Sign & Digital Graphics

May '18

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • May 2018 • 35 range of applications. These can be appli- cations that few if any others are produc- ing compared to commoditized applica- tions like P.O.P., banners, posters, etc. A true, stationary flatbed provides excellent flexibility to print onto an astounding range of substrates or even imprinting already manufactured items that are not simply square or rectangular. Because the printer is stationary, a jig is not always required to hold irregular-shaped pieces in place during printing." Flexible Tech Dan Johansen, marketing manager, Wide Format Solutions, Commercial and Industrial Printing Business Group, Ricoh USA, Inc. West Caldwell, New Jersey, also points out that what's great about the flatbed space is the technology keeps becoming more and more flexible. "This encourages more creative appli- cations, which in turn encourages more flexibility. At the same time, we're see- ing flatbeds continue to increase in size and speed. The result is an explosion in capabilities and productivity in the past five years or so." The HP Scitex FB7500 is a high- volume flatbed that delivers throughput up to 500 m² (5380 ft²)/hour and is compatible with a broad range of media. (Image courtesy of HP Inc.) He adds that they are also seeing everything from small shops provid- ing short-run customized products to advanced flatbeds with expanded bed sizes designed for huge substrates and projects. "The meeting of creativity and technology are providing a way for print- ers to expand beyond traditional wide format product manufacturing and into differentiating signage, P.O.P. displays and so on." He points out that flatbeds' flexibility is one of the driving forces in the print market. "Enhancements to speed make customized runs of all sizes more finan- Roland's VersaUV LEJ-640 hybrid unit is basically an LED-UV curing roll-to-roll unit that can also print onto rigid substrates. (Image cour- tesy of Roland DGA)

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