The Big Picture - June/July 2013 - (Page 14)

2013 REPORT Offerings from 20+ companies to expand your shop’s job mix. The most profitable print shops, it could be argued, are chameleons. They are able to change, seemingly at will, into the type of technology provider that’s necessary to take on and do a variety of jobs. Shops without this morphing ability can quickly become typecast into a particular niche of print work – and see all other jobs land elsewhere. Enter flatbed and hybrid printers. Capable of printing on just about any type of material – from paper, vinyl, and plastic to wood, metal, glass, and more – these machines are the perfect tool for the print provider seeking to diversify the type of jobs and projects it needs to run. They can take on thick substrates, generally up to 2-inches deep (the standard for most entry doors), and some models can accommodate even beefier media. Plus, because they’re typically running UV inks, the flatbed or hybrid printer will also give the shop a sustainable operational and sales advantage versus their non-green peers. On the pages that follow, we appeal to the chameleon in you by highlighting various flatbed printer models from more than 20 printer OEMs across the marketplace. All information is current as of us assembling this list, just after this spring’s ISA Expo 2013 and prior to FESPA Digital in London. Most of the details you’ll see here are from our own 14 THE BIG PICTURE JUNE/JULY 2013 Clockwise from top: Fujifilm’s Advance Select UV; Roland’s VersaUV LEJ-640; Screen USA’s TruePress Jet W1632UV; MTL Print’s NurStar; EFI’s Vutek GS3250LX. & Hybrids Flatbeds original reports on these printer models when first introduced (we’ve updated the specs and indicated new additional features); some model information has been newly generated just for this report. Also: We’ve tended to concentrate here on printer OEMs that have primary US distribution. Looking for our annual flatbed printer charts? These will appear in our special 2013 Printer Sourcebook; scheduled for release later this year as a digital-only resource, the Sourcebook will contain detailed specs on more than 250 printers in all (flatbeds as well as rollfeds). Agfa The Anapurna M2540 FB UV flatbed, CMYKcm + white, features a quick-change vacuum-bed divided into two table zones of four different compartments, allowing the use of different-sized media without having to tape off the whole vacuum bed; (the vacuum can also be reversed in order to aid lifting of large substrates after printing). The printer accommodates media up to 61 x 101 in. and up to 1.77-in. thick. The M2540FB also features: a max. print speed of 484 sq ft/hr in Express mode (279-301 sq ft/hr in Production mode); borderless-printing capabilities; ionizer

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Big Picture - June/July 2013

The Big Picture - June/July 2013
Up Front
Inside Output
Flatbeds & Hybrids 2013 Report
Establishing a ‘Green’ Identity
Give Your Shop an Edge with Cutters & Routers
Technology Spotlight: ISA Expo

The Big Picture - June/July 2013