses maintain their impressive image quality on media up to 360 gsm. Both the Ricoh Pro C5300s and C5310s are ENERGY STAR certified, and carry an EPEAT Gold rating.
Printware iJetColor Pro 1175P
The iJetColor Pro 1175P from Printware is a high-speed, rugged, industrial envelope press that incorporates HP’s PageWide full-color thermal inkjet technology. The HP FI-1000 printhead generates full-color images using pigment-based, durable ink that is fade-, scratch-, and water-resistant. The iJetColor Pro 1175P is a versatile and ideal solution for high-volume print operations that produce short-run, full-bleed variable data jobs.
Kodak Prosper Ultra 520
The Kodak Prosper Ultra 520 inkjet press delivers offset-like quality at a consistent production speed of 500 fpm on glossy papers with high ink coverage and variable print. The new press is the first Kodak-manufactured press using Kodak’s revolutionary ULTRASTREAM writing system, which employs high-precision placement of smaller, perfectly round, satellite-free drops to produce high inkjet image quality. The Prosper Ultra 520 is engineered to maximize productivity by printing across a broad range of substrates using water-based inks.
The new release of WebCRD Web-to-print and production management software for in-plants from Rochester Software Associates increases flexibility. It offers more robust variable data capabilities with ImpactVDP that support new value-added services, and enhancements that further automate production processes to streamline workflow. Security updates support the latest industry standards.
Duplo’s DDC-810 digital spot UV coater utilizes inkjet technology to apply a gloss varnish to defined areas of a substrate, giving images a raised effect with texture and depth. Its CCD camera recognition system ensures image-to-image registration, and its PC controller software offers an easy-to-use operation. Designed for short run applications, the DDC-810 can process up to 21 spm (A3) and paper weights from 157 to 450 gsm (coated paper).
Standard Horizon HT-300
Standard Horizon’s new HT-300 three-side trimmer offers higher productivity and greater automation to the short-run, print-on-demand book market. It features automated setup with color touchscreen control and comes equipped with the iCE LiNK workflow and job management tool. The system offers a unique corner cut capability, optional flap cover trimming, and its automated setup can be barcode driven. The HT-300 is 35% faster than previous models and can process up to 300 books/stacks per hour. It uses a servo motor press plate that allows for the auto calibration of the press height, along with automatic pressure adjustment. Color-coded interior LED lights tell operators the machine status at a glance.
Muller Martini Prinova
Ideal for short runs, the new 9,000 cycle Muller Martini Prinova saddle stitcher has an innovative feeding station that can accommodate up to 14 individual, tiltable feeders, each equipped with servo drives. The result is incredibly quick changeovers as feeders can be operated by a single operator thanks to their loading height.
Colex Sharpcut Pro SX1732
The Sharpcut Pro SX1732 offers increased speed and acceleration, and a robust one-piece steel welded frame that delivers clean, smooth edge quality on rigid boards and roll media. The Pro includes a triple interchangeable tool head that has the ability to add tools and router options to customize for specific workflows. The Pro includes the latest vision registration software and energy efficient vacuum system.
Heidelberg Speedmaster 2020
The new Heidelberg Speedmaster 2020 presses are the most automated and intelligent Speedmasters yet, developed for maximum performance in offset printing. The presses offer enhanced Push to Stop functionality — reducing unnecessary downtime and maximizing performance — regardless of operator or job structure thanks to the new intuitive operating system, cloud interface, and intelligent assistance systems.