drupa 2012 at a Glance
Agfa Graphics’ :Apogee StoreFront is a cloud-based solution for both printed and non-printed products, enabling multiple customized stores to be set up for different types of customers. Orders from the software as a service (SAAS) offering can be processed using any print production system, but it seamlessly integrates with :Apogee Prepress 8. The Online Editor function lets print buyers design or edit their own documents.
Agfa Graphics’ :M-Press Leopard inkjet press handles rigid and flexible materials up to 63x130˝ and 2˝ thick with a choice of manual- or auto-loading options. It prints in four-color at a maximum 1,260x720 dpi and outputs 41 to 71 sph, depending on resolution, using piezo heads and UV inks. The company also showed its recently introduced FTR (flat-to-roll) option for its grand-format :Jeti 3020 Titan flatbed printer.
Targeted as a replacement for screen printing, the EFI VUTEk HS100 Pro prints flexible or rigid substrates up to 126.5˝ wide and 2˝ thick using UV inks in up to eight colors, including white and specials inks. Driven by the Orion OS software for color accuracy and consistency, it outputs up to 3,600 square feet per hour at 600 dpi. Also, the entry-level EFI VUTEk QS2 Pro UV hybrid printer handles media up to 80˝ wide and prints in six colors plus white.
Characterized as a prototype that will be available in the first quarter of 2013, the Ricoh Pro L4000 series printer features piezoelectric printheads running seven colors—CMYK, plus light cyan, light magenta and white—of aqueous latex ink for a lower environmental impact. Available in 54˝ and 64˝ models, the series prints at up to 59 square feet per hour on a wide range of substrates, from PVC and synthetics, to paper and textiles.
The new Inca Onset S40i flatbed UV inkjet press, distributed by Fujifilm, is designed for high-volume, fast-turnaround production of formats up to 123.6x63˝. Its 168 user-replaceable printheads deliver a 28-picoliter drop size and are monitored by an auto-sensor system that informs the operator when automatic cleaning is required. The printer outputs the equivalent of 94 full-bed sph.