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Flatbed Roundup

Part 2

Part 3 of 3

By Kim Crowley

Last week the first part of our flatbed roundup introduced new hardware and updates to existing product lines. This week’s article outlines recent advancements from additional manufacturers.

EFI Rastek
EFI Rastek offers two flatbed products for entry-level use—the T660 and H700 printers. The T660 flatbed UV is a five- by four-foot printer designed for small signage and specialty applications. The printer was recently featured at the ISA show in Las Vegas, NV. Its true grayscale printheads are ideal for specialty applications like lenticular, close view projects, membrane touch switch panels, short-run package prototyping, and variable data. The H700 combination flatbed generates photographic-quality indoor and outdoor prints in four colors, plus white.

Hewlett-Packard (HP)
HP announced the HP Scitex FB7500 printer at the SGIA 2008 trade show in Atlanta, GA. Designed for up close POP/POS applications, exhibition graphics, signage, backlit displays, and posters, the HP Scitex FB7500 offers speeds of up to 5,380 square feet per hour (sf/h).

The HP Scitex FB6700 printer is best suited for screen printers and high-production printing environments. It features a fully automated workflow and uses water-based HP Scitex WB300 Supreme Inks, which are UV-, water-, and abrasion-resistant.  

The HP Scitex FB6100 converts from a roll-fed to a flatbed printer. It features fast-drying UV inks and an eight-color gamut with an optional white ink kit.

Mimaki USA, Inc.
Mimaki’s best-selling flatbed is the JF-1631. The JF prints on rolled media. The Mimaki UJV-160 is a hybrid machine. The roll-to-roll large format UV-curable inkjet printer comes with a standard flatbed attachment for printing on rigid substrates.

Mutoh America, Inc.
The ValueJet VJ-1608 64-inch flatbed prints at speeds up to 120 sf/h at 720 dpi. This hybrid includes an out-of-the-box roll-to-roll mechanism. It prints on media up to ten millimeters thick with an automatic head height adjustment at a maximum resolution of 1,440 dpi. It utilizes five heaters to ensure correct media drying and uses Mutoh’s Mubio ink, composed of more than 80 percent renewable, plant-derived resources.

Océ North America
In February 2009, Océ introduced the Océ Arizona 350 XT printer, a UV-curable flatbed model capable of producing rigid prints as large as 98.4x120 inches and up to 1.89 inches thick. With the roll media option installed, users print onto flexible media up to 87 inches wide. The printer also offers a white ink option for under-printing on non-white media, over-printing for backlit applications on transparent media, and/or printing white as a spot color. Océ VariaDot imaging technology is designed to deliver near-photographic image quality.

Printing Imaging Technologies, S.L. (PIT)
Based in Spain, PIT offers the PIT-FB-UV series of flatbeds using Konica printheads with a maximum print resolution of 1,440 dpi. The PIT-FB-UV-2030-16 model offers a maximum print width of 80 inches and a speed of 360 sf/h.

Recent enhancements to PIT UV flatbeds include an improved vacuum table, capability for white and varnish, and improved electronics.

Recent additions from Teckwin include the TeckStorm R, for both rigid and flexible material. The company revealed the hybrid in early 2009 due to customer demand. It has a stable, continuous roll feeding system to help avoid the moving skews that are often found on hybrid and combo printers.

TeckStorm is the company’s best-selling flatbed printer, which is fitted with Xaar 760 printhead technology. Printing speed varies, including 245 sf/h based on different print modes. A hood protects the carriage area, making it safer for the operator and the environment.

Triangle Digital INX Co.
Triangle’s Milano (MXP) printer series includes the Milano 2504cS and 2054cS printers, with maximum print widths of 98 and 80 inches, respectively. The Milano MXP printers have the capability to do variable printing, for projects such as customized real estate signs. Both printers also have full bleed capabilities.

WP Digital AG
WP Digital offers the Virtu RS25 and the Virtu RS35 hybrid flatbeds. Both feature a maximum resolution of 1,200 dpi. Virtu RS25 has a maximum print width of 98 inches and a speed of up to 1,500 sf/h. The Virtu RS35 has a maximum print width of 137 inches and a speed of up to 2,150 sf/h. The printers are suitable for substrates up to 3.7 inches thick. Recent enhancements include an optional continuous feeding unit. A mesh kit for textiles is also available.

Learn more about flatbeds and benefits of owning a hybrid solution in the June issue of Digital Output.

Click here to read Part 1 of this exclusive online series, Versatile Flatbeds.
Click here to read Part 2 of this exclusive online series, Flatbed Roundup.

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May2009, Digital Output

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