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Introducing 30+ New Printers

Specs for the new printers introduced at the 2005 ISA show.

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The following wide-format printers premiered at this year's International Sign Expo in Las Vegas. We've provided a more detailed analysis of some of these printers in the Update Print section of the June 2005 issue. Note that, in some cases, we printed advance, indepth information on printers prior to their Expo debut, we've indicated this where appropriate.

Charrette Duratex SP-64X

Charrette

www.charrette.com

Inks:Solvent, 6-color (CMYKcm)

Format:Rollfed, 64 in.

Resolution:1440 dpi

Print Speeds:up to 398 sq ft/hr

Pricing:$33,995

Charrette's first solvent wide-format printer, it offers Epson printheads, three media heaters/ dryers, Onyx LT RIP standard, options include Onyx PosterShop, a bulk ink-delivery system, and fume-control system.

DGI OJIII-1906P/1606P

DGI

www.dgi-net.com

Inks:Oil, 6-color (CMYKcm)

Format:Rollfed, 75/63 in.

Resolution:up to 200 x 1100 dpi

Print Speeds:265/264 sq ft/hr

Pricing:$30,995/$22,995

Features Xaarjet printheads, worm gear feeding system, and a waste-ink tank with automatic alarm system. Distributed by Steward of Intl. Marketing; www.simmagic.com.

DGI VTII-92P/62P

DGI

www.dgi-net.com

Inks:Solvent, 4-color

Format:Rollfed, 93/66 in.

Resolution:400 x 400 dpi

Print Speeds:269/248 sq ft/hr

Pricing:$35,995/$23,995

This printer features Xaarplus printheads, an automatic printhead cleaning system and media drying system, as well as an automatic ink-refill system. Distributed by Steward of Intl. Marketing; www.simmagic.com.

DGI VT5-2506P/1606P

DGI

www.dgi-net.com

Inks:Solvent, 6-color (CMYKcm)

Format:Rollfed, 100/63 in.

Resolution:200 x 1110 dpi

Print Speeds:149/126 sq ft/hr

Pricing:$39,995/$26,995

Users control the amount of ink used with adjustable printhead voltage. Also features a built-in platen vacuum fan and an auto heating/ drying fan system. Distributed by Steward of Intl. Marketing; www.simmagic.com.

DGI VTIII-98DP

DGI

www.dgi-net.com

Inks:Solvent, 4-color

Format:Rollfed, 98 in.

Resolution:200 x 1200 dpi

Print Speeds:284 sq ft/hr

Pricing:$42,995

The double-fan media drying system shortens dry times, gear-type tension bar keeps media feeding evenly, and the HeadBase height control system allows printing onto various thick-nesses. Distributed by Steward of Intl. Marketing; www.simmagic.com.

DGI SpaceJet-3205P

DGI

www.dgi-net.com

Inks:Solvent, 4-color

Format:Rollfed, 126 in.

Resolution:200 x 1200 dpi

Print Speeds:299 sq ft/hr

Pricing:$69,999

Features double Xaarplus printheads, adjustable fire voltage-control system"?automatic printhead cleaning system, and uni- and bidirectional printing. Distributed by Steward of Intl. Marketing; www.simmagic.com.

DGI MegaJet 3206/3204

DGI

www.dgi-net.com

Inks:Solvent, 6-/4-color (CMYKcm, CMYK)

Format:Rollfed, 126 in.

Resolution:360 x 720 dpi

Print Speeds:980 sq ft/hr

Pricing:$149,000/$135,000

Features Spectra printheads, negative-pressure ink supply system to ensure smooth ink flow, and detachable platen to switch between vacuum fan and mesh-type platen. Distributed by Steward of Intl. Marketing; www.simmagic.com.

Dilli NeoDeluxe UVD-2506

Dilli

www.uvprinter.com

Inks:UV-curable, 6-color (CMYKcm)

Format:Flatbed, 98 x 59 in.

Resolution:363 x 725 dpi

Print Speeds:969 sq ft/hr in 2-pass mode

Pricing:$220,000

Utilizes Spectra Nova 256 printheads, and offers automatic ink refill system, printhead controller, and lamp shuttering system, as well as a vacuum hold-down system.

