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TECHNOLOGY REVIEW By Chris and Kathi Morrison Chris and Kathi Morrison own and operate The Image Specialists, a full-service graphics company based in Clements, CA. Chris is also a Microsoft-certified systems engineer. Printer Evolution’s Grand-Format Printers Can You Teach an Old Printer New Tricks? Have you go to wonderedit where ever old printers die? Isn’t a waste to scrap a grand-format, high-speed mammoth that once cost a quarter million dollars or more? Unfortunately, even if the frame and mediahandling systems are rock solid, the printhead technology and electronics make these machines old before their time. Seems a pity, right? Printer Evolution, taking a green stance, decided there was a better way. It built a plant to retrofit older VUTEk® printers, specifically the 3360 and 2360, with new electronics, printheads, motion-control and Key Information Printer Evolution 2011 Cherry St., Ste 116 Louisville, CO 80027 www, Contact: Greg Lamb, (855) 593-4089 operating systems (the plant is independent of EFI® and Vutek). The result is Printer Evolution’s Evo series of grand-format printers. 3360 or FabriVu™ and 2360 (Gen II only) data: Features Media RIP Printhead Ink Type Printheads Ink Colors Droplet Size Addressable resolution Apparent resolution Max media width Quality-mode speed Production-mode speed High-speed mode speed 126 in. 700 sq. ft./hr. 900 sq. ft./hr. 1,300 sq. ft./hr. Evo33/Evo33-U Roll-to-roll Caldera GrandRip+ Inkjet Piezo LoSol33 Bio-Solvent or AquaSub33 Dye Sub Spectra Q Class, Grayscale, 1,024 nozzles per channel CMYK 10 pl, variable 600 dpi 1,200 dpi 80 in. 600 sq. ft./hr. 800 sq. ft./hr. 1,200 sq. ft./hr. Evo33 II So, will the implants bring the old models back to their previous lives, to chuck along as they did in their glory days? Not. The Evo Spectra’s, variable-dot, grayscale printheads provide outstanding quality and an ink-saving, fourcolor (CMYK) process. At purchase time, you have two, environmentally friendly ink choices: Water-based, dye-sublimation AquaSub33 or the biosolvent LoSol33, for traditional printing. The latter is said to perform like a standard solvent ink, but it comprises 60% natural, renewable material with no heavy metals or HAPs. The package also includes Caldera’s Grand RIP+, which is designed to reduce ink consumption by roughly 20%. Compare the Evo33 to the original 3360, to see numerous improvements. The new, variable-dot printheads increase the original 360-dpi resolution to 1,200 dpi apparent. Also, the revised machine gains a 3x production speed via a high-resolution, fourcolor mode that prints 1,200 sq. ft./hr. in production mode and 700 sq. ft./hr. in the quality mode. If you already own a 3360, Printer Evolution can perform the upgrade on site. Don’t have a 3360? The company can deliver a completely recycled Evo 3360 to your shop. Save money and be green. 32 SIGNS OF THE TIMES / JULY 2012 /

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Signs of the Times - July 2012

Signs of the Times - June 2012
ST Update
Technology Update
Vinyl Apps
Strictly Commercial
Lighting Techniques
The Moving Message
Technology Review
Technology Review
Vehicle Graphics Contest Extension
New Products
The American Sign Museum Opens!
An Electric-Sign Company Snapshot
By Print or by Paint
Extreme Installs
Lessons for the Boss
The Value of Signs
Advertising Index
Editorially Speaking

Signs of the Times - July 2012