Use Mimaki JV100-160 Eco-Solvent Printer for Outdoor-Durable Signs, Wraps, and Art

The 63-inch Mimaki JV-100-160 is a start-up-business friendly roll-to-roll wide-format inkjet printer that uses Mimaki’s SS21 eco-solvent inks to produce outdoor-durable graphics and photographic signs and displays. Mimaki’s eco-solvent inks are known for their fast-drying capabilities, superior adhesion to flexible signage media, and high scratch resistance.

The 63-inch Mimaki JV100-160 inkjet printer can use 4 or 8 colors of eco-solvent inks.

The printer can run two 4-color sets of inks (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black) at speeds of up to 667 sq. ft./hr. for simple banners and graphics.

Users who want to produce a wider range of graphics might want the JV100 printer that uses 8 colors of ink: cyan, magenta, yellow, black, light magenta, light cyan, light black, and orange ink. This ink combination provides the color range and image quality required for advertising vehicle graphics, art reproductions, black-and-white photographs, wall graphics, and point-of-purchase signs that include photos and brand colors.

The light black, light cyan, and light magenta inks help produce sharper details, higher contrasts, and smoother tonal gradations in photographs. The orange ink makes it possible to achieve a wider gamut of colors, including smoother transitions between red tones.

The inks on the JV100-160 are supplied in easy-to-use 600 ml or 2000 ml eco-cartridges that can be rapidly changed with no mess.

The eco-solvent inks on the Mimaki JV100-160 are Greenguard Gold certified, which means they meet some of the world’s most rigorous chemical exposure standards. Greenguard Gold-certified products help minimize indoor air pollution and the risk of chemical exposure.

Features

Mimaki engineered the printer and its included workflow software to make expert-level high-quality printing easy for newcomers to the wide-format graphics business. In addition to Mimaki core technologies such as variable-dot printing and nozzle checking and recovery systems, the JV100-160 includes the new labor-saving Dot Adjustment System.

Dot Adjustment System (DAS) offers automatic alignments to ensure repeatability and consistent quality of the fine lines and details expected in high-quality photographic imaging. The DAS frees operators from having to perform common adjustments themselves.

Nozzle Check Unit (NCU) and Nozzle Recovery System (NRS) work together to monitor and correct the performance of the nozzles that eject the inks from the printhead. The NCU automatically detects the condition of each nozzle. When a missing nozzle is detected, it automatically performs a cleaning. If the nozzle still isn’t working, the NRS automatically replaces defective nozzles with alternate nozzles.

Mimaki Adavanced Pass System (MAPS) provides gradation to printed pass boundaries to reduce banding and uneven colors. The result is a streak-free, high-quality printed.

Intelligent Heaters improve the performance of the ink and materials.

Raster Link 7 RIP Software converts PDFs and other design files into the dot sizes, colors, and patterns that the printer will lay down on each pass back and forth across the printer. The software is designed for quick and accurate processing of big files, including PDFs with special effects such as transparency. It can also print variable text or image data on each print for greater personalization, text in different languages, or the inclusion of regional or local information. Like other RIP software, Raster Link enables you to create super-large tiled prints (such as multi-panel wall murals) or automatically “nest” a variety of smaller prints across the full width of media roll to reduce wasting media.

Variable-drop printing means the printer can change the size of the droplet being ejected during each print job. Ink drops as small as 4 picoliters can be used to create fine details and smooth tonal gradations. Larger drop sizes are used to speed the production of areas with solid colors.

The JV100-160 printer is expected to ship in December 2020 at a suggested retail price of $12,995. An upgrade path is available for shops that want to start with the 4-color printer configuration and add 8-color capabilities later.

About Mimaki USA

Mimaki USA in Suwanee, Georgia is an operating entity of Mimaki Engineering In Japan. The company engineers and manufactures digital printers and cutters for use in the Signs and Graphics, Textile & Apparel, Industrial Printing and 3D markets. In 2019, Mimaki USA celebrated 20 years of service to print service providers in the Americas.

For more information, visit www.mimakiusa.com or on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram @MimakiUSA.

The Mimaki JV100-160 eco-solvent printer and UJV100-160 UV-LED roll-to-roll printer were both announced on November 4, 2020.

Mimaki UJV100-160 Is Full-Featured 63-in. Roll-to-Roll UV-LED Printer

The Mimaki UJV100-160 printer is a full-featured, competitively priced 63-in. roll-to-roll wide format printer that uses 4, 5, or 6 colors of UV-LED curable ink plus white and clear inks. Users of this versatile wide-format inkjet printer can output high-value, instant-dry prints on a wide variety of materials, including banner materials, adhesive-backed vinyls, clear PET window films, translucent backlit films, inkjet fabrics, and plain paper.

The Mimaki UJV100-160 uses six colors of UV-LED inks plus white and clear inks.

The UJV100-160 holds 1000 ml refillable bottles of Mimaki LUS-170 UV LED inks in six colors (cyan, magenta, yellow, black, light cyan, and light magenta) plus clear and white inks.

