Sign & Digital Graphics

May '19

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DIGITAL PRINTING AND FINISHING DIGITAL GRAPHICS lot of the interest in our VUTEk h3 printer. It is a high-end 126-inch-wide hybrid device that prints up to 74 boards per hour and one of the critical things about it for our customers is that it can be upgraded in the field to an h5 model, which runs up to 109 boards per hour. For printers to run at these speeds, minimizing the non-print time is critical. If a printer can print a board in 30 seconds but it has 30 seconds between boards, you cut your speed in half." Latex Changes the Rules Thomas Giglio, business development manager at HP, Belvidere, Illinois, believes that the introduction of Latex flatbed printing has turned out to be the biggest disruption to the flatbed industry since Océ launched the Arizona vari- able drop printer in 2005. "Overall, the industry is seeing bet- ter image quality at sellable production speeds. Additionally, newer platforms are greatly expanding the application range and substrate compatibility." He adds that recent gains in the speed and productivity of flatbeds have been good news for output providers. "More applications that have traditionally been printed using other means (litho, flexo, screen printing) are being moved over to digital flatbed printers because of their increased agility, image quality, application range and ability to deliver in tighter deadlines. Versioning and customization have also driven more work to higher-production flatbed platforms." Automation is Huge Becky McConnell, product marketing manager, Fujifilm North America Corp., Graphics Systems Division, Hanover Park, Illinois, says that one of the big trends she is seeing in today's high-production printers is in automation. "I know automation has been very popular in recent years from a 34 • May 2019 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S The HP Latex R2000 printer is said to offer unprecedented qual- ity and colors on rigid media up to 98 inches (2.5 m) for sustained production. (Image courtesy of HP) The SpyderX allows for both rigid and flexible printing, resulting in a wide variety of applications from menu boards to banners to backlit signs and permanent indoor displays. (Image courtesy of Fujifilm) "The Nyala 3 offers add-ons like a roll-to-roll option and is also available as speed model, cleverly combining productivity and quality," says Kyritsi (Image courtesy of SwissQprint.)

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