Home' Australian Printer Magazine : July 2013 Contents The inks run on the HP 3000
rollfed printer launched at Fespa.
This is an industrial level press
running at 77 sq m/hr for indoor
applications, 120 sq m/hr for
outdoor. One of the frst users will be
Italian printer Pixart which plans to
replace seven machines with three
of this model and has calculated it
will have increased productivity by
70 per cent.
Even more impressive than
this was HP's introduction of the
FB 10000, which becomes the
fagship of its UV fatbed machines.
The frst goes as a beta site to UK
printer Swanline before a planned
commercial launch in November.
At Fespa, the press was guarded so
that only approved visitors might get
a close up view and it was devoid of
the sorts of handling equipment that
are going to be necessary in real use.
The performance will open doors
in corrugated packaging applications
Xavier Garcia, vice president and
general manager of HP's large format
production and industrial division.
says. “56 per cent of the fatbed
installations we have made have
replaced a screen line. The market
trend we are seeing is towards
higher quality and shorter runs,
where the next wave of investment
will be to replace offset. Secondly
there are lots of jobs printed fexo on
corrugated packaging that we can
The UV piezo head that has been
developed for the FB 10000 can
deliver three droplet sizes from 15pl
to 45pl, the High Dynamic Range
software selecting which size is
most appropriate according to areas
within an image, so optimising
quality and ink consumption.
EFI has identifed the same
opportunity in packaging and
quality and is pointing its HS100
at this sector. EFI is ahead of HP
in development terms, having a
number of beta users in the US and
Europe for the press. It uses an LED
UV array to cure the ink, which
allows EFI to print on heat sensitive
substrates. Output is reckoned at
70-100 full sized boards an hour.
"We are looking to replace screen
printing," says CEO Guy Gecht. The
company's inkjet ink sales were
30 per cent up in a year, and while
machines sales were running below
this, the trend is to install more
productive machines to replace older
EFI is also driving into industrial
applications for inkjet, exemplifed
by its ceramic inkjet technology, now
driven through a Fiery rip. Gecht
raise the possibility of 'web to tile'
applications in the next year or two.
However, while this paints a
happy picture of the market, Agfa
quoted a Fespa report to show
opinion emerging over inks. Some
manufacturers take the view that a
single ink will have the versatility to
print pretty well anything that can
be printed, others offer different
inks to according to the application.
Mimaki falls into the latter camp.
It offers two ink types for its latex
JV 400 printers and while the same
unit can use either the Latex 100
four colour ink or the Latex 101 ink,
this has to be specifed at the time
of purchase. Mimaki Europe's Mike
Horsten explained that the printer
was originally launched too soon,
but that since Christmas, Mimaki
has been fulflling orders (hampered
by the sinking of a container ship on
its way to Europe from the Far East).
According to Horsten the Latex
101 ink makes Mimaki the frst
company to offer orange and green
latex inks, extending the colour
gamut of what is possible with the
The company had a UV fatbed at
the event, also previewed at drupa,
and a new technology, solvent UV.
The JFX 500 now has a twin lamp
system to increase its speed and
versatility. Again Mimaki has a
choice of inks, a hard UV ink for
solid substrates and a stretchable ink
for fexible materials. Solvent UV is
different and is an option for those
currently running solvent printers
who have been reluctant to move to
Horsten explained that the
solvent is used to create a key on the
surface of the substrate to improve
adhesion of the UV pigment. The
solvent is dispersed easily and does
not cause harm.
HP, of course, remains king of
latex. In an age where elimination of
VOC and solvents is imperative, latex
offers more than just this. The only
solvent used is water, what comes off
the printer can be used immediately
and newest inks, the third
generation since HP introduced
latex at drupa 2008, offers improved
levels of scratch resistance.
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