The six colors, combined with the printhead’s ability to precisely place various sizes of droplets on the media, help produce detailed, high-contrast images with smooth gradients between the color tones.

White ink can be used to create a base layer for bright, accurate colors on clear and translucent backlit films and fabrics.

Clear ink can be applied as an overprint layer to add textures or a glossier finish to selected areas of the print. These types of embellished prints typically command higher margins.

The bulk ink system and hot swappable inks enable the printer to be used for continuous production. The operator doesn’t have to stop the printer in the middle of a print job when one of the colors of ink runs out.

Mimaki’s LUS 170-UV LED inks are flexible enough to use for vehicle graphics, stickers, and decals. The inks don’t crack when the material is flexed to adhere to a curved surface.

The inks are also UL Greenguard Gold Certified, which means the printed graphics don’t emit hazardous chemicals. Printed graphics can be safely posted on the floors, ceilings, walls, and windows of indoor environments, including schools and healthcare facilities.

Instant lamination and delivery. Vehicle wraps, fleet graphics, and other graphics that will be exposed to high levels of abrasion or harsh conditions typically are laminated. Whereas eco-solvent inkjet prints require extra time to outgas before being laminated, the instant-dry prints made with UV-LED inks can be laminated immediately. UV-LED lamps onboard the printer fully cure the inks before the print rolls off the printer. Because the inks don’t need to dry for several hours before lamination and delivery, the 247 sq. ft./hr. maximum throughput speed of the UJV100-160 shouldn’t be compared directly with the faster throughput speeds of eco-solvent inkjet printers.

Features

The printer and its software are engineered to make high-quality printing easy for newcomers to the wide-format graphics business. The UJV100-160 features many core technologies found in Mimaki’s high-end, wider UV-LED printers, as well as Mimaki’s new Dot Adjustment System.

Dot Adjustment System (DAS) offers automatic alignments to ensure repeatability and consistent quality of the fine lines and details expected in high-quality photographic imaging. The DAS frees operators from having to perform common adjustments themselves.

The Nozzle Check Unit (NCU) and Nozzle Recovery System (NRS) work together to monitor and correct the performance of the nozzles that eject the inks from the printhead. The NCU automatically detects the condition of each nozzle. When a missing nozzle is detected, it automatically performs a cleaning. If the nozzle still isn’t working, the NRS automatically replaces defective nozzles with alternate nozzles.

Mimaki Adavanced Pass System (MAPS) provides gradation to printed pass boundaries to reduce banding and uneven colors. The result is a streak-free, high-quality printed image.

Ink Circulation Technology improves printhead performance by keeping the pigments in certain inks from settling.

Raster Link 7 RIP Software converts PDFs and other design files into the dot sizes, colors, and patterns that the printer will lay down on each pass back and forth across the printer. The software is designed for quick and accurate processing of big files, including PDFs with special effects such as transparency. It can also print variable text or image data on each print. Variable-data printing is ideal for posters that will be personalized or customized with different languages or local images.

Like other RIP software, Raster Link enables you to create super-large tiled prints (such as multi-panel wall murals) or automatically “nest” a variety of smaller prints across the full width of media roll to reduce wasting media.

Variable-drop printing means the printer can change the size of the droplet being ejected during each print job. Ink drops as small as 4 picoliters can be used to create fine details and smooth tonal gradations. Larger drop sizes are used to speed the production of areas with solid colors.

The UJV100-160 is expected to ship in December, 2020 with a retail price of $16,995.

About Mimaki USA

Mimaki USA in Suwanee, Georgia is an operating entity of Mimaki Engineering In Japan. Mimaki engineers and manufactures digital sign and graphics printers and cutters, digital textile and apparel printing systems, 3D printers, and industrial printers. In 2019, Mimaki USA celebrated 20 years of service to print service providers in the Americas.

For more information, visit www.mimakiusa.com or on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram @MimakiUSA.

The Mimaki UJV100-160 UV-LED printer and the JV100-160 eco-solvent printer were both announced on November 4, 2020

Epson Introduces Roll-to-Roll Resin-Ink Signage Printers: The SureColor R Series

The 64-inch Epson SureColor R5070 and SureColor R5070L wide-format printers are the first Epson signage printers to use resin ink technology.

Like wide-format printers that use latex inks, the Epson SureColor R series printers use water-based (aqueous) pigmented inks with an optimizer and onboard heating system. The key difference is the chemistry of the binding agent in the ink that helps the pigments form a scratch-resistant film on the surface of the many different materials used for indoor and outdoor signs and graphics. Latex is one type of binding agent; the resins in Epson RS UltraChrome inks are another type.

Epson’s 6-color resin-ink printers have been engineered to produce instant-dry, scratch-resistant, color-consistent output on materials such as wallpaper, fabrics, uncoated papers, adhesive vinyl, and other sign materials. Graphics good enough for everyday use can be output at a speed of 290 sq. ft./hr.

Many projects printed on R5070 and R5070L won’t need to be laminated. But for those jobs that do require lamination, users won’t have to wait several hours for the prints to fully dry before the laminating film is applied.