Flora LJII 1800 UV

Flora Digital

www.floradigital.com

Inks:UV-curable, 6-color (CMYKcm)

Format:Flatbed, 73 in.

Resolution:720 dpi

Print Speeds:377 sq ft/hr

Pricing:$58,900

Prints onto rigid media and roll-to-roll; automatic ink loading/flushing system; utilizes Spectra 128 printheads; 2-yr outdoor durability (with Flora UV-curable ink); and offers Photo- PRINT4 Flora Edition RIP.

Flora HJ 3200

Flora Digital

www.floradigital.com

Inks:Solvent, 4-color

Format:Rollfed, 130 in.

Resolution:360 x 360 dpi

Print Speeds:up to 646 sq ft/hr

Pricing:$59,900

Includes Xaar 500 printheads, digitally controlled heater and front-mounted fans, Photo- PRINT Flora Edition, and automatic ink loading/flushing system.

Flora HJII 5000

Flora Digital

www.floradigital.com

Inks:Solvent, 4-, 6-color (CMYK, CMYKcm)

Format:Rollfed, 201 in.

Resolution:up to 360 x 360 dpi

Print Speeds:up to 1184 sq ft/hr

Pricing:$235,000

Features Spectra 256 printheads, automatic media feed/take-up system, can handle some rigid media, PhotoPRINT4 Flora Edition, and 2-yr outdoor durability with Flora Solvent inks. (See April 2005, p. 26, for a full report.)

Gandinnovations Jeti 3300DS

Gandinnovations

www.gandinnovations.com

Inks:Dye-sub ; 4-, 6-color

Format:Rollfed, 129 in.

Resolution:up to 600 dpi

Print Speeds:up to 655 sq ft/hr

Pricing:$225,000

This dye-sub and direct-print machine offers three color/resolution settings; when using dye-sub inks, the fabric must run through a heat press to set the inks; features 12 Spectra printheads and choice of Onyx PosterShop, Wasatch SoftRIP, ColorGate, ErgoSoft, or Caldera RIP. (See April 2005, p. 22, for a full report.)

Gisko Oberon 2000, 2500, 3300

GISKO (Global Interface System of Korea)

www.gisko.com

Inks: Solvent, 6-color

Format:Rollfed, 78, 98, 130 in.

Resolution:600 x 800 dpi

Print Speeds:539 sq ft/hr (2000), 1076 sq ft/hr (2500, 3300)

Pricing:n/a

Features Spectra printheads, middle platen that allows printing on perforated media, uni/bidirectional printing, three print modes, pre- and postheating system, and prints onto rigid media up to 0.39 in. thick (optional flatbed table required). Distributed by Pro-Line Supply; www.pro-linesupply.com.

ISIJet 3400

ISI (Innovative Solutions)

www.goisi.com

Inks:Solvent, 4-color

Format:Rollfed, 134 in.

Resolution:360 x 180 dpi

Print Speeds:up to 1500 sq ft/hr

Pricing:$180,000

Features an automated vacuum printhead purging, 3.2-l ink tanks, built-in drying system, integrated ventilation hook for direct hook-up for fume exhaust; has ability to run two rolls of media together; designed for 24/7 operation, and optional Wasatch SoftRIP. (See May 2005, p. 21, for a full report.)

Liyu Lyric PM 1800, 2500, and 3200

Liyu Computer Equipment Mfg.

www.ahliyu.com

Inks:Solvent, 4-color

Format:Rollfed, 6, 8.2, 10.49 ft

Resolution:180 x 370 dpi

Print Speeds:up to 538 sq ft/hr

Pricing:n/a Xaar XJ-128 printheads, Scanvec Amiable Photo- PRINT RIP, and uni/bidirectional printing.

MacDermid ColorSpan DisplayMaker 72SI

MacDermid ColorSpan

www.colorspan.com

Inks:Solvent, 4-color

Format:Rollfed/flatbed, 73 in.

