Wide-format Output--The Bigger Picture
After all, there is money to be made in billboards and other forms of outdoor signage; there are new profit opportunities in display graphics, posters and banner applications. So, is bigger really more beautiful? For the adventurous commercial printer looking to broaden an already expanding capabilities portfolio, bigger may, in fact, prove to be financially beneficial.
Scitex, throughout the latter chunk of 1998 and at present, is placing its high production wide-format eggs in the Idanit-162Ad basket. Termed a digital color press for wide-format applications, the Idanit-162Ad pumps out point-of-purchase displays, outdoor posters, fleet marketing, street advertisements, billboards and bus advertising. The Idanit-162Ad offers a media size variable of up to a maximum of 64.2x102˝ and a minimum of 47x63˝. The devices uses solvent-based pigment CMYK and offers random frequency modulated (FM), or stochastic, screening. Resolution on the Idanit-162Ad hit 300 dpi. The unit can produce 30 to 40 sheets per hour at high resolution mode. At 200 dpi, the device can deliver 50 to 60 sheets per hour, printed on coated paper, self-adhesive vinyl, banner, PVC and other flexible media.
Epson's Stylus Pro 9000—launched at Seybold Boston—offers a newly designed micro piezo DX3 printhead technology with 1,440x720 dpi and the capacity to handle 13˝, 24˝, 36˝, 42˝ and 44˝ wide media in a variety of paper weights, up to 1.5mm thick. The device accepts manual cut sheet media at up to 44˝ wide. The Stylus Pro 9000 prints approximately 22 square feet per hour in photographic modes and up to roughly 66 square feet per hour in draft modes.
Available with Epson's RS-5100 external EFI Fiery X2 RIP for high-performance Adobe PostScript 3 functionality, the Stylus Pro 9000 is capable of simultaneously spooling, RIPing and printing jobs over an entire network. The unit includes EFI's new ColorWise Pro Tools suite for color management.