Inca boosts onset flatbed printer production speed by 25% to an amazing 600m2/Hr!

New bi-directional printing technique delivers improved speed/quality results without banding / lawn striping effect

Cambridge, (PresseBox) - Inca has introduced an innovative bi-directional printing technique that has boosted the production speed of its award-winning Onset flatbed UV inkjet printer by up to 25%.

Using the new bi-directional mode the automated Inca Onset handles print sizes up to 3.2 x 1.5m (10.5x 5 ft) at a production throughput of up to 600 sqm/hr (6,458sqft /hr). In pure print terms, this equates to a speed of 1,000 sqm/hr (10,764 sqft/hr). As a result, an impressive 125 plus full-bed sheets (or 375 - 60x40") posters an hour can be produced

Large format inkjet printers traditionally build an image by scanning printheads back and forth across the substrate. This creates a 'lawn' banding effect when printing in both directions (bi-directional). Banding can be caused by ink droplet placement, the shape of the drops and the differences caused by curing in each direction of printing. However, because the printing method is different on an Onset, this structural banding is not an issue due to its advanced engineering and design. The latest bi-di upgrade improves performance from 500 to 600 sqm/hr (5,382 to 6,458sqft/hr) whilst giving users the confidence that they can maintain top quality results.

Bi-directional printing has traditionally proved difficult for many inkjet printer manufacturers to achieve. "In order to attain good bi-di quality it is important to compensate for varying droplet placement. However, we have developed techniques which accurately control drop size and release according to the direction of print to deliver exceptional quality at increased print speeds on a range of substrates," explains Steve Tunnicliffe-Wilson, Director of New Product Development.

Inca's new Bi-directional printing feature is already being fully utilised on customer installed Onsets and is now available as standard on new Onset machines.

About Fujifilm

Sericol Fujifilm Sericol is focused on the formulation, development, manufacture and supply of innovative inkjet inks for the rapidly developing digital printing industry. A leader in the development of UV inks, Fujifilm Sericol's "More than Ink...Solutions" is a commitment to provide its customers with the latest in technology, technical support, training and business consulting programs.

Inca Digital Printers Limited

Inca Digital is one of the world's leading manufacturers of inkjet printing technology, today employing more than 160 people at its HQ in Cambridge, England. Highly innovative, the company developed the world's first large format flatbed inkjet printer in 2000 and is known for its market-leading Eagle, Spyder, and Columbia and high-speed Columbia Turbo printers. The world's fastest flat-bed printer, the Inca Onset, was launched in 2007. www.incadigital.com

As well as revolutionising the printing and packaging industry, inkjet technology has immense potential for cost effective product decoration for a wide range of applications, such as ceramic tiles, interior decorating, architecture, automotive, furniture design, sports equipment, etc. See some of these high impact industrial applications in more detail on www.whynotinkjet.com

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