Epson SureColor R5070
The 64-in. Epson SureColor R5070 resin-ink wide-format printer uses six 1.5-liter ink packs plus optimizer to print high-quality images on a variety of roll materials including inkjet fabrics, uncoated papers, and traditional sign materials.

Sign shops equipped with both an Epson SureColor S eco-solvent ink printer and Epson R5070 or R5070L will be able to handle almost any type of print job a customer might want. The SureColor R5070 and R5070L use six colors (cyan, magenta, yellow, black, light cyan, and light magenta) for excellent image quality. Epson SureColor S printers can use red, orange, light black and white inks and hit 98% of the Pantone colors used in brand graphics. SureColor S printers can also use metallic inks.

“The SureColor R-Series printers further expand Epson’s presence in the roll-to-roll wide-format signage market by offering customers industry-leading Epson printhead technology coupled with the benefits of resin ink,” said Matt McCausland, product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America.” The SureColor R5070 and R5070L use resin ink to address a true customer need — the confidence that each print –panel to panel or job-to-job — has repeatable, consistent color.

The key difference between the R5070 and R5070L models is their ink-handling system. The R5070 uses a 1.5-liter ink pack ($0.155 per milliliter), The R5070L can hold 3 liters of ink per color ($0.125 per milliliter) for uninterrupted printing of longer run jobs. The hot-swappable ink system automatically switches from an empty 1.5-liter ink pack to a second 1.5-liter ink pack while without stopping the print job.

Epson SureColor R5070L
The 64-inch Epson SureColor R5070L wide-format resin-ink printer holds two 1.5-liter ink packs for each color and optimizer. When the first ink pack is empty, the hot-swap system can automatically switch to the full ink pack without stopping the print job.

Features

New, user-replaceable printheads. The Epson R-Series printers use new 2.6-inch PrecisionCore Micro TFP printheads that Epson developed specifically for use with the resin inks. Although these durable, long-lasting printheads aren’t considered a frequently changed consumable, a press operator could swap out the printhead in about a hour instead of waiting for a service technician to arrive.

A three-heater system for even drying. The pre-heater warms the media as it enters the printer, the platen heater maintains an even temperature for printing, and a post heater ensures that the print is fully dry before it hits the take-up roll.

High quality images. Epson’s variable-drop printing, proprietary RIP technology, vibrant inks, and optimizer enable the R-Series printers to produce exceptional image quality.

Reliable color consistency. The ability to produce repeatable, predictable color is critical to the successful production of multi-panel wall murals, signs with brand colors, and repeat jobs.

Powerful, easy-to-use software. The Epson Edge Print RIP software with an Adobe PostScript 3 engine makes it easy for newcomers to wide-format inkjet printing to set up print jobs. You can instruct the printer to match specified brand colors or automatically lay out (“nest”) the job files to get the highest number of smaller prints across the full width of the roll media.

The Epson R-Series printers can also be used with popular RIP software such as Onyx that control an integrated fleet of different types of wide-format inkjet printers.

4.3 inch touchscreen control panel. This built-in screen enables operator to control the quick-start heaters, select the media and color mode, and see the estimated print completion time.

Low maintenance. A replaceable fabric wiper system automatically cleans the printhead and removes dust prior to printing.

Versatility. Print on the wide range of roll materials available for making everything from indoor signs, posters, decorative wall art, and posters to durable graphics for floors, windows, vehicles, walls, and outdoor banners.

Immediate lamination. The prints are sufficiently scratch-resistant for many requirements. But for vehicle wraps and other jobs that require the extra protection of a laminating film, production doesn’t have to pause to allow outgassing of the printed inks.

Availability

The SureColor R Series printers were introduced and demonstrated on October 26, 2020 at the start of the PRINTING United Digital Experience. The printers are scheduled to be available in January, 2021 through authorized Epson Professional Imaging resellers. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) is $23,995 for the SureColor R5070 and $26,995 for the R5070,

For more information, visit: https://epson.com/resin-signage-wallpaper-fabric-printers

The Epson SureColor R5070 and R5070L printers were announced October 26,2020

Epson SureColor F10070 Industrial Dye-Sublimation Printer Supports High-Speed Production of Sellable Goods

The Epson SureColor F10070 is a 76-inch roll-to-roll industrial dye-sublimation printer for producing bright, high-quality textiles for fashion, sports apparel, home decor, and soft signage. It was engineered to meet the evolving needs of today’s textile industry and support the expansion of textile sourcing and production in the U.S.

The 76-in. Epson SureColor F10070 dye-sublimation printer is built for demanding industrial environments.

“The high-performance SureColor F10070 provides an efficient and cost effective dye-sublimation solution for print shops looking to produce medium to large high-quality apparel runs and bid on incoming textile orders from businesses that sell direct to consumer,” said Tim Check, senior product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America. He said the SureColor F10070 also supports onshoring production needs by shortening lead times, decreasing costs, and streamlining workflows.

Features

Four, user-replaceable 4.7 inch Epson PrecisionCore printheads deliver high productivity with extreme drop placement accuracy for sharp detail and bright colors.

