Wide-Format Ink-Jet — Digital Printing Goes Flat
Not Strange Bedfellows
HP gained entry to the flatbed segment through its acquisition of Scitex Vision and more recently expanded its offerings by acquiring MacDermid ColorSpan. It completed the integration of the latter product line earlier this year, with the high-volume flatbed model given the HP Scitex brand (FB910: 98.4x80˝ format and 811 square feet per hour) and the others now called HP Designjet printers. The company’s latest wide-format product introduction was environmentally friendly HP Latex Inks for thermal ink-jet, which initially will only be offered with the new roll-to-roll Designjet L65500 model.
Ink-jet applications in CTP and label printing headlined Mimaki Engineering’s Drupa introductions, but it also displayed the JF-1631 UV flatbed machine that prints a 63x122˝ format at up to 1,200 dpi.
Just to illustrate the broad capabilities of ink-jet, it’s worth noting that Durst Phototechnik opted to display even more diverse solutions, including a flatbed printer for wood decoration and another that prints on ceramic tiles. PI
For More Information on the flatbed, wide-format ink-jet printing systems mentioned, visit www.piworld.com/infocenter and enter the numbers below.
Agfa — 530
EFI — 531
Fujifilm — 532
Gandinnovations — 533
HP — 534
Inca/Fujifilm Sericol — 535
Mimaki Engineering — 536
Océ — 537
Screen (USA) — 538