ST IVES' SP Group to Beta Test Worlrd's first Inca onset large format UV Digital Flatbed Printer

Cambridge, (PresseBox) - SP Group, part of the St Ives plc group of companies, will be the beta test site for the new Inca Onset, which claims to be the world's fastest digital UV flatbed printer.The beta machine, supplied by Inca distributor Fujifilm Sericol, will be installed at the company's Redditch, UK, site in June, followed by intensive testing over a six-month period. According to SP Group Operations Director, Jeremy Jones, SP Group has marked competitive advantage in the wide-format display marketplace with the installation of this new printer from Inca.

Jones adds: "SP Group has always had a philosophy of investing in market-leading technology, in order to exceed customer expectations of quality, service and delivery, and this has included several investments in Inca digital printing equipment in the past. We're delighted to be able to build on this successful relationship by beta testing the world's first Inca Onset digital press.

"Pending successful testing, we're confident that the new machine will, ultimately, allow us to optimise our response to our customers' needs through better utilisation of our overall output capacity, while also letting us take advantage of new business opportunities, particularly in the screen printing arena."

Managing Director of Inca Digital, Bill Baxter comments: "SP Group's decision is a significant endorsement for us. The Inca Onset has been designed specifically to provide a flexible and cost-effective alternative to traditional high-volume, multicolour screen lines, with all the benefits that inkjet brings to this market. SP Group's in-depth knowledge of multicolour screen processes, inkjet printing and the display market makes it ideally placed to put the Inca Onset through its paces in a demanding, high-volume, production environment."

The Inca Onset is presented as the next generation of digital flatbed inkjet. Building on the technology of the Columbia Turbo and Spyder presses, the Inca Onset offers improved print quality with variable gloss levels, and enlarged colour gamut. With built-in automated feeding and stacking, the Onset is capable of up to 500 square metres per hour, or 100+ full bed sheets. This speed and quality is delivered by an array of 576 Spectra printheads, addressing a total of 73,728 inkjet nozzles in plug-in Inca print bars, supported by innovative alignment systems.

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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