The lower-cost high-capacity, replaceable ink pack system holds up to 20 liters of UltraChrome DS ink per color. This reduces ink costs up to 50 percent (compared to T46C dye-sub ink used in the SureColor F9470. The four colors of UltraChrome DS inks include cyan, magenta, and yellow plus a high-density black ink that produces exceptional color saturation and high contrast.

The hot-swappable ink system automatically switches from an empty ink pack to new ink pack without stopping the print job. The enables longer printer runs without user intervention.

A redesigned 9-inch touchscreen control panel lets operators see the image printing and monitor print, paper, and ink status. Users can also understand environmental conditions for optimized print performance.

An advanced auto paper tension control system and fabric head wiper system clean the media and remove dust before printing.

A compact media dryer includes a front heater that can reach temperatures up to 230 degrees Fahrenheit and an underside header that reaches temperatures of 122 degrees Fahrenheit. This helps supports full-speed performance in a space-saving design.

Epson Edge Print RIP software enables users to get the best possible quality output with Epson’s Precision Dot technology that chooses the optimum droplet sizes and screening patterns. It includes the Adobe PostScript 3 engine that enables users to process PostScript data for a variety of digital file formats. Epson Edge Print simplifies file management, color control, screening, nesting, and step-and-repeat patterns.

Cloud-based printer fleet reporting through Epson’s production-management Cloud Solution PORT.

Four types of performance-optimized transfer papers can be purchased from Epson:

  • Multipurpose
  • Rigid Photo Optimized
  • Adhesive Textile
  • Production

The Epson SureColor F10070 has an MSRP of $89,995 and ships directly from Epson America. Several Epson Preferred Plus service plans are available.

About Epson Professional Printers

Epson America, based in Long Beach, CA, is Epson’s regional headquarters for the U.S., Canada, and Latin America.

The Epson SureColor collection of professional and industrial printers includes:

  • the F series for apparel and textiles;,
  • the S series for signs and displays;
  • the P series for photographic imaging;
  • the T series for technical documents and drawings

Visit Epson Professional Imaging for more details.

Epson also makes ColorWorks desktop label printers and SurePress industrial digital label presses.

Epson America announced the Epson SureColor F10070 on August 20, 2020.

Canon Colorado UVgel Wallpaper Factory Automates Custom Wallpaper Printing

To serve the growing demand for digitally printed wallcoverings, Canon Solutions America has introduced the Canon UVgel Wallpaper Factory. The integrated system combines a 64 in. Colorado wide-format roll-to-roll UVgel printer with a motorized Fotoba Jumbo Roll media loader and Fotoba cutter and rewinder.

The UVgel Wallpaper Factory was designed for automated, unattended end-to-end production of customized wallpaper. Designs set up in prepress are printed on paper that is automatically fed into the Colorado printer. The fully dry printed wallpaper is then cut and rewound in the roll widths and lengths specified by the customer. An embedded device tapes each roll for immediate packing and shipping.

A motorized Fotoba Jumbo Roll media loader (JRL170) automatically feeds media into the 64-in. Canon Colorado 1650 UVgel printer. The inline Fotoba Cutter XLD170WP cuts the prints to the desired widths and lengths and feeds them to a Fotoba Rewinder REW162 for rolling and taping.

Advantages of UVgel Inks

To produce seamless, room-size designs from multiple rolls of wallpaper, the inkjet printing process must be exceptionally precise, with dimensionally stable materials and color consistency from roll to roll. The images must be accurately positioned on the paper for proper alignment. Plus, the substrate can’t stretch during production or the printed image could be distored and out of alignment when installed. Mismatches in color from one roll to the next would be obvious when the printed panels were hung on the wall side by side.

Canon believes the flexible, odorless UVgel technology developed for their Colorado 1650 wide-format printing system provide an ideal solution for wallpaper production.

UVgel technology is a form of UV-LED printing that uses a gel-like ink that is heated inside the printheads and jetted as a liquid onto a temperature-controlled platen. When the liquefied inks contact the media on the low-heat platen, the drops return to their gel state and are partially cured (“pinned”) by a low dose of UV light from LED lamps. Full LED curing occurs after all of the droplets required to form an image swath have been applied and gelled onto the media.

By controlling the spread of ink dots on the media (e.g. “dot gain”), the Colorado UVgel ink technology supports brilliant color consistency from print to print. Companies that use multiple Colorado printers for high-volume wallpaper production can expect consistent colors even a specific design is output on different printers at on various days and times.

Wallpapers printed with the UVgel 460 inks in the Colorado 1650 printer are odorless and have been independently tested to generate very low levels of chemicals. The inks have met the GREENGUARD Gold standards for safe use in sensitive indoor environments such as healthcare facilities and schools. Wallpaper printed with UVgel inks also meet ASTM F793 Type II classification, which means it is fit for use in commercial environments that have the potential for higher-than-average scuffing (e.g. waiting rooms, classrooms, and hallways).

The UVgel 460 ink technology in the Colorado 1650 features a FLXfinish system that enables users to produce wallpaper with either a standard gloss surface or a velvety matte finish without changing from one roll of paper to another.

