In 2001, the Inca Eagle 44 swooped down into the wide-format market. It was the very first successful latte printer along with its killer app-the cabability to print directly on rigid media-kick-started another class of equipment and completely new application categories. When coupled with the capability of UV (ultraviolet) inks to print on almost 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 expense, but inside a decade those limitations was largely overcome. The flatbed market has exploded now offers more variety than ever, while improving upon the pace-quality-cost trinity. Today’s models offer something even more important: versatility.
Concurrently that the 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 in 2013, a significant theme among flatbed printer exhibitors was “quality as good as offset,” an indicator of the sorts of applications the newest generation of equipment was designed for: high-end retail, POP displays, and stuff like that. However, it’s not stopping at offset.
“Flatbed printers are becoming a lot 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 all the savings on finishing.” In the end, you are able to print on rigid substrates and skip the postpress mounting process, the earliest value proposition of flatbed printing.
HP’s latest entry with this space may be 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 up to 6,456 sq . ft . hourly and incorporates HP’s High Dynamic Range (HDR) Printing Technology, a variety of new printhead design, inks, and software algorithms that enhance the quality and resolution of fine details and eliminate dexmpky54 like banding. HDR had made its debut last year in the 63 x 126-inch, 6,727 square-foot-an-hour flatbed HP Scitex FB10000 Industrial Press.
Using 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 business.”
Productivity, productivity, productivity. Allowing shops to generate more prints in the shorter length of time can also be continuing apace within the t-shirt 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 square feet hourly.