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Mimaki's ISA Sign Expo 2017 booth displayed numerous ideas for digital manufacturing.
management attributes. The firm's new EFI Pro16h hybrid
boasts of high speeds and low ownership costs. The EFI
Vutek 3r roll-to-roll printer will image 3,715 sq. ft./hr. at
1,200 dpi and offers an option for an inline finishing system
that will cut, slit and collect.
Agfa displayed its 106-in.-wide Jeti Mira HS LED-lamped
flatbed printer with speeds up to 2,486 sq. ft./hr., plus sixcolor and white ink with options for varnish or primer.
Agfa says its highly pigmented inks are ideal for indoor/
outdoor applications and its LED print technology broadens the scope to heat-sensitive substrates. Agfa's 126-in.wide, Jeti Ceres RTR3200 LED-lamped, roll-to-roll printer
provides high print quality at high speeds (2,002 sq. ft./
hr.), features unattended printing and will image on mesh
and porous substrates without a liner. Its 100-in.-wide Jeti
Tauro H2500 hybrid, UV-cure inkjet printer features high
image quality at speeds up to 2,960 sq. ft./hr.
Gandy Digital introduced its Fascin8tor UV-cure, rollto-roll printer that automatically adjusts the printhead
height for incoming media and, interestingly, is equipped
with a crash sensor that protects the printheads. It also
has an app for remote, mobile operation as well as options
for a media slitter and sheeter, which fit the machine into
the manufacturing categories we've discussed here. Its
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UV-cure inks provide excellent adhesion to various media,
plastics and polyethylene films, which are appropriate for
label and custom production work.
RAPID RESPONSE
ISA, distributing an Esko-sponsored, InfoTrends-prepared
whitepaper (produced by the ISA staff) wrote, "Digital
printing is transforming the packaging, signage, and
display supply chain by helping to cut costs, shrink cycle
time, and minimize errors and defects. Using fixed images
as well as variable data, digital technology offers the
ability to create versions and respond rapidly to changing
design, brand, security and regulatory requirements."
The report said diverse environments involve complex
workflow - input, finishing and distribution - that is not
often optimized by the digital print sector. It also said
various market opportunities exist and that fully digital
workflow can become a strong asset to wide-format
printer owners, in terms of strategy and production.
So, is the creative side dead? No, signshops are as
creative and innovative as they've always been. But, is
the manufacturing approach a new way of signmaking?
As Chris, Kathi and I decided, you'll want to add a Henry
Ford viewpoint.



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