This scalable, modular system can help wallpaper companies and decor firms expand into custom-printed wallpaper. Or print-service providers can use this system to diversify into high-volume digital wallpaper manufacturing.

The UVgel Wallpaper Factory is available as an end-to-end solution or as an upgrade to existing Colorado 1640 and 1650 wide-format printers. For more information about the Canon Colorado printers visit www.csa.canon.com/portal/csa/products/large-format/colorado-uvgel-printers.

“The UVgel Wallpaper Factory is a highly automated workflow solution that enables our customers to print exceptional quality wallpaper with quicker turnaround times,” said Peter P. Kowalczuk, president, Canon Solutions America, Inc.

To receive additional information about the UVgel Wallpaper Factory, contact a Canon Solutions America, Inc. representative or send your request through our website: csa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/csa/contactus

The Canon UVgel Wallpaper Factory won a 2020 Product of the Year award from PRINTING United Alliance in the category of
Automation Equipment (Print/Post Print)

About Canon Solutions America

Canon Solutions America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., Inc. in Melville, New York. Canon Solutions America provides enterprise, production, and large-format printing solutions. They also and help companies of all sizes discover ways to improve sustainability, increase efficiency, and control costs in conjunction with high volume, continuous feed, digital and traditional printing, and document management operations. For more information, visit: https://csa.canon.com/

Canon Solutions American announced the UVgel Wallpaper Factory on May 14, 2020

Ricoh Ri 2000 Industrial Direct-to-Garment Printer Offers ‘Walk-Up’ Ready Ease of Use

The RICOH Ri 2000 industrial direct-to-garment (DTG) printer delivers fast print speeds at an affordable price for enterprises in the modern custom apparel market.

Capable of producing full-color graphics at 1200 x 1200 dpi, the RICOH Ri 2000 can print on a full range of garments as well as face masks, art canvas, and promotional products such as a wood, glass coasters, and mouse pads. The printer is designed for “walk-up ready” ease of use and simple maintenance.

“Everything about the RICOH Ri 2000 was created with an eye toward making high-volume DTG production faster, easier, and lower cost than it has beenin the past,” explained Yasu Takashima, head of the Direct-to-Garment Printing Division of Ricoh Printing Systems America, Inc. (RSPA). “Furthermore, we included robust network management solutions to ensure the smooth integration of direct-to-garment printing with the existing ecosystem of Ricoh industiral print solutions.”

He said Ricoh collected extensive feedback of existing and prospective enterprise customers: “The needs of these power users become clear: high-volume operators need a DTG printer that is fast, easy to use, and designed for business: “That is exactly what the RICOH Ri 2000 delivers.”

Features

8 Ricoh piezo-electric drop-on-demand inkjet printheads. Ricoh printheads are designed for speed, precision, and durability.

Dual carriages. One set of printheads lays down a white underbase. The printheads on the second carriage deposit the colors.

Automatic table height adjustments. Laser-assisted adjustments of the height of the printing table ensure that substrates of different thicknesses are optimally positioned for print quality. Operators can easily switch between printing T-shirts to plaques, hoodies, and items up to 1.2 inches thick.

Quick-change magnetic platens. Available in sizes up to 16 x 19.6 inches, the platens are designed to easily snap on and off the machine. This means that printing different garments of different sizes and styles requires practically no downtime.

7-inch touchscreen display. The full-color display panel provides intuitive controls for print jobs and workflow. The Interactive Operation Guide on the display provides alerts reminding operators to perform maintenance tasks that aren’t automated.

Automated weekly printhead cleanings and continuous monitoring. The RICOH Ri 2000 continuously monitors it ink supply, air level, and dampers and makes adjustments as needed so the printer will always be ready to print.

Printhead cleaning jig. Instead of using swabs and wipes to manually clean the printheads, operators simply attach the cleaning jig and add cleaning solution.

Inks. The printer uses five colors of Ricoh-approved DTG water-based pigmented inks: cyan, magenta, yellow, black, and white. Four channels of white ink in are loaded in a separate carriage to lay down white ink in single-pass.

Print Speeds. In the single-pass 600 x 300 dpi, a 10 x 8 inch graphic can be printed in 9 seconds on a light garment and 54 seconds on a dark garment. Printing the same graphic in the Super Fine 8-pass 1200 x 1200 dpi mode takes 58 seconds on a light garment and 97 seconds on a dark garment. Intermediate print speeds include a 2-pass 600 x 600 dpi Speed Mode and a 4-pass 600 dpi Fine mode.

Printable Substrates. The RICOH Ri2000 can print on garments made with 100% cotton and high-cotton blends; 100% light polyester; and up to 50/50 dark polyester. Canvas and wood can also be printed.

Software: The software included with the printer makes it fast and easy to set-up, preview, and print jobs and calculate ink usage and costs. Robust network-management solutions make it easy to integrate direct-to-garment printing on the RICOH Ri 2000 with other RIOCH printing systems used for documents or wide-format graphics.

Optional software packages enable you to manage networked machines more efficiently and enable next-level features such as campaign printing, automated workflows, and quality control.

