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Ubiquitous UV

(February 2012) posted on Wed Feb 08, 2012

A tidal wave of UV tech has made its mark on the market.

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The printers also include a UV-curing system designed to provide more UV energy to support difficult-to-cure media while reducing heat at the media surface by 50%, improving support for heat-sensitive media such as thin polystyrene or polyester films. Both models also feature a new-style tabletop that allows very thin media to be printed directly on the table without mechanical distortion of the media into the vacuum holes. Available options include a roll-media option (up to 86 in.) and a white-ink option.

Other UV printers in the Océ lineup: the Arizona 550 XT, the Arizona 550 GT, and the Arizona 300 GT.

Polytype America Corp.
The Virtu RS25 from Polytype America features a printing width of 98.4 in. and allows for printing of roll media as well as board materials. The printer offers a 6-color inkset (CMYKcm) + white, and a top resolution of 1200 dpi. Maximum substrate thickness is 3.7 in. In Production mode, the RS25 can hit 861-1507 sq ft/hr (1507-2799 sq ft/hr in Speed mode). Options include an add-on table, automatic feed system, anti-static device, camera with monitor, an oven for textiles, and more; choice of 30- or 80-pl printheads.

Also available are the Virtu RS35 and the Virtu RR50 UV machines. In addition, the company is the US distributor for the SwissQPrint line of UV printers (see SwissQPrint’s listing).

Roland’s 64-in. VersaUV LEJ-640 UV-LED wide-format hybrid printer is offered in three Eco-UV ink configurations: CMYK + white + clear; CMYK + white + white, for high-opacity white printing on transparent films; and CMYK + clear + clear, for thick dimensional effects such as embossing. The clear ink can be put down in both gloss and matte finishes. Applications range from packaging prototypes and P-O-P to wide-format signage, décor, exhibits, and window displays.

Capable of handling roll media as well as board stocks up to half-inch thick, the LEJ-640 hybrid features a top print resolution of 1440 dpi and can hit speeds up to 133 sq ft/hr in CMYK mode. Other features include the Roland OnSupport system, which allows remote monitoring of production activities; an automated white-ink circulation system; built-in sensor to check media thickness; and an advanced media-takeup system. A VersaWorks RIP software is included.