Ten sightings @Fespa Digital

Krishna Naidu highlights the products that made noise at Fespa Digital 2016, and explores the world of large-format printing. The four days shows which began on 8 March will conclude today.

11 Mar 2016 | By Krishna Naidu

EFI: The company packed six new products at the show, giving them a European debut at the show. At the top was the Vutek HS 125 Pro, and the Vutek FabriVu, aimed at the soft signage market. While the HS 125 Pro is a hybrid roll-to-roll rigid board UV printers with a 3.2m width, and aimed at new markets like corrugated displays and folding cartons, the Vutek FabriVu printers aimed at the soft signage industry. This fabric printing kit is based on the devices manufactured by Reggiani, acquired by EFI in 2015 and is available in 1.8m and 3.4m wide versions and has a 4-18pl drop size for fine detail. The visitors also saw the Reggiani ReNoir Next 1.8m printer at the stall even as EFI packed its stand with three more products – the Matan Quantum LXr 3.5m wide roll-to-roll and EFI H1625 SD, a 1.65m-wide UV printer, for the thermoforming market.
Elitron: This Italian-based company has demonstrated an enhanced version of the Kombo TH SuperPlotter on its stand. The two headed cutting system, Kombo TH, had grabbed the attention at Fespa Digital for its ability to work on two different types of material, for example, different thicknesses of Forex, or Forex and cardboard.
Enfocus: Enfocus has demonstrated their pre-flight and automation solution for the wide-format printers. It showcased a new and updated configuration for its Appstore with the latest release of Switch 13 update 1. Enfocus has also teamed up with Onyx Graphics for a partnership that will benefit from improving the large-format workflows. Enfocus solutions were seen in action at Esko booth.
HP: HP introduced the HP Scitex 9000 industrial press and HP HDR245 Scitex inks, enabling the signage and display print service providers (PSP’s) to take the industrial production to next level. The HP Scitex high dynamic range (HDR) portfolio, has been installed in more than 30 countries.
Ink International: The company launched an addition to its Triangle brand, what it calls – advanced alternative inks – GSP and GRR UV curable high-performance inks. Designed for jetting with high consistency while running at high speeds, these inks are suitable for EFI Vutek GS series hybrid flatbed roll-fed printers, or dedicated roll-to-roll printers.
Prodigy and Evolve, the company’s two other product ranges too has been expanded. These will now come with an extended gamut stretchable UV curable ink for traditionally difficult plastics, a new UV curable inkset for synthetic leather applications, and new ink options for textiles, glass, metal, corrugated packaging and film applications.
Ricoh: Late in 2015, Ricoh launched its first wide-format press, the Latex Pro 4160 and also brought it to India. At the show, it has brought to the table its latest version Pro L4100 series printers, which runs on the aqueous resin (AR) latex inks. The Ricoh Pro 4100 is a six-colour plus white machine and uses the Ricoh variable drop piezo printhead technology.
Roland DG: At its stall, Roland DG introduced the TrueVis VG640 and TrueVis VG540, eco-solvent printers, which is expected to be faster than its own VersaCamms. Both the printers have 900x600dpi which is available in three ink configurations: a seven-colour channel with CMYK plus light magenta, light cyan and light black,
Mutoh: At the show, Mutoh showcased the new single-head 1.62m ValueJet 1604X with a motorised take-up system. The machine is assembled and engineered in Japan, incorporates piezo drop-on-demand printhead, which can produce ink droplets of 3.5-21pl.
Sawgrass: The US-based company has launched an upgraded version of its Virtuoso VJ628 dye-sublimation printer for the decoration segment. The machine is capable of printing on metal, fabric, plastic using eight colours which are CMYK, light cyan, light magenta, light black and light black.
Polyprint: Announcing the launch of compact direct-to-garment (DTG) printer, Polyprint claimed that TexJet can print 80 white and 28 dark t-shirts per hour, and an ability to print on cotton, polyester, linen, and leather. The printer is runs up a print solution of up to 1,440dpi and printing width of 320x450mm.