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Gandinnovations - 2/10/2009

Gandinnovations Brings Intelligent Robotics to the Digital Industry Production Line to Boost Output

Gandinnovations™, a world leader in grand format digital printer innovations brings robotic technology to the 
grand format digital print world with the creation of its high-speed automatic loading robot, affectionately called 
H.A.L. which stands for ‘High-speed Auto Loader’. H.A.L. was designed to work in synchronization with all Jeti 
True flatbed digital printers to achieve maximum production efficiency.  

"Robotics is a branch of engineering which involves the conception, design, manufacturing, and operation of 
robots, what we’ve done is overlap this technology with electronic engineering and artificial intelligence to 
produce the ultimate in productivity," says James Gandy, CEO at the company's Canadian-based manufacturing 
facility. "H.A.L. allows customers to perform multiple roles with more speed, precision and agility than ever before. 
They can now operate two machines at once, completing jobs faster and with more accuracy unsupervised."

Technology that continues to revolutionize the digital print industry
Designed to run 24/7, around the clock, H.A.L. will boost the production speed of any Jeti True Flatbed.  It can 
handle materials simultaneously on two Jeti Flatbed printers’ situated back to back using new configurable 
technology and software that surpasses conventional automation or manual solutions. "H.A.L. will give our 
customers the perfect solution for running total maximum production on up to two Jeti flatbed printers with minimal 
effort," says Hary Gandy, Gandinnovations' President based out of corporate offices in San Antonio, Texas.  

H.A.L.'s ‘magic eye’ – an intelligent camera station – evaluates the condition of material for damages and 
pre-determines the position to ensure perfect loading every time.  H.A.L. also scrutinizes the job for 
contamination between the transfer head vacuum cups and material between pre-selected cycles. 
H.A.L. is capable of handling thin, flexible or rigid, non-porous materials up to 10mm thick, of 4ft x 8ft (1.2mtr x 
2.4mtr) and 5ft x 10ft (1.5mtr x 3mtr) sheet sizes with stack heights up to 0.50 inches (127cm) and operates 
with a fully enclosed safety cell with safety interlocks. The standard print-to-print cycle is less than 60 seconds
when used in conjunction with high-speed print heads, reducing the number of print passes.  H.A.L. further 
eliminates the possibility of costly head strikes by detecting sheet corner damage up to .040 inches (1 cm), and 
sheets with reasonably straight edges are repeatedly and accurately placed on the print bed within .040 inches 
(1 cm).

The software comes with an option to monitor print jetting after pre-selected cycles are complete.  H.A.L. also 
visually inspects the test pattern on the border to ensure minimal risk of producing scrap should print anomalies 
occur, as well as contamination between transfer head vacuum cups and sheets following completion of 
pre-selected cycles by visually inspecting the pick area. 

Customers are able to extend production beyond normal work shift by running out sheet supply skid.  Once the 
job is complete H.A.L. unloads the print bed and places the finished job in an allocated area.

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