About Ricoh Direct-to-Garment Printing

Ricoh Direct-to-Garment Printing (www.RicohDTG.com) is a division of Ricoh Printing Systems America (RPSA). Since 2016, Ricoh Direct-to-Garment Printing has been developing DTG solutions for every budget and skill level. Other products include the award-winning RICOH Ri 100 all-in-one DTG system and the RICOH Ri 1000.

Ricoh announced the Ricoh Ri 2000 on September 16, 2020

AJJ Enterprises Uses EFI Pro 30f Printer to Decorate Pre-Assembled Cornhole Boards

With so many UV-LED wide-format inkjet printer models on the market, it is becoming easier for companies to find a model that matches specific production requirements. For example, this case study about a user of the EFI Pro 30f printer shows that some buyers choose UV-LED flatbed printers in order to decorate manufactured products.

AJJ Enterprises Installs Second Flatbed

AJJ Enterprises is an online seller of custom-decorated cornhole game boards. Visitors to the AJJ Cornhole website can order pre-decorated boards or wraps in dozens of themes or styles, including weddings, military, patriotic, state flags, or NCAA-licensed sports team logos. Buyers can even have themed cornhole sets personalized with their names.

AJJ Enterprises in Cincinnati installed their second EFI™ Pro 30f flatbed UV-LED inkjet printer in June.

Because the EFI Pro 30f flatbed printer is engineered to accomodate materials up to 4 inches thick, AJJ Enterpises can print directly to pre-assembled cornhole boards. This saves considerable time, labor, and production costs.

With the pair of Pro 30f printers, AJJ Enterprises has achieved roughly a seven-fold increase in throughput compared with the roll-to-roll vinyl and UV inkjet flatbed printers the company used previously.

Cornhole (aka beanbag toss) is a popular game for summer picnics and backyard barbecues. To meet the inceased consumer demand for cornhole boards this summer, Cincinnati-based AJJ Enterprises installed a second EFI Pro 30f flatbed printer.

“EFI’s engineers worked really closely with us because we have such a unique application,” explained AJJ Enterprises co-owner Shane Back. Because AJJ Enterprises constantly prints at maximum thickness, EFI worked with the company to adjust the printer’s UV LED curing lamps and ensure consistent, high-quality output.

The first model AJJ Enterprises used was a beta version. “On the beta printer, we changed our jig to hold the boards on the table,” said Back. “We also made some structural changes that are now standard on all Pro 30f machines.”

This simplified, fast production the Pro 30f delivers is imperative for the company, which has seen an unprecedented increase in demand for its products. While a portion of the company’s sales come from the struggling promotional corporate sector, the other half of the business – direct-to-consumer ecommerce retail through the AJJcornole.com website – is booming.

“With everyone at home due to COVID-19, it’s really driven our direct-to-consumer market,” Back said. This demand drove the need for the second Pro 30f.

AJJ Enterprises says the ability to print white ink direct to its birch cornhole boards has been a game changer.

“Being able to print white at a high speed has been a huge help,” said Back. “It’s been a huge cost savings. Because of the white ink, we can move jobs that we would have first printed on vinyl and then transferred to the substrate.”

The printer’s six-zone, user-selectable vacuum system ensures efficient hold-down, no unintended media movement, and easy transitions between jobs, which is conducive to AJJ Enterprises’ high volume of work.

“What sets us apart from competitors is the wide breadth of designs that we have and the fact that we can print so quickly,” said Back.

“With the Pro 30f,” he added, “we can print a cornhole board in a minute and 40 seconds.” That translates to a significant increase in work completed per shift compared with the company’s previous process printing on vinyl and mounting those vinyl sheets to each cornhole board.

The EFI Fiery® proServer Core digital front end has also helped improve throughput and overall efficiency, providing simple job management for both new and existing designs. “Since we reprint a lot of the same designs, once we get the first print set up it’s an easy press-and-replay approach,” said Back. “Custom designs take a little bit of finesse, but it’s just a matter of testing, making any adjustments, and printing.”

About the EFI Pro 30f

According to EFI, the Pro 30f was designed for improved speed, quality and cost-savings for unique applications. It delivers customer-requested features such as a larger flatbed size, thicker media handling, wider application possibilities, and better price points.

The Pro 30f UV-LED flatbed printer has a maximum printable area of 120 inches x 80 inches (3.05 m x 2.04 m) with bleed printing. It features four colors plus dual channels of white standard, along with multi-layer printing. EFI’s white ink gives users the power to print superior color images on clear and colored media, as well as specialty media, such as wood, metal or glass. This short video shows the EFI Pro 30f in action:

The EFI Pro 30f was first shown at the FESPA Global Print Exo in May, 2019

About EFI

EFI™ (Electronics for Imaging, Inc.) is a global technology company, based in Silicon Valley. They develop breakthrough technologies for manufacturing signage, packaging, textiles, ceramic tiles, and personalized documents. EFI manufacturers a wide range of printers, inks, digital front ends. Plus, they develop business and production workflow software that transforms and streamlines the entire production process. (www.efi.com)

Agfa Oberon RTR3300 Roll-to-Roll UV LED Printer Handles Flexible Materials 3.3 Meters Wide

The Agfa Oberon RTR3300 is a 3.3 meter roll-to-roll printer that uses UV-LED-curable inks to print higher-volume runs of flexible materials, including: reinforced vinyl, pressure-sensitive vinyl, static-cling, clear films, block-out banner, canvas, mesh (with and without liners), non-stretchy fabrics, paper, backlit films, and more.

Like other Agfa large-format printing systems, the Oberon uses a matched-component approach that aligns the print engine, inks, media, workflow, and color-management software to ensure high-quality prints and a consistent and reliable production process.

“The Oberon RTR3300 excels in printing solids over the entire media width,” says early adopter Hennie van Osch of the TVE company in The Netherlands.

Single or Dual-Roll

The Oberon can print on single rolls of materials from 24 to 130 inches or two rolls of materials from 24 to 63 inches. Engineered for long-run roll-to-roll jobs, the Oberon RTR3300 can also be used for roll-to-sheet projects.

Four or Six Colors of Ink

The printer can be operated with either six colors of ink (CMYKLcLm) or in a 4 color (CMYK + White) configuration.

The four-color model prints white ink in several different multi-layer modes to achieve different effects. For example, printing a “pre-white” layer on clear film or colored substrates ensures that the layer of color printed on top of the white is accurate. The five modes include:

  • Pre-White prints white beneath a color.
  • Post-White prints white on top of a color
  • Sandwich White prints a white layer between two colors layers
  • High-Density Color prints double or triple layers of color for vivid backlit graphics
  • Blockout White prints three color layers with white layers in between

The Oberon uses Agfa-made Anunvia inks, which have earned GREENGUARD GOLD certification. This means the inks meet some of the world’s most rigorous chemical emissions standards and can be used to print graphics that will be displayed in schools or heathcare facilities.

The inks dry instantly because they are immediately cured with UV-LED lamps. LED lamps don’t generate a lot of heat, so they can be used to print heat-sensitive materials (such as vinyls) without causing them to soften and stretch.

Agfa’s patented “Thin Ink Layer” technology creates eye-catching, color-vibrant prints with a low level of ink consumption per square meter. This not only reduces operating costs, but also ensure stable jetting without printhead clogs. The thin-ink-layer technology combines Agfa’s expertise in ink manufacturing and color-management software development.

Asanti Sign and Display Production Hub

Agfa’s Asanti software helps automate the workflows of sign and display companies that use Agfa printers. The Asanti dashboard provides operators with details about the status of the printer and print jobs, while ‘media recipes’ control color quality and other parameters for jobs that will be produced on a specific substrate. The smart-imaging algrorithms in Asanti help limit ink consumption.

Asanti software integrates seamlessly with Asanti StoreFront online-ordering software and PrintSphere data-exchange solution.

Customer Support

Agfa is committed to serving as a facilitator and counselor for its customers.

“Our customers can count on us to improve the balance of their business,” says Tom Vermeulen, Head of Sign & Display at Agfa. “We do not just sell printers, ink, and workflow software, we accompany print-service providers on their journey, by working out a growth path together. Our sales, application and support teams think along with printing companies. We help them identify their needs — and the needs of their customers — and the best possible way to answer them.”

Customer support can include hands-on applications support or in-depth, technology-independent advice on color consistency and overall process control. Print-service providers may also request a meticulous analysis of their business strategy.

For more information about the Oberon RTR3000, visit: www.agfa.com/printing/products/oberon-rtr3300/

About Agfa

Agfa develops, produces, and distributes an extensive range of imaging systems and workflow solutions for the printing industry, the health care sector, and specific high-tech industries such as printed electronics and renewable energy solutions. Visit: www.agfa.com

Agfa announced the Oberon RTR3300 on February 27, 2020

Roland IU-1000F UV-LED Flatbed Holds Thin, Thick, or Heavy Sign and Display Boards

The Roland IU-1000F UV-LED flatbed printer is designed for fast, efficient printing on a variety of substrates, including 4 ft. x 8 ft. rigid boards weighing up to 99 pounds. Created for sign and display professionals, the IU-1000F can print vibrant, detailed graphics directly onto thin or thick boards, including PETG, PVC board, foam board, wood, corrugated board, aluminum plate, and more.

It can also print directly onto sheets of leather, fabric, or canvas for custom decor or creative displays. Users can also print graphics onto tabletops, plywood, MDF, and other boards to create decorated furniture.

Roland IU-1000F can print materials up to 98.4 in. x 51.1 in.

With its heavy-duty flatbed chassis and vacuum bed, the IU-1000F was designed to handle heavy metal and wooden materials with ease.

Printheads and Inks

The printer uses 12 printheads in staggered three-row arrangement. To accommodate thicker materials, the printheads can be raised four inches above the heavy-duty flatbed chassis and vacuum bed.

Each printhead has a 1,280 nozzles along with banding and mottling prevention features that support high-resolution images up to 635 x 1800 dpi.

The IU-1000F uses high-density CYMYK, Gloss, and White inks that are GREENGAURD Gold certified for safe use in a variety of indoor environments, including healthcare facilities and schools.

The white ink is ideal for printing true-color graphics on clear or colored surfaces. Users can also use the gloss and white inks to create textural and dimensional effects on the surface of the print.

An optional primer ink can be applied to promote the ink’s adhesion to materials such as as acrylic, glass, and ceramics.

Other Features

The IUF-1000F offers multiple speed and performance options, including:

  • Media ionizer to ensure ink-firing accuracy on that generate a lot of static (such as corrugated board);
  • State-of-the-art UV-LED curing lamps save energy and extend lamp life;
  • Variable zone vacuum can be applied to four different sections of the flatbed, to maximize hold where it’s needed most;
  • Media alignment pins ensure consistent placement of multiple boards and double-sided panels;
  • Premium RIP software for tiling, scaling, cropping, and other functions;
  • Roland Print Control Center for easy management of machine’s movements, speeds, voltage, and head cleaning;
  • One-touch, automated daily printhead cleaning;
  • The ability to print on one board or multiple boards at the same time;
  • Two-Year Trouble-Free Warranty

The prnter can average about 35 4 ft. x 8 ft. rigid boards per hour in “Draft Mode, 15 boards per hour in “Standard” print mode, and about 10 boards in near-photographic “Quality” mode.

Roland DGA Corporation In Irvine, California provides marketing, sales, distribution, and service in North America for Roland DG Corporation of Hamamatsu, Japan. Roland DG’s inkjet printers, print/cutters and cutting machines are widely used to create promotional items such as banners, signs, vehicle graphics, stickers, and labels. The devices are also used to provide customization services for apparel and promotional and personal products such as smartphone cases.

For more information about Roland IU-1000F large-format UV-LED flatbed printer, visit: rolanddga.com/iu-1000f. For more information about Roland DGA and the complete Roland product line, visit: rolanddga.com

Roland DGA announced this printer on October 22, 2019

Canon ProStream 1800 Inkjet Press Balances Productivity, Quality, and Media Versatility for Higher-Volume Printing

The Canon ProStream 1800 continuous-feed inkjet press from Canon Solutions America can can help commercial printers boost production levels, reduce turnaround times, and increase profit margins on applications such as premium and high-volume direct mail, books, catalogs, and magazines. The press strikes a balance between high productivity, superior print quality, flexibility, and media versatility.

Canon ProStream 1800
Canon PROStream 1800 production inkjet press (Photo: Canon Solutions America)

Operating at speeds of up to 436 sq. ft./hr., The ProStream 1800 can produce up to 114,245 letter images or 11,300 B2 sheets per hour while maintaining high print quality. These speeds are 66% faster than Canon’s ProStream 1000 model which was introduced in 2017. The high-performance ProStream 1800 allows print service providers to migrate some higher volume jobs from offset printing presses to digital inkjet printing.

Features

Media Versatility: The ProStream 1800 can achieve high levels of print quality on a broad range of media, including standard offset coated, uncoated, and inkjet-optimized papers from 40 gsm to 300 gsm. Because the press can print documents up to 22 inches wide and 60 inches long, the ProStream 1800 can print calendars, posters, and point-of-sale signs with ease.

To ensure seamless changeovers between jobs, operators don’t need to strop production to switch between diffferent format lengths.

Inks and Printhead: The ProStream 1800 uses 1200 dpi piezo drop-on-demand printheads and proprietary polymer pigment inks with Canon ColorGrip conditioning fluid to ensure color consistency.

Air Floatation Drying System: To effectively print on a wide-range of paper without compromising the high standards of the finished output, the ProStream 1800 features a air floatation drying system. By not coming into contact with the paper, the system preserves the paper surface and gloss. Artificial intelligence linked to a sensor continuously makes adjustments to the drying system during the print run to ensure quality. It also maintains the optimal web temperature to minimize energy consumption.

Optional Inline Quality Control: A high-performance camera system automatically monitors print quality as the paper moves through the press, enabling press operators to focus more time on actions other than quality assurance.

Owners of ProStream 1000 Press Can Upgrade

The first model in the ProStream line, the Canon ProStream 1000, was installed in November, 2017. Since then, over 2 billion pages have been output on 30 ProStream 1000 presses worldwide. Current users of the Canon ProStream 1000 press can upgrade to the ProStream 1800 if they need more capacity to do higher volumes of jobs that require digital printing.

“At Canon Solutions America, we share our customers’ passion for print and understand that as their businesses must adapt to changing market requirements, our technology needs to evolve, too,” said Francis McMahon, Executive Vice President, Production Print Solutions, Canon Solutions America, Inc. “With the launch of the new ProStream 1800, we can support customers who are looking to grow their production volumes without compromising quality or speed.”

See the new Canon ProStream 1800 in action at Canon’s Customer Innovation Center in Boca Raton, Florida or by requesting a virtual demonstration. Call Canon Solutions America at 877-623-4969 for more information.

Press was announced by Canon Solutions America July 15, 2020