Resolution:600 x 600 dpi

Print Speeds:up to 650 sq ft/hr

Pricing:$54,995

Uses 16 Micro-Quad printheads, can print onto roll and rigid media (up to 1/4 in. thick) with optional roller tables; also features six print modes, self-cleaning printhead service station, heater/dryer system, and automatic eye technology and colorimeter photo diode which automates setup and calibration steps.

Mimaki JV22-160 Ultra 8

Mimaki

www.mimakiusa.com

Inks:Dye-sub, aqueous pigmented, or textile pigment, 6-, 8-color (CMYKcm, CMYKcmog, CMYKx2)

Format:Rollfed, 63 in.

Resolution:up to 1440 x 1440 dpi

Print Speeds:275 sq ft/hr

Pricing:$16,475

Flexible inksets allow the printer to be used by different markets: photo/graphics and textile/dye sublimation. (See April 2005, p. 28, for a full report.)

Mutoh Toucan LT

Mutoh

www.mutoh.com

Inks:Mild-solvent, 6-color (CMYKcm)

Format:Rollfed, 64/87 in.

Resolution:1440 dpi

Print Speeds:398 sq ft/hr

Pricing:$33,995

Features heavy-duty media feed/take-up system that holds up to 220 lbs, and four printing modes; optional Captivair air-quality system. (See May 2005, p. 21, for a full report.)

Roland SOLJET PRO II SJ-1045

Roland

www.rolanddga.com

Inks:Mild-solvent, 6-color (CCMMYK, CMYKcm)

Format:Rollfed, 104 in.

Resolution:up to 1440 x 1440 dpi

Print Speeds:484 sq ft/hr

Pricing:$59,995

Roland's largest and fastest printer features an IS-1000 high-capacity ink-delivery system, newly added print mode, a heavy-duty mediahandling system, and VersaWorks RIP.

Seiko ColorPainter 100S

Seiko I Infotech

www.seiko-i.com

Inks:Solvent, 6-color (CMYKcm)

Format:Rollfed, 104 in.

Resolution:720 x 720 dpi

Print Speeds:up to 220 sq ft/hr

Pricing:$59,995

Features for this printer include; Fine Draft mode, (540 x 720-dpi, 4-pass, bidirectional printing), the ability to print onto two media rolls simultaneously, EG-Outdoor Inks, 3-yr outdoor durability without lamination, and support rolls up to 242 lbs.

Skyjet Little Fairy High-Speed 2600HS/3300HS Series

Skyjet America

www.skyjetamerica.com

Inks:Solvent, 4-, 6-color (CMYKcm)

Format:Rollfed, 8.2/10.5 ft

Resolution:740 dpi

Print Speeds:up to 604/650 sq ft/hr

Pricing:$50,000 to $85,000

Offers Xaar XJ-128 PLUS printheads, arcshaped printhead board, comes with Scanvec Amiable PhotoPRINT RIP, and is upgradable to 24 printheads.

Skyjet Little Fairy High-Precision 2600HQ/3300HQ Series

Skyjet America

www.skyjetamerica.com

Inks:Solvent, 4-, 6-color (CMYKcm)

Format:Rollfed, 8.2/10/5 ft

Resolution:740 dpi

Print Speeds:up to 400/450 sq ft/hr

Pricing:$60,000 to $95,000

Offers Xaar XJ-360DPI PLUS printheads, arcshaped printhead board, and comes with Scanvec Amiable PhotoPRINT RIP.

Skyjet Flatbed Series

Skyjet America

www.skyjetamerica.com

Inks:UV-curable, 4-, 6-color +W (CMYKcm+W)

Format:Flatbed, 4 to 8.3 ft

Resolution:360 x 360 dpi

Print Speeds:up to 260 sq ft/hr

Pricing:$70,000 to $110,000

Features Xaar XJ-500 printheads, prints onto rigid media up to 1.6 in. thick, and has an automatic ink-cleaning system and distance sensor.

