In 2001, the Inca Eagle 44 swooped into the wide-format market. It was actually the 1st successful coffee printer and its killer app-the opportunity to print entirely on rigid media-kick-started another class of equipment and totally new application categories. When coupled with the power of UV (ultraviolet) inks to print on just about any surface, flatbeds juiced up wide-format printing in exciting new ways.
Those nascent flatbed models were hampered by perennial first-generation issues of speed, quality, and cost, but inside a decade those limitations ended up being largely overcome. The flatbed market has exploded now offers more variety than ever, at the same time improving upon the speed-quality-cost trinity. Today’s models offer something a lot more important: versatility.
As well that this technology has improved, flatbed wide-format digital printing continues to be muscling in on territories once strictly the purview of analog printing technologies.
At FESPA London back 2013, a major theme among phone case printer exhibitors was “quality as effective as offset,” a sign of the sorts of applications the most recent generation of equipment was meant for: high-end retail, POP displays, and so forth. However, it’s not stopping at offset.
“Flatbed printers are becoming more and more useful for the sign and display market,” said Xavier Garcia, V . P . and General Manager of HP’s Large-Format Sign and Display Division. “Customers can fulfill a variety of high-value applications using one device, with the savings on finishing.” In the end, you can print on rigid substrates and skip the postpress mounting process, the earliest value proposition of flatbed printing.
HP’s latest entry in this space is definitely the HP Scitex 15000 Corrugated Press. As its name indicates, it’s created for printing on corrugated materials for packaging, displays, as well as other applications. It prints at maximum speeds of up to 6,456 square feet hourly and incorporates HP’s High Dynamic Range (HDR) Printing Technology, a combination of new printhead design, inks, and software algorithms that enhance the quality and resolution of fine details and eliminate dexmpky54 including banding. HDR had made its debut just last year within the 63 x 126-inch, 6,727 square-foot-an-hour flatbed HP Scitex FB10000 Industrial Press.
With the HP Scitex 15000 Corrugated Press, corrugated packaging applications are, said Garcia, “the next frontier for flatbed devices to conquer. High productivity delivered by one-pass systems, producing near offset quality in jobs that were traditionally printed in flexo technology will disrupt the industry.”
Productivity, productivity, productivity. Allowing shops to pump out more prints inside a shorter length of time is likewise continuing apace inside the dtg printer. Finally June’s FESPA Digital 2014, Fujifilm unveiled its new Acuity F series UV flatbeds, featuring an 8.2 x 9.8-inch bed size and production speeds believed to clock in at more 1,600 sq . ft . an hour.