Agfa Graphics Adds Features to Jeti Tauro and Jeti Mira UV Inkjet Printers

Agfa Graphics Jeti Tauro

At ISA’s  Sign Expo 2016, Agfa Graphics demonstrated new automation and feature enhancements for the Jeti Tauro and Jeti Mira UV inkjet printers.

The Jeti Tauro is a six-color hybrid UV inkjet printer for creating high-quality indoor and outdoor signs on rigid or flexible materials. Its media tables can accommodate rigid materials such as cardboards, foam board, composite aluminum, and acrylic. Its integrated roll-to-roll system handles flexible substrates such as backlit film, UV-curable textiles, paper, PVC banners, mesh (with liner) and vinyl. The Jeti Tauro prints to widths as great as 2.54 meters (8.33 ft.) and can accommodate rigid media up to 4.0 meters (13.12 ft.) long.

Agfa Graphics Jeti Tauro
The 98-inch (2.5 meter) Agfa Graphics Jeti Tauro is designed for high-quality, high-productivity printing on both rigid and flexible material.

At Sign Expo, Agfa Graphics demonstrated an advanced Automatic Board Feeder (ABF) for more efficient throughput of rigid substrates.

The Jeti Mira is a true flatbed UV inkjet printer, with a moving gantry that prints on the x- and y-axes with pinpoint precision. It produces industry-leading quality in six colors and white with optional varnish or primer. The 7pl droplet size produces stunning detail and razor-sharp text. Even copy as small as 4-point type can be read in both positive and negative.

The Jeti Mira is available with a table depth of either 1.6 m (5.25 ft.) or 3.2 m (10.5 ft.)against a width of 2.69 m (8.825 ft.). While the Jeti Mira S is equipped with one row of print heads, the Jeti Mira HS has two rows, offering even higher productivity.

The ‘Print & Prepare’ technology on the Jeti Mira allows you to load new media while the printer is still working.

Agfa Graphics Jeti Mira
The Jeti Mira is a 2.69 meter (105.9-inch) flatbed printer built for heavy, industrial workloads.

At Sign Expo, Agfa Graphics demonstrated a dockable roll-to-roll system that attaches to the front of the flatbed table of the Jeti Mira. Reducing the distance the media must travel reduces wasted media and improves accuracy by reducing the potential for skewing.

According to Deborah Hutcheson, director of marketing for Agfa Graphics North America, the new options on the Jeti Tauro and Jeti Mira will enable sign shops and other print-service providers to achieve higher efficiencies and expand their markets: “The options increase productivity, reduce media waste, and offer outstanding print quality on a variety of substrates. We are proud to deliver the most robust portfolio of award-winning inkjet printing systems to any size print provider — from entry-level to high-end industrial market segments.”

Wide-Format Workflow Software

Both the Jeti Tauro and Jeti Mira are driven by Asanti, Agfa Graphics’ wide-format workflow software. As a true production hub, Asanti controls the entire process from prepress to production to finishing. Asanti’s comprehensive integration of file handling, color management, and preflighting reduces the risk of mistakes and makes the complete system more productive.

Asanti is complemented by Asanti Storefront, Agfa Graphics’ web-to-print solution that seamlessly manages online stores for automatically processes print orders for print-service providers.

For more information about Agfa Graphics’ full portfolio of graphic communications products, visit agfagraphics.us.

 

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Epson Ships New SureColor Printers for Signs, Vehicle Graphics, Art Prints

The new Epson® SureColor® S-Series of 64-inch roll-to-roll, production solvent inkjet printers is now shipping. Featuring advanced imaging technologies, the new Epson SureColor printers were engineered to bring higher levels of productivity and image quality to the signage, vehicle graphics, and fine art reproduction markets.

The three models now available for purchase through authorized resellers include:

Innovative Features

“Innovations in imaging technology, coupled with the latest Epson UltraChrome® GS3 ink system, provide the ultimate combination of performance and photographic quality. These printers enable print shops of any size to get the job done, on time and beyond expectations.” said Matt McCausland, product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America, Inc. “The SureColor S80600 redefines image quality expectations in the signage market.”

All four printers feature newly formulated fast-drying UltraChrome CS3 inks and new Epson Dual-Array PrecisionCore TFP printheads. The Dual-Array PrecisionCore TFP printhead provides high performance and consistency and variable-size ink droplet technology for remarkable photographic quality.

A new precision media-feeding system with automatic tension control provides extremely accurate, motorized roll-to-roll media handling.

An automatic media alignment and setup system allows for faster switching between media types.

Automatic print-head cleaning significantly reduces the need for manual printhead maintenance. The air circulation system keeps the printhead cleaner for extended performance in high-production environments.

The ONYX® GamaPrint Pro software bundled with the printers features simple tools for sizing, cropping, tiling, and nesting and easy-to-install Epson profiles for the top-selling media for solvent ink printers. Sign shops and vehicle-graphics specialists can use the true Pantone® spot-color matching capabilities to produce brand colors for their clients.

 

Epson SureColor S60600
Epson SureColor S60600

Fast-Drying Inks for Same-Day Job Delivery

Previous generation solvent inks typically require 24 to 48 hours of drying time. The UltraChrome GS3 inks in the SC-S80600, SC-S60600 and SC-S40600 require only about six hours of drying time before they can be laminated. Laminating graphics just a few hours after printing enables sign shop owners to offer same-day project delivery. This is particularly important with vehicle graphics.

Inkset Options

The SureColor S40600 (ERP: $15,995) features one set of CMYK inks and can print banners at speeds of up to 215 sq. ft./hr. and vinyl at 170 sq. ft./hr.

The SureColor S60600 (ERP: $22,995) uses two sets of CMYK inks to print banners at up to 550 sq. ft./hr. and vinyl at 310 sq. ft./hr.

The SureColor S80600 (ERP: $24,995) uses eight different colors of ink. Many sign shops will choose to use CMYK with light cyan, light magenta, light black, orange and red inks. The all-new GS3 Red ink produces vivid output with an expansive color gamut and outstanding color vibrancy. For best-in-class photographic output, users can use the optional white and/or metallic silver inks instead of the orange and red inks(?).

Customer Feedback

“We use the Epson SureColor S80600 to tackle a variety of applications, ranging from artist canvas and textile reproductions to wallpaper and an assortment of wall art, all at up to 75-percent better production,” said John McPherson, technical director, Marco Fine Arts. “We couldn’t be more thrilled with this machine. Not only does it require less maintenance, it offers the best color gamut available in any solvent printer out there, along with incredible ease-of-use, better output quality and faster print speeds.”

“Epson has outdone itself again! With the Epson SureColor S80600 solvent printer, we continue to provide unparalleled excellence in high quality and accurate print products on a variety of substrates – canvas, poster board, metal, plastic, and more,” said Monica Denosta, president and chief operating officer, Picture it on Canvas. “And now it’s even faster. The ability to adjust print speeds based on required detail affords us the ability to offer different levels of service. Even at its slowest speed, it’s faster than its predecessor.”

Support

The SureColor S80600 is currently available for $24,995 MSRP through authorized Epson Professional Imaging resellers. The SureColor S-Series offers a standard Epson Preferred Limited Warranty, a one-year program that includes toll-free advanced telephone access Monday through Friday and usually next business-day on-site service in the unlikely event of any hardware failure.

Epson Preferred Plus service plans are available that cover both the hardware and software for up to two additional years.

For more information, visit proimaging.epson.com.

Kornit Adds Two New Direct-to-Garment Printing Systems

Kornit Storm 1000

Kornit Digital has launched two new industrial-grade direct-to-garment printing systems for medium-size producers of decorated garments or promotional T-shirts: the Kornit Storm Hexa and Kornit Storm 1000.

The Storm 1000 is the standard configuration of the new product family and features 12 printheads in a CMYK and White configuration. In high productivity mode, the Storm 1000 decorates up to 170 garments per hour including inline pretreatment. It covers a print area up to 50 x 70 cm / 20 x 28 in.

Kornit Storm 1000
Kornit Storm 1000

 

The Kornit Storm Hexa is for color conscious applications such as brand-related and promotional garments. This printer has 16 printheads and two additional colors for full CMYK, Red, Green and White support. It also can produce up to 170 garments per hour in high productivity mode.

Both printers feature recirculating ink systems to reduce ink consumption and optimize reliability. For increased productivity, both printers feature twice as many nozzles as previous Storm configurations.

Both systems are based on Kornit’s NeoPigment™ printing process and are equipped with a built-in pretreatment system, a quick-replace pallet mechanism, a 4-liter bulk ink system, an integrated humidity system, and a backup power system for a quick and easy system start.

All Kornit printing systems are compatible with a variety of fabrics (cotton, polyester, blends, denim, silk wool and more) and are geared towards industrial mass-customization.

“The Storm series of direct-to-garment systems have been Kornit’s signature product for more than a decade,” says Guy Zimmerman, Kornit’s Vice President of Marketing Business Development. “The Storm II is the best-selling industrial direct-to-garment printing system in the market. Launching a new and improved generation of Storm printers is an important milestone for us.”

Zimmerman calls the Storm 1000 and Storm Hexa “perfect production tools for a broad range of applications.” The new Storm configurations show drastically improved throughput, reductions in ink consumption, and excellent print quality.