Skyjet S-series Synchronic Double-Side 2600SD/3300SD/5200SD Series

Skyjet America

www.skyjetamerica.com

Inks:Solvent, 4-, 6-color (CMYKcm)

Format:Rollfed, 8.2, 9.8, 16.4 ft

Resolution:720 dpi

Print Speeds:up to 400/450/530 sq ft/hr

Pricing:8.2 ft"?$110,000 to 120,000; 9.8-ft"? $130,000 to $140,000; 16.4 ft"?$190,000 to $210,000

Features two sets of printhead carriages to print simultaneously on both sides of the media, Xaar XJ-360DPI PLUS printheads, and comes with Scanvec Amiable PhotoPRINT RIP. The Little Fairy High Precision and Double-Side printers have almost identical specs"?with the only difference being the simultaneous double-sided printing capability for the S-series.

Sprin SPR -185, 260, 320

Sprin USA

www.sprinusa.com

Inks:Solvent, 4-color

Format:Rollfed, 79, 106, 130 in.

Resolution:600 x 740 dpi

Print Speeds:up to 344 sq ft/hr

Pricing:$26,500, $38,000, $48,000

Features KCCK and YMMY head positions, includes Scanvec Amiable PhotoPRINT DX-Sprin Edition, and pre- and post-heating system.

Splash of Color SolventJET Pro II VS645EXS/745EXS

Splash of Color

www.splashofcolor.com

Inks:Solvent, 6-color (CMYKred+blue, CMYKcm)

Format:Rollfed, 64, 74 in.

Resolution:up to 1440 dpi

Print Speeds:up to 315 sq ft/hr

Pricing:$34,995/$37,995

Based on the Roland Pro II V series, these printers offer a tri-heater system for media; use Lyson organic Pentachrome solvent inks for a 3- to 5-yr outdoor durability without lamination. Options include refillable ink-cartridge system, infrared dryers, SolventAirCare System or Electrocorp air filtration system.

Splash of Color SolventJET V 540EXS

Splash of Color

www.splashofcolor.com

Inks:Solvent, 6-color (CMYKrb, CMYKcm)

Format:Rollfed, 53 in.

Resolution:up to 1440 dpi

Print Speeds:up to 315 sq ft/hr

Pricing:$34,995

This printer/cutter features refillable ink cartridges, 5-yr outdoor durability, and Quadralign optical-registration system.

Vista 1808, 2508, 2908, 3308

Vista Digital System Printing

www.vistainkjet.com

Inks:Solvent, 4-color

Format:Rollfed, 71, 98, 114, 130 in.

Resolution:up to 370 dpi

Print Speeds:248, 311, 376, and 473 sq ft/hr

Pricing:$16,600 to $19,500

Features Xaar XJ-128 printheads, and media orientation and drying systems, offers four print speeds, and a secondary ink tank.

Vista 3312/16

Vista Digital System Printing

www.vistainkjet.com

Inks:Solvent, 4-color

Format:Rollfed, 130

Resolution:up to 370 dpi

Print Speeds:up to 731 sq ft/hr

Pricing:$21,000 to $23,000

Features Xaar XJ-128 printheads, and media orientation and drying sytems, offers 4 print speeds, and a secondary ink tank.

Vutek UltraVu 260

Vutek www.vutek.com

Inks: Solvent, 6-color (CMYKcm)

Format:Rollfed, 103 in.

Resolution:720 dpi apparent

Print Speeds:up to 400 sq ft/hr

Pricing:$99,000

This entry-level superwide comes packaged with ColorBurst Pro RIP, features 3.25-l ink tanks, offers 2-yr outdoor durability (5-yr with lamination), and will ship in mid-2005. (See May 2005, p. 19, for a full report.)

Vutek UltraVu II 5330

Vutek

www.vutek.com

Inks:Solvent, 4/8-color (CMYK, CMYKcmyk)

Format:Rollfed, 16.4 ft

Resolution:330 dpi

Print Speeds:up to 2230 sq ft/hr

Pricing:$349,000

Includes the upgraded UltraVu II 5330 RIP, the new Smoothing feature for distortion-free output, 3.25-l ink tanks, and the Low Friction kit that allows difficult materials to run more easily. (See May 2005, p. 19, for